I’m So Proud Of You

As a mother of two, I try to make sure both my boys get some one on one time with me.

I usually treat them to something they’ve been asking to do, and I let them talk about whatever it is that is on their minds.

Two weeks ago, I surprised my oldest with crawfish and a slush after school. The night before, he displayed behavior that made me so proud of him.

My baby boy had an ingrown toenail, and he was super whiny about it (I would’ve been too).

As I’m doctoring on his toe, he began to cry a little. Big brother came right in and grabbed his face, one hand on each cheek and said “It’s okay brother. I know it hurts, but mama is tryna make it better”. Baby brother then whimpers out “Okay”. It was the sweetest thing I had ever witnessed.

While still holding his cheeks, he coached his brother through a series of deep breaths.

Before he knew it, I was done, and his toe felt better.

“See big brother told you it was gonna be okay”.

I couldn’t help but smile when I heard that.

As the eldest sibling, you naturally swoop in and save your siblings. I was so proud of that display of love and care.

During our date I let him talk as usual. When it was all said and done, he gave me a hug and said ” I love you mommy”.

Sometimes I feel like I’m surely messing up as a mother, there’s no official guide to motherhood. However these precious moments confirm that I’m doing something right.

I am so proud of my son and how much he’s grown over the years.

Being the oldest is a sucky job at times, but someone has to do it.

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Megabus or nah?

As everyone knows, I like to travel, and I do so with my children. One day I got the  idea to surprise my dad, he lives in Florida, with an impromptu trip. I hadn’t seen my dad in about a year, due to me dealing with things with my youngest son. Anyhow, I was left with what would be the best way, financially, to reach our destination. I could purchase plane tickets, but I didn’t know how long we would stay, or I had the option of driving  10+ hours with my boys. I have never road tripped that long without an alternate driver, so I was like ehh. Then I thought about Megabus.

Megabus advertises to have fares as low as $1, you really can’t beat that. Then I started thinking about how the actual ride would be for such low costs. I also considered pros and cons of me driving versus riding the bus. If I drive I have to factor in the cost of fuel, food, actual driving time, and being a referee to my boys. If I choose the bus, I pay and ride and can attend to my children accordingly. The only real con was simply being on a bus.

I decided to go with Megabus. I literally packed, bought tickets, and left all in the same day. I actually bought the tickets online en route to the bus station. The requirements for luggage were the same as any airline I have traveled, one bag per reservation and a carryon.

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Let’s talk about the ride! It truly wasn’t bad at all. I chose seats closest to the restroom, as traveling with a 4 year old requires lots of potty breaks. For obvious safety reasons, I placed my boys in the window seat, and I sat in the isle seat. Road trip essentials were packed in our carryon, Leap Frog tablet, coloring book, etc. I also had diapers, wipes, and hand sanitizer on hand. Being that we left the terminal a little after midnight, the boys went straight to sleep.


There were two drivers on the bus we were on. I’m not sure if it’s standard procedure to have alternating drivers, but I thought that was smart. We also stopped for meals which helped with not having to pack snacks. Obviously, people were on and off at each stop, we stopped in Mobile, Tallahassee, Gainesville, before reaching the final stop in Orlando. All passengers were courteous of others, the temperature on the bus was just right at all times. There’s nothing I can really find fault with for this particular trip.

Once we reached the final stop, they unloaded all luggage first and then let us off, which made picking your luggage up fairly simple. I’d definitely travel using Megabus again, especially if it will cut down the cost of travel for me. My boys were antsy towards the end of the ride, but that’s to be expected. But yea, Megabus is great so far. I’ll come back and update on the return trip!  Thanks for reading!

**UPDATE** Well I learned that having alternating drivers is standard, which makes sense. Our return journey was just as smooth as our departure. Our drivers were butt holes to say the least. They have seemed like the type to abuse authority, but who am I to say. All in all, I am very pleased with Megabus and will definitely be utilizing them again!

           Greetings from Florida! 

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Down in New Orleans 

  

 

As a mom, I try to expose my boys to as many great experiences as possible. We have been to countless museums, and many more are on the list. About two weeks ago, I was looking for museums in New Orleans to visit. I came across the Musée Conti Wax Museum, and thought “Hmm this seems interesting”. I am a Louisiana native, Baton Rouge born and raised, and never have I ever been to this particular museum; sad, I know. Before deciding we would go, I did a little research so I would not be totally ignorant to what the museum offers. I have a history degree, so I try stay on my A game when visiting museums. On their website was this , “NOTE: Musee Conti will officially close on January 31, 2016!“. The history buff in me was shocked. I thought “Oh no we have to go visit”. 

  

Saturday morning arrives, I get the kiddos dressed, and we head out. On the way there (about an hour drive), I gave my usual museum pep talk. We arrive in the Big Easy, park, and make our way to the museum. We walked in and instantly I was excited! That is until we began the tour.  The lighting in the museum was horrible and there was quite a sharp odor, but that did not bother me. What did bother me was the fact that the exhibits were exceedingly basic.  I expected the exhibits to give greater details of events of New Orleans history. I believe majority of us Louisianians learned everything the museum had to offer in our grade school Louisiana history class. I just felt as if though many more events in New Orleans history should have been displayed. I was able to explain what was taking place in each exhibit before I read the description that went along with. 

  

As we concluded the tour, I was disappointed. My 3 year old very openly expressed how he did not like the museum either; that I did not want to hear. Maybe I set the bar for his expectations of museums high at an early age. Deep down I believe that because there were no hands on exhibits, he was not too fond of the museum. I was disappointed because of the potential this hidden gem has to be an even greater jewel to the city. The history and culture of New Orleans is very rich, and enjoyed by everyone. 

  

I am not quite sure why the museum is closing, but I will assume funding is a major factor based upon how plain it was. Yes it is a small museum compared to most, but size does not matter. Presentation is how you capture your audience, at least that’s what I think.  Given the right amount of funding, I truly believe the museum would be AWESOME. Nonetheless, I hate to see something that has so much potential to be a significant asset to our state, and the city of New Orleans close. 

*Please do not let my disappointment in the museum deter you from checking it out yourselves.*

  

After a very short museum visit, I was left to answer the question “Well what next?” Since we were already in the French Quarter, it seemed like a good idea to just walk and see where we ended up. This was quite the task with one and three years old boys in tow, but very well worth it. 

I have walked the French Quarter several times in my lifetime, and on this day, I saw the beauty of it all. This stroll with my mom and my sons brought me back to when I visited Barcelona and Valencia (the Spanish reigned in Louisiana), and how much I loved both cities.  

 

Witnessing my children encountering total strangers and being excited about it made me smile.

 

  

In true Louisiana fashion, everyone was hospitable. What really made my heart smile were my boys genuine interest in what they saw. The “Ooooo mama, what’s that?” question was asked at least one hundred times. We even crossed paths with a random Secondline, and my children being who they are, broke out into laughter and dance. Simply walking and people watching was fulfillment enough for my expectations I had of the day. We truly walked aimlessly until the boys began to tire. 

The street performers, buildings, small shops,  people enjoying themselves as if no one was watching, I loved it all! 

  

New Orleans is an enjoyable city with so much fun to offer. A planned museum visit turned into so much more. I walked away from the day believing that sometimes our plans do not work out so we can stumble onto something greater. A simple promenade through the French Quarter, exposed my sons to sights my mother did not expose me and my sisters to until we were teens. I am cheerful that I did not let the museum experience propel me into loading up, and driving back home. I am a planner, so when things do not go according to plan I freak. Carpe Diem is something I am working on, and NOLA was a great city to begin. Thank you New Orleans for showing this Louisiana girl and company a good time! 

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