Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An Ode to my Front Porch

All I ever wanted is a front porch.

I grew up in the city, in a big, drafty house on a patched, tree-lined street. We filled every corner of that old house, there were 9 of us all together, and while there were many rooms and niches that I loved, it was the porch that made me happiest. The back porch was long and narrow, running most of the length of the back of the house. When I think of it, it's the sound of a screen door slamming and feet running on crunchy gravel that I hear. But it's the front porch that holds my heart.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Stories all around us

I was graciously gifted a Prim Goods Beauty Bundle in exchange for my honest feedback on their story and products. I am thrilled to be able to do so, and I am also sweet smelling and soft scrubbed thanks to these Prim Goods products. All opinions and ideas herein are my own because my opinions and ideas are not for sale.
I love a story. I remember years ago, on an episode of Oprah, she had a guest who would go to any city—like, throw a dart at a map, visit the place where the dart landed, and talk to the first person he met, to find out their story. I think that man inspired me to seek stories.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Step Up or Step Off

A boy at school has a crush on my daughter. This does not surprise me—she's cute, smart and funny (I'm totally biased). It's sixth grade. They're learning about their hormones and experiencing some pretty dramatic feelings.The boys and girls aren't free to be just friends anymore, it's more complicated than that as they sort out who's dating whom (which usually means they agree that they like one another and then spend their time not looking directly at one another, being awkward around one another, possibly holding hands or sitting close).

I asked her, Do you like him? Is he cute?

Her reply surprised me. I can't really tell if he's cute. All I see is that he's mean.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Listen To Your Mother is fast approaching. Tickets are on sale now.  I've been spending pretty much every free brain cell, moment of time and emotion on this project—I've talked about it before, I've been actively promoting and loving it since it started here in OKC in 2013, and even before then when I stalked admired from afar those friends and not yet friends who have been involved in this show. 

It's amazing. Our first rehearsal was just over a week ago, and it gave all that was promised and so much more (you can peek behind the curtain here, with this film made by Little Big Films):

It's a transformative project. It's a big deal. We've found sponsors (who are all incredibly awesome! The IAO, The American Banjo Museum, Vilona Michael Marketing, Southpointe Dental, BC Clark Jewelers‚ Sheradee Hurst Photography and Little Big Films) who believe in our mission and want to help support our cause (Positive Tomorrows) and help give motherhood a voice.

We put out the call for stories and were blessed with more moving tales of motherhood than we could use. We sat with them and heard their words and they graced us with their tears and laughter and we appreciate them so very much. 

We came together one afternoon, all of us, in a small, sun-drenched conferecne room on the 2nd floor of the American Banjo Museum, we walked into a room as strangers but walked out with an undeniable connection. 

All that's missing is you. Get your ticket and join us, won't you?

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The Moth and the Playlist

My front porch is my favorite place to be. When we were looking for homes, we selected this one based primarily on the front porch that came with it. Well, that was my criteria. I'm also the person who chose a car based on the fact that it was pretty and had a kickass stereo. Because priorities.

We have places to sit on our porch, and one day when while on the porch, my husband pointed out a moth to me. It was a luna moth, which I learned are quite common but rarely seen. After a little research, I learned that luna moths live for about a week in this stage, don't have a mouth so they don't feed, and they basically exist to procreate.

As badly as I wanted to capture this beautiful moth, I respected his purpose and let him go. I captured him in pictures and hoped to see another one at some point.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Letting their geek flags iFly

I was recently contacted by iFly OKC and offered the opportunity to soar in exchange for an honest review of our experience, which I readily agreed to because I learned a long time ago that if someone offers to let you do something that scares you, you should usually say yes. All opinions and words herein are my own. Big thanks to iFly OKC for the opportunity.

"If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?" Seriously. These words are not foreign to me. I certainly heard them as a child, uttered to me or yelled at me in exasperation by my own parents. And now, as the parent of a tween and a teen, these words have flown out of my own mouth, usually followed by a lengthy internal dialogue where I'm struggling with the fact that eventually we all become our parents.

Pour one out for our lost, misspent youth.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

We're Doing a Thing

It's our first rehearsal for our 2016 OKC Listen To Your Mother show today. I can't even begin to describe how I feel right now, my brain is swirling with thoughts and songs and feeling and images and ideas. I had hoped for a slow burn of a week to lead up to today, but instead, it's been fireworks every day so before I know it, it's over and it's time for this.

I'm happy, excited, proud like a new mama, a little buzzed from the sugar in the cookies that I made.

Nervous doesn't begin to touch it—I'm nervousexcitedanxioushappy. I'm thankful my husband knows—he did his stint as a cast member last year, he remembers what rehearsals are like. He's going through my checklist in his head, too, "Don't forget"ing me and "Remember to"ing me and then getting the hell out of my way. He knows I turn into a rather strange blend of focused and forgetty  when I get nervousexcitedanxioushappy.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Early to Rise

Nobody gets up this early on purpose except for Oprah!

Our recent move means that we all have a change in schedule. For my kids, that means waking up early enough to make the bus at 6:30.

Which means waking up by 5:45. On purpose. Five days a week.

This has not been an easy transition. I mean, I do consider myself to be a morning person, but I don't define morning as 5:45... more like 7:00. That's a way more reasonable hour.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What I learned on spring break

Spring has sprung!
Spring break has come and gone. The kids are sad. I'm ... I guess surprised at how quickly the time went by? We didn't have big plans, didn't go out of our way to visit all the places and do all the things. I guess that's what it means to be a mom of teenagers, they need less of those things and stuff and want more of sleeping late and command of the remote control.

But, still, there was time for learning. I mean, mostly for me, but for them also. And there were some big lessons learned this year. Like what, you ask?