Well, Happy Birthday To Me! Love, Cassidy.

In case you couldn’t tell, today is my birthday! Cue bugles bugling and 10,000 Facebook posts. And cookies!

Maybe cake too. Also in case you couldn’t tell, Cassidy is going to take over my blog again today, for another inspired Ask Away Friday Husbands Post. It may seem like it’s too soon after his last Ask Away Friday post but this one was actually planned before the switch with Christy/Andy. It’s sometimes hard in summer to find open dates for the fun things you want to blog about. Echo and I scheduled this first, and then I couldn’t resist scheduling Christy earlier in the month when I had a rare July opening.

I am very excited to be asking Echo’s husband, Adam, ten questions, and having Cassidy answer ten questions from Echo.

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Echo and I have swapped before, but was before I really knew her. You see, we’re Facebook friends now. That’s some serious stuff right there. And I’ve gotten to enjoy her sense of humor and her heart even more since last time. She posts seriously amazing science and art projects for her kids on her blog. And she has the best memes ever. Check her out. You’ll love her. We “met” on twitter way back when, and she bravely volunteered to be my Ask Away Friday partner. One day, when I inevitably go back to Minneapolis, which will actually happen because we have beloved family there, Echo and I will hit the Mall of America.

They’re killing me a bit with their cuteness.

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Be sure to check out Adam’s answers to my questions HERE. And here are Cassidy’s answers to Echo’s questions:

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(I think this is how Cassidy felt at the end of answering questions)

1. You’ve had some great opportunities, working on movies. Who would be your dream director to work with?

First of all, thanks for asking me back…and so soon. I’d go with Joss Whedon. I love the way his brain works, he seems like he knows how to have fun, and I’d be working on Avengers 2. He also wrote The Cabin in the Woods which is an absolute favorite movie of mine so maybe I could talk him into doing another movie in that franchise.

2. You are extremely creative. What is your favorite thing that you have made so far?

Thanks! I think my answer here is going to be my garden. It has 4 quadrants with 4 different entrances that meet in the middle where Scarlet’s Faerie Garden is. The quadrants are: Strawberry Square, Hay Bale Hollow, Blueberry Gulch, and Pallet Place. As far as harvests, it never ends up quite where I pictured it in my head but it’s a very pretty garden. It’s fun to look at.

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3. What is your favorite Tamara memory? The one that comes to mind before all others.

The look on her face when she held our kids for the first time.

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4. Do you read Tamara’s blog? What is your favorite thing about it?

I do read Tamara’s blog. Always have, always will. I have learned a lot about her from her blog. My favorite thing is when she writes something that resonates deeply with a wide swath of people, even if it doesn’t necessarily resonate with me. I’m always fascinated when an artist or a musician is able to create something which transcends their “niche” audience, achieves escape velocity. It’s easy (easier) to write to your niche. I like it when her writing and photos hit people from all sorts of walks of life. I’m not sure if that’s even a valid measure of “success” but I like to see it happen with certain artists.

5. If you had a blog, what would it be about?

This is a tough question to answer. I think I would only have a blog if a) I felt I had something important to say, b) it had never been done, or c) it was important to my general health to put it out there (or any combination of a, b, c). I love to cook but I don’t feel I have anything to add to the thousands of cooking blogs already out there. I love to travel, but who doesn’t? I love Doctor Who. Could I do a blog about a guy who travels to filming locations of Doctor Who and eats at the local restaurant there? Sure. Without googling it, I bet it’s been done already. So I guess my answer here is: until such day that the aforementioned criteria are met, I have no idea what my blog would be about.

6. Which Doctor is your favorite? I love the Tardis Shed, by the way.

Thanks! It’s #4 – Tom Baker. They always say the first Doctor you see onscreen is “your” Doctor. That’s true in my case. I remember being 4 or 5 years old and we only had 3 channels on tv and of those 3 channels I was only allowed to watch PBS (Sesame Street, Electric Company, Mr. Rogers). I am pretty sure I remember the first time it came on and I thought “this is definitely not like anything I’ve ever seen”. I was immediately drawn to the “reluctant hero” archetype and that figured heavily in my playtime growing up. I was immediately drawn to pretty brunette companions and that figured heavily into my adult playtime. As a young kid, this show often terrified me. The show never talked down to anyone so at a very young age I was grasping some pretty heavy concepts, emotions, and words. I really can’t imagine what would have happened if I hadn’t happened upon it on PBS. Tom Baker had (and still has) a profound impact on my nature.

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7. Of course your family and pets come first, but what is your most prized possession? The one item that you consider irreplaceable.

If we are talking inanimate objects, I have a keychain that says “CAPTAIN”. It belonged to someone in my immediate family who was tragically lost at sea. It’s really the only thing I have of his and I have carried it around for a few decades now. When I misplace it, it’s a very particular kind of panic. One day I’m sure I will lose it forever, and I’ll be at peace with that. But for now, it’s still around. I probably wouldn’t even grab it if the house was burning down. I can replace most photos and movie props and artwork. When the Captain keychain is gone, that’s that.

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8. How has being a dad changed you? What do you do, now that you have kids, that you never thought you would do?

Jeez, one could write a book here. A couple answers:

A) How has it changed me? I’m less selfish. I’m less reckless. I now only see Phish shows close enough that I can sleep in my own bed afterward. I’m harder on myself. I’m more appreciative of my parents. I’m more patient than I have ever been.

B) “What do you do, now that you have kids, that you never thought you would do?” – Well, it’s already established that I am a kid at heart. Kids have this amazing way they see, feel, and interact with their universe. We all remember that from our own childhood, right? And then life tends to try to replace that with other ways of being as you grow up, or at the very least diminish it. For me, having kids is like having my own personal wormhole back to my childhood. Literally, daily I think to myself “You’d have to be a fucking idiot not to go there”. Why wouldn’t I? Most of the time I do. So to answer your question, I choose to join them in their world and I get to experience that feeling of being a kid again in a way I never did before I had kids. The best is when I am there for hours and I can forget everything but that. I’m sure there will come a day when the opposite is true but 5 years into this ride I can say that having kids makes me feel young. Parenting reminds me of this Grateful Dead lyric:

“Dare to leap,

leap from ledges high and wild,

learn to speak,

speak the wisdom like a child,

directly to the heart”

9. You and Tamara are so good at making things magical for your children. Why is this so important to you?

I just want to blow the roof off my kids’ imaginations. I want to smash the doors into a million pieces. Because eventually somewhere down the road, life and the people in it will try to repair those doors and roofs in an attempt to corral their imagination for no good reason. I want them to have as much time as possible with no limitations in that arena. I think the more you start with, the less of a chance it has to diminish. I also think the universe is a truly magical place to live and has a lot to offer that’s not readily apparent. It’s like an onion – many layers. You can live easily on any layer but I’ve found there is real joy in peeling back layers and seeing what’s out/in there. I think a healthy imagination is a good foundation for that. I also want our kids to believe that anything is possible and “magic” is a fun way to reaffirm that. There will be plenty of years for Scarlet to know her parents got her two kittens but right now and for as long as I can keep it going, she believes that faeries brought her two kittens. The more we say it, the more I believe it.

10. Ten Favorites:

Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Thing to eat: sushi
Animal: my dog
Song: “Do It Again” – The Kinks
Room in your house: Kitchen
Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
City: San Francisco
Color: TARDIS Blue
Item of clothing you own: I have an ALIENS t-shirt I got in Provincetown, MA in 1986. It still fits and it’s the softest thing ever. I still wear it regularly, conscious of the fact that each time it goes out may be its last. (shirt photo below)
Beverage: (alcoholic or non!) Water

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  1. First off, Happy Birthday to the yang to my yang. Seriously, love and adore you, Tamara and wishing you the best birthday tomorrow. That said, having so much fun reading Cassidy’s answers here again tonight and what a great way to begin your birthday celebration. Definitely have to keep this in mind for my birthday next year now, but still absolutely perfect 🙂

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a lovely one and enjoy it to the fullest. My husband’s birthday was yesterday (the 23rd), but since it was a week day we did do much. We will celebrate it this weekend and do something special. I think its so awesome that your husband is making an encore appearance on your blog. Its so fun to read his perspective on things! 🙂

    1. Thanks! I learn a lot about him too here. Just the way he learns about me. Birthdays are hard sometimes in that they only last a day. I personally love to stretch it out and celebrate on a weekend!

  3. Happy, happy birthday!! I hope your day is awesome and the start of the best year of your life so far!!!!
    Loved reading Cassidy’s answers to the questions. That garden is beyond amazing – maybe the next time he writes over here he could show us the garden up close!!!

  4. Have a fantastic birthday Tamara! And as always enjoy hearing Cassidy’s answers about you. I think it’s always so interesting to hear your spouse’s perspective. I love the answer about creating a magical childhood for your children because we all know the world will try to crush it so why not try to hold onto the magic longer? 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday, Tamara! I’m sure I’ll be about #782 of your 10,000 Facebook posts tomorrow, although I’d rather just bring you cookies.

    I definitely agree that having kids make us feel young, too, Cassidy! That’s such a fun part of having kids. 🙂

    1. I feel like being a parent has been a new life for me, and I really needed that and didn’t even know it.
      I thrive in this role. Mostly.
      Wish you could bring me cookies!

  6. Happy Birthday, Tamara!

    Cassidy, once again, a fantastic Q&A from you. I like that you want to make things magical for your kids, because if parents don’t, who will?

  7. Awesome, awesome answers, Cassidy. I had so much fun coming up with questions for you! Thanks for the swap!

    Tamara, Happy, Happy Birthday, my friend! You deserve all of the love, cookies and ice cream that your heart desires today! <3

    1. Argh!! I didn’t mean to hit the Enter key and my computer locked up! AS I WAS SAYING. Also, love the Dr Who part and yes, yes, yes on working with Joss Whedon! I am a HUGE fan!! I really like that key chain, Cassidy, yet I’m sorry for the tragic loss 🙁 And Raiders of the Lost Ark…we can be bff movie buddies! Ok NOW I will hit the dang Enter key intentionally. GREAT post! 🙂

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have an amazing birthday weekend!

    And I love that you had Cassidy back! That in one AWESOME garden and I’m super jealous of it. And your house and all the trees around you guys. And I also completely agree in blowing the roofs off of kids’ imaginations for as long as we can before the world tries to corral them! You guys make one awesome team in doing that for your kids.

    1. This house and yard are very “us” for that reason. Helps with the magic and mystery. Deep woods and treasures to find.
      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  9. Oh I love reading this! I love Cassidy’s answer on how being a dad changed him, the magic and all that, and the onion analogy! I think it’s the best way to describe life in general. And, and, and your garden, it’s amazing!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tamara! Wish you all the best and happiness in the world! 🙂

    1. Thank you! This was one of the best birthday gifts he could give me. A little break from the blog and also a lot of insight into his heart.

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I hope you’re having an amazing day with your husband and kids!! That garden is just over-the-top! I love it so, so much – and many of Cassidy’s answers.

  11. That’s not a garden….it’s a farm! And what is TARDIS blue? Happy Birthday btw…hope you had a fab day filled with lots of sleep…and pictures!

    1. It is a bit of a farm! Although I don’t see how we could have any more animals. Tardis blue is just a certain shade of blue from the tardis Time Machine in Doctor Who. I believe there are actually a few companies that recognize it as a paint color.

  12. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Here’s hoping for less cat fur on the couch and more moose in your yard.
    That just got super weird.
    I love that your husband reads your blog and pays close attention to all the little tid bits that we don’t read. Soemtimes it’s hard to talk to our men, let alone anyone else and writing gives us that platform to spill out what we want to say.
    Happy Birthday you saucy minx xoxo

    1. Just yesterday I was thinking about how it would be nice if a moose would come to the yard! As for the cat fur, it’s not so bad but we do have blankets on the couch and they’re probably bad from the dog. Sometimes the blog is not only the best way to talk to my husband, but to myself as well.

  13. Happy happy birthday, Tamara! I hope you are having lots of cookies and cake today! With ice cream on the side. And maybe a few brownies.

    I love your garden, Cassidy, and I love the names you have for each section.

  14. Love these! Still don’t think my hubby would do it, though! 🙂 Great answers, Cassidy & Happy Birthday, Tamara!!!!!

  15. Happy, happy birthday my friend. Have an absolutely amazing day – you deserve every moment of happiness that you can squeeze out of it. No worrying, just deep breaths and smiles! Of course I love Cassidy’s answers! These are so fun.

  16. Happy Birthday Tamara! Hope you are eating lots of cookies. Cassidy- your garden is amazing! I love gardening, but mine does not like the pictures of yours. Kudos. P.S. Joss Whedon is the best, I am like a screaming fan girl whenever he shows up somewhere….

  17. Happy Birthday, Tamara! I hope your day is just as fabulous as you are! xoxox
    (and obviously Cassidy’s favourite room has to be the kitchen, that’s where Han Solo is 😉 )

  18. Cute that Cassidy took over again and happy birthday to you, Tamara. Hope there’s lots of cookies!!! Every time I read Cassidy’s words, I just feel like Tamara + Cassidy were made for each other and are great partners in life! The answer to the childhood magic is so filled with life and energy. It’s contagious!

    1. Thank you! I think these things are so important. Kindness. Sensitivity. It helps that we have the same political beliefs too. That’s not a dealbreaker but oh, how it can be important. And I love what he does with food, gardening, and everything else.

  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAMARA! 🙂 Jeez your garden is impeccable – seriously impressive.. I never have skills like that – I also have a very limiting imagination which is sad because I feel I’m cheating my son out of a magical experience. Thankfully, I think mindcraft and Super Smash Brothers takes care of it for me – sike, seriously though, he has an addiction at the tender age of 7. And so it begins, I will make a programmer out of him if it kills me. I’m in for sushi this afternoon say whaa miso soup is orgasmic. Hope Tamara has a wonderful birthday and I’m sure Mr. Cassidy will make it highly magical for her anyways 🙂 Can’t wait to hear all about it!! Happy Happy Friday! -Iva

    1. Ha! I just know that you and your son do just fine. I have absolutely zero gardening skills. I did help a bit last year when he hurt his shoulder, and it was rewarding to me but only because I was helping him. To me it feels like work.

  20. Happy Birthday my friend. Hope you have a delicious tower of cookies to celebrate your special day!!! Love it when Cassidy takes over the blog! You two are amazing!

    1. Thank you so much! That really melted my heart what he said. I sat down to edit this post last night, and reading everything was so emotional to me. I guess I’m not an objective editor!

  21. Echo’s husband is such a good interviewer! Those questions are on point! And Tamara: you are such a special person. I imagine your aura is six feet in diameter and pure gold. You deserve the world and every gift it has to bestow and it makes me so happy as we get to know Cassidy, to learn that he is so completely worthy of you! You two are such a great fit. Cassidy’s response on making life as magical as it can be is exactly how I feel. My dad went to great lengths to do that for my sisters and I and my imagination is forever grateful and impacted. If you guys are in the market for some extended family- we’re available! <3! Happy birthday sweet thang!

    1. I always think of my aura as black and anxious! Mostly kidding. I like to think of it as yellow.
      We are always in the market for extended family, especially extended family on the West Coast. Especially extended family who are absolutely awesome.

  22. Happy Birthday Tamara!!! I’m so jealous of your fresh strawberries and blueberries. I want to try growing blueberries next spring. I tried growing strawberries once and the squirrels in my backyard always nibbled on them as soon as they turned red. So I didn’t get a chance to eat any of them. I just planted some cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, onions, radishes, and bell peppers. I’m hoping that I get something to grow. So far my cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, and radish seeds have started sprouting.
    I love how you guys encourage your kids imagination.

    1. You know, the berries don’t do that well here. Not this year. I’m wondering what is going wrong, and if it’s animals or elements. We did have that dreadful winter and spring was pretty crappy too. Luckily, summer has been nice. This is the first time I can remember that we haven’t had a heat wave yet. We usually we have them in July.

  23. Happy birthday!
    I love the photos of you with your babies, and that those are his favorite moments of you. I think that says a lot. I also love his take on imagination and magic 🙂
    Here’s hoping your birthday weekend is full of love, fun, and all the cookies!

    1. All the cookies! Ideal!
      I am pretty sure he took all of the photos of me with the babies, because no one else was allowed in the room. So thank you!

  24. Happy Happy Birthday Tamara!! Here’s to bugles and Facebook posts and cookies!!
    Cassidy, love this Q&A especially your answer to #9. And the garden! It’s gorgeous!

  25. Happy Happy DAY!!! So excited for you and why do you look younger? 🙂 LOVE those cookies you shared on FB, I wish I lived near…I would have to grab at least one. Love that Cassidy is taking over your blog today, and that garden….he is my new hero. LOVE that garden. I hope you have a FABULOUS birthday weekend and I can’t wait to see what you are up to next.

    1. I wish I could share those cookies! My good friend Rachel always tells me she wishes we had a tube that connected out houses and we could send cookies through.

  26. He had me at Joss Whedon and Avengers 2.
    Then he knocked it out of the park with Tom Baker, because that’s the Doc of my youth too.

    I love how he explains about imagination in children. It’s so true. Blow those doors wide open.

    Petition to make Cassidy start the ultimate FanBoy blog — where do I sign that? 🙂

  27. One of my best blog friends has lived to see another year. What can say? I’m so happy! 🙂 I hope you are having a great day over there. I’m sure you are with all of those wonderful people in your life. I loved reading this because I can definitely see why you and Cassidy gel so well together. 🙂 That was a really pretty picture of the garden. He actually seems to be a very very amazing writer as well. It’s funny because he looks at blogging the way that most people who are trying to stand out and be different with their niche do at the very beginning. We think about what we do or like and say “so many people do that so I wouldn’t be any different.” I’ve seen many photography blogs and no one resonates with me more than Tamara over at Tamara Like Camera. I thought the same thing about my blog when I started Homemaking With Style and then when I started writing, now I see that even though there are similarities and areas I can relate with people because of so many different aspects I have of Brittnei, there is truly only one Brittnei and my voice speaks volumes about the difference that is truly in my blog. I think people learn this about our blogs not just by what we write in them, but what we say in the comments on other blogs, too. I honestly think he would be great at blogging. Maybe one day huh? I’m sure the world could live with guest posts on here as well every once in a while. Haha! xo

    1. Thank you for this gorgeous comment. Means the world. I think what we write in comments and replies is definitely a part of what we put out there, and it’s a part of our voices.

  28. Happy birthday to you Tamara and I hope you’re out right now enjoying yourself. I’m starting to like this thing where Cassidy takes over and I definitely think that he should certainly have his own blog. With his writing skill, almost like yours, he would definitely be a hit. Here’s to both of you, well and Scarlet and Des too of course. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I love his guests. I think Scarlet is next! And of course, one day Des will answer his own questions and it won’t be just me making them up for fun. Scarlet has a very unique voice.

  29. Happy Birthday! Another fun set of questions for Cassidy. Your garden is something to envy, for sure; and I love the names for each quadrant too! That story behind the Captain keychain is heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once. Such a small thing with such big importance.

    1. I’m telling you, those names of the garden quadrants is news to me. This was his birthday card and gift to me and I can see why.

  30. Happy Birthday again, sweet lady!!
    I loved this swap, Cassidy’s favorite Tamara memory.. sigh… Sweet!!!
    The garden!!! I’m seriously in love with it & HAD to show my hubby. We miss ours.. well it’s no longer ours we sold our house, which means we no longer have our beloved garden.
    I hope you had a beautifully magical day!

    1. Thank you! We will have a video of the garden soon. His favorite memory of me was a birthday card on its own, and then there were nine other beautiful answers!

  31. Ah! I’m away from the Internet for a couple of days, and I miss your birthday… Hope you had a wonderful day/birthday weekend filled with lots of love and cookies! Also, the Doctor Who travel blog needs to happen.

    1. Thanks! You didn’t miss much. The Six Flags trip was today, and after four hours at a water park I’m ready to rest! And eat cookies.

  32. Happy birthday (a day late, oops!)! My youngest (now 18) loves Doctor Who but I’ve never really gotten into it. I’m a Red Dwarf fan myself. Your garden is amazing! What a nice way to spend some time. And get good food to boot.

    1. No worries! Science dictates that when your birthday falls on a Friday, in the summer, you get Saturday and Sunday for free too.
      So it’s still my birthday!
      The garden is unreal. I could get lost in there. I don’t do much for it, though.

  33. Yeah- I am finally HERE to tell you happy birthday!! I always love reading Cassidy’s take on life- he writes really REALLY well, that guy. And that garden? AMAZING.

    I do hope that you had the most MAGNIFICENT birthday- and I am still processing all the LIFE MOMENTS you have had this spring and summer… bless your heart. BIG stuff, eh?

    And so it goes…

    Hold on for the ride, and as you always so eloquently and beautifully do- embrace every bit of it.

    COOKIES!!!! 😉

  34. Happy Belated Birthday beautiful lady!

    I loved, once again, reading Cassidy’s answers. I loved the pictures of you looking at your babies Tamara… gorgeous!

    Cassidy, if I had that Aliens shirt, it would be my favourite too because:

    1- Aliens is awesome
    2- I know exactly what you’re talking about when you refer to its softness (I have a couple t-shirts like that)
    3- Aliens is awesome

    I love your garden! How gorgeous, practical, and amazing.

    All around fabulous post. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh, and one more thing… Tamara, you are a sweetheart for commenting so much on my daughter’s photography blog. Your kind comments and encouragement just boost her so much! It speaks volumes about you and what a lovely spirit you are to take the time to encourage a 6-year-old who you haven’t even met.

      So, thank you my friend.

      1. Aw! Thank you! I love her posts. They’re such a nice thing to read during a hectic day. I just love to stop and focus on the beauty a child sees. And the fact that anyone will or could ever see me as a professional still really boggles the mind.

  35. Happy belated birthday to you, Tamara! I saw your FB posts and loved following along with your adventures. I love the pictures of you holding your newborns! <3 Cassidy, kudos to you for another great AAF! I'm in love with your impressive garden and the quadrants are awesome!

  36. First things first: Happy belated birthday, Tamara! I hope, no I am sure you did, have a wonderful weekend full of family and friends and joy! Did you have our weather? If you did, you probably spent time in your huge garden. Funny, in our small (2people) family also the man-of-the-house is the gardener. O.k. we don’t really have a garden living in a townhouse, but he takes care of everything living (I am more the computer nerd – LOL).
    Anyways, it was great – once again – to read Cassidy’s answers.

  37. Love when he answers questions. As I said before, Tom would just be like, “Yes.” or “No.”

    I know you had a fun birthday!!

  38. Tamara I know you had an amazon gBirthday but here’s wishing you just a few more blessings and happiness!

    I love your husbands answers. You can tell he definitely gives a lot of thought to each one.

    The garden: Aaaah May Zing! i would love to have ( i mean for my girlies to have) a fairy garden and your set up is so pretty!

    I can relate to that one object that means so much like Cassidy’s CAPTAIN keychain yet the way he explained that he knows someday it may be gone and he will be at peace with that… wow!

  39. Cassidy’s creativity is unbelievable! I am blown away by that garden he built and the magic he creates for Des and Scarlet. And Joss Whedon is pretty freakin’ awesome (and graduated from Wesleyan like me, which makes him even cooler in my book)! Happy (belated) birthday, Tamara.

  40. 1. Tamara looks like she just got a lifetime supply of cookies in each of those pictures holding her kids for the first time. That’s love.

    2. Cassidy, I think we boys watch what terrifies us. Why is that? Maybe it’s our way to be tough or brave. Sleestaks scared the shit out of me, but I wouldn’t stop watching “Land of the Lost.” Mom told me to stop because they gave me nightmares. She didn’t understand that that’s precisely WHY I can’t stop watching.

    3. I love the line about having a wormhole to your childhood because of your kids. Absolutely true. We dads are often called “the biggest kid in the house,” and that’s meant to be an insult, but I kind of dig it.

    1. I have to be honest, but I’m often a bigger kid than Cassidy. In all the wrong ways. Like drinking from the carton and leaving things a mess. He is a big kid in the fun way.
      Last night he was watching some horrible vampire, virus TV show right before bed, and I tried to figure out how on earth that could be good for his emotional health. Before bed I usually watch ABC family! However I studied it in psychology and film genres and there is a psychological component. And it’s not unhealthy.

    1. Thank you! The birthday itself was bittersweet, but the following weekend was amazing. We went to a waterpark for four hours and I didn’t even drop from exhaustion. And time with family.

  41. What an AWESOME interview! I loved Cassidy’s answers! And his garden…that is just truly amazing. I couldn’t stop looking at that picture. Having something like that in my backyard would make me all kinds of happy. And I do love the magic he tries to create for your children…I think you both are incredible in that way! Happy late birthday too, Tamara! I hope I told you before, but just in case I didn’t, I hope you had a wonderful day!

  42. wow, i really enjoyed reading this, especially cassidy’s perspective on creating as magical a life as possible for your children. it is so beautiful. i am so enamored by your parenting philosophy and why it’s important to keep that awe and wonder as long as possible! thank you. it gives me something to strive for as i raise my son.

    1. It is nice for us to have similar philosophies, and that my weaknesses can be his strengths, and vice versa. It does make for a good parenting experience.

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