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Behind the easel

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Three sets of feet
giggles and squeals
chalk scratching the board
drawing fast
erasing faster
friendships foraged
pink and yellow dust settles
childhood lingers behind the easel

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Spontaneity and vampires

I’m a big fan of spontaneity.

But I’m  not one to be terribly spontaneous. Having infants and toddlers puts a little damper on that… though I’m working on it.

So when I told my husband last evening that my friend Belinda and I were planning on going to a midnight showing of New Moon, I think he was a little surprised. But we went. Knowing we wouldn’t return until the wee hours of the morning. {and please, don’t judge – you know you love the Twilight books, or you’re afraid you will so you haven’t picked them up yet!!}

I love Belinda. She introduced me to my husband, she and her husband stood in our wedding party, her daughter is dating my son, it’s all in the cards. She’s a strong, beautiful woman who always puts a smile on my face. She became a mother not that long ago, has since been dealing with cancer {family members and also now her own… I know for a fact that she accepts all form of prayers and good vibes and whatnot. Send them!}, but always has time to talk, or a story to lighten the mood, or an adventure to think about taking.

Normally we just talk about things, but last night we decided to brave the teenage crowds and do something. Something that reminded us that we could still be spontaneous, while still being hot mamas. So we went. In my Volvo because that’s what the cool kids drive {and it has heated seats, so why would we settle for anything less at such an hour??}

It was crowded, but not the screaming mob scene I think we were expecting. When we got our {fantastic!} seats we looked around and were pretty shocked to see that the crowd was a little older than expected. There were only a few moments in the film where the crowd erupted into shrieks and squeals – and at those moments Belinda and I looked at each other and rolled our eyes, maybe secretly wishing we felt young enough to join in…

The movie itself was so much better than expected. My expectations were not very high… then why go? you ask? Maybe a little bit because when I myself was a teen, I wasn’t obsessed with anything. I missed the New Kids on the Block groupies, was too old when the boy bands of the late 90’s came around, and felt a little embarrassed and a little too tightly wound to enjoy anything like that. Now, I’m hardly obsessed with the Twilight series, but it’s still fun to look forward to a series of movies and reread the {however badly written…} books. I guess this is my Lord of the Rings, or Star Wars. Just don’t tell my Hans Solo loving husband that… he’d probably be appalled I put Twilight in the same paragraph as the other two.

Anyway, the movie. I really liked the movie. I can’t wait to see what they do with the third and fourth movies. But more importantly, last night {this early morning…} I was reminded that I can still have fun. On a school night none the less! As my fellow hot mama and I drove home, watching girls who didn’t look old enough to zip up their sequin dresses by themselves let alone pick up keys to drive home, we yawned and laughed and talked about the movie. Enjoying grown up conversation about a teenage love story, I realized that teenage girl who squeals inwardly at love scenes in movies still exists somewhere in me. The spontaneity in me is still alive and well, it just needs a gentle push and prod to come out now and then.

Now, on about three hours of sleep, reality has hit. Goulash needs to be prepped for the crock pot, four loads of laundry needs to be done, I have to vacuum for a playdate we’re having in about two hours… and this lucky woman gets to go out for some more girly fun this evening with another friend {two nights in a row!! Can I just say my husband is the best…}. And I am counting my lucky stars.


And in case you’re wondering… Team Edward. Totally 🙂


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November beauty

This week seemed like day after day of continual funk. I blame the time change, but in reality we might have been a little sad to see October go this year. It was beautiful – full of fun and sunshine. A few rainy days for good measure. We smiled in fall sunbeams and reveled in the colors of the season.

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Today was a reminder that November isn’t all that bad. Still sunshine, with a few leaves left on the trees. All is not lost in November. You might have to look a little closer, but it’s still there.

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We might be suspicious of this month, but I think it has potential. After all, warm mittens and hats look awfully cute on toddlers. Big fluffy coats too.

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And rosy Rudolph noses with chilled cheeks are oh so kissable. Mommy lips never miss them.

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November might not be all bad. We’ve got sunshine, empty parks, and warm hearts. Welcome November’s beauty.

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Treats for the soul

Sometimes, a little treat is good for the soul. Big souls, little souls, we all need treats. They lift the soul after a very tough week. I’ve of the belief that food can fix almost anything. Might not be true, but not be the right mindset, but it’s what I firmly believe. And when you don’t have brownies… you go to the next best thing.

One part healthy:

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One part, not so healthy:

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Put them together….

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And it makes for very happy, very messy children.

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Splish splash

Their giggles and laughter are unforgetable


One hesitant for a little longer than the other


But both running, splashing, loving life


We have a few more days here, and it doesn’t seem like it’ll be enough


For now we’ll try to enjoy the quiet moments of vacation – it’s sometimes harder to remember than it should be



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Midweek in Florida

We’re in sunny and warm hot Florida! Much more will be written about this lovely vacation when we get back, but here’s a few hints of what we’ve been up to the past few days:



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Fearless & Fabulous

This girl

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is always ready for a close up

adorable and posed, when she’s not grabbing the camera

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she is the definition of perpetual motion

she gives her brother a run for his money

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she is fearless and fabulous


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