Hey you and Happy Halloween!
I hope all my friends on the east coast will still be able to celebrate with the aftermath and current complications of Hurricane Sandy. Stay safe.
My little sister Sierra and her family are pretty much snowed in, in rural North Carolina, and my older sister Laura and her family live in Brooklyn, so their area took on a lot of water.
Luckily, they live in a loft apartment on a higher floor, so they lost electricity one day, but are not physically underwater or sustaining damage.
I don’t know how NYC will function if the subways can’t run. I hope people can get to their jobs in the next couple of weeks, because I don’t think they have enough buses to transport everyone. It could get messy.
Here is L.A. we are very blessed with a cool, sunny, breezy, perfect day. We just came from Bex’s elementary school costume parade, there is nothing much cuter than little kids dressed up in costumes. Except for babies dressed in costumes.
Okay, pets, too.
I love it all! Bex doesn’t actually play Mario Bros games yet, he just knows the characters and likes to watch older boys play the games on YouTube videos. I wore a leopard costume I’ve had for like, 15 years or so.
It was $350.00 when I bought it (I would NEVER spend that much now, I had just sold a big screenplay), but I’ve worn it at least 7 or 8 times. One year I was Josie from Josie and the Pussycats in it, with red go go boots, a red smooth bob wig and a toy guitar.
Today I put a t-shirt over the sheer black “illusion” netting in the front so I didn’t embarrass my child. Or myself. Or get arrested.
This next amazing pic gets my vote for Costume of the Year…
Have you seen this Dad baby robot homemade costume? I think it’s supposed to be like the thing Ripley wore in Alien when she battled the creature in that suit- the baby is Ripley!
The dad said the whole thing only weighed about 10 pounds without the baby, who was safe and snug in a baby carrier on his chest. Awesome.
Man, I’m so judgmental about pictures of myself these days, I look at that first photo of me and Bex and think “I need Botox for that worry line between my brows!” I know, I know, so ridiculous. Vain. Waste of money. Can’t afford that anyway, right now. What am I, a Kardashian?
If you’re anything like me and you haven’t read this now pretty famous blog post, “The Mom Stays in the Picture” I highly recommend clicking through to Huff Post to check it out. It made me cry.
It’s about how we moms often don’t want to get in photos with our kids, who are so much cuter than hideous us, in the way a lot of us see it in our mind’s eye. This quote by the writer Allison Tate is quite beautiful:
“I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.”
WAHHHH!!!! Kills me. We are so hard on ourselves. I know I am.
The message is, whether you’re a mom or not, stay in the picture. Get in the photos. Be a part of the physical memories of your life.
One day you will look back like I probably will and we’ll both say, “I was so young then, what was I thinking?” Your family and your friends and especially your kids want to have a record of beautiful wonderful, incredible, one and only, one of a kind, spectacular YOU!