109. lettuce and spinach straight from the farm
110. celebrating fathers
111. an old steam boat
112. a Big Island with a past
113. ideas that flow
114. free furniture
115. voices raised in praise, outside, sun shining down
116. a parkway walk
117. Domino's pasta bowl. seriously - this makes me happy
118. a husband that helps
119. hot leather seats after being chilled in a cold building
120. a grandmother's garden
121. pie crust
122. a new room mate!!
123. filling up on salad and bread sticks
125. making three lunches instead of two
126. a husband's safe return
127. celebrating one year of life of a beloved little boy
This will mostly be a picture post. I'm just warning you.
The guys hard at work. It was work weekend after all. I wont show you what the girls were doing. Dusting and vacuuming and then reading magazines is hard work too!
The infamous food table. The girls may have been snacking too. I'll never tell.
These are fish beds. Crazy right? See all those dark spots? That's where the fish lay their eggs and then they sit there protecting them.
Like this guy. Or girl. Or whatever.
Have you ever played this game? SPOONS!
In my family it's a very intense game.
And if someone doesn't come away with a battle wound, it's not spoons.
We were able to witness a performance of a lifetime while at the cabin. The world premiere of Jacob and Shaun. It was truly incredible and mind blowing.
And of course the weekend wouldn't be complete without rope swing time.
We'll be headed up there again soon, so you'll probably see those pictures in....3 months.
It's called Ruffle.
Doesn't that sound like everything I promised it would be??
It's an online magazine and you need.to.go.check.it.out.
I will warn you, it's slightly addictive with all its hip trips, party tips, ruffle chicks, and creative fixes.
Find it here
Anyway - recently while at school someone approached her and said, "oh my word! You would be perfect!" What they meant was, you would be perfect for us to chop all your hair off, take pictures and submit it to a national competition. Most people would respond with "thanks but no thanks" but not Kellie. She jumped in with both feet. Just for some shock value, I'll show you what she looked like just a few weeks ago:
Check out that beautiful long, lush dark hair she was sporting. To say I was a little nervous for her to cut of that bounty is an understatement. She is so brave.
Now, without further ado - I present the post cut, color, photo shoot Kellie:
What the what?? Totally crazy and gorgeous Kell! Love it.
Even though the officer was nice and I was respectful, she still came back to my car with a white slip of paper that I didn't want to take from her. As she was handing me the ticket she said, "now get to where you are going safely and have a better day." Thanks.
93. homemade spanish rice
94. green strawberries growing on the vine
95. news of new life
96. a puppy's head cocked sideways trying to comprehend
97. large-ish dinner parties
98. stories of far away lands
99. the quiet after all have left
100. the rain holding off just.a.bit.longer
101. rocking chair/porch time
102. being under budget with groceries!!
103. memories re-visited
104. family surprises
105. kindness of a stranger
106. an age-old tradition
107. bread, cheese and fruit
108. sisters on swings
The basement was well prepared. Jess even put sea salt caramels on their pillows. It was pretty amazing.
All and all we had a wonderful time, and I can't wait until they get back to Minnesota to stay with us again.
Note to readers: You guys should listen to their music. You'd be crazy not to like them. Check them out......here
Note to The Middle East: NEXT TIME; Jessica will be home. She'll be in charge of having plates out for breakfast burritos, and photography. Plan some extra time, and we'll have a NBA JAM tournament.
78. belting out tunes on a long drive
79. "pick out whatever you want to listen to."
80. battle wounds from an old family favorite game
81. laughing with my siblings
82. pontoon rides
83. eagle sightings
84. brunch at the Sawmill
85. smores by the fire
86. giant marshmallows
87. Bumpa quoting Seinfeld
88. budget overhaul
89. seeing young faith grow
90. travel dreams
91. bedtime laughter
I sit in pretty bad traffic on my way home most of the time. I'm not talkin' LA or NY traffic. I don't think I would last one day in that stuff. I'm referring to Minneapolis traffic which is bad to me. It's all relative.
Anyway, I don't understand how one minute you can be at a dead stop, then you get going at a decent clip (25 mph - which is a decent clip compared to a dead stop) and then just as soon, you are at a dead stop again. I don't get it.
I recently made a discovery, however, that greatly improved my rush hour traffic experience. For the past few months traffic has been getting worse (again with the mysteries) and I was approaching my tolerance threshold. I seriously couldn't handle it anymore. Classical MPR wasn't even helping to soothe my road rage like it usually does. When I get on the highway, it had been my routine to make it to the far left lane as quickly as possible. That's what you do when you want to go faster, right? I started to notice, to my surprise, that lane may not be the fastest one. I certainly couldn't fathom staying in the right lane with all the entering, and merging, and exiting. The right lane is a nightmare.
But what about the middle lane? The previously ignored and under appreciated middle lane. Where have you been all my life?? I discovered that the middle lane is actually the fastest! This discovery has revolutionized my commute. Granted, it has only lessened my drive by a few minutes, but those minutes are glorious.
Thank you middle lane. I heart you.
I also talk to other cars. Does anyone else do that?
I'm sure you've heard about the harmful effects of aluminum on the body, but in case this is new to you, let me explain.
The problem really lies with the "antiperspirant" part of deodorant. Aluminum is widely used in deodorants to clog pours and thus prevent sweating. Unfortunately, harm is being done in the process. With higher exposure to aluminum, you have a greater risk of developing breast cancer, Alzheimer's and other diseases. As bad as aluminum is for you, there are other harsh chemicals in most deodorants that are best to avoid such as parabens. Parabens mimic estrogen which also ups your chances of contracting cancer.
Here's the rub. It's difficult (in my experience) to find an aluminum free deodorant that I can trust to get me through the day stink free.
One of the most common brands of natural deodorant is Tom's of Maine.
There are many different scents and even a few different lines of deodorant offered by Tom's such as "24 hour coverage" and yada yada. Bottom line: doesn't work.
I also tried Kiss My Face brand.
I love this brand for their organic lotions and body washes...but not their deodorant. Strike two!
By this time I was getting a little frustrated, and let's face it, self-conscience. I don't know about you, but body odor is something I want to keep to a minimum!
But thankfully, third time's the charm. I present to you the winner of this little experiment:
Origins Organic Deodorant
It's a little spendy, but realizing how much I value not stinking, to me it's worth it. I do have a recipe to make my own deodorant and I'm sure someday I will try that (and give a full report to be sure) but for now, I'll stick with my Origins stuff.
Have you tried any aluminum free brands? Have you found any that work? Do share.