little gifts.

I began bullet journaling at the beginning of the year. It’s given me the much needed opportunity to look ahead in the calendar and realign with my long-neglected intention of gift giving. Birthdays, special days, just-because days. And to be very honest very quickly, I’ve forgotten the art of gift giving! I can’t remember if […]

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dst gives way to bs.

I will admit, I sure did enjoy “sleeping in” the extra hour on Sunday. My bonus was this: Bedhead Sunday. May I present to you…the most fantastic BSers. Feel free to post your own. It’ll be like a friendly competition with which to horrify our children in their social media legacy that we have started […]

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finding center.

I realized something a couple weeks ago in my first pottery class. I sat there during introductions, shrinking into myself because I was so very aware of what a novice I am. There I sat, feeling my armpits begin to sweat, as person after person sang the song of experience with clay and wheels and […]

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bring on some awkward.

Every time I think it’s gonna happen, meh. Don’t you remember middle school? The pinnacle of gawkiness? The heyday of acne? The epitome of stink? What is wrong with my children? They’re showering before school, UNPROMPTED. They’re tremendously goofy, well this one at least, but there’s no gawkiness. What the heck?! There’s athletic ability and endurance […]

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the big exhale.

Today is my Dad’s birthday. The Thanksgiving before he passed away, he told me he wanted to be cremated. He had told me that about a million times, so I looked at him, grinned, and asked, “Well? Where do you want to go?” He grinned back and said, “Pike’s Peak.” This morning, we drove to […]

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farm visitors.

It’s been so funny to us that we’ve had basically two reactions to selling a perfectly pretty, new, beautifully done home for a total fixer-upper: 1) excitement and reactions like, “Oh! I’ve wanted to do that for years!” or b) you’re insane. We’ve had visitors from both camps, and some looks that say, “Ooooookkkkkk” and […]

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urban farming.

Such a buzz phrase, yes? I wouldn’t exactly call our little town a burgeoning urban area per se, but we certainly have some elements of a more urban spot living within a short bike ride of our downtown area (one that is slowly, but smartly, revitalizing). Our town is quickly growing by leaps and bounds; […]

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99% practice.

We have the following seasons in our house: spring ball, summer ball, fall ball, and cyclocross racing. There are two sayings in yoga: “99% practice, 1% theory,” and “Do your practice and all is coming.” I try to keep “yoga season” going throughout the year for myself as well, and I think that Hank and […]

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the field trip.

Nice day = field trip outside. Besides, our best advice received has been to handle them so they won’t be mean. I’m in love with them. And speaking of love, it was a very sad day here yesterday when two were lost. We had expected to lose at least one, because that’s just how it […]

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community.

I love those connections that make this big old world feel like a little village. Gina Bellman There are people that we come across in life who just keep showing up. Not by their own intention, but by the grace of something else. I met this woman as we bobbed around together in a pool, our […]

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rip.

Let me introduce you to my very favorite jeans. They’re quite horrible.   They are incredibly thread bare. In fact, every time I wear them, I feel the creases that have been so worn in tear a little more. I’m afraid to move too quickly in them, squat, or bend over, because I’m quite sure they’ll just […]

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the milestone.

Firsts. They’re always the biggies. First word. First steps. First day of school. First loose tooth. I remember this one like it was yesterday. And there’s another one coming. Our 5yo all of sudden starting quietly crying (at first ‘quietly,’ then ever so loudly) at the dinner table tonight, because he bit down on his very […]

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