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I'm feeling a bit self-conscious today. I'm wearing a yellow shirt. I haven't worn yellow in years, honestly, probably not since junior high when I had a "color analysis" done and was told I should never, ever wear yellow. Even my kids were surprised when I got dressed this morning. "Lellow!" Phoebe said, and Mallory said, "You're wearing yellow today?" It's a nice butter yellow, very subtle, it's nothing brash or loud. It goes nicely with my pants. I noticed that it makes my hair looks a bit blonder and my skin is kind of glowy. Maybe I should wear yellow more often. Gasp. What's next for me? High heels? String bikinis? (No, and most definitely no.)

Phoebe choked on a Life Saver this weekend. Longest twenty seconds of my life. It was pretty spectacular, especially since she'd just eaten a red popsicle. She is fine, the dress she was wearing and the carpet in Chris's studio may never be the same.

On Saturday we piled into the car to go someplace. I started everything up and then glanced back to see if Mallory had her seat belt buckled. She said, "I know, I'm doing it, okay?" I said, "Mallory, I just can't wait until you're 14." She sighed and said, "Whatever."


aimee said…
Yeah, she will be fun. ;)

Poor Phoebe. I am so scared when my kids eat candy it is hardly worth giving it to them. I always tell them, make sure and chew it up quickly! And they look at me like I am weird.

I bet yellow looks great on you! With your hair color and I bet it brings out the color in your eyes too! Yes, I sound like I really know what I talking about don't I?

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