Every week I see my dad at Panera. He stands there with saggy jeans on his lean, tiny frame with a denim jacket. His hands tucked into his pockets, chatting with his regular group of fellas wearing baseball caps.
My daddy has been gone for almost 3 years but every week when Shannon and I meet, I see him and my heart loves to stare. How can someone else look and have mannerisms just like someone I used to watch and talk to, the man who walked me down the aisle and made silly jokes?
Today, I finally introduced myself. I told him who he reminds me of, how much I miss him, and how much his presence here each week blesses me deep in my soul. He hugged me and smiled and asked me to say a quick hello to him from now on.
Sounds good to me.
Now that's what I consider a fabulous start to the week.
In addition to our pajama party morning. Emma and Alice sat in the floor playing with books and puzzles while Sophie (shocker) did her own thing.
We found out pumpkin whoopie pies get a little soft and gooey when you throw 'em in a stroller for a few hours at the zoo in my opinion making them even better.
Alicia has lived with us for almost 2 years and funny enough, between the hustle and bustle of life, we don't get to spend a lot of time with her. She had a day off from work and chose to spend it with us. She must really love us because I think I would have chosen I'll-stay-home-in-peace-and-quiet for 600, Alex.
Pretty sure she and Sophie could have sat on this fence all day long watching the elephants. And I could too.
I look like a mama in this picture, more than usual I think. I remember years ago watching mamas from the backseat, sipping their coffee, running carpool, passing out snacks, with lines around her cheeks, wrinkles from years of smiles and life. Sun spots from hours and days outside during toasty summers on long walks, park adventures, afternoon dips in the pool.
And now these babies have a similar view from the backseat.
More costume parties ensued this week even at dance class. Sister went as Tinkerbell.
Emma wanted her hair curled.
Fall is bringing some major cold and wet our way this week.
Just how we like it.