We had a great trip up to the Bay Area last week to visit my in-laws and celebrate Mike’s dad’s birthday. The kids love going to the house Mike grew up in, and they have a blast running around in the backyard, playing with their cousins and grandpa. So glad we could go help my FIL ring in another year!

Around The ‘Net

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~‘The witch of Wall Street,’ NYC’s ‘Rosa Parks’ and an abortion provider: Exhibit shows New York women who made history

~They Were Cleaning Up A Former Nuclear Weapons Plant. Now They’re Contaminated.

~An Alabama man walked almost 20 miles to his new job. So his boss gave him a car.

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~The Insane Saga of the Fake Saudi Prince Who Scammed Miami’s Rich and Famous

~This Is What Happens to Your Brain During Depression

~A 4-Day Workweek? A Test Run Shows a Surprising Result

~Unlimited Vacation May Be More Curse Than Perk, Especially for Women

~You Accidentally Sent $149 to a Stranger on Venmo? Good Luck Getting It Back

~See How Apollo-Era Scientists Thought We’d Live On The Moon

~The Last Days of Blockbuster Video

~What your emojis say about you

Pumped Up Kicks

Annie and I have been on what feels like a never-ending quest to buy her new shoes. I bought her a pair of running shoes at the beginning of the summer (like six weeks ago!) and they are ALREADY TOO SMALL. Her refusal to stop growing is very hard on my wallet. I took her to the Nordstrom sale so I could get her foot properly measured, and we discovered that she is a size four now. The woman in the shoe section casually said, “That converts to a size six in a woman’s shoe,” so please excuse me while I go weep in the corner. Her big ol’ feet made it a little hard to find a pair of shoes in-store, but we did come across this awesome pair of rainbow-checkered Vans that we both became a little obsessed with. I honestly want a pair for myself.

Prime Time

On Amazon’s Prime Day, we finally replaced our old, 100-pound (literally) TV for a new Smart TV. Friends, I feel like I am finally living in the future. It’s so pretty and I can control it from my phone, which means when I inevitably lose the remote, I won’t be out of luck! In addition to the TV, I just picked up a few smaller things, like insulated water bottles for the kids, and a bedskirt. I love how random Prime Day is. Anyone else get anything cool?

Happy Sunday, everyone!