We had a fantastic Halloween. Every year I re-realize that Mahncke park is the happiest place on Earth.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
I had the busiest working mother week of my life this week. It left me tired, occasionally exhilarated, and... tired. So tired that my residual tiredness means I can't come up with a better word for tired.
So, when Friday came, I was relieved to spend the entire day just mommying. I let Zahra sleep in until it was obvious that I was just keeping her home all day. And that meant I knew what our day had in store: we were going to vote. And run. We all know there's no better way to vote then covered in sweat and pushing a double BOB.
I let Zahra dress herself and she emerged from her bedroom in a purple tutu and girls rule shirt and I thought, "yes, my dear. I have done well with you."
We ran about 3 miles in a loop through Brackenridge Park and then headed to Lions field to cast our early vote. I voted for Hillary Clinton with a happy heart.
I voted for her, and Her, and my grandma and all of the women that I love. I voted looking to a future where Zahra's understanding of a woman's potential is simply an understanding of a person's potential. There are reasons that I'm excited for Hillary that have nothing to do with her gender but when I remember this day that's what I will remember. And someday I won't think it's such a privilege to cast my vote for a woman.
Note that we did not pull any Trump signs out of the ground.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Once my Little King finds his thumb it's only a matter of minutes before he's passed out in the wrap. I love being snuggled to him while he sucks his thumb. I've taken so many photos of him sucking his thumb this week, anyone watching must think I'm obsessed with selfies.
My kids are finally starting to enjoy their scooters. We took a beautiful almost-fall walk this week up to Mahncke Park. We should have been getting ready for bed but a little special mama and her bigs time was a wonderful treat.
At the highest point of the hill on Mahncke Park, Zayd wanted to ride down a small practice hill. Zahra swore she was ready to fly down the BIG hill. In the end, she convinced Zayd...the way she usually does. He went first and did great. He'd gain a little speed and stop. Gain a little more and slow back down. He had to jump into the grass at one point when he lost his control of the scooter but he has everything under control. I'm going little adventures like this week build up his confidence and eventually get him to try his bicycle. Zahra flew down the hill after him, fell off the second she stated picking up speed, and literally bounced on her bottom. She seemed to be made of rubber. It was not as much fun as she was expecting. "I was so surprised how fast I was going!" I'm guessing that she didn't learn any particular lessons on her trip down the hill. She's three. There's still time. And that hill isn't going anywhere.
We played in the park and climbed the mesquite trees as the sun was setting. We are so lucky to have this family, this neighborhood and even this city.