Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mom

Every year when Thanksgiving is around the corner, I think about how thankful I am for certain things and mostly people in my life. I always think that I need to (want to) write something about it so they know, but have never have managed to do so. Well the kids are still asleep and I decided to get down to it- finally.

This year, as it happens, my mom has been on a European cruise with my Aunt Sarah and Uncle Jim for the past two weeks and as jealous as I am that she gets to be there and I don't, what her trip has really put into stark perspective is how much I miss her.

Its only been two weeks and its really not a big deal, but there are so many things throughout the week that I just NEED to tell her. Sick kids, home decorating choices, endless banter about flowers...the election!

Seriously, my mom needs to come back already!

There was a time a few years ago when I never thought I would say these words or even think them. Because of how I grew up, we didn't get to know each other very well and over the years I had made a lot of assumptions. We would argue. Neither of us are pushovers. Funny thing is we are very similar.

Even in the times that were good, there was something about me that never really believed she would be there for me through thick and thin.

The last few years we've had together with my mom living in San Diego, I feel have taken their time on us, thrown situations at us, tested us and ultimately have knit the solid footings of what can only be described as true friendship, love and most importantly for me trust. Trust comes with time and time we have had and this trust is what we have to show for it.

Not trust that everything will always be perfect. But trust that even if it isn't, I know that my mom will be just as miserable as me if we are in an argument, will be just as likely as me to say she is sorry. Trust that without a doubt, she is someone who loves my kids as much as I do, or at least as close as it comes, someone who is truly invested in their life and happiness as much as I am and who is honestly invested in mine.

My mom is an interesting person. She is a one of a kind. Someone I am truly proud to have as my mom. I am thankful for the time we have had together and that we will continue to have. I am thankful for the irreverence as well as the passion and empathy that I inherited from her, that has made it possible for both of us to get out of bad situation after bad situation and that allows us to be here today and have everything we now have. And we have a lot. We have everything that is important.

I love you mom and I am proud to be your daughter and I am truly thankful to have you as my mom.

Now hurry up and get back from that f***ing cruise!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

From Last Weekend

The other weekend we went on a mini escapade to downtown San Diego. A friend recently told me about the children's museum and it sounded pretty cool so we decided we 'd check it out and I'm glad we did.

There were a lot of beautiful spaces and treehouse/playset type things that were beautifully made and decorated. Lots of activities including superhero drawing and making things with clay which I think I enjoyed more than anyone. There was also a sandbox with white sparkly sand with a black light in the room which was pretty special.

All in all a very cool place and the kids didn't want to leave.
















We had dinner at the Fish Market with friends and then hung out a little bit in Sea Port Village after that.












 Good times!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Road Trip Day 7- Solvang/Santa Barbara

We stayed in a great hotel in Solvang called the Landsby. The rooms had some great art.



The kids played their usual death defying game of leaping between hotel room beds.








This spot on the bed had good light and so I tried to take pics of the kids there, but they had other plans.







We walked around outside smelling all of the flowers and checking out the cute shops and cafes.




Lots of bakeries.



This is how Archie eats everything because his front tooth is wiggly.


We went into a craft store and decided to do some painting.






Cute little shop.






Painting/vandalizing.







Then we headed to state Street in Santa Barbara. They had an Old Spanish days festival going on with a parade, a market and tons of hand painted confetti eggs.




The kids had a fun time smashing the eggs onto people's heads.








Then we met Uncle Sterling in Malibu for dinner. It was the last stop on our road trip. The kids had fun acting like crazy drivers on his motorcycle.