A Baby, A Bug, and A Bottle {of Lysol}

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I’ve been MIA this week for a good reason.  We took a trip to my hometown to celebrate the impending arrival of my little nephew!  We threw my sister a baby shower, and then followed up the celebration with several other family get togethers.

It was a whirlwind weekend, and to top it off I’m staying the rest of the week to spend time with my family and friends.  My husband had a business trip, so while he was gone I was grateful for the extra hands and thought this would be a fantastic way to make the days go by quicker.

Sounds like a great plan, right?

Enter THE BUG.  My sister, my dad, and now my mom are all sick.  Poor sis did a great job at the shower despite barely being able to breathe due to her cold.  Ironically {or is it, coincidentally?  I hate to anger the grammar purists} the theme of her shower was “lovebug”.  This was one bug no one expected OR loved!  And TWO of the friends I was planning on visiting have H1N1.  We’ve been looking forward to getting together for months, and I can’t even drop soup off without the risk of getting me or Noodle sick.  Bah.

As if to foreshadow this, within minutes of arriving at the hotel to unpack Noodle grabbed the can of Lysol and started spraying it everywhere.  Looks like she picked up her mama’s germ-a-phobia!  After wiping everything with Clorox and carrying around three bottles of hand sanitizer, I’m still pretty sure we’ll get sick. There’s just no way around it, despite my best efforts.  They came, they saw, they got the bug.  Keep your fingers crossed for us that we escape it, pretty please?

Since this is all about Making Lemonade, not moping over sour lemons, here are some bright spots from the week so far:

::  I finally finished the last book in the Twilight series.  I figured I’d better finish it before I accidentally heard a spoiler with the next big movie coming out!  I’d love to know what you thought about it (without revealing any spoilers for those who haven’t read it yet).  Personally, I liked it but enjoyed reading the others a bit more for some reason.  It was a fun series to read; I can see why it’s so popular!

:: Not only were these cupcakes adorable, but quite honestly I have never had frosting this good before.  Usually a good percentage of people will scrape the majority of frosting off when it’s piled on like that, but I peeked at the plates and those things were devoured.  I would love to get my hands on that buttercream recipe!

::  The shower favors were honey-orange lip balm with custom labels from Plain Jane Skin Care.  The guests seemed really excited about them!  They were a perfect treat for this time of year, too.  The label reads “thanks for bee-ing here to celebrate {sister’s name} little honey!”

::  One of the fun things about being home was taking my daughter to all the places I used to love when I lived here still love.

Here she is swinging in the park where I used to swing.

How cute is my town?  This is the library, with the same low stone wall between the parking lot and the building that we always jumped over.  My high school is just feet to the left.  The second photo shows the police department behind Noodle’s swing.  Even the police department is quaint!


The library has been renovated since I lived there, but the children’s section was still the same warm, inviting place.  I wanted to stay there all day.

I wasn’t the only one who felt that way!

It seems you can go home again.  Just come armed with a can of Lysol, a bucket of Clorox wipes, and some hand sanitizer (from here on out known as “hanitizer”.  That’s so much easier to say)!  I’ll let you know how the rest of the visit goes, although there’s a good chance we’ll have to cut it short and come home sooner than expected.  The best laid plans…

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