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to the desert.

still trying to get back into the groove after a relaxing four days in the desert. we stayed here, and i can’t believe how much fun we all had. it’s totally kid-friendly (don’t go here if you want to get away from the family set) and was perfect in every way. definitely making this a yearly to-do.


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summer so far.

seems like the first week of summer is spent running around getting errands down. it’s as if we are in a mad rush to get things in order so that we can finally reeeeeelax. as if. the huz and i have a million projects floating around in our head and no funds to back them all, but we are mighty resourceful. we are dead set on putting one of these babies in, after seeing this¬†and this. we’ve got the tank and the pump/filter and are trying to get this up and running by week’s end. then there are car repair appointments, dentist appointments, physical therapy for s, dog grooming, the list goes on. we are slowly settling into a rhythm though, and that’s nice.

01. daddy’s pancakes make everyone happy

02. playing outside in the dirt

03. big brother starting to really enjoy the company of his sister. the big plus is that she thinks everything he does is hilarious.

04. her favorite past time, swinging. look at that joy.

05. tending the garden every day and impatiently waiting for that first perfect in-season tomato.

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gift idea.

for the person who’s sort of hard to buy for, and who has a significant other. date box #1 (let’s go out) holds a gift card for a local restaurant and two movie tickets. date box #2 (let’s stay in)¬†holds a dvd and a gift card for in-n-out. and date box #3 (let’s get pampered) holds a gift card for a spa service.

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a blogging checklist.

my blog is my record of our family memories, but, i’ve been struggling to find the time to write it down. even the mundane is beautiful and record-worthy, no?

i found this fall photo checklist and thought it might help to springboard some posts.

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everyone deserves fresh air.


these little boys couldn’t get enough of it. they played and played in the sunshine. doesn’t every kid deserve that?

when someone from the fresh air fund contacted me to spread the word about their programs, i couldn’t resist when i read this:

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend one of five Fresh Air Fund camps.

an amazing concept, no? isn’t it amazing how we take things like this for granted?

can you volunteer? can you host a child? do you know of a child in nyc who would benefit from their programs? can you donate?

let’s help expose kids to what a beautiful thing fresh air is…

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before leaving on any trip (could be 2 days, could be 10 or more), i am filled with anxiety. i worry like crazy about my house and my animals. will the person i entrusted with their care make sure to fill up BOTH bowls with water? will they be let in at night? will they be loved on? will they make sure to keep all the windows and doors locked? will they make sure that the money is left out for our cleaning lady? see? crazy, right?

and the packing? the lists begin months in advance. i worry that i will forget something, as if we are going off to somewhere that will be miles away from a store (we never do).

i haven’t let go of the packing lists, but i am trying to let go of the worry. just going to give it over to God. and relax and be still.

that’s better. nothing like a good blog post to talk you off of the ledge, huh?

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for the mommas worried about the sun.


{this is my personal fave}

i can’t even condense all the yuck i’ve heard and read about sunscreen lately. thank goodness for the ewg’s list of the best . see it here.

and, of course, since i’m all about the apps, there’s one for sunscreen info. too.

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