Oh, that Bittersweet Feeling…

I felt it…that tug…in your heart…one of those bittersweet moments as a mom. I have had it before with my older kids, Matt and Jenelle, when they were younger.

I am in Utah, as many of you know, to watch my son, Jake’s team compete  in the Babe Ruth World Series – 13yr. olds.  It has been a long road to the series, with many games behind us.

When we found out that our team had made the World Series, it was met with a huge smile and lots of parental pride, of course!

Jake flew ahead with the team, Ron, Jenelle and Matt drove out and I flew the next day. By the time we arrived in Utah, Jake had already met his host family, and was moved into their home. As a mom, I felt both excitement for him, and sadness for me, as I wasn’t going to be right there for him to pick up his mood if he had a bad game, or to celebrate his wins….. heck, I hadn’t even met them yet. What if Jake doesn’t like them. What if they are mean? I was having a classic mom’s headtrip, no doubt.

Despite my initial concern, Jake has thrived in his host family’s home, and he is having a ball. He barely has a moment to call us (OK, he does have time, but he says he is too busy). Hence, the bittersweet moment,… My little boy is growing up whether I want him to or not.  And I really wouldn’t have it any other way. ;)

I fell in love with Downtown all over again!

I fell in love with our Downtown Pleasanton this past week. I have always loved our downtown, but evey once in a while, you have one of those heart-tugging moments, when you feel so thankful to be a part of this amazing town. This, my friends, is how I am feeling right now.

As many of you know, Thriving Ink was involved in a few events last week. Our family has always prided ourselves on being a destination shop, but now we are beginning to be able to actually spread the word through other events.

Last Monday, the city of Pleasanton hosted it’s first Movies In the Park. I met with the city to present our idea for Movies In the Park, sponsored by us, of course. But, what turned out was even better than we could have hoped for.

With just a few of our ideas, the city set off to create an incredible event. If you missed it, then you missed an opportunity to fall in love with Pleasanton, particularly Downtown, all over again. As we set up our popcorn machine, to serve what turned out to be 300 bags of free popcorn (whew!), we saw families begin to set up their blankets, coolers, sleeping bags, pillows, food, and lots of good drinks!

The evening began with a nice greeting from our lovely mayor, Ms. Hosterman. She casually came to the movie with her dog, in her comfy clothes (what a great small town!). Also, our city manager was there, beeming with passion, as always. He had laid out his blanket hours before! 

The popcorn line was always at least a 15 minute wait, yet noone seemed to mind waiting under the stars, while watching the 27 foot inflatable screen playing Kung Fu Panda. As the evening progressed, kids cuddled up in their sleeping bags, with their parents; dates snuggled under the stars and friends sipped their favorite drink while enjoying the evening.

What a great first event! I can only imagine what next week’s will be like! See you next Thursday, July 24th for The Wizard of Oz. The movie is being played in DeLucci Park, right next door to Thriving Ink & Co! Be sure to come downtown early, and support one or two local business’. Have dinner out at Café Main, pick up some ice cream at the Meadowlark Dairy or chocolate at Gourmet Works and head on over to the Park! If you are bringing your dog (leashed, please), stop by Murphy’s Paw, then Thriving Ink. We love dogs! Then we will be out there serving FREE popcorn all evening, so come by and say hello.

Special thanks from Thriving Ink to Nelson, Pamela, Susan and Joanne from the city of Pleasanton, for all of their hard work to make this incredible event possible for our Downtown.  I envision many more great events coming down the line thanks to the city, PDA and the Downtown merchants!

We can’t wait to see you there!!3532862976_7978e97f42