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My Brother Ethan Lives in a Zoo!

Lion pic

Here you go Julian - here's your lion.

Ethan was out of high school and living at home without a job when his baby brother, Julian was born. So for the first few months of his life, Ethan was my helper and the very first diaper he ever changed was Julian’s. Then when Julian turned 3-months old he went down to the daycare where his oldest brother, Jordan, took over as his daycare teacher! Now Julian is 2-1/2 years old and about a month ago Ethan moved. Julian has a special relationship with all of his brothers and can name them (all six), even the ones who are not in our house now.

It has always been strange to explain to Julian when the older brothers have moved. But most of the time they stop back by for dinner or to do their laundry. So when Ethan moved all the way down to Texas to go to college, it was a hard concept to explain. What in the world is Texas. It was similar to trying to explain to him that his Dad went on a trip to Cabo San Lucas. He thought we just dumped him off at the airport and left him.

One of the last things Ethan wanted to do before he moved was to go on a trip to the Omaha Zoo with his baby brother. So our whole family (almost) pack up and took a day trip to Omaha. Julian had a wonderful time and he talks about the trip frequently. After being gone for over a month, Ethan finally got internet at his house and a couple nights ago he “skyped” us! Julian was very excited to see his brother for the first time since right after our trip to the zoo.

Thank goodness for Skype because, while it does not replace him actually being here, it is the next best thing to having Ethan home again! I was really… I mean Julian was really missing Ethan terribly.  Ethan was able to take Julian and I on a tour of his new home that he shares with two roommates, as well as a very large dog, two cats and a bearded dragon.

After showing us the bearded dragon, which Julian thought was an alligator, Julian exclaimed, “I want to see the Lion now Etin!” Apparently, combining the last memory of the zoo with Ethan’s collection of pets, Julian concluded that Ethan lives at the zoo!

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October 11, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | Leave a comment

A Weekend Away in the Country for Mom

2011 Harvest Bloggers Tour

2011 Harvest Tour

If you are a Twitter person, I highly recommend following event hashtags on Twubs.com. It is a super-cool tool and I will be tweeting about the Harvest Tour through Twubs. Sign up today and follow the Harvest Tour Bloggers Tweets on Twubs http://twubs.com/harvesttour or on Twitter with Hashtag #HarvestTour. You can also see all of the images through the “bloggers’ eyes” at http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/harvestcountybloggerstour.

I will think of my little man, Julian, a lot this weekend as I am riding on a combine and checking out farm equipment during the 2011 Franklin County Harvest Tour.

Who would have known this Des Moines “city” girl would end up spending a weekend away in the country! You just never know where social media (you know that thing for reclusive computer geeks with no real friends) might take you…

I have attended more live and in-person events as a result of social media than I ever would have before it existed. So much for the idea that social media discourages real interaction!

Here I am in Hampton, Iowa, at the charming Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast – all provided FREE of charge just for touring and sharing about the festival.

Thanks goes out to the wonderful businesses in Hampton who sponsored the bloggers and welcomed us so graciously with wine, candy, pumpkins, homemade jam and scented sashe.

More to come about my adventure in the Hamptons… I mean Hampton, Iowa!

October 1, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | , , , , , | Leave a comment