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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

my laughing place

the laughing place

the laughing place

goodness. there has been so much going on! we have had non-stop visitors since returning from galiano. no complaints! i love a house full. and these house guests were all very special people, making it all the better.

the last left last night. my little brother and his wife. they live many, many miles away, and have never been to visit. (we did get to spend a christmas with them not so long ago.) we didn't do too much sightseeing. lots of hanging out by the pool. lots of cooking. a trip to hollywood. and, how could we not?, a trip to disneyland. (my sister-in-law had never been - and for my brother it had been many, many years since he was there. and the girls had this as the #1 thing to do with their uncle & aunt.)

15 hours. from open to close. and more than one visit to splash mountain. (our current favorite.) we had a blast. memories the girls (and the adults!) will never forget.

the laughing place

Saturday, August 23, 2014

weekend to do

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keep on keeping on the houseguest train
xo

Monday, August 18, 2014

#nowthederins

#nowthederins

#nowthederins

#nowthederins

#nowthederins

#nowthederins

#nowthederins

#nowthederins

i've written about this family i've married into, and the girls i have the honor of calling my nieces before. then they ranged in age from 3 to 21. and now they're 11 to 29. (and one of mine is as tall - and taller - as they are!) then i wondered what trials and tribulations they would face. and now i have watched the joy and the pain that 8 years can deliver.

and now the eldest one is married. (at 29, the same age i was when i married her uncle.) to a wonderful man. who fits into this crazy family (crazy in the very best way) so easily. they married under the same chuppah that many have married under before. we are so happy for the two of them - and blessed to celebrate their union at a most beautiful spot - that reflects their beauty, inside & out. congratulations c & m. we love you! and can't wait to watch what comes next as you start this new journey together. xo





Saturday, August 16, 2014

weekend to do

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back to it!

around the house
order side-yard pavers
clear out raised beds
prep for guests next week

but most importantly...
celebrate the love of my eldest niece & husband to be at what promises to be a wonderful wedding!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

the long way home...

it has become our tradition that d flies home early from the cottage and the girls and i linger a little longer then take the coast back home. hearing the waves crash as i fall asleep is one of my very favorite things. if we are lucky we work in a stop to PDX and/or Corvallis and/or Berkely. this year there wasn't such luck on the first two, with deadlines and holiday traffic working against us. but luck did allow my mom to join us for the drive and a last night with friends like family. girl road trip 2014 took us to seaside, or; crescent city, ca and on to the bay area. it is a time for us to chat and to be quiet. to rest and to sing. to just be together. and to gaze out the window at the amazing landscape of the western coast we love. it is such a nice way to end our trip and prepare ourselves for the adventures a new school year brings.

the long way home

today the new school year began. 5th and 8th grades unrolled before us and we are all excited by the prospects. it will be the final year at our neighborhood elementary school and also the last before e moves from middle school on to high school. it will go quickly i am sure.

and i imagine another drive the long way home will be here before we know it.

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Galiano summer

Galiano summer

Galiano summer

last shell beach sunset. (sigh.)

Monday, August 11, 2014

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Galiano summer

Galiano summer

Galiano summer

Galiano summer

blackberry picking

Sunday, August 10, 2014

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Galiano summer

Galiano summer

Galiano summer

Galiano summer

sticks sunset