Thursday, October 20, 2016

Living History Fun

It's fall,

and that means field trips!

There's a really nice living history farm

pretty close to us,
 so how could we resist?
 My kids are old hands at history farms,
 and thought this one was really nice!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Public Piano

All summer, we talked about

going to one of the

public pianos

sprinkled all over town,

and never actually made it to one.

So today, we bailed on our responsibilities

and headed downtown

to the ice cream store
 to jam in public!

My Beatles fans were especially

delighted to get the Beatles piano!

And, because of course,

immediately after,

found two more pianos much closer to home!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Texas Not Quite Done

Babycakes started this

trip with a sniffle,

which turned into a little cough,

and now into this mama

wishing we'd brought his asthma meds along!

He only uses them when he's sick,

and we were only going to be gone

a few days, so I didn't pack them!

Which brings us to a 3 A.M. steaming shower.

I mean, really, who minds waking up at 3:00

to steam up the kid when you

know you'll be up at 5:00 to fly home anyway?

So, so tired.

So, so glad to be headed home,

and see my other kiddos!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Texas Done

We started the morning

with Texas waffles.

These might, maybe, hold

some sentimentality for

a certain mama

who always remembers

our trip to get our baby

and eating these.
 Then off for our adventure!

 Every shot is an action shot form this moment

on because these boys ran

and ran

and ran
 The bounce house place was the perfect

location for two busy boys!
 And just like that, it was time

to say goodbye.

I am unimaginable happy at how well this visit went!

It was a whirlwind,

but I really feel like

any longer would have been too much.

I'm also so glad the brothers got to

REALLY connect,

And Babycakes also

made some nice connections with Mama E,

which was really touching to see.

Monday, October 10, 2016



this isn't the first time

they've met
 because we met him when Babycakes

was born,

 but this is the first time Babycakes


Their meeting was

amazing to watch.

It was an instant connection.

First smiles, then hugs,

then the racing began.

They ran, they wrestled, they laughed.
 It was especially emotional

because Babycakes has been mourning

Baby Brother not being here

for him to play with this time.
 And watching this new brother

relationship bloom

was a sight for a sore heart.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

On Our Way!

And, we're off!

This airport had a really

neat display about

the Tuskegee Airmen

that we read as we waited for our plane.
 It was fun to squeeze in a bit of

Black history in along the way!
 Then, we pretty much sat

in a plane and

ate candy for a few hours
 with the occasional nap thrown in

here and there.
Next stop,


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Getting Ready

We're getting ready for our

annual trip to Texas

to see Babycakes first family.

This always stresses me out,

but this year,

I'm feeling it even more.

This will be the first time we've visited

since Baby Brother's death.

I know Babycakes

is stressed out too.

He has talked repeatedly

about how sad he is

that Baby Brother won't be in Texas

for us to play with.

He's nervous about

seeing Big Brother,

who he hasn't seen since

he was a baby, so

has no memories of.

I'm also leaving the rest of my crowd

home alone,

which makes me fret too.

I know they will be absolutely fine,

but mamas worry!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


I have so much to do today!

Errands to run,

cooking to do,

an algebra lesson waiting,

but I think today,

we'll do this instead

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Our neighbor,

a young teen,

is working on her face painting skills.

I think this is such a great idea

for a young, creative kid,

to make a bit of money

at events in the park,

and at her school,
and Babycakes agrees!