1. I have to lead with my favorite article from this week: The Mom Stays in the Picture by Allison Tate. I know it’s already lived a full life traveling around the internet this week but it’s worth another share if there’s one of you who hasn’t read it yet. My heart really fixates on this passage in particular:
“Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.”
2. And on the subject of mothers, I got sucked into Garrison Keillor’s poetry reading on Writer’s Almanac this morning. He read Sharon Olds’ poem “Parents’ Day” and I might have found myself with a lump in my throat as he read the final line.
3. Sarah lost a tooth yesterday and as she snugged me on the couch later that afternoon I bemoaned how quickly she was growing. Which turned out to not be a good idea. Because as we tucked her into bed last night she wailed and sobbed that she didn’t want to to grow up, still wanted to be a baby, and was planning to wear a sign on her 7th birthday that says, “I’m seven, but I’m still little.”
4. Speaking of babies, my friend Lacy’s baby shower was last Friday night which means sweet little Arden is welcome to be born anytime now. Sadly though, I think she’ll make her arrival during our surprise Disney trip in late November. Meaning that I’ll miss photographing the birth. I can’t even talk about it…
5. It makes me happier to talk about how Ephraim continues to call Miss Lacy’s baby shower the “baby wash”.
6. This also makes me happy. Show it to your daughters.
7. Lately I’ve been showing the kiddos YouTube videos of kids who were surprised by their parents with Disney trips. They love them. And they have no idea what’s in store for them in a few short weeks!
8. Have you checked out my Grama’s blog lately? It’s fascinating to read about the early life of our family…even when it’s tough to get through some of the sad stories. I’m so thrilled to have this record! Maybe your Grama will blog too?
9. This weekend Sarah and Brent attended their first Indian Princess camp out. They had a blast together and come home even tighter buddies than they were when they left (and that’s really saying something!). When I told Sarah how lucky she was to have a Daddy that does things like that with her she said, “I know he’s really special!”. Which, coincidentally, is exactly why I married him. =)
10. While Brent and Sarah were away B-Ro and I had some awesome snuggle time. We literally snuggled, watched football and baked cupcakes all day on Saturday. And I’m happy to report that Pinterest finally led me to a couple of ideas that worked! Namely these Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes and these Spooky Eye Cupcakes. Score!