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What I Wore


No. 1
Ross top, American Eagle jeans, Madden Girl sandals, scarf - a gift from Budapest 

No. 2
Shade Clothing dress, Target sandals, Fred Meyers necklace
(Old Navy fitting room selfie... keepin' it classy ;)

And that's all I got because I forgot to take outfit pictures both days I was in Sisters last weekend - oops! 

p.s. see the corner of that maxi dress in that last pic? I WILL own it!
But not till it's on sale because no way I'm spending $45 on one item at Old Navy.

p.p.s. a moment of silence for my newest and most favorite blouse
that my well-meaning husband washed and dried without me knowing and shrunk at least 2 sizes. 

pleated poppy

Monday Night Thoughts


- Even short overnighters to a summer basketball event can be perfect getaways when you don't have any kids with you (of your own. There will actually be a LOT of kids around at a summer basketball event, but if you don't have to feed or house them it totally doesn't count!)

- It's great to show self-control when out grocery shopping by not buying the gourmet chocolate chips you love to snack on so much, but oh so sad when 9pm rolls around and you just need a little something sweet and have NO CHOCOLATE CHIPS.


- Daughters who get their braces removed after having them on since the beginning of junior high (two summers ago) look dangerously older...and prettier... immediately!

(Thus concludes Monday night thoughts.)

What I Wore


No. 1
Ross top, Maurice's jeans & necklace, Fred Meyer sandals

No. 2 
thrifted tee, Old Navy skirt, Fred Meyer sandals

No. 3 
Maurice's dress, Target sandals
(I realize the one foot looks weird)

And once again, that's all I got.
But hey - I'm not in sweats/yoga pants/running shorts every day so I'm still winning!
And enjoying summer :)

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The Father's Day Report, among other things

I don't know what happened to my slow and relaxing summer. I had it for a week, and then it up and disappeared, yet to return. This directly relates to my lack of blogging lately, along with my lack of house cleaning and cooking... other areas of my life in sad disarray. Thankfully I have no picture proof of that... let's get to what I do have proof of!

First off: Father's Day. Ours was just great; my unofficial gift to Russell being no picture-taking, except for this one which happened right after we took him to shop for hunting gear so he was very pliable ;) The kids gave him two boxes of Twix ice-cream bars because they are Russ's new ALL-TIME favorite treat. (The new is actually the shocking part here, Russ's food preferences are mostly deeply-rooted and unchangeable.)

(Which is why I can't get him to stop eating Top Ramen or Mother's Taffy cookies.)

Also over the weekend... Blake finally lost his first tooth. (Only took 7 years, 3 months, and 325 complaints about why he had NO LOOSE TEETH when EVERYONE IN HIS CLASS was losing teeth left and right, and had been for 2 whole grades now.) 

Obviously the excitement level was on par with Christmas morning. He yanked it out himself after Russ failed with the dental floss, bounced around the house in excitement while we all cheered and hurrahed, and then went to bed in anticipation of a little cash reward discovery in the morning.
Too bad the tooth fairy forgot to visit. There was much mom-shaming from the older siblings until I finally just forked over what I had in my wallet because it turns out Blake doesn't even believe in the tooth fairy anymore, it took his baby teeth so long to decide to bail ship and begin the exiting process. 

Last Friday night was Cooper's final baseball game of the season. At the little awards party afterwards Coop was described as the most analytical player (and child) Coach Ewing had ever met. WECOME TO OUR WORLD, COACH EWING. Gosh, I love that kid. 

And from last Thursday, and also two or three times this week: swimming at Aunty Kelly's. Aka: how many children can we fit in one 3 ft. deep pool.
As long as the kids can make a whirlpool, they don't seem to mind the smaller pool size.

And the last two days have been spent with these three lovely ladies; my sister, my soon-to-be sister-in-law, Christine, and Christine's mom, Jean. 
We've been wedding dress shopping while Christine's parents are in town, and yesterday afternoon we found the winner! I did myself proud and didn't even tear up until we were back in the car heading home.
What a fun season of life! I was honored to be a part of it.

So that's the report! Back to crazy-land now... "what I wore" will be up later!



This cutie-patootie is my 10-month-old nephew, Lincoln. He came to stay with me last weekend while his parents were away on an anniversary trip, which meant after a six-year break from babydom I was thrown back into the world of feedings and high chairs and playpens and naps and rocking, and everything else that comes along with precious and adorable wee ones. 

It was all fun and games until there was sticky poop up the back and I'd completely run out of energy and had to wonder how I'd ever manage if I had to do it over again. I think I'll stick to auntying please!

Auntying is LOTS of fun. I got to squish those cheeks and arms and legs and smell that head and giggle and make goofy noises and video him every other hour and get my baby fill to my heart's content, and then send him home and take a gloriously long Sunday afternoon nap! 

The nap was great of course, but I think I might need to "borrow" Lincoln again in the near future ;)