Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yucky Day With a Happy Ending

Yesterday Ellington and I had one of those days. You know, the kind that you just want to end. She was out of sorts and off schedule. She was very fussy and not sleeping well. I had no more patience. I was done.

When Robert woke up I decided that we should still try to make the best of the day. We were going to go to the Union for Robert to get Starbucks, me to get a sweet tea from Chick-fil-A, and Ellington to enjoy a little stroll. I thought this little outing would surely help all of our feelings. We got to campus and there were no parking spots in sight. We looped back around and still no spots. By this time Ellington was getting very impatient. Robert and I were losing our cool. I know it seems silly, but we were really frustrated and Ellington was crying which only makes things worse. I was frustrated from my day and then my outing not going as planned and Robert was frustrated because I was frustrated...ha!

Robert had a great idea though in attempts to salvage our day. We decided to go to McAllister's for sweet tea and the yummy desserts we always eye but never get. We walk into the restaurant and in the case that usually holds the yummy desserts are candles from Aspen Bay that is next door. Candles. In the dessert case. We asked about the desserts and were informed that they only have one dessert at a time now. Strange. Trying to remain positive we order the one dessert they have, plain cheesecake, and our sweet teas. The sweet tea was terrible. How can their sweet tea be terrible? That's what they are famous for. Well, we were still in bad moods and Ellington was getting really fussy again so we headed back home...defeated.

Robert asked if I wanted to go for a drive. We did this A LOT when Ellington had colic because she would always fall asleep. She was fussing and I heard a little tiny yawn from the backseat and that's all the information I needed. Robert headed for the bypass and Ellington quickly feel asleep. We were driving in the country (I have no idea where we were...there were lots of trees and cows so I call it "the country") and it started snowing. And it was beautiful. I need to stop here and say that I was so sad we got NO snow when everyone else had inches. Normally I don't really care about something like that, but I was disappointed this time. Seeing the snow instantly lifted my spirits. I knew it wasn't going to stick, but it was so beautiful falling from the sky. So we drove and talked and admired the snow....and drove and talked and admired the snow. It was great and just what we needed. Not wanting the fun to end, but knowing we needed to...we headed back home. When we got back home we decided to get out and take a few pictures.

Robert went and asked our neighbor to come and take a picture of the three of us. I am so glad he thought to do that. We have so few pictures of all of us. I need to get better about that!

After the picture of the three of us the battery died (doesn't that always happen?) and Ellington was crying so we headed back inside. It was time for Ellington to eat!

Robert made us some delicious potato soup. He had never tried this before and it turned out fantastic!

After we got Ellington bathed and to bed, I got a big bowl of soup (you know...because of all of the snow...ha!) and a bottle of coke. We always have bottled coke for the opening ceremony of the Olympics and we had a few left over.

This was a really long post. But I want to remember yesterday. I want to remember how a really long frustrating day turned out to be fantastic. Yesterday evening is one of my favorite times with Robert and Ellington. It was so sweet and simple...and well, perfect.


  1. Lane, I'm sorry the beginning of your day was bad, but what a fun way to end it! And such an optimistic outlook on the situation!! Thank you for sharing and what cute pictures!! - Laura
    p.s. We missed yall this weekend!

  2. I got a new book of quotes to use for scrapbooking yesterday. One of my favorite ones seems perfect for this post. "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." You need to start scrapbooking with us!!!! Glad your day got better :)