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When your best friend of 30 plus years has her face painted by your oldest kid. Jenner- you are the smartest, fiercest thing I know. My dearest and nearest, my North Star, my one and only. I love you.
It might have been 115 degrees, but that's not going to stop this BBQ. Desert rats are tough! My oldest also made eight bucks by finding a water sprayer and then charging people to spray them with the water sprayer to cool them off. Gotta support the hustle! We loved seeing each of you- thank you so much!
I've been posting quite a bit about my youngest. My oldest makes it happen. She is the coach ("You got this, Lauren!"). The line reading rehearsal partner. The soft shoulder to lean against while waiting in the hallway. The endlessly patient older sister willing to brush her younger sisters hair one more time before the audition, because it's messy AGAIN. She is the last person her youngest sister looks to, and the first set of arms her younger sister runs into after an audition. My oldest is the kindest, best kid ever. I need to brag about her more!
At my undergrad college bookstore, I could have bought a book by a Nobel Prize winning professor. Or, the hottest new fiction tome. Instead, the sign declaring "This whole grown up thing has been fun but I have to go now" spoke to me. And- a rare sighting of me in my own social media feeds!
This one is ready. For a photo shoot, or a parade, or to be arrested for jaywalking. She is IN.
Every time we are in my undergrad college town, we stop at what was, in hindsight, my favorite job. I always ask to buy the store when the current owners sell. My youngest employee is ready to start slinging caramels and truffles, all handmade in the back. Someday the answer of the owner will be yes. I won't need to go home to pack anything- my love is already in this store.
When you tell your man you're taking the kids to lunch. And neglect to mention lunch is at your favorite burrito place from your undergrad days, 950 miles away. Oops.
When Grandpa shows his grand daughter the amazing Santa Cruz Pier AND suddenly realizes a two year old kid can kick you in the kidneys SUPER fast......
When Grandpa is tall enough to double as a playpen for a dual nap.... we all love you so much!