When it came time to start planning Hendrix’s first birthday, I decided I would give the people what they want. I am so excited to share with you how I threw the best ever rockstar birthday party on a budget just from Walmart, The Dollar Store, Etsy, and Amazon Prime!
Holy moly I am so happy that my long lost friend Autumn is back! I have longed for this time for so long, that it nearly escaped me that it was finally here. So indulge me as I lay out plans to accomplish the items on my fall bucket list.
Day after day pretty much the same routine with rarely a thought about being a black woman married to a white man raising bi-racial children. The other day someone approached my family with a comment and it sparked me to write this open letter to my children that they are too young to understand now, but one day will appreciate from their black mother married to their white father.
I have seen a lot of people posting on social media about their “summer bucket lists”. Some of them are lists of activities they want to do with their kids, or long lists of places they want to visit this summer. If I were to consolidate my wishes of things to do this summer into one list, that list would consist of 2 things: 1. make memories however big or small with my family and loved ones 2. take time for myself. The summer began with my daughter’s pool party birthday and several trips to the neighborhood pool thereafter. As I kept to the shallow end with my son in his floaty I realized I really needed to conquer my fears and learn how to swim not just for myself but for my children.
Wowza! Summer has gotten off to a hot, hot, hot start for us here in Houston. You would think that after 33 summers I would be used to it but nothing could ever prepare you for the equal parts hot/humid summers of Houston, Texas. My main goal this summer is to come up with ways to keep the kids cool. I foresee a lot of days at the pool in our future! My second goal is to the beat the summer blues while I am cooped up at my desk 9-5. Music always helps my work days go by super fast, so I decided to seek out summer time tunes that will be my go-to for the next 3 months with 5 must listen to playlists for the summer.