Summer Bucket List #4 The Drive-In

Saturday, July 28, 2018

I love the Drive-In during summertime...
We saw Hotel Transylvania 3 and I give it 3/3 Blah-Blah-Blahs.😂😂😂
If you haven't seen it, you don't get it.
The girls are now referring to love as 'Zing' and it's adorable.
Why did you Zing with daddy? If you Zing do you have to get married?
I'm so thankful we were able to make these memories even though we are always missing Naiya and Ash...

SOKY Fair

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Kindred and Nova had the most fun marking #20 off their summer bucket list: a summer fair! One thing that was revealed to me, while we were there, is that Kindred has no fear. None. She wanted to ride every ride that the big kids were on. She is still mad about not getting to ride the ferris wheel. We have plans to take the girls to Disney World and I will feel more comfortable with her riding bigger rides than I did yesterday. Call me paranoid, but I just don't have enough faith in the safety standards of the traveling carnival industry.



See the spot where Kat is standing at the top of the slide? It was approx five feet from there, on the steps, where I realized that I was still just as terrified of heights as I used to be. My heart was pounding, I had a death grip on Kindred's arm and I told the young gentlemen assisting people at the top that I was basically of no use to anyone at the moment because I had THE FEAR. He kindly laid out our sacks and helped Kindred onto hers, while I maintained the death grip, and then assisted me onto mine. We both went airborne on the way down and it probably took me ten minutes to stop shaking. I want to show Kindred that even though we are scared, we can try new things. We shouldn't let some of our fears hold us back from living our lives!

I am so glad the girls had a good time. My favorite thing is to really be aware of how amazing and exciting experiences like this are for the girls. It makes me feel like a kid again too. The only thing that was missing was having Naiya and Ash there. Hopefully next year, it will be Disney and all three girls! What a dream come true that would be!!

Pink Cupcakes

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Brooklyn turned 14 years old yesterday. 

As we have every year, we baked some pink cupcakes.



This year, Kindred knows that Brooklyn is her big sister and that she was my baby who died.
She knows there are some things in her room that I bought for Brooklyn a long time ago but they belong to her now. She is curious and I mindfully answer her honestly and appropriately for her age.


These three little psychic anchors...keeping my feet on the ground. I love them so much.

Summer Bucket List #28 Mary Jane's

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mary Jane's Chocolate was a huge hit with Kindred. MJ is a locally owned/operated candyshop that uses 100% sustainably grown cocoa beans. The shop is located downtown and the cases are antique fixtures from a barber shop, which I loved! They are just gorgeous!! My favorite piece was the Mint Julep chocolate because you could actually taste the fresh mint. It was like a bourbon ball, but with mint julep inside instead. Kindred had a solid chocolate kitty cat on a stick and a chocolate covered Oreo.

She didn't come down for a solid hour...look at her pupils.


Mary Jane's is definitely a place to sneak away to for a nice little treat. I'm glad the girls put it on their bucket list!

Summer Bucket List #25 Mural Pic

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
photo by Ash @earthipsy on IG

Naiya got to check something off our lil' cousin summer bucket list!!! This makes me ridiculously happy. After we left Vandy, we drove over to the Gulch for a healthy smoothie and an Instagrammable mural shot. Naiya knocked it out of the park, of course, posing in front of an adoring crowd who literally cheered for her...


She generously allowed me to pose alongside her even though I am apparently dressed to match the municipal parking garages and she looks like a summer day spent boating on the lake followed by a BBQ, parade, and fireworks.


Look at those eyes...and that smile!! Naiya, you have been braver in the past 7 months than I have in my entire life. I love you so much, shug.

Dinosaur World

Monday, July 09, 2018

Summer Bucket List #24 took us to Dinosaur World in Cave City, Ky. It is just a half-hour drive up 65N. I remember going to Cave City right about the time it started looking like a ghost town in the 90s. The whole place seems like a remnant of a bygone era...you can almost see the 50s model cars in all the abandoned parking lots. My grandparents honeymooned there at the Wigwam Motel during the height of its popularity. Many years later, I was there for elementary school field trips to both Mammoth Cave and Guntown Mountain. Guntown Mountain sits across from Dinosaur World and, as I drove by it, I remembered one time Ash and I got stuck for about half an hour on the chair lift. I think I was about 18 so it was not a huge deal but, if it happened today, we would both have complete mental breakdowns from the anxiety. My mom and stepdad were actually in front of us at the highest point of the ride, and mom came pretty close to her own breakdown. She was gripping the safety bar and did not move a muscle the entire time. In the clip, the highest point is over a grassy area, but in '98 it was a blacktop parking lot.


I love this picture above. It looks like the dinosaur turned to look at Kindred and it startled her...


At the farthest point from the giftshop, you are at a gigantic dinosaur visible to interstate traffic. Naturally, this was the exact location Kindred decided we were at a Level 5 potty emergency which prompted us to run past the entire second half of the trail.



All the signs say to stay off the ropes and not touch the dinosaurs. Kindred still decided to try the "But, I can't even read!" defense and went for it...


Dinosaur World is the kind of tourist trap that you find all across America, but thankfully it is well-maintained and the girls enjoyed it. After having driven past it at least 100 times, I'm glad we finally checked it out.

Baseball!

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

What is more American that baseball, apple pie, and fireworks? We had all three on the 4th this year! The girls are just smokin' their summer bucket list right now. They crossed off four things in 24 hours!


We have a minor league baseball team called the Hot Rods and this was our first time seeing them. Their arrival came during our Georgia years so we missed out on the fanfare of their arrival. The stadium is pretty nice and the home-team emerged victorious so all-in-all, it was a fun time. I didn't see much of the game because we had 2 bathroom trips, shared custody of a lemonade, and popcorn rationing in the time span of an hour. When I would spend my summers in Atlanta with my grandparents, we would go see a Braves game and the tv would always be tuned in whenever they were on. I'll always be a Braves fan because of this.

After the game, they put on a fireworks show and the girls loved it. They didn't shoot up too high, which was kind of strange, but they were still big and sparkly. Oh, and one went sideways and appeared to hit the scoreboard. I did get a little nervous when that happened.



To quote the great lyricist Miley Cyrus..."Yeah, it's a party in the USA."

Thunderfest

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

This year, Thunderfest was held on the 3rd of July and the finale was truly one of the best I have ever seen. There were recordings by MLK and JFK that almost made me cry. Naiya's absence did make me cry. But, these little patriotic-dressed cuties had a blast and that is what truly matters.


It stormed a couple hours before the event started, so the humidity was at 150%. This is Kindred as soon as we got there. Approx 15 minutes later, she was drenched in sweat. The girl cannot take the humidity. It's her west coast bloodline. Her daddy was sweating too. Not me...I have acclimated nicely to breathing underwater.


Nova's face. That is all.


Look at my sweat-soaked cutie pie. Surprisingly, the bugs were not bad!!


I thought I could cheap out and buy glow necklaces from the Target dollar spot earlier in the day. But, the girls saw these sweet light-up wands and my glow necklaces were suddenly trash.


I don't hide that I think our country is an actual dumpster fire right now, but I hold onto hope that these girls will be the ones to turn it all around some day.