as always, sticking together

Almost fourteen years ago, I managed to capture an amazing shot of the men in my life and what proved to be one of my most favorite photos of them.

A photo of the hand of our son, Daniel Quinn, scarcely 30 weeks adjusted age and just 2 pounds and the newest member of the Kilo Club, as he tried to grasp the index finger of his father’s hand.

One year later, as we celebrated Daniel’s first birthday and the finalization of our adoption, it served to remind us just how small he really was and how far he had come then.

A year after that, it would receive a special photo journalism award in a local photography show as it astounded the judges with one who truly was Fearfully and Wonderfully Made…it also irritated a local photo journalist that an amateur photographer would receive such an award…over her entry.

Today that photo is properly framed and hanging amongst so many other treasured photographs of our circus act here under The Big Top.

But today, inspired by the works of Red Methot’s Les Prèmas, I tortured my men with a photo shoot…as a mamarazzi will do.

Fourteen years later we prepare to celebrate tomorrow, as we do every year, because every birthday of a 1 pound baby boy born 4 months too soon is something one must always celebrate. We celebrate our preemie, Notre Préma, as parents should. Tomorrow this most extraordinary and most favorite son shall be FOURTEEN YEARS OLD which absolutely deserves all the shouty caps and everything else that we could possibly offer him. Oh, and I should add that we couldn’t possibly be more proud and happy that we get to call him our most favorite son…as we do every day. On the cusp of completing his fourteenth year, he is suddenly aware of the fact that he is our only son…but yes, absolutely, our most favorite son…something that we all celebrate here under The Big Top.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Robert Fulghum

giving thanks

There’s much to be thankful for on this day of Thanksgiving in the US. Last year a moment like this would not have been imagined because, yes, his health was THAT bad. He couldn’t/wouldn’t see it but everyone else saw it…and often would take me aside to express their concern.

So I should give thanks for this moment.

I do.


And I also give thanks for what happened ten months ago too because he was so damn lucky and finally could see what everyone could see and worried about.

That expression of gratitude likely makes me a horrible person in the eyes of some. That’s probably why I am so good at Cards Against Humanity.

Oh, and I give thanks for the fun we had as a family playing that last night.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all.

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flabby another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. ~ Albert Einstein


Monster Jam® birthday style

For those who might not know, Daniel, the boy who is turning 12 next week, LOVES cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans…pretty much if it has a motor and wheels and goes he LOVES it. The shelves in his room lined with too many to count (unless you are Daniel) Hot Wheels cars is pretty much testament to that fact. Ask him to tell you about some of the cars on display in his room…go ahead…he will, in great detail. You might want to get comfortable. Given these facts it should go without saying that Daniel going to Monster Jam would be the absolute perfect way to celebrate his 12th birthday.

Well, as luck would have it…



Tickets Now On Sale for THREE SHOWS at the
Sleep Train Arena from January 17-19, 2014
Including TWO PARTY IN THE PITS Pre-Show Events

Yes, of course, we are going! Yes, of course, my son is absolutely beyond excited. So is my darling husband.

Because, oh my glob, BATMAN!

For three shows only, motor sports fans will witness EIGHT of the world’s best monster trucks battle it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction as the Monster Jam comes to Sacramento. This year’s truck lineup is showcased with appearances by World Champion powerhouses Grave Digger and Batman (featuring the return of veteran driver John Seasock who has won back to back World Racing Championship honors in this truck); other fan-favorites appearing include Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw, Destroyer, Playin’ for Keeps plus Captain USA and Double Trouble that will be electrfying crowds at Sleep Train Arena with the breath-taking stunts and awesome power of the world’s most popular monster trucks.

As an added bonus, in addition to the world-class racing and freestyle competition action, die-hard fans can come to the arena early on both Saturday and Sunday to enjoy “Party in the Pits” pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close, meet the star drivers for autographs and take photos!

One of the most popular touring family sporting events in the world, the Monster Jam is a high-flying, car-crushing explosive event of demolition, speed and powerful stunts surrounding the world’s best monster trucks and drivers whose skills provide an awesome spectacle of “rock-and-roar” that will bring fans to their feet cheering for more!

Absolutely perfect way to celebrate a boy turning twelve…right?!


And you are invited to come too!

WHERE: Sleep Train Arena One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95834

WHEN: Friday, January 17th,  Show Time – 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 18th, Pit party – open 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
                                                    Show Time – 7:30 PM
Sunday January 19th, Pit Party – open 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
                                                   Show Time – 2:00 PM

Day-Of Event ticket and Pit Pass required for entry each day.
(Pit Pass purchase price $5 for kids, $10 for Adults)

TICKETS: Ticket prices start as low as $20 Adults, ticket prices range from $20 – $50
                  Kids tickets (ages 2-12)) are only $5 each for select seating (limit 4 kids per
                  adult  ticket purchase)
                  Pit passes will be available to purchase for $10 Adults/ $5 kids (ages 2-12)

Tickets and Pit Passes available for purchase online at Ticketmaster, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Sleep Train Arena Box Office.

Above ticket prices are advance purchase only; all tickets are $2 more day of show. Marketing pricing applies to all tickets; rates may fluctuate based on supply and demand. Tickets subject to convenience, service and handling fees.

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows.

overheard under the Big Top #616

Just another day running errands with my favorite 11 year old boy last week including a stop at Target. Yes, it seems that I am there a lot. Perhaps that is why the Target lady is a little too familiar with me. While there, I ask Daniel if he has thought about anything he might like to give to his Dad for Father’s Day.

Well, there is this trophy I saw the last time we were here…I know it’s probably real expensive but I really think my Dad should have it.

Yeah, we HAD to buy it.

I have to say that he is indeed the best Dad, the best dad that I know. My kids and grandbabies are so lucky.