Athena barked early yesterday morning, and somewhere in the dark recesses of my sleeping brain, I heard it! Then I promptly forgot about it and continued my dream about scaling life-sized Lego skyscrapers. Then I heard Cassidy, or what I thought was Cassidy, whispering “Downstairs, downstairs!” I was confused and turned around in bed to find myself face to face with DES!
Of course I took a photo! I reached for my phone under the pillow oh so fast it made my head spin. I wasn’t in time to take a photo of his stuffed lambie blanket stretched across his face. Drat. There’s always an interesting way to wake up in this house. Dog barks loudly for no reason. Loud dog barking wakes up boy who wakes up father who brings boy upstairs into king-sized bed, all unbeknownst to the sleepy mother – who is still dreaming her Lego-sized dreams. She’s dreaming her dreams.
Then I woke up to a nearly Lego-ized existence, as we have to get ready for the kids’ Lego-themed birthday party. I brought Des downstairs, fed him, fed the dog, fed the cat and scooped some litter too. I let Scarlet sleep and I listened to Cassidy talk about the broken or maybe not broken central air-conditioning and then he got ready to leave and I promptly burst into tears. It’s day one of summer vacation. My life is changing for the time being, and I’m excited and scared, and there’s this Lego-sized party to pull off, and Cassidy is going away for four nights soon and I felt so overwhelmed that I cried on his shoulder. Then I wiped away the tears, retrieved Scarlet, did major errands with major kid-whining, went off to a long real estate job (was FUN), came home, put down my camera, sang a little ditty about Jack and Diane, and came up here to write this.
The tears felt great, by the way. There’s something so right with feeling the feelings. It made me think of the movie Inside Out, which I still haven’t seen. I can’t wait to treat myself to a solo nighttime movie next week, after some of this craziness has been washed away. I like to think of sadness as a partner to joy, and not an arch-nemesis. I like to know it’s ok to be happy and sad at the same time – about everything turning with every season and every reason. Speaking of which, Scarlet has agreed to be interviewed for today’s Ask Away Friday. Isn’t this photo (below) from school fantastic/hilarious?
I saw this wonderful interview on Kenya’s blog – link HERE – in which her son, Christopher – age 10 – answered questions about her. I had my own fun using this with my very willing five-year-old, who does everything on her own time, in her own way.
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Ask me if you want to swap!
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Echo from The Mad Mommy
1. What is something mom always says to you?
“I love you!” “You’re a goozle berry.”
2. What makes mom happy?
Let me think. When I do this thing where I say, “I can’t leave you!” and I won’t let go of hugging her. She’s also happy when I clean up my room.
3. What makes mom sad?
When Dada comes home late.
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
She calls me and Des “Gush Gush Girl” and “Gush Gush Boy.” And “Goozle Berry!”
5. What was your mom like as a child?
I don’t know! What a question.
6. How old is your mom?
7. How tall is your mom?
I’d say 100 inches.
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Being a photographer. Being a mom. Being a writer.
9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?
She does work on her computer and sometimes goes to photo shoots.
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Taking the BEST pictures in the world!
11. What is your mom really good at?
Photography. Didn’t I answer that 100 times already?
12. What is your mom not very good at?
Driving those cars at Six Flags! She was so bad at that! It was fun, though.
13. What does your mom do for a job?
Writer. Mama. Photographer. Chocolate Eater. Put that in too. Did you put that in??
14. What is your mom’s favorite food?
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Being a mama. A great mama. The best. And I really like her dresses. I do. A lot.
16. If your mom were a character, who would she be?
The Queen from Sleeping Beauty.
17. What do you and your mom do together?
Go on dates to see movies and go out to breakfast, lunch and dinner.
18. How are you and your mom the same?
Our eyes. They’re hazel. Our teeth are the same whiteness.
19. How are you and your mom different?
She has black hair and I have brown hair. She wears dresses every day and I don’t. I like to go on scary rides and she doesn’t.
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Because she kisses me and hugs me and says she loves me. Every day.
21. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
The cookie store.
22. How old was your Mom when you were born?
I do not know. No guess. Ok.. 23!
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