Day Trippers

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s not quite 8am and I’m tranquilly sipping my hot coffee, in a sunbeam, in solitude, as Handsome Husband and kiddos craft me a special breakfast. Picture perfect, right?

What I failed to mention is that I’ve been up since 6:30, already unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher, washed and folded laundry, stripped sheets off beds, and cleaned up a potty-training disaster. That’s motherhood, my friends.

I tip my hat to every mommy out there… it isn’t glamorous, but it’s still somehow the most amazing and fulfilling job on the planet.

he made this for me at church… and then i cried.

This past week was also teacher appreciation week…


Work hard, play hard. Homeschool is next-level exhausting, we earned ourselves a break this week.


Yesterday we packed up and headed to Jelllystone, and ticked off a bucket-list item off en route: We FINALLY spied a moose! Two of them, actually.



king of the wild frontier

Though I do miss the frequent, impromptu day trips to the ocean that living in Oregon afforded us, having a geothermal wonderland in our back yard is equally delightful. We renewed our annual pass in anticipation of the colorful parade of visitors we’re expecting again this summer.

Any way you slice it, a day at Jellystone is a loooong one. Do yourself a favor and throw something wholesome in your crockpot before you head out. You can thank me later.

organic chili turkey & beef chili: might look gross to you, but it looked, smelled, and tasted amazing to our tired selves, last night.
a girl and her cat
scored this darling (and working) accordion thrifting the other day
and another stuffed manatee. bigger and darker than her other, this one is clearly a male.
manatee love. they hit it off instantly.



For a quick, easy dinner, try: Asian Sesame Noodle Salad. I’m pretty sure the bones of this recipe came from an old Ina Garten classic. Blend together 2+ garlic cloves, 1 tsp. fresh ginger root, 1c olive oil, 1/4c rice wine vinegar, 1/3c soy sauce, 3 tbs. sesame oil, 1 tbs. honey. Toss over cooked noodles, shrimp, blanched snap peas, thin-sliced red bell peppers, 3 tbs. sesame seeds, and a sprinkle of green onions. Delicious warm or cold. Share at a picnic and feign humility.

this + shrimp = dinner

One more thing, before I forget:

get it?!


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