July 24th . 2014


Patting my own back today over this trash-picked score. I am amazed at how quickly the kids picked up the rules of play and how they are strategizing with each other. Because they are wild animals, it seems like my own summer survival strategy has turned into just continuously having something new on hand to engage their brains and teamwork skills. Frankly, it is completely exhausting.


July 23rd . 2014

Survivor Jr.

The kids were getting a little restless so I challenged them to a scavenger hunt outside. They loved this and found barely a pause in bringing me things of various colors, textures and even in the shape of a B or an H. So I started throwing survival items into the mix. This is what Hadley came up with for a sun visor…


You laugh, but honestly could you have done better?

For the record, their survival skills end at “something to carry water in.” Sorry rookies, you are not likely to find sand pails laying out in the wilderness.

July 22nd . 2014

Happy Campers

The kids are in their final weeks of some pretty amazing summer camps. Somehow I never got a pic at SpringHill Camp (a definite fave) but I did catch a few of the others…




On the roster were:
Green Acres Farm Camp
Sports and Games Camp at Milford Cooperative Preschool
SpringHill Camp at Oakpointe Church Milford
VBS at Christ Lutheran Church Milford (their honest-to-goodness favorite)
Lego Camp (MCP)
And Cooking Camp (MCP)
And as far as I’m concerned, they now have a complete education.

July 21st . 2014

Mountain Bike Mania


I am the proud new leader of an all-girl beginners mountain biking group. This is about the best thing that could ever happen. If all goes well, we will have five riders Tuesday morning, with a likely five more joining by August. Big exclamation point. I’m proud to be representing Hometown Bicycles in Brighton and hope to do them proud in my leadership abilities. If I’m being honest, I also hope to not be late in picking up my kids from camp due to on-trail equipment malfunction.

This leads me to the very related topic of this awesome used bike I am crazed over. I am being for real when I tell you it popped up on my screen the exact moment I popped open a fortune cookie with three, yes THREE related fortunes inside. Since they were all clearly interrelated I took it as a sign from God and promptly sent it off to Jim so he could conveniently finish up his “sorry I am on three weeks of business trips” shopping.
When I was texting him about it later that night I also got an off-topic text from Jo at about the same time which said: “Haha I’m so glad you like it! I’m overly obsessed.” I mistakenly thought this was from Jim and got a little too excited for a second there. When I realized my foolish error and told Jo about it, she went on to write: “Hey babe I saw that bike, looks like a great deal. Great job shopping. Buy it ASAP so we don’t miss out on that awesome deal.”
And this is why everyone should just be married to Jo.

July 20th . 2014

Our Eden

Looks like this:




Broken breaks had “effects of sin” written all over them.

July 17th . 2014



Getting her extensions changed. You know, by her personal stylist. You know, just casually in the Screaming Toe Yoga Squat Pose.

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