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Baby Brother is Home!

With the arrival of the guy who can make me laugh like none other, is also the informal introduction of Summer for me.  (Yes, I know Summer isn’t until June).  If you can bat away the cobwebs for a moment, hopefully you can remember what the word “Summer” evoked during your school years.  It usually meant Ice Cream, sun tan lotion, Movies, short-shorts, and a proudly beaming Sun, among other things.  I don’t have children of my own (and I’m not sure if I want to, still thinkin’) but my baby brother’s are damn near close to being my very own.  I took a pretty heavy interest in raising them and it’s a strange and beautiful relationship that I have with the both of them and I wouldn’t have changed it for the World.  When either of  my baby brother’s are in town, it’s like a direct call for a celebration-hence the early arrival of Summer!  Baby Brother and I have since spread a blanket outside and absorbed some extra Vitamin D and have dipped into a brand spankin’ new carton of Chunky Monkey…and thankful to have it too because we rolled around lazily on our blanket outside, excited to hear the Ice Cream Trucks anthem blaring to announce its arrival just salivating for a Bomb Pop and yet, couldn’t gather ourselves up to walk the 10 paces to get a bar.  Lazy–haha.

This is what the scenery looked like to pick him up yesterday:

after battling the other Freshmen Parents for a parking spot and breathlessly hauling everything that had managed to squeeze into a dorm no bigger than a slightly larger, glorified box (how did it all fit)!?…we’d mustered up a pretty monstrous appetite and poor baby (who had apparently run out on his meal card and was too proud of say anything and therefore living on nothing but Burritos and Ramen)suggested Thai.

Pad Thai

Mee Krob

Green Tea Ice Cream Mochi (which I figured was a Japanese thing, but hey, I’m not complaining.  Yummy is yummy)

It feels just like yesterday when we were struggling to navigate the campus and was busily bustling away to pick up the last few random objects we’d forgotten to take care of back home.  I mean, it feels like just yesterday that it was ME!  (cue baby brother to point out that now, it’s going on 10 years)  EEK!!  How does this thing called life zip past in fast forward without you being none the wiser?  Speaking of, baby brother will be venturing off to Toronto in a few weeks.  If schedule permits, hopefully I get to hang out with him there for a bit.  I’m sure Toronto will open up a new chapter in our “Food Holiday” for us :)

With the arrival of your College Kids and Mother’s Day–just a reminder to hold your dear ones close.  (and closer).  My 26- going on 110 year old self realizes that it’s not just about the great food you eat—it’s about who you eat them with!!!


Your nostaglic Squishy Monster

p.s. a new video will be up soon! =D

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8 thoughts on “Baby Brother is Home!

  • CJ at Food Stories says:

    How exciting that your brother is home … enjoy your time

  • Lester. says:

    Angie.Sounds like you and your family had, are , and will have a great time together! I ( We ) Have relatives coming in from Alabama and los vagas For the summer so I have anidea how you feel( My sister bro in law/bro in christ, nieces from Bama and a dear niece from Vages,)

    Well Angie as I say and said on my blog As a spiritual Mother, mother figure and in your heart , HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to you And Happy Mothers day to your Mother!My( Our ) Mother is in heaven, However she is a part of our MY I am the BABY lol ok? heart.
    My Lat great DAD would have been 100 on the tenth .It is wonderful that he and his child hood sweeitie love of his life are in heaven .We miss them both!

    26 going on 110?lolhahahaha.woo! That’s deep Angie! Quite a LADY!Next time just beam that chunky monkey using your transporter machine
    Have a great day! Have a great summer!!



  • sooae says:

    yum yum yum!!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    <–this girls super excited about it! 🙂

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    You’re great, Lester!! I hope you had a fun weekend! I’m sure it’s a riot when you’re around!!!

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  • Lee says:

    I know how you feel. My daughter came home for the Summer also. The amount of stuff we move is crasee! I love it all. She is my second and last daughter to go thru it. My cat Monkey and I are enjoying the energy that our house has been missing. Enjoy every sandwich. Lee

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I wish they could stay forever

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