ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY THREE…stop, look, touch and smell

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what’s that saying…”don’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing”…I recently had my own version of that which went something like, “don’t let your right brain know what your left brain is doing” and then there was this weird interaction with a plastic canister of butter. Never a dull moment over here. Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY TWO…eat, drive, pee…repeat

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5 days, 600 miles a day, 3,000 and some odd miles total…we finally made it to the west coast. Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY ONE…my petal tips are turning brown

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Sometimes I see myself as a flower whose petals are solely dependent on outside factors for their healthy vibrant color. If that were the case, my petal tips are beginning to tarnish. Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY NINE…tomfoolerative

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Sometimes I think maybe, if we stopped our “normal adult behavior” and adopted our children’s “play anywhere and everywhere” mentality, maybe we would be a more productive, happy and successful society. I think we should label it, tomfoolerative. And I think we should make it a new legislative branch of government. Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY EIGHT…arm in arm

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Living in Florida for 4 years and having a daddy who loves to surf, has ultimately given our girls an appreciation for the sport. So, it’s no surprise to Greg and I when each of their Barbies have at one … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY SEVEN…shoes are NOT optional

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“get dressed girls” in 6 and 9 year-old girl world means, “put our clothes on and our dolls clothes on we’re going somewhere. But she didn’t say shoes, so we probably don’t need them.” Do they have a lingo book for 6 & 9 year olds somewhere? Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY SIX…really real dreams

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I have always had the most vivid dreams. When I was a little girl, I had a dream that George Washington lifted a 5lb barbell above his head. That was the gist of the dream. He just lifted it up. Didn’t throw it, or begin a heavy weight training routine. He just lifted it up. It held some kind of significance for me because I remembered it as a nightmare. I am 39 now. Not a whole lot has changed. My dreams at 39 are just as vivid and vague as they were when I was 6. Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE…vermont

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Vermont is such a magical place for our family. The outside activities, the walking and biking paths all throughout the cities, and the scenery make me want to linger a bit longer. Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY FOUR…a Sci Fi comedy kind of field trip day

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despite the strain and sometimes unbearable behaviors, I hope I always remember taking time to make memories is what the “effort” is all about. Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE…damn rookies

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Who would be naive enough to drive 750 miles to a destination without having secured a place to stay? Only a rookie would have that kind of oversight. Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY TWO…we can do this

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letting go of something or somethings (plural) is often more difficult than the actuality of living without it. I think for me, it’s the incontrovertible process of having to say goodbye. Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY ONE…WE DID IT!!!

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We never really know the impetus or the catalyst behind some of our personal choices. We can speculate, presume, and try to make sense, where there is no sense to be made. Sometimes, you just have to follow your dreams. And that’s what we’re doing… Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY…just swinging

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What’s more romantic than a tree swing which allows you to watch and capture moments of your life as a family together? I can see the girls (at various stages in their lives) in a montage of images with music playing in the background…maybe playing at their weddings many years from now. I can see the girls keeping the videos for their own kids to watch and I can imagine how “old” and “Long ago” it will seem to their children. Musings of the traditions of a simple yet beautiful tree swing. Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SIXTY SIX…Spring Chickens and Ceramic Bunnies

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Random minis: We spent last week at my brother’s vacation home in Beech Mtn. NC. On Wednesday, for dinner, Greg and I were in the mood to try something new. Whenever we visit Boone, Banner elk and Blowing Rock we … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED FIFTY EIGHT…the happy simpleton

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Like every other American I have been consumed with what is going on in the news. I am in the process of potty training Cecilia, painting the toy/play room, schooling (of course), feeding my hourly hungry children and trying to maintain … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED FIFTY SEVEN…the pitfalls of homeschooling

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I was unpacking our bicycles from this mornings ride when Phoebe approached me in the garage with a serious tone in her voice saying, “Mommy, something’s wrong with Abby. She is saying she doesn’t want to play dolls with me. I … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-TWO…I can’t wait to grow up one day

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I have issues. I want change. I like change. Right now I have to quench my desire for change with the weather and the seasons. But even that isn’t coming fast enough. I keep walking outside in the morning to see … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED FIFTY ONE…dancing and driving

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Super Soaker…when I hear this song by Kings of Leon, I have an undeniable need to get up and start jumping up and down while throwing my limbs into space in a most chaotic manner. Certain bands/songs make me want … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED FORTY NINE…critically low

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One week ago Sunday, we drove 1,490 miles north to Traverse City, Michigan. I needed to get out of Florida’s extreme heat of 90 degrees and above. I dragged my family of five (kicking and screaming) and our dog up to the ‘frigid’ … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED FORTY TWO…suds and duds

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Luckily, we are entering one of the hottest months in the state of Florida. My instincts tell me to hibernate. Turn down that air conditioner to a frigid 68 degrees and put some sweat pants and a sweatshirt on, build a … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED FORTY ONE…click click click

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Crabs. There are crabs EVERYWHERE! EVERYWHERE We are being invaded by blue crabs. Everywhere you turn in our garage, I hear this click click click sound of these little crustaceans scattering for their lives. Currently we have 4 large blue crabs … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED THIRTY FOUR…remove the lid

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I have wanderlust in the worst way. Yes, we just returned from a 3-week vacation in Tennessee and Michigan. 2,984 miles in the comfort and convenience of a mini-van. Your probably asking yourself, “Is there such a thing as comfort and convenience … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THREE…an ending in pictures

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The last week of our 3-week hiatus included an adventurous, rocking and might I add “freezing” night on a boat, 5 amazingly fun and very different playgrounds, An amazing garden filled with beautiful purple flowers, ‘Moomers’ the famous ice cream … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED THIRTY TWO…we have located heaven on earth

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Just like Tennessee, when we headed to Michigan, I had a list of things I wanted our family to experience. And of course, staying 2 weeks didn’t allow us to do all of those things. So once again, I had … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED THIRTY ONE…uh oh, did someone say road trip???

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We are channeling the Clampets on the road home from our three-week hiatus. We have stuffed the inside of our car with as much as we possibly can and we are heading home with a bed frame loosely attached to … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED TWENTY NINE…beach, acrobatics and hidden talents

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I have fully adopted the southern beach lifestyle…I really don’t call it summer until, 1. the water hits the perfect 83/84 degree temperature 2. the tourists have all gone home and therefore the beaches are less crowded with grumpy unknown … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT…WAKE UP!!!!

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Think of the absolute worst way to wake up… and times that by 10. We’re going through it RIGHT NOW. EVERY MORNING! Our sweet little 3-year-old toddler moved to a big girl bed 3 weeks ago and since then she’s … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE…fruit and poop randomness

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Little Phoebe and her sentence structure is really blowing us away. She stomped her way into our bedroom bright and early and proclaimed, “Guys, I had the worst dream last night.” This perfect sentence from our 5-year-old. At 3 this … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR… vacation blues

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It is Friday the 13th. One day before Valentines Day. Greg and I left the kids with Busha and Grandpa and headed due West to Sarasota. We were ready for the ULTIMATE 4 day vacation. I have been dreaming of … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED TWENTY TWO…

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I turned 38 years old 20 days ago. My husband and I have a continual dialogue about our dreams which almost always include travel of some sort. Occasionally I dream out-loud about photography equipment and encourage him to fantasize about a … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED TWENTY ONE….dog beds and crafting do not mix

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I have one weeks worth of the most random photos I have ever taken… I hope you enjoy…I’m getting rid of my Pinterest account. It’s a reminder of all the cute fun crafty stuff I want to make but ultimately … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN…we got this! seriously! we got this!#$%!??!! Part 5

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So just to recap on the trip thus far, (NOTE: this section of Part 5 is inspired by Bear Hands, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem and Bombay Bicycle Club) we have learned 7 Extremely valuable lessons about RV camping; Seatbelts ALWAYS…even … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN…we got this! seriously! we got this!#$%!??!! Part 4

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WARNING: THERE ARE A LOT OF TREE AND NATURE PICTURES IN THIS POST. Continuing on with the Spranger Awesome RV Journey 2014 Fall Edition: I have been sifting through 11,000 pictures from our trip. 11,000 pictures and I am not … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED FIFTEEN…we got this! seriously! we got this!#$%!??!! Part 3

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Bar Harbor, Maine So for the first week of the trip, I had multiple Danny Elfman moments. Once we arrived in Maine, everything changed. So in honor of this next segment I would like to note my inspiration is coming … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN…we got this! seriously! we got this!#$%!??!! Part 2

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The first part was written with the What’s This song in Nightmare Before Christmas. This second part is inspired by the theme song of Beetlejuice also by the amazing Danny Elfman. Danny Elfman has this amazing ability to tell a story with … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN…we got this! seriously! we got this!#$%!??!! Part 1

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Picture this 5 people, two adults, three children two of them under the age of 5, and a 75 lb dog on a 300 square foot recreational vehicle (RV). The goal was to get up to Maine as quickly as … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED TWELVE…imaginative hearing

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I was in the middle of finishing up a painting project so we could all hop in the car and escape for a wee bit. Our end goal was the fresh market so we could grab some essentials before our … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED TEN…left on Pride Avenue, Right on Reality Blvd.

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I had planned to get back into writing. It makes me feel so good. I gain clarity and peace of mind through writing. I am not claiming to be a true talent or anything, just that it helps maintain my … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED TEN…my day was ‘craptastic’. How was yours? Part 2

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So far, from what I can tell, Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors was not based on my life, but after today, maybe it should have been. The last time I had a craptastic day was 2 years and 5 months ago. The start … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED NINE…i don’t want a stinky heart

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oh hell, I guess I’ll write a post.. I have been eavesdropping on my girls lately and I have heard some pretty funny stuff… Abby:  Phoebe, CC has a sweet heart. You have a stinky heart. Phoebe:  I don’t want a … Continue reading

ONE HUNDRED FOUR…I was a duck today!

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CC and I made her first trip to the dentist…it was only moderately painful For me anyway. It was excruciating for her. She absolutely, without a doubt does not like anyone rooting around in her mouth.The dentist was the best … Continue reading