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Shelley Says...

on May 08, 2013

Shelley says….

Well, last week I turned 44. I feel OK about that - I'm not really one that thinks about it too much or HATES getting older- where I am concerned. It mostly makes me melancholy when I think about Caroline. I was filling out the many forms and summer reading lists, etc. yesterday (I have so much respect for moms who have to do what I did yesterday for THREE kids…or even two for that matter) and it was so weird to click on "5th Grade". What the heck??

I remember thinking when we started Kindergarten at St.Paul, "I'm so glad I don't have to think about another school until the 7th grade." And now that's only two years away. I love our school so much, I told someone the other day I might have to get a job there when Caroline leaves so I won't be so sad…hahaha!

Caroline has been on a "Cat Kick" lately.Begging us for a kitten, and checking out books like this….

Puh- lease….I'm SO not a cat person- but Caroline insists it would be "Purr-fect"….everyone that knows us just laughs and can't even believe we are considering it. I mean, not that we are…

So I had a good birthday week. I decided this year that I honestly don't like big parties or big gatherings. I'm such a worrier and people pleaser, that I always feel stressed and responsible that I talk to everyone equally and that everyone is having fun - it seriously stresses me out. So I just decided that whoever called me asking to do something, I would go! But not in a big group. It was SO AWESOME. First of all, it stretched my bday out over a week or so, (I still have a birthday "breakfast" with my friend Julie tomorrow) and I had genuine conversation with everyone.

The girls and our husbands and Michael (our piano player who is also all of our husband, hahaha) celebrated Leigh and I jointly the week after her birthday and the week before mine at a new Nashville restaurant that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine - Rolf and Daughters. If you come to Nashville, you must go!

I won't bore you with all the little lunches and dinners I had - but it was such a great excuse to catch up with friends I hadn't seen in awhile. Michael did get me a new dessert cookbook that I love. This was the first recipe I tried.

Cherry Pie Bars

They were so yumz….

After a birthday lunch with some girlfriends, I met Michael for a little sweet treat before I went to pick up Caroline. Foodfest 2013.

But this was the real crown jewel. David knows the way to heart. White cake, white icing. Isn't that a pretty cake?? We had that after he and I and Caroline ate dinner at my standby, Bricktops…that's sorta our place like "Cheers", where everybody knows your name cause you're there so much…

So this was one of my favorite presents - I've been toying with getting a new watch for awhile - I've worn the same one for ten years, it's a nice one- but I was getting bored. I never told Jill that, but since we are somewhat the same person - she probably just got it cause she liked it. So I loved it. Ain't it perty!!

My hipster friend Keely (hates when call her that) went all local on me…cause that's what hipsters do. I'm most excited about this herb vinegar from a local garden. But the bottle is so pretty I don't want to open it…but I will. Soon.

So I stink at taking pictures when I should - so when I went to write this blog, I just took off what I had on my phone. So sorry for the randomness.

Oh, one other funny thing….when my neighbor Kirsten asked David what she should get me for my birthday he told her a gift card to the Minute Clinic. If you know me, you are laughing right now. If you don't - I'll just put it in a nutshell - I'm somewhat of a hypochondriac with a google obsession to self diagnose . i.e. anxiety central. But now I have a little pill for that. (But I would still probably use a Minute Clinic gift card.)

So she got me this instead…which always makes me feel better…..as well as the rest of the women in America….

Love to everyone - and sorry I just talked about myself….but when I woke up today to write I kept thinking "I got nuthin"….so that's what nuthin' gets you…

Shelley