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Surfing Sunday 11.12

Thank you all for the love and donations yesterday for Madeline’s birthday. Every birthday is hard but I’m struggling more than usual with her tenth. Ten years old is such a milestone. In the peaks and valleys of grief, this one is a very deep valley, and if I’m being honest with myself, it’s been…

Surfing Sunday 11.05

What a week! Halloween (yay), my Dodgers lost the World Series (darn), I had a 24-hour stomach bug (ew), and we took James to his first college football game (hilarious). Yesterday morning I was out running errands and discovered that every store already has Christmas out. Normally, this kind of thing would bother me, but…

What’s So Happy About It?

We survived Halloween! I have so much sympathy for teachers on October 31st. I volunteered in Annie’s class on Halloween morning and holy moly, the kids were nutso. I don’t know how her teacher managed it! This was the first year Annie and James didn’t have matching costumes, but what they picked was so perfectly…

Last-Minute Pumpkins

Because I am so behind on life, I only managed to take both kids to pick out pumpkins yesterday. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right? Our pumpkin patch is like a mini-carnival, with inflatable slides, bounce houses, rides, and some games. My kids go nuts there and it’s one of those places that’s…

Surfing Sunday 10.29

Remember how last Sunday I was like, “I’m going to get my life back on track this week!” And remember that old expression, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” Welp, there’s lots of laughing happening because this past week was NUTS for me! It was a mix of fun things…

The World Will Never Be The Same

The kids and I are huuuuuge fans of Hamilton: An American Musical. A year ago, I watched the PBS documentary about the making of the musical, and they both sat with me and watched it with undivided attention. Ever since then, we’ve been Ham Fans. We listen to the soundtrack daily, and the kids have…

Surfing Sunday 10.22

It’s been a hell of a month, friends. Between Annie’s pneumonia and her school having minimum days all last week, I feel like these last three weeks have been a total wash. All of my work fell by the wayside during the long days of illness and short days of school. I haven’t even decorated…

Make It A Better Place

Annabel did a lot of reading while she was home with pneumonia. One of her favorite books was Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (which I hiiiiiighly recommend for kids). She’d flip through the pages and shout out little facts about the women she was learning about, like Ada Lovelace or Mae Jemison. She was particularly…

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