Today I ran away from home.

I said I was going to the store to buy bacon, but I knew when I said it that I was lying.

I still tried to assume the best intentions and drove straight to the grocery store, and then I drove right past it.

I wasn't really sure where I was going, but I knew I didn't want to go back home any time soon, if ever, so I didn't really see the point in wasting money on bacon that might just sit on the floor of the truck while I drove to a tropical island.

Yes, of course I realize that it's not actually possible to drive to a tropical island. (Ask my aunt, she claims sole credit for having the Greyhound bus company change their commercials because she called and asked for a ticket to Hawaii.) But, nonetheless, that was where I wanted to go.

I'll spare the gory and neurotic details of exactly why I wanted to escape my life today, suffice it to say that...

Sometimes, life is hard.

Sometimes it's hard to see the good in anything or anyone,
Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to do anything at all,
Sometimes it feels like all you ever do is give to others with little or nothing in return,
Sometimes it seems that daily life is a completely insurmountable obstacle to happiness, and
Sometimes it seems like running away and becoming a bonafide beach bum is clearly the only answer!

But after a green tea frappuccino, a long overdue smoke, and a couple of hours of conversation with a sister soul...

Sometimes you realize you need to turn around and get your butt back home where you belong...

With the husband and children who love you and who you miss already after only a few hours, because...

Sometimes life is hard,

But it doesn't mean you would trade it for anything in the world!

After all...

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
- Lena Horne

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Phone Blogging

Since getting an iPhone a couple months ago, I have had it in my hand. Like, constantly. Like, I take it with me to the bathroom.
Who wouldn't, right?
... Right???
(somebody tell me I'm not the only one?)

I mean, there's games to play, and web to surf, and all the amazing apps!

Educational apps for the kids, educational apps for grownups (I'm currently learning Spanish, French, and Italian, and studying art history, thank you very much), and of course there's Pandora and Twitter and Facebook.
There's dictation apps so you can 'text' while driving, which i would never do bc that is really dangerous. ;)
Theres a handy gluten free app, and who wants to be a millionaire...
And everything else in between, from bubble paper and snowglobe, to Farmers market finder and recipe grazer!

(And don't even get me started on words with friends!)

Plus I have this adorable little owl case to carry it around in...
(thanks husband!)

But i digress.

Well, anyway, since clearly the newness hasn't worn off yet, and looks like it might not, I may as well use my face time with my phone wisely.

As in logging what we're doing-what the kids are learning, our playdates, daytrips and travels, our funny moments, inspired thoughts, and even our challenges and struggles.

Because let's face it, I'm no scrapbooker; and we don't have those handy little 'school memories' books like my mom kept for us, and I also kinda suck at sending pictures and keeping in touch with everyone...

So this is our memory book. On the Internet, in my phone, from the heart, our lives, to share with our friends and family, near and far.

Come on in, have a seat, share your thoughts... tell me I'm not the only one who takes my phone into the bathroom!

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Yin/Yang Day

Today turned out to be a pretty good day...

After waking up in a pretty grumpy mood, (thanks to a really crummy dream), I spent a large part of the day sewing and crafting.

I was a little scattered at first, jumping from one project to another, so excited to test out my new sewing machine, but finally got focused and realized I had to start and finish inventing a passport cover for our dear friend Heathre, who is leaving us tomorrow morning to embark on a big world traveling adventure!
:) for her, :( for us.
(she's also our babysitter)

I say inventing bc, not only have i never made a passport cover, or personally owned a passport myself, but i was working without a pattern, (as if I could read one if I had it)!

Thank goodness for my husbands world traveling days with the race team! Thanks to his passport, and some extensive trial and error, I think I finally got something both usable, and kinda cute too if you ask me!

(T says it looks like the Monster Book of Monsters from Harry Potter)

We met with a few members of our new girl scout troop for a cookie booth, and Miss T had a blast!

She was not fond of the idea of talking to total strangers, but after a little warming up, (and a small stack of thin mints that the girls shared), I think she felt like the star of the show! I was so proud, and happy for her that she got to work through some of her shyness and find the fun and connection that exists just over that hill of fear!

It was a night time shift, and pretty chilly, so afterwards, we went across the street and warmed our bones with some Tom Kha soup and spring rolls at one of my favorite thai places; then topped it off with some sticky rice with coconut ice cream, and a cherry on top!


And as if all that wasn't enough to make a really great day, we got to drop by and bid farewell to our sweet friend, wish her luck on her journey, and send her off with a little piece of our big Texas hearts!

Good luck Heathre- Have a Blast!

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Lots of Love!

Happy Valentines Day!

Love is all around, just remember to look for it!

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