It’s hard when one of your clowns grows up and leaves this circus life for adventures far away. But thank goodness for holidays, vacation days and driving up I-5 through the LA traffic and over the Grapevine all day and into the evening because we all got to enjoy so much of our Zoë.
Her hair…and her reaction after her sister straightened it…which lasted for a day. In Zoë’s words, she could literally feel the curls fighting to get out.
Her laughter…especially when she snorted.
And her willingness to humor me and pose for a quick head shot because I want to/need to update this slice of 90′s awesomeness.
Still so happy to have Zoë for the week. Happy to spend time with her, hear her giggles, play with her dog and watch her do her laundry. Definitely can not wait for her come back…soon, I hope…very soon.
Our Thanksgiving, delayed but one day, today because I worked yesterday. Actually I signed up to work because Hazel would be with her Daddy Jeff, Hollie and family would be celebrating the holiday with her in laws and Abby and Jodie would be working…hurray for greedy retailers open on Thanksgiving Day and NOT paying a premium to their workers for sacrificing family time you know like healthcare workers, police and fire.
Anyways, today was our Thanksgiving Day…after a short little nap for me. Loved spending the afternoon with my Zoë preparing a feast fit for a family circus. Thankful for that time.
Thankful for the ones who did gather.
Others, I’m afraid were perhaps too full from yesterday’s family feasting…and others were just terribly two.
Oh terrible twos! Poor sweet girl. Poor mommy too. I remember holiday gatherings like that. Those were the days! At least my darling husband was there to share the burden joy with me.
But now it is time for a little pie with our whipped cream.
There is nothing more amazing than a hug, is there? No, I don’t think so. I love how I can always count on hugs from my circus act. Thanks to them I have learned to enjoy the warmth and love that is a hug. I’m not much of a hugger. I’m not a very physical person. Physical demonstrations of love just was not something that I knew growing up so it took me a long time, a very long time to accept a hug. I never would have known what I was missing were it not for my clowns.
Nowadays, I crave those hugs. I need those hugs. I miss those hugs when we are far away or too busy juggling the busyness of our lives. Work life, school life, dance life, social life, life just gets too busy that sometimes we forget to pause but for a few seconds and offer a hug to show our love, to encourage, to reassure, to center and bring back to reality. One of my clowns needed a back to reality kind of hug last night and I really wanted to be the one to offer it…tightly…around their neck…just for a moment…
I’m kidding about the wringing their neck. I’m not kidding about their needing to get back on the reality plane.
This parenting gig isn’t all roses, rainbows and unicorns, is it?
Adorable bracelets, perfect for stuffing a Christmas stocking or kitchen utensils that tell you what you must do with them.
Perfect for the one who would not be certain what to do with a wooden spoon or spatula…or perhaps to just add a touch of whimsy to one’s kitchen. I don’t know. You decide.
All this and more, so much more plus custom orders available all at my darling daughter’s etsy shop which you must check out now because I know you have not finished your holiday shopping or it’s because perhaps you do need that “Bitch, peas” sign hanging in your home…ahem, Kale, I’m looking at you.
Meanwhile, they will also be available for sale next weekend, live and in person, at The Dance and Cheer Stars Holiday Boutique-weekend deux, at the studio in Lodi, 167 Commerce St #101. Where Hollie will gladly make a custom bracelet to order especially for you or the ones you love.