I am a stay-at-home-mom. I wake up every morning to this gorgeous grin…. And while I wouldn’t trade these days, this life, this beautiful boy, for anything in this world, I have to admit that every once in a while I stare at the clock in the morning and think…

“What in HELL am I going to do to entertain this child for the next twelve hours???”

Being a stay-at-home-mom does not mean that you stay at home. Gone are the days that I could snuggle my 3 week old on the couch and alternate between singing him lullabies and watching Regis and Kelly.

Keeping up with a toddler is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. So when it’s 7:50 am, and it’s raining out, and Max has the tail end of a cold….there’s nothing left to do but be creative.

So we bundled ourselves up and went off in search of the Great Pumpkin of 2011.
Thank goodness there was a parade of these Jolly Giants right down the street this morning. I mean, we do live in the Pumpkin Capital of the World, y’all.
We picked up a balloon monkey on the way….
and polished off our downtown stroll with a Pumpkin Spice Latte for Mommy and a bagel for Max. In true “adventure” fashion, the rain started pouring down on us when we were about 3 blocks from the car.

I suppose that’s how the memories get made. One soggy balloon monkey at a time.

The measure of my Mommy Success today came when a tiny, sneezy voice from the backseat yelled out “More big pu-in!” as I turned the corner toward home, naptime, and the next six hours of undiscovered adventures.


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