Wow, has it been a busy last 4 days. In the last 4 days, I’ve flown to Washington DC and back, made halvah from scratch and a from-scratch halvah cheesecake (yes, recipes will be posted! Until then, you can feast your eyes on this photo), spent a day with my family and participated in the annual Mastermind Business retreat. I am energized and tired, all at the same time!
Washington DC was an efficient, productive trip. Though there are no cosmetic-legislation bills that have made it out of committee this legislative session, it’s important to continue educating lawmakers and their staff on our handcrafted industry and urge small business exemptions for any future legislation. Lawmakers were receptive to the message that small business does not function like a large, mass-scale-production line and that it’s important to preserve over 200,000 jobs in the U.S. by including small business exemptions in any upcoming legislation. New to this issue? Lots of historical information at these blog posts here (going back over 4 years!).
The highlight of the weekend was Grandma and Grandpa Faiola visiting. Chris and I even got in a date night (thanks to Grandma and Grandpa staying in after Jamisen went to bed).
We did our traditional early-morning hike. Every single hike, Jamisen walks more and more himself. This time, we didn’t even bring the Baby Bjorn front pack. He walked himself into a full 3 hour nap later on.
We timed the train just perfectly. Jamisen is obsessed with trains right now. He flaps his little arms and makes happy-boy noises.
Take a good look at these baby boy curls because they’re all gone.
We cut Jamisen’s hair this weekend (eeek!). We got him a little hair-cutting smock (that will double as an art smock in the future) and he took the entire experience like the little man he is. As soon as we cut his hair, I ran out for the all-day business retreat so there are no great photos of him without his little curls yet but I’ll post them in the next few weeks.
I hope you had an equally lovely weekend (I can’t wait to catch up on your blogs to read all about it!). I’m excited for this week and to hit the ground running on choosing our new S.O.A.P. panel fragrances based on tester feedback (the suspense! the suspense!).