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At The Beach

We were heading to the beach, and it felt like going to see an old friend. There is a goodness to revisiting a place you’ve been before, because the familiarity adds a layer of calm and knowing anticipation. We knew the landscape as it unfolded, and we saw it in a way that felt reassuring.…

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Tackling Texas

Our last family vacation was a road trip from northwest Arkansas to Galveston, Texas for a family reunion.  Along the way we spent several days in Houston, which is a fun and very affordable city with lots of family-friendly sights and activities.  Here are some highlights from our adventures: After staying the night in my…

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To The Moon

The girl is sitting next to me, and we’ve both taken our favorite (super soft!!) blankets and wrapped ourselves up in them – burrito-style – before carefully inserting ourselves beneath the covers. . It is 3 degrees outside in Arkansas on January 6. My husband reminisces that the last time he recalls such affronting cold…

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On Ducks, Bonnets & Gingham Dresses

I  love this framed print reminiscent of Holly Hobbie illustrations (which I, of course, searched to find official history and links – the character debuted in 1967 – and found very little, meaning I’m now curious and likely to rant more about this in the future).  It was a gift from my Mom when Ainsley…

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Why I Decided To Tri

This post is ten miles too long. But, sometimes you blog for the rest of the world, and sometimes you blog for yourself. When I first began babbling to friends and family about doing a triathlon *mumblemumble* years ago, most of them ignored me (per usual, since I am known for having a new passion…

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Reel to Reel

I beg, and they put me off for weeks but finally acquiesce. Dad digs out the projector and the boxes of slides in one Kodak box after another. Mom has me climb the step stool to reach up into the crevasses of the highest kitchen storage cabinet to fetch the old green monster for making…