our whirlwind road trip back in time

Our family ran away this week.  In what can only be called a whirlwind road trip we drove to D.C. on Tuesday afternoon, spent the night with BrightSide’s sister, and then we all went to the African American Museum on Wednesday. 

We drove back Wednesday night and got in well after midnight, so my apologies if you dealt with any of our short tempered exhausted selves today.

But the museum…my word, the museum.  Tomorrow’s Forever Family will have our reflections on the experience.  I strongly recommend visiting when you’re able to plan a trip to our nation’s capitol.


Please note:  Entrance is free since the museum is part of the Smithsonian, but due to demand you must obtain a timed entry pass.  There are several options.  Same day timed entry passes are available online beginning at 6:30am ET until supply runs out.  There are a limited number of walkup passes available beginning at 1:00pm daily.  Advance online passes are released monthly and are claimed quickly.  The next release will be for January 2018 passes and is on Wednesday, October 4th at 9:00am ET.  Click here to read more or for links to pass availability.

what we need vs. what we’re expected to settle for

Painful, poignent, and a brutal truth.  Please read this story today and think…what would I do if this were my child? 

“My son was berated as an “N-word” at camp this week.  Some of the kids have been asking him if he is Mexican and if he is here “legally.”  Carl is much darker than I am so sometimes kids ask “how he came out like that.”  This kind of ignorance permeates our society today.  I have no problem gently educating people that our nation is made up of all kind of different people.  Some children are born into families and some are adopted.  Not all Mexicans are “illegals” and not all Hispanics are Mexican.  Yada yada yada.  At this point I realize my lip service is doing nothing whatsoever.”

Ice Cream and The N Word | Herding Chickens and Other Adventures in Foster and Adoptive Care

50 shades of awkward

It was movie night at the house and we were introducing T-man to Hitch, one of my favorite rom-coms ever.  Will Smith is da bomb, y’all.  Just sayin’. 

So we came to a kissing scene and I could actually see T-man shrinking into his chair.  Through sheer force of will he managed to decrease his body mass by .8% and would have, were it possible, sunk straight through the floor.

I shouldn’t find this funny, right?

 

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Share Your World 9/18/17

Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …

Spanish.  I’ve started studying it through an app and it’s pretty cool.  It’s also nice to know my brain cells aren’t completely fried.

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

Require?  A comfortable bed, preferably king sized, and a decent bathroom.  But what makes me happiest on vacation?  A separate sitting area, so someone can nap even if somebody else wants to watch tv.  Large windows that let in plenty of light – even better if you can walk out onto a balcony and sit in the fresh air for a while.  Add in an incredible shower and I’m blissed out.

What is your greatest extravagance?

It would be a fascinating experiment to learn what others see as my greatest extravagance…I guess I’d say my biggest extravagance is getting a spa pedicure.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Peanut finding her way back to her family (see items 18-24).  I was terrified, y’all.  The kids wanted so badly to keep her, but I had to accept that I just wasn’t able to give her all the attention she needs with our other two fur babies running around.  I was researching rescues that accept senior dogs when my neighbor texted me the family info.  I’m grateful she found us for the night, I’m grateful we were able to keep her warm and safe, and I’m beyond grateful that she found her way back into her family’s arms.


Cee’s Share Your World is a wonderful way to start your Monday!

What’s happening in your world today?

marriage 101 (aka: what one chick has to offer on surviving long term cohabitation)

Yo.  I am by no means an expert on marriage.  I’ve only had the one, after all (though I do think we’re getting along fairly well), so I’m drawing on a rather small statistical sampling here.  I suppose that means the following disclaimer is in order.

I am not an experienced counselor, except to my own children in matters of wardrobe and middle school drama.  I don’t have all the answers, unless you’re asking how to heat soup or make a really good grilled cheese sandwich.  My coping methods may not be appropriate to your lifestyle seeing as I’ve been known to recommend beer and nachos for therapeutic comfort.  Sometimes even Double Stuff Oreos™ when the going gets tough, despite the fact that I have no earthly idea what sort of concoction binds together to make that delicious creamy filling.

Now on with the show!

 

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