My life is all about the “Ds”: My Devotion to Jesus, Daryl (my Dear Husband), David (my son), my Dog (Prince), remodeling our Diggs, watching our Dimes (finances), and a dozen of Domestic duties. Proverbs 31:27 says “She watches over her household and does not eat the bread of idleness”. This is the diary of my flawed, fabulous, and funny life. Join me as a try to juggle it all.

There is not a week that goes by that I don’t think about our 1st mission trip to Guatemala. Prayerfully, we’ll be able to take David on a missions trip in a couple of years. This week at school the theme for Chapel is on Missions. David’s class did their presentation on Italy.  His 2 lines were well-rehearsed. There was just one snag, David couldn’t say the word “popular” properly. Poor David. It was the cutest thing. In our attempts to teach him the word, I wondered if we made it worse because then he butchered it slowly! (Pop-yu-yar) LOL Nonetheless, it was a great chapel and reminder that missions don’t just happen on foreign soil, but everywhere that your feet tread. Have Happy Feet spreading the Gospel!

David Presentation on Italian Sports

Not that I really need any real reason to skip the gym on Saturday morning, but going to see a sneak preview of The Boss Baby movie for free was an excellent reason. I won’t give it away, but it’s a very funny animated movie about “where babies come from”. It was a different twist on “The Stork” movie as you get to see what happens in the days after the baby is “delivered” to the family. I laughed so much that I cried, then I cried so much that when the lights came on the boys laughed and asked me “Why are you crying?!!!!” LOL. The Boss Baby movie comes out on March 31st and I highly recommend that everyone go see it.

When I picked David up after school today, he was calm, cool, and collected as he told me about his day. “…then she told us who was the student of the week…” I said, “Who is it?” He says “David Coutourier”, then does his “happy dance” from the backseat. What!!! Usually, that’s the first thing he bellows out when we see him after he is announced The King. The fact that he held that for a few minutes was impressive.

Unfortunate due to the circumstances, but fortunate for us, David’s BFF is in town. So his Student of the Week award was a perfect reason to celebrate with a surprise outing with his friend. His BFF had told her mom that they needed to do something “For Old Times Sake!” When she told me about it, we chuckled that our pint-size people could have “old times”. As we were planning their reunion, we decided to surprise the kids and go meet up at our favorite spot for….Old Times Sake. LOL!

My mini detective figured it out on the way to Chick-fil-a!!! I told him that we were going to go eat somewhere special to celebrate his Student of the week award. Then I suggested we go to Chick-fil-a. He said “Nah, let’s go to the place with the red crab” Red Lobster? “Yes, or the place with the peanuts!” Texas Roadhouse? “Yes! I like both of those places!” Geeze Louise, I guess I shouldn’t have said ‘special’ because those places are very rare for him.

A few hours later, I had deferred the red crab and peanut places and we were headed to Chick-fil-a. Then he asked the million-dollar question: “Are we going to eat inside?” I replied “Yeah”. Then he said, “I know I’m going to see my BFF”. I have no poker face, so good thing my eyes were on the road. There were a few more comments and questions so by the time we got there and he saw her, he was with full of I-told-you-so’s!!!! We rarely go inside, so I should have held that piece of info for a bit longer. Oy! Oy! My granny would always say I couldn’t hold water.

Nonetheless, these two were happy to see each other. They had fun for a couple hours; playing, eating, playing some more… for Old Times Sake! LOL.

Mother Nature decided to bring a dusting of snow to the DMV this week. It wasn’t enough to cover our grass, but it was enough to close schools. Go Figure. I was able to put together a full day’s curriculum for Mr. David. He started off the day by reciting his pledges and then moved through each subject accordingly. When I gave him his assignments, he called me “Teacher Mommy”. When he kept sneezing on me (COVER YOUR MOUTH!!!!), I knew he was coming down with something (and I would too. SMH.) As my luck would have it, he ended up being sick, but I am fortunate that he has a “Doctor Daddy” and “Teacher Daddy” that helped him feel better, do all his homework, and then take the little leprechaun out of the house! That few hours of peace felt like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! (Oy, did I write that out loud!) LOL. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Mr. C and I are back into the Date Night groove! Tonight, we are going out to celebrate the release of his first book “The Charge: Volume 1”. This has been a long journey. The first book was created for our 6th anniversary (SMH yeap that was 2+ years ago) and the next year we got the cover designed. Then it just sat and sat and sat on my To Do List for years.

In November, I restarted the process to no avail. In December, we prayed for God’s timing and provision. In January, we started to see some movement and in February we were able to get the book all the way to print. Hallelujah!!! Then another month of revisions and tweaks to get it to this point. When a friend heard the news, she sent us a picture beaming from ear-to-ear, so we had to send one back! All praises to God!!!

The weather in the DMV has been wacky! One day it’s 72 degrees the next day it’s 32 degrees! Honestly, I can’t keep up and don’t know how to dress. It was raining today, so Davey took the opportunity to wear turtles from head to toe.

Honestly, by the time that Valentine’s day rolled around, we were actually valentined out! LOL. In order to “beat the crowd”, we went to my all-time favorite, the Melting Pot the first weekend of February. Then next weekend, we were able to get out for another parent’s night out, so we decided to do another restaurant sans son. We have been trying to get the infamous Brazilian steakhouse for quite some time, but somehow it would never work out and we’d have to cancel. Not this time. We finally made it to Fogo de Chao. It was amazing! Everything was delicious and our desserts were equally phenomenal. Eight hours later, I was still stuffed! Oh so good. So when Valentine’s day finally rolled around, we had lost the fizzle, but David was excited since he had a little party at school. He was happy to get his cards and treats to celebrate Valentine’s.

Every now and again, I can get an outfit to come together. We had to quickly get David together to meet up with his Pop Pop. They were going to a church meeting, so I didn’t want him to be super-heroed out. I debated about whether or not to keep the peacoat since I loved the black one he had outgrown. A black newsboy hat, a mini ascot, and a pair of loafers to complete the look. LOL. After scrambling to put this together, I realized as he was going to the car, I forgot to take his picture. Oy! Dapper David!

We feel so blessed that David is in a small Pre-Kindergarten class. They are a sweet little community of friends. Everything in life is relative though as waiting for your next time to receive the weekly accolade of “Student of the Week”, probably feels like forever for Davey. LOL. This week he is awarded the honor and it so happens to land on Casual Friday! Good Job!

I’m sure in every parent’s life, they ask the question: “Did I sign up for this?” That’s what I’ve been asking myself every time that we have to take David to karate. In which in our case has been 3x per week as we’re preparing for the “white belt test”. Lawd. I feel like I live in the dojo. Honestly when I signed up (ugh…I did sign up for this right), I had NO IDEA that Taekwondo was this involved. OMG!

The Grand Master had somehow started to dedicate my life for these weeks leading up to the test. When we weren’t in there we were practicing at home! Geeze Louise. I could do David’s combos in MY sleep!

Honestly, I was sick and tired of karate! That was until he got his white belt. There was this nervous energy in the room as all the kids were doing the last-minute practicing for the test. I.Did.Cry! David did amazing! We were so proud of him and he was so proud of himself (“I am the Karate Man!!!”). Before we left, The Grand Master warned him “Spiderman, don’t sleep in your white belt!” He didn’t sleep it in, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he put it under his pillow! LOL!

Unbeknownst to anyone, The Grand Master picked only one white belt to kick the board. When he called David (aka Spiderman) up, I was like “Oh Gosh! Wait we didn’t practice that!” After a few attempts, his did it! Check out the video. As the smallest and youngest person in the class, David had to work hard to prove that he was capable of being in the class. He passed with flying colors. Our karate kid earned his first belt with kicking power!

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