Friday, February 20, 2015

Five on Friday: Week in Review

1. A Quiet Valentine's Day.  Our Valentine's Day was pretty low key due to severe congestion. We've all been fighting to get well. 


Craig sent me 40 beautiful red roses for Valentine's Day. He also gave me a box of chocolates. 

candy box, preemie, weight

I was surprised to see that the heart-shaped box of chocolates weighed just four ounces less than my preemie, Emily, at birth.  

2. Bentley's a Winner in My Heart. I submitted a picture of Bentley to the "Snow Us Your Pet" contest, held by Pat Collins of Channel 4 News. 

dog, snow, shake off

I think Bentley's picture is priceless.  What do you think of the photo?  How would you caption it?

Unfortunately, Bentley was not highlighted in any of the news segments about contest entries. He wasn't even featured on the news channel's website, highlighting dozens of other pets in the DC metro area.

I'm a bit bummed, but Bentley's still a winner in my book. In fact, you may be interested to know that he's a key character in my children's book, "Bentley's Preemie Blessing."

3. Preschool List Shrinks. We've narrowed down our list of preschools considerably since my blog post entitled, "Five Ways Going to Preschool is Like Going College." 

preschool, college, similarities

We now have a list of our top year-round preschools/daycares in the area -- or at least I think we do.  

We also have our top picks for church-based programs, which meet for a few hours a week, following a traditional school calendar. 

I'm honestly not sure of next steps. 

The preschool dilemma is pure agony in my opinion, especially since it raises a host of important and potentially life-changing issues. There are many things to take into consideration -- germs, finances, insane tuition fees, waiting lists, potentially re-entering the workforce, and so on. 

I still don't know exactly what we may want or need -- or what would be best for Emily, or our family as a whole.  

I am sure that many women feel the same way I do when confronted with the preschool dilemma.  It seems especially difficult to me -- particularly when thinking about Emily's challenging entry into the world.  

4. Winter Closings. Snow and cold has really put a damper on our activities for the week.  Our Mommy and Me gymnastics and tiny tots classes were cancelled. 

I've been hesitant to do many activities outside of the comfort of our home due to the weather and various illnesses that are circulating. We're finally on the mend -- and I don't want to encourage a repeat or new illness to enter our lives. So, we've been coloring, painting, and reading. 


Emily appears to have developed a greater interest in coloring than she did when we first introduced her to coloring books and crayons. But, I think I might enjoy coloring more than she does!

5. Bentley Gets a Bath. Bentley has smelled like a stinky foot for at least a week. I'm not sure what he's been rolling around in. The back yard is full of snow. Most everything is frozen -- so I'm not sure what made him so incredibly stinky. Maybe the stench is from rolling around in the frozen tundra and getting wet. 

I couldn't stand the stench any longer -- and finally gave Bentley a bath and blow-out. I also cut out matted portions of hair and brushed him. His hair looks a bit flat, but he smells a million times better! It's so nice to have a clean-smelling dog in the house! 


Our weather is so cold that I decided to dress him in a sweater keep him warm. Of course, the sweater will probably just make him sweaty and cause the stink to rapidly return. 

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1 comment:

  1. I really love that pic of Bentley! It's just so funny! I just can't even wrap my mind around the preschool competitiveness. Even down here in Durham, it's competitive!!! I know it may seem overwhelming now, but you'll come to the right decision for Emily. Thanks for linking up with us at H54F!! Hope you're having a great weekend, friend!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

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