Things I Learned In May

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Can you believe May is drawing to a close already? This month went by really quickly, and a lot happened - we found out the gender of our baby (not telling until Monday!), and we lost our first fur-baby.  Fun things happened, and stressful things happened, and it just went by really fast.  So what did I learn during this whirlwind month?

1. They make 10+ hour lipsticks.

Why did I not know this?  I have tried lip stains before, but I am not a big fan of sponge applicators and keeping my kips apart for sixty seconds so I don’t mess it up.  Then I discovered L'Oreal Infallible lipsticks, and I love them!  They go on like a lipstick, and the color sticks around all day (and doesn’t come off on my kid’s cheeks as badly as regular lipstick).  You all are laughing at me right now, but I seriously have never tried a long-lasting lipstick before.  Do any of you have favorite brands?

2.  Appreciate what you have before it’s gone, and really look at those around you.  

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we lost our sweet Ralphie dog this month.  He wasn’t old, so this was sudden.  Derek got Ralphie for me when we got engaged, and he was just the sweetest dog.  He did these superman jumps off the couch, where he would jump straight out like he was trying to fly.  He got scared when we had parties with a lot of people, and he’d hide between my feet.  He loved being scratched behind the ears, and he crawled into bed with me every morning and snuggled in a ball against my legs.  I keep expecting to turn around and see him following me around the house.  His comforting little presence meant more to me than I ever realized before.  Life with three young kids is hectic, and I didn’t really look at him enough.  I took him for granted.  Even though I had been more intentional about loving on Ralphie over his last few months (for which I am so grateful), I wish I had spent more time over the last couple years just appreciating my little dog and spending those small moments with him really present.  It has been a good lesson for me to apply to the people in my life.  You never know when someone you love might just be gone.

3. It can literally rain every day for two straight weeks.

Many of you already know this because of where you live.  But you have to understand, I live in one of the sunniest states, statistically.  An old-time hotel used to offer free room and board on days when the sun did not shine - that’s how often the sun shines here.  But the last couple weeks it has rained, and rained, and rained.  Pretty much everyone in the state is grumpy and depressed.  I’ve felt more irritable lately, and the kids have been cranky, and it occurs to me that we are all missing some Vitamin D!  Kudos to all of you who live in rainy coastal states - not sure I could do this long-term.  Rain, rain, go away!  Thankfully it looks like it might break for our party on Saturday.

(Speaking of which, vote here on whether you think Baby is a boy or girl and you might win a Starbucks from me!  Stay tuned next week for the big reveal!).

What did you learn in May?

Linking up with Chatting At The Sky and Tuesday Talk.
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Natalie @ She Builds Her Home said...

Sorry to hear about your pup :( They are such a part of the family, it is so hard to lose them!
We have been getting a ton of rain lately too (pretty typical for spring time here, though). my sister in law who lives near you, was telling me about the constant rain and I couldn't believe it! She texted me a pic the other day of a break from the rain and the sun was actually shining! Hopefully that will all go away soon and you can enjoy that beautiful sunshine!

Natalie @ She Builds Her Home said...

Also I can't wait for Monday to find out what you're having!! Eeek!

Elizabeth said...

I knew about the rain thing (not unusual here), but I never knew I'd feel that bad from a lack of Vitamin D. Believe it or not, springtime (not winter) is actually when you feel the effects. I started taking supplements as soon as I could get my hands on them, and I'm trying to make the rest of my family do the same, but my husband is on week 2 of being sick. I'm slowly replenishing my energy but was really dragging for a while there.

Keri Snyder said...

Ahh the rain! So congrats on the little girl! Ahh so exciting! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Talk :)

Callie Nicole said...

Thanks Keri, we are really excited!

Callie Nicole said...

I guess that makes sense to feel the effects in the springtime - the deficiency would probably build up over all those darker months!

Callie Nicole said...

Thanks Natalie. It is just hard to lose a dog. :-/ And thankfully the weather has cleared up, so I feel like my energy is back and moods are improving! I guess I have a low tolerance for cloudy days after living here so long. ;-)

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