One of our local caves has a February homeschool special. So when my beautiful husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year, I couldn’t think of anything better than spending the day with the four fabulous men in my life exploring the dark underground. FIELD TRIP!!!!
Yeah yeah, that’s the stuff.
I woke up Monday morning to fresh coffee and sausage and eggs cooked By My Boys!! And it was Good!!! Then I got to open presents–and I got lots of presents. My beautiful husband got me lots of pretty stuff for my kitchen–new bowls and canisters and baking dishes. I’m kinda obsessed with The Pioneer Woman’s new line of pretties and my man delivered. I rearranged my entire kitchen to show them off. It’s kind of a shrine. Yeah. Yeah.
My Big got me The Essential Leonard Cohen, which rocks my socks off (I Love the Cohen!) and the film Equilibrium with Christian Bale… If you don’t know my obsession with Dystopia, you have not been paying attention. I love that film–the idea that suppressing human emotions could never truly work… yeah, think about how dull life would be if you couldn’t love. Slice ’em up with those swords, Christian. I’ll be watching often (this character is so much more amazing than puny old Batman).
Anyway… We all got ready and headed to the caves where, thanks to the special, we were able to do both tours on the cheap. We had an amazing guide on the first tour, which we shared with only one mother and her preschool-age son. They reminded me so much of me & Big when he was little and we did everything on our own that I fell a little bit in love with them. By the end of the hour-long tour we may as well have been a 7-person family. She even took a pic of our whole family for us, something we don’t have a lot of for some reason. And I absolutely melted when her little one was trying to surmount a step and Littlest ran over to help him up. Kindness. I guess I really have preached it enough at them.
Yeah, Martin kinda dwarfs the rest of us. But Middle is catching up. We loved how the stalagmites resembled fairy cities. That one in the bottom right corner is called, appropriately, the birthday cake. Because it was my birthday. 🙂
It was the first time the littles had ever been to a cave, so they learned a lot, not just about caves in general but about the history and geology of our area. We live in such a beautiful place, and it’s riddled with caves. There are at least 4 places nearby that offer tours, and you have to watch all the sinkholes and little openings in the forests around here–no one wants to accidentally discover a new cave!
We left the caves at midday and headed to the Louisville Zoo. We don’t frequent that particular zoo too often. It’s usually so crowded you can barely move and my hypothyroidism-induced panic attacks love to rear their ugly heads there. But it’s February! And it was 52 degrees for my birthday! That Never Happens.
My beautiful husband loves me. So he didn’t bat an eye when I suggested the zoo, and he never complained while we were there. Even though 52 might be still a little cool for a zoo trip, I never once felt uncomfortable. We were 1 of about 6 families in the whole zoo. And the animals were active and all over the place. There were a few we didn’t get to see, like the elephants, because they were all toasty warm in their buildings, but the rest of them were up moving around. The warthog even came to Littlest when he called him. (Thank goodness for trenches and fences is all I can say.) Everyone of us played and acted silly and there were no real grown ups on that trip.
Here’s how we all size up to a gorilla. You can see why I always tell Martin he has Grape Ape arms. You can also see how Middle is outgrowing all of us at 13 years old. And how he is the most like me, in both looks and personality. (Yeah, I know, he Is Cute!! lol)
I will never forget that day. I have never laughed so much or felt so loved or loved as hard as I did on my (gulp) 44th birthday. I can’t tell you, lovely readers, how much I appreciate my four men and what I would do to keep them happy.
One other thing. As I was going through these pics to get them ready for you, I got a look at my current self and that was the icing on the cake. Remember a few months ago, when I posted about Homeschooling with Hypothyroidism and my struggles with weight loss? I have since lost 30 pounds, a struggle that is the culmination of 10 years of watching my weight go steadily up. Check this out:
I hope your birthdays rock as much and you find all the joy humanly possible in all of your days.
Love wins (and I love you, Martin, more than you’ll ever know),