today was a good day. it was like everything just fell into place. it wasn't perfect, but it went well. ethan only cried a few dozen times (kidding) but really, i got some things accomplished that i wanted to (cleaning the floors etc) and was able to get out and do some things in the 111 degree heat with minimal suffering, so it was a beautiful day! i always feel so much better when the house is clean and the laundry is folded and put away (something else i did today). i have noticed a trend, if i can get my bed made in the morning and get a shower, then it bodes well for that day. if not...there's still a good chance it will be good, but it's not for certain. shower and made bed...for certain a good day! honestly, it might sound weird but it's true.
avery said her first bonafide, in the right context, i am talking to you word today. it's "Hi" she said it all day long when she saw people complete with cute waving. it was like she finally realized she could communicate with people and she didn't want to stop and frankly i called both grandmothers just to hear it say it again and again and again. she is so sweet. and i am so excited for her to start talking and stuff. it's really cool to watch that kind of progression. the first year is an amazing time of learning and growing and to be a first hand witness to that is so cool! that's a huge job perk:)
and, mystery of all mysteries, ethan actually played by himself today for at least 30 minutes. it was amazing, i could get dinner ready and i actually set the table, kendall probably thought Stephenie Meyer's The Host had come to life and i'd been replaced by a perfect Soul. it was so great. i feel so self actualized today, it's ridiculous!