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The other day I measured & weighed Gwen and then looked up the average height/weight for kids her age and LET ME TELL YOU she is beyond it. At 3 1/3 years she’s actually slightly above average for a 4 year old. Most of her clothes are a size four now but I’ve started getting her some things in a size five and they are not that big on her. I also discovered she has outgrown her carseat (what kinda idiot carseat maxes out at just 40 pounds for forward facing?) which is a huge pain because now I have to get a new carseat WHICH I RESENT because we don’t actually have a car. So now I gotta spend a bunch of money on a new carseat we’ll barely use and also idk if you are familiar with how much it sucks installing a carseat, well imagine doing that EVERY SINGLE TIME. Nightmares, honestly.

A few months ago I broke one of my acrylics really badly and jaggedly and painfully, but was luckily able to get to the nail salon to have it repaired right away. HOWEVER the nail tech was SO MEAN about fixing it (even though it was only the second nail I’d broken in like… two years of having acrylics) I almost cried and am now too traumatized to go back. I’ve just been growing them out ever since. When they get too long I just file the acrylic down and I think they are a little more than halfway back to being regular nails again. I’m interested to find out if my natural nails have recovered from the weak-and-brittleness they had from my Graves’ disease, which was the reason I started getting acrylics in the first place. Of course they look super weird right now but who cares? Toddlers? Toddlers don’t care and they are the only people I see on the reg outside my family.

I found myself with a wealth of lemons recently (dozens. Don’t ask) so this afternoon Gwen and I made some lemonade together. When I was in San Francisco with Taylor we went to this one restaurant, Super Duper Burger, that makes their lemonade with brown sugar so I thought we’d give that a try. While it looks weird (kind of like iced tea) it tastes amazing! Even Sym likes it and she is notorious for refusing to try new things. I think if I had light- or golden brown sugar it would look a little less strange, but there’s always next time! Or maybe half white sugar half brown sugar? There’s always next time I guess. I still have a bunch of lemons left so if you have any sure-fire recipes for lemony baked goods send them my way because I’m in a baking mood.

Brown Sugar Lemonade

• juice of 10 lemons
• 5 cups water
• 1 cup brown sugar simple syrup (see below)

In a large jug or pitcher, mix together all ingredients.

To make the brown sugar simple syrup: in a small saucepan mix together 1 cup brown sugar OR 1/2 brown sugar & 1/2 white sugar with 1 cup water. Heat on medium-high heat, stirring constantly until all sugar has dissolved. Do not bring to a boil and take care not to allow it to burn. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

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