In the Path of Totality

In the Path of Totality

By the time the eclipse was on our radar we figured we were just too late to be able to see it. There were rumors of 10X10 foot spaces on golf courses going for $100/night and  Motel 6 renting rooms for$1000/night. We tried to tell ourselves, that a 90% eclipse would still be cool and we’d be glad we missed out on traffic and hoards of people. Plus, the kids would have just started school. There was some part of…

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End of Summer, Start of School

End of Summer, Start of School

I’m not one of those moms that counts down the days till school starts. I’ve mentioned it before, harped on it really, but I love summer and I’m always sad to see it end. This year I found myself dreading the start of school even more than usual. I was so vocal about it that Noel told me on multiple occasions, “You know, life isn’t over when school starts. We can still have fun.” As I contemplated my overwhelming feelings…

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Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby  Summer is a magical time at our house. Bedtimes aren’t as important, homework doesn’t exist, and there is so much possibility for adventure. Our kids also seem to be in this golden period of childhood. They have…

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4th of July Camping Trip

4th of July Camping Trip

We decided kind of last minute that we wanted to take a long weekend and go camping. We knew it would be a popular time to go camping and were surprised when we found a campsite that was still available to reserve, so it seemed meant to be. (It turned out there was actually a computer glitch that had left a campsite open, but the camp host just reserved a typically non-reservable site for us.) We went hiking and decided…

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A Trip to Utah in Photos

A Trip to Utah in Photos

Well, mostly photos. We all know I’m going to narrate, but I’ll keep it to a minimum. We spent almost half of June in Utah this year because it was a BIG month for my family and I didn’t want to miss any of it. My youngest brother, Mitchell, returned from a 2-year church service mission in Belgium and the Netherlands; my sister, Hope, blessed her new baby, Theo, in our church; and my other brother, Spencer, got married. I…

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Chalk Art Festival

Chalk Art Festival

Last weekend we went to the Denver Chalk Art Festival. I’ve meant to take us there for years, but this year we finally made it happen. We rode into Denver on the train, which the kids absolutely loved. On our way to the festival we got sidetracked by a splash pad. We let the kids run through and as we were standing there we noticed a big event happening at the other end. We wandered that way to see what…

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End of School, Beginning of Summer

End of School, Beginning of Summer

I  was mostly excited for school to end. I’ll miss the few hours of freedom I get during the school year, but I love the lazy, low-key lifestyle of summer. I love not having to rush my kids out the door every morning or having to remember what assortment of things I need to pack for them that day. I love the absence of homework and how low pressure our activities are. Most of all, I love warm weather and vacations. Summer…

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Healing

Healing

At the beginning of April, Noel and I dropped the kids off at school and went for what was supposed to be a quick trail run. As we ran, I got caught up in doing one of my favorite things with one of my favorite people and didn’t pay as much attention to my feet as I should have. About a mile in, I tripped and fell to the ground. I screamed out and Noel who was in the lead,…

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Cooper at Seven

Cooper at Seven

Cooper turned seven this week. I know every mom says this, but he’s growing up so fast! He’s a full on big kid now – he doesn’t even need me to walk him to his line before school (although sometimes I still do and am sad when he forgets to wave goodbye to me). He has a few good extroverted friends at school that have been really good at helping him break out of his shell. He has a budding…

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