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Gettin' a little artsy...

One of our favorite summer time activities in Iowa is the annual Des Moines Arts Festival. The festival is a wonderful celebration of art and community. In addition to artist booths, there are a variety of stages with entertainment, and lots of family/kid focused activities that you get involved in the art making process of the weekend. This year was especially fun as the weather was beautiful, we arrived early to beat the crowds, and Lexi is now old enough to appreciate the experience deeper than the fun music and yummy food. Even Brea was able to contribute to a fabric mural in one of the kid booths.

One of this year's activities was a huge interactive mural. Individuals, or in our case Lexi and I working together, could "color" a 12x12 inch tile that would be joined with others to create a billboard sized mural. We worked on a tile that will help make Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night (1889). Our section of the picture was just one of thousands needed to create…

Today's post brought to you by the letter T...

It's been a busy couple of weeks at our house. As I was thinking of all the photos and stories I'd like to post about, I realized they all had something in common, the letter T. So I decided just to lump them all together into one big post or who knows when/if I'd ever get it done as individual entries! So here goes...

A Trip
Friday the 8th the girls and I headed to Ord, NE to spend a weekend with the Bengston family. In addition to our visit, which allowed me to see their newly built house, Jen hosted a The Body Shop spa event for me. It was a great weekend. As always, we (Jen and I) stayed up way too late chatting, we ate great food, the girls had a ton of fun playing, and before we knew it, was time for the Mavin ladies to head back to Iowa. It was a great time. Thanks Bengstons for your hospitality!


A Turtle and a Tortoise
First, the Turtle. Archie, a Western Painted Turtle has come to live with us. Our beloved friend Marie has moved away from Grinnell and for severa…

Back to the mat...

Last Friday I has surgery to repair an umbilical hernia. I checked in at 8 and was home by noon with an inch long incision just above my belly button and tender abs. Since I've of course been taking it easy, NOT teaching, and lifting no more than my 20 pound one-year-old as I heal.

This morning I decided while Brea was taking her morning nap, I was going to start to ease back into some yoga. Though sore and bruised, I'm happy to report my abdominal muscles still work! Following about 20 minutes of gentle moving and stretching, my whole body is feeling better. I'm already looking forward to some time back on the mat again tomorrow!

peace

Finding our way...

"Things happen for a reason."

We hear this all the time, but not always are we in a state of awareness that allows us to discover that reason. I haven't always been the most patient, when it comes to letting things happen when they is right. I've always wanted to rush things along to fit the schedule I thought life should follow. But over the past few years, maybe it's the intelligence of age and experience finally showing through, I've tried to be more mindful and allow the lessons and coincidences in life to develop as organically as possible.

Lately those little coincidences have left me in moments of awe. This fall it was a comment from my daughter several weeks after stepping away from a full time job to be more of a full time mommy that confirmed I had made the right decision. It's been things like the gift of a book from a friend with a very pointed story about one woman's spiritual quest. It's been running across a blog by Sean Corn …