Scenes from Saturday + Champagne Life Lessons

So Chelle-bration week has wrapped up. Cake has been eaten. Presents opened. Friends have stopped by. It wasn’t the original planned karaoke blowout, and while I did re-learn all the lyrics to ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire,’ I’m not complaining! Food, friends, and dominoes worked out just fine.

It might be all the champagne this week but we’ve both turned a bit reflective now that we are in the 40 club. 

What exactly have we learned? A couple things, I hope. This is for the girls. Maybe they’ll read it one day. Or maybe Alexa will project it directly onto their brain. Too bad flash cards don’t work like that, huh, Ce!

  • When your child asks for your attention, give it to them.
  • Never be too proud to apologize.
  • Be comfortable not being cool. It takes a lot less energy to just be yourself.
  • Mistakes are the best way to learn. So try to fail, instead of trying to avoid failure through fear.
  • Create something. 
  • Get some perspective. Usually when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Let it go.
  • Don’t sit too much. It kills you. Move, dance, run, play.
  • Learn empathy. Too often we judge people on too little information.
  • No one knows what they’re doing as parents. We’re all faking it. Just show your child they are loved.
  • I have a lot left to learn. Never stop being a beginner.
  • Life is exceedingly brief. Try not to get distracted in the moment.

On to the couch….

The girls are currently obsessed with The World’s Weirdest Homes. Considering Cecilia has started to inch into teen-centric shows, I’ll take it.


After a gray and damp group run, I returned to find Cecilia had made some truly excellent whole wheat blueberry waffles on her own. Not chew, nod, smile kid-good. Legit good. 


This week in random Michelle Saturday home projects: window cleaning.

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You know Cecilia has gotten a full night’s sleep when there is no complaining when we ask her to pitch in on chores.


Especially when her sister is avoiding it and playing in the other room.


After a lot of kitchen dancing, Allison is now a fan of Bonnie Raitt. 


The clouds quickly cleared for some sister scooter time. Who knew the quiet col-de-sac would be my favorite home feature?


For all her flamboyance, Ally is not much a risk taker. Getting her off the scooter to try the bike has been a year long process. She got back on briefly this morning until “the pedal scraped my ankle.” Then back to the scooter.

The bike roll down happens next week. Cecilia gets a new one for her birthday and Ally will get Cecilia’s so maybe that will motivate her. At the very least, she won’t look like a circus performer on it.


We went and picked up our bibs and shirts for a local 5k and fun run tomorrow.


This week in random Mike baking projects: flatbreads for our Greek-themed dominoes night. The key to good home flatbreads or pitas? A super hot baking stone.


First, we needed to pick up (literally!) a few more chairs with an expanded group coming. Why carry things when you have children?


With two more boys in the kid group, the dynamic is….interesting. Thankfully, it was nice so most of their time was spent outside.




A birthday moonshine shot. The face says it all. That face hasn’t changed in over twenty years.


One last lesson. Very few things bring as much joy in life as a good book, a good hug, or a good group of friends. Thanks to everyone for making Chelle-bration week a success!