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Thanks to her riveting tale of Caroline meets Shamu, Big Mama has been my source of daily laughter for nearly a year. It’s true. She reminds of the warmer world that I once called home, so when I heard that she was a throwing a party, a fiesta, well I had to come. Stylishly late of course. It’s the New Mexican way.

So what do moms actually wear every day? It’s a reveal-your-true-clothes fiesta.

Now this mama is trapped in Narnia’s endless winter. Yes, it snowed again today. It’s snowing right now in fact. Snow, as in the white, cold stuff that falls on Christmas.

My closet is therefore frozen in the winter season as well. Try buying new spring sweaters in April. Banana, J.Crew, and even Target have ceased to sell sweaters. It’s April. They’ve moved on. Come on Minnesota, you can too.

Each night, I think, “If I have to wear another sweater tomorrow, I’m going to cry.” And then each morning, I see the forecast, high of 38 degrees, and pull another wool one over my gloomy face. I guess the Ava doesn’t fall far from the tree.

So instead of showing you what I wear right now, I’m going to run downstairs and grab the things I’m dreaming of wearing soon. Wait here, I’ll be quick.

Phew, I’m back. I can just smell the sunshine in these clothes. Am I the only one who changes out their closet seasonally? Do you back up your sweaters when the snow melts and then back up your shorts when the snow flies?

After eight months of jeans paired with a kaleidescope of sweaters and scarves, generally hidden by a pea coat and propelled by Uggs, I need something with a little more movement. Something a bit more feminine.

So for the few months when we can actually feel the sun shine, I wear skirts.

Happy, breezy skirts. With tank-tops.

“Sun, please kiss my shoulders” tank tops. Oh, and flip-flops.

Clapping, flapping flip-flops. I love my flip-flops. I could write a post on my flip flops, not that you would want to read it, but I could. I would probably tell you that when Ava was a baby she would stop crying in her crib the moment the clip clip of my flip-flops or how my co-workers used to quack after I would pass their cubes on casual Fridays. Yes I wore my floppers to work. Then I would tell you the woes about how I left my flip-flops behind when we went to Europe. I brought sensible walking sandals that cut my feet right open. My beloved flips-flops may not have arch supports, but they have never given me blisters.

So that’s my uniform. It takes me to the library, church, playdates, the zoo, farmer’s market, and right down to the park. Check out those pink flip-flops. That’s beautiful park dirt, people.

And when my skirts are dirty, I wear these capris, my second skin capris.

I generally wear these capris for days on end until the stains outnumber the snaps and then I pull out their matching twin. That’s right I have two pairs. Shanel and I bought a matching set some summers back. Being the trendy gal that she is, she has moved on, and given me hers.

Actually that’s true about lots of my outfits. I am the beneficiary of many such Shanel has-beens, which like the flip-flops deserves it’s own post.

When Hungryman takes me on a summer date, I like to wear a dress like this.

Hello good friend, I’ve missed you. Can you come upstairs to stay?

Oh, and check it out. Here’s my newest addition to my closet.

A HUGE thank you to Amy at By His Grace for this funky, monogram necklace.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I feel warmer now. Maybe I can finally take my coat off. Hmm, well not yet.

Here’s hoping this is the only umbrella I’ll need soon.

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imagine that

This scrumptious quote came in one of my birthday cards this past week and I have to share it with you:

“I do not think the resemblance between the Christian and the merely imaginative experience is accidental. I think that all things, in their way, reflect heavenly truth, the imagination not the least.”

–C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

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miss the southwest:
















oh wait, maybe not the this.

I did get an e-mail yesterday Uncle Kim correcting my spelling of the scary black pig–it’s a Javalina not a Havalina. It’s good to know that a hunter can spell his prey.



And the number ONE reason why I miss the southwest:


Only five more months until flip-flops and sundresses!

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something red…

It’s “Ava safe up in her little tree”–MCK Mama

Wow, MCK Mama that was fast.

Why is the bird Ava?

“Ava means ‘bird'”–MCK Mama

Whoa, you are on fire. I believe your surprisingly deft observation skills and keen name etymology insight are worthy of a prize. Don’t you?

So, I’m sending you a three by six bar of bliss: Green and Black’s organic chocolate.

Thanks to Christie and her wonder basket, Green and Black’s have trumped all other contenders to become the 2:00 pm chocolate of choice. It is so very essential to have bite of caffeine the in the early afternoon when the house is quiet and I desperately want to join Ava in the land of nod. And since coffee hates me, I have had no other choice but to turn to chocolate.

So name, your Green and Black’s organic chocolate of choice, MCK Mama and I will send it your way.

And I’m happy that you think the little red bird looks like Ava too.

Speaking of my little bird, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to write about the etymology of her name, but I hear her singing her morning song. Why and how Ava got her name will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m sure you all are just perched on the edges of you seat (I promise the Great Purge and the promised contest are coming soon).

In the meantime, go and get your hands on some Green and Black’s. Oh, your mouth will be so happy.

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merry christmas!

Wishing YOU a Very Merry Christmas!
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined.” –Isaiah 9:2Rejoicing in the Light that came to give us Hope!

Merry Christmas
~Nate, Rach, & Ava

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snow day

What do you do when all the storehouses of snow are dropped onto your neighborhood? You take a day off work and go sledding of course!

The snow literally covered our block. Where’s our house?

More pictures to come, right now it’s back to the slopes!

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halloween math

princess + fairy + ballerina =
happy halloween!

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