Sunday, July 1, 2012

Celebr-EIGHT-ing Big B

Yesterday, we gathered at one of our family's favorite beach spots to celebrate Big B's eighth journey around the sun. I arrived by car with the feast for our family and friends, and Papa and Noni brought the boys and the (surprise!) inner tube by boat.

At one point I walked down toward the water and saw so many of our village there, floating in the sunset lit water, every single one of them with a smile on their beautiful faces--and soaked in the good fortune that my children have to be living in a place with such abundant love, friendship, and beauty. We struggle with lessons of gratitude, humbleness, perspective--but I am confident that when they are grown, wise men, they will reflect on these days of innocence with appreciation and joy.

Big B's Eight Cake was a big hit! I used this tried and true recipe, per his request for a chocolate chunk brownie cake--with this amazing buttercream frosting. To make the "8," I just doubled both recipes and baked the cakes in identical Bundt pans. I sliced about an inch and a half off of the end of each and matched their edges to make a perfect eight. Bonus: The inch and a half remains were a perfect day-after-party treat for Big B and little b.
My wish for Big B for his ninth year is to be confident, creative, and happy. He was born with such rich gifts in his intelligence and his spirit--now I think he is ready to use those gifts in a new way, one that is on his own time and by his own design. I continue to feel the honor and privilege of the best seat in the house to watch him unfold. Happy BIRTH day, my prince. Thank you for making me a mama--the greatest gift I'll ever be given.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Summer Wishes

With four and a half weeks to go until summer, Big B and little b (and hey, Mama too) are getting restless. The hustle and bustle of the August to May calendar has taken a toll on all of us, and we are ready for a space of relaxation, creation, exploration and adventure. So over tonight's dinner, I encouraged the boys to make a list, with no parameters or expectations, of what they would like to do this summer. Looks like we have big plans!
  • Go fishing on Daddy's boat with friends
  • Stay up all day and all night at least once
  • Take Singer (our youngest faithful beast) on the boat with us
  • Go nightswimming
  • Ride bikes to Yogurtology and back
  • Go to Myakka State Park and bring a quarter for the telescope at the top of the tower
  • See the famous Hinterlands sunset (?)
  • Reform the Sunset Club
  • Go to Grammy's pool
  • Go to Harry Potter land
  • Go to Lego Land
  • Go to Disney World
  • Snuggle
  • Do another crayon melting project
  • Make solar prints
  • Pick flowers