Our vacation ended with some great memories with family and friends, and our week ended with some special time among other friends and family as we gathered at Relay for Life. Good stuff, I tell ya.
Lesson #1: When a relaxing San Diego backyard BBQ turns into an exciting frontyard balloon show, it’s a good day.
Lesson #2: Big taking on the warm Manhattan Beach waves + Little playing in the sand + Pink scooting and screaming her way into the water + good friends by our side + dolphins playing in the distance = Bliss
Lesson #3: If UCLA keeps their security tapes on file, I can pretty much guarantee none of my kids will be attending our alma mater.
Lesson #4: Then again, once they see Pink’s moves in her new cheerleading uniform, they may make an exception.
Lesson #5: No matter how magical a vacation is, it feels good to know there’s no place your kids would rather be than home.
Lesson #6: While avocado may make your hair shiny, there is a limit to the amount of good it can do in one treatment. Pink likes to test that limit each and every day.
Lesson #7: While I’ve been called a back-seat driver once or twice (a week), I could take lessons from Big. He’s even taken to bringing his toy remote control that looks like a steering wheel along for the ride.
Lesson #8: At Relay for Life, even a 6-year old can be overcome by the heartache of loss, as well as the power of community.
Lesson #9: I’m pretty sure you (yes, YOU) have no idea how much your support means to me. From the contributions to Relay For Life, to the words of support when I’m going through a hard time, to the time you spend voting and promoting me when I’m nominated for an award… The list goes on. And I truly thank you for making the time I spend writing so much more meaningful.
Lesson #10: It’s with my sincere apologies to my boys that I admit, I have chosen Pink as my favorite child too. I mean, I had to go in to wake her up at 8:30am this morning. How can you compete with that?
Just a reminder that this week the voting comes to an end for the Circle of Mom’s contest. You guys have literally lifted me up (from like 30-something to #2!), and that means the world to me. If you have a few seconds to vote the next few days, I’d greatly appreciate it. (You can vote once every 24 hours.) Let’s go #2! (Hmm, there’s a joke in there somewhere…)
Jodie Hoffman says
I think I had things to say about a number of your lessons, but right now I’m most excited that my vote (just now) put you at 301 votes in 2nd place to the 1st place blogger’s 302 votes…. keep ’em coming, people!!!!! 🙂
**and what on earth do the UCLA video cameras have on your kids?!?!?! Glad your vacation was blissful! 🙂
Amy, Using Our Words says
Whoo hoo! Thanks for keeping the faith and voting!
As for my kids at UCLA, let’s just say Little spent more time lying on the ground than on his feet. Pink got hold of a bunch of clothes and pulled them off the hangers. She also learned to scream Big’s name at the top of her lungs and thought it was hilarious to continue yelling it over and over and over… And Big went crazy pulling a handle in the candy store so we came home with $7 worth of Runts. I’m surprised they didn’t take our alumni cards away.
Amy, you’re now at 370 votes and well in the lead. You’re #1, you’re #1! If you win (and even if you don’t), please share a pic of Pink in her cheerleader outfit! Sounds too cute for words.
Amy, Using Our Words says
Margot, ironically tomorrow evening is the first UCLA football game, so she’ll be rocking the outfit no matter what. Stay tuned for that pic!