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Nothing Special...

Thursday I got a chance to catch up with a new friend here in town I haven't seen for a couple of months since she's been busy getting married and going on a honeymoon and all. (Hi Heather.) Any way she commented that she'd been keeping up on our activities here on the blog, and that we do such fun things. I assured it's the nature of blogging. Yes, we do try to go on some fun "out of the box" adventures, but we also have plenty of down time at home during the summer which normally doesn't get highlighted.

Like yesterday for example:
  • We'd already been to the pool 3 times during the week.
  • We'd spent a few hours of Thursday afternoon at the zoo since the temps had come down enough we could be outside without wilting.
  • The girls had gone to a friend's for a princess party earlier in the week.
  • We had our normal summer Wednesday with another friend's kiddos in the house while she was at work.
Basically, after our morning out so I could work with a yoga client, I just wanted to stay home. Which means we do things like...

read in a quiet, sunny corner...

and dishes.

Nothing special, but at the same time little luxuries of summer life.


My Most Read Thoughts


Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

Those moments, moments of learning and carefree fun, those are the moments that SHOULD make up a school day. As a Mom, and an elementary school employee, my heart is breaking over the news and images coming out of Connecticut today. 
I send my kids off to school everyday without a second thought that they will return safely come day's end, just as I'm sure each one of those parents in Newtown did this morning.
Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
Theories will be published. Evidence will be presented. Words will be exchanged about gun control and the need for change in our current culture of violence. I don't suspec…

DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.