Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Daycare and Donut Palace

We found daycare!!! We interviewed a potential daycare lady yesterday and both Michael and I really liked her. The baby seemed to take a shining to her as well, so we've decided to go ahead with her in September. She has a small group of kids and they range from 18 months to 5 years old, which is great for Sybilla. She's been staying with our friend Kellie and her kids during the day and she just LOVES spending time with big kids and watching what they do. And now that she's scooting along on all fours (it varies between the worm and a bear crawl), she can chase them all down which is loads of fun for her! She has started to finally show interest in sitting up, which is relieving and scary all at the same time. Relieving that I don't have to constantly hold her up, but scary since it means she can potentially get into trouble, and she is showing a certain penchant for it these days. I think we are going to drop her crib tonight so that she doesn't get the idea of pulling herself up and over. She's eating solids twice a day and we're still breastfeeding, which I am extremely proud of myself for doing. My goal was six months, and can you believe it, we are almost there!

Most of our activities are centered around food these days… shopping for it, cooking it, eating it, and watching it on TV. I've always enjoyed baking and cooking and lately Dad and I have been hooked on watching the Food Network. I got my parents hooked on the Next Food Network Star, which was really fun to watch. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of reality TV, but that sure was a great program to watch! I totally called it in regards to the winner, although towards the end I wavered just a little since they were all really talented and fun to watch. Of course, watching all of this food on TV has inspired me to be more creative in the kitchen and I've been a whirling dervish cooking things I never would have tried before. I've also been thinking a lot about opening a bakery someday. I'd always had this thought in the back of my head, but I usually dismissed it since I'm not much of a morning person (ha! kids change everything, you know) and I figured it was another one of those little follies that I frequently dream up but never act on. Well, I had an epiphany the other day that made me realize that's what I really want to do. It happened like this:

There used to be a bakery in Buda on Antique Row but it closed down for whatever reason and has been on the market for some time. I noticed one day that the For Sale sign had been taken down and I was excited to see who had bought it and what it would become. Not that long after the sign disappeared, I drove by and discovered that it was going to be the newest location in the Donut Palace family.

"WTF?!" I said to myself. "A Donut Palace? A Donut effin' Palace?!" I was getting really worked up over this and I had to stop myself lest I run over some poor innocent antique shopper while blinded by real estate rage. "Whoa, girl! You are being very silly. Why are you so upset about this? It's not like you had the capital or desire to buy it yourself and…and…oh wait, I guess secretly deep down inside, you really DID want to buy it and open your own bakery in Buda!!!" So, that was my epiphany, the big AHA moment when I realized that I wanted to open a bakery someday, maybe in a small town. (And in case you're wondering what the hell Donut Palace is, it's just another donut chain)

It's not that I have anything against donuts or Donut Palace in general. In fact, donuts from Donut Palace are just as tasty as other donut chains. But it's the principal of the matter… you have a small Texas town with unique local businesses on it's Main Street and then some yahoo has to come in and sully the charm with the addition of a generic donut chain storefront. Grrr…This same principal is part of why I hate the infamous Devil Store, aka Wal-Mart. But that's another post for another time.

So that's my epiphany and I'm sticking to it! We'll keep you all posted as things develop and the baby keeps on growing. In the meantime, here is a little gem of Sybilla at dinner time!

Until next time!

Kelly & the Gang

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