the golden one

Today, the 8th day of June, Hazel Faye is EIGHT YEARS OLD!!!

I KNOW!!!

And I shared first with Hazel, then on social media, how happy I am to spend some of this wonderful day with her, the one who named me Mima, as I have every year since the day she was born because she has filled our family life with so much delight, magic, brilliance and awesome.

She has.

And so we lunched and shopped because like Stars, Golden Birthday Girls are just like us.

They shop.

They laugh during dinner.

They try on birthday bike helmets.

They bask in the glow of their birthday candles.

And they blow out all the candles because today is their golden birthday.

See? Just like us.

and then there was one

Literally, for the first time since February 2005, we have only ONE teenager living here under The Big Top.

One.

Just one.

Of course that means that this one is now TWENTY years old.

Twenty.

This child of mine.

Happy birthday our darling Jodie Grace Wynonna.

fifty four

The minute you’re born, you’re getting older.

~ Doris Roberts

Boom!

Deal with it!

Today I have successfully completed fifty four years of waking up and living every single day. I’m celebrating.

But first, let me take a selfie.

No filters, no crazy edit app to to perfect365 the shit out of this face of mine to the point it looks so plastic that it’s laughable…I do laugh when I regard pictures like that which I see on social media, especially if I know you because WHY??????!!!!!! Pro tip: If you are posed in the picture with your darling significant other or your children it appears all the more fake. Better to stand in front of the sunny window of your kid’s room as I did this morning and smile.

I’m fifty four years old today and every damn day of this year and although I have no clue what the rest of today or this year will bring, I am going to do my very best to enjoy.

we learned the secret…apparently

Today under The Big Top we celebrate the fact that this one is TWENTY FOUR YEARS OLD!!!!

Oh yeah!

We also celebrate the fact that we have learned the secret to raising amazing humans. It’s absolutely true because our dear friend Amber told me so. It’s also true that we are indeed the parents of five pretty amazing humans.

We are the fortunate ones, really.

And today we celebrate the beautiful, spirited force of nature that is our Zoë Elizabeth.

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.

Eleanor Roosevelt

love and loved in return

Happy birthday favorite son, the fourteenth edition!

Another year to celebrate. Another year to reflect on the miracle that he is and not just because he started life so precariously. The miracle is every day he manages to touch so many with kindness, respect and love in a way that is truly an art…an art lost to so many of us…an art he teaches all who are lucky enough to know him…The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return – eden ahbez

Sad over the news of the passing of “the Father of all of us freaks”, but so thankful for his cover of eden ahbez’s Nature Boy…and for all the rest of the magical stardust that he shared with us all.