{Today's Letters}

Friday, December 16, 2016

Dear Timothy James, you like to show Brave the sunset just because you know she loves the color pink. You also buy fist fulls of Bubblicious on your way home from work so you can greet her with a pink bubble the size of her head. You are the most thoughtful Papa. Dear Stovezilla, you're a heat monster, and we love you. Thank you for cutting our energy bill in half, for keeping the Harvest House cozy, and for forcing us to slow down as a family each winter. You are the little stove that could. Dear Bravey Train, every time River goes to the bathroom you stand at the backdoor and yell, "Yay River! Come inside and get a sticker!" I like to think this is progress in the potty training department. Dear Mr. Loerke, tomorrow we leave at 4am for New Zealand. Wanna spend Christmas together on a sheep farm? (circle YES or NO).

Happy Friday, brave ones! We hope you get a chance this weekend to do things that give you life with the people you love. Slow your hustle and know we're ending you lots of love from Lou!

{An Icy Saturday!}

Monday, December 12, 2016

Saturday was almost as good as therapy.
We took Brave & Rowan ice skating for the first time!
I can't tell you how many times they squealed with excitement.
Once Brave finally figured out how to skate by herself she wouldn't stop shouting,
"I'm doing it! I'm ice skaaaaaating!"
It made my heart burst into about a million pieces.
Getting the kiddos on the ice was by far one of my favorite memories of 2016, especially when I asked Brave at bedtime what the best part of her day was and she said,
"Ice skating, Mama! Papa says you're a figure skater."
Here's to channeling more of our inner Michele Kwan!
Happy Monday, y'all.

{Gratitude Lately}

Friday, December 09, 2016

Lately I've been thankful for a man whose presence continues to push me towards maturity.

For unexpected packages from Mr. McFeely.

For a pup that makes my belly laugh like a bowl full of jelly.

And for new HyrdroFlask travel mugs from my favorite coffee shop.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Friday, y'all.
What have you been thankful for lately?

{Dear Bravey Train}

Thursday, December 08, 2016

You think going to the movies with your Mama and Papa is the cat's meow.

You like spending your afternoons playing with puzzels while wearing your toupee.

You'd be lost without Bubby {and your tiara} when you're sick.

You prefer to share your Trader Joe's samples with friends.

And are made of flesh and eyelashes.
I love these things about you!
Love you more than singing Amazing Grace check-to-cheek at bedtime,

{A Memorable Road Trip} Christmas Story 5K

Monday, December 05, 2016

One of my 2016 goals was to run a race with a friend.
Last weekend Tim and I drove to Ohio to run in the Christmas Story 5K!
We got to meet Randy "I can't put my arms down" Parker, celebrate our race finish with Ovaltine,
tour the original Christmas Story house, and eat our way through Cleveland.
{Mabel's BBQ, Great Lakes Brewery, Duck-Rabbit and Phoenix Coffee were some of our favs!}
This was by far one of our more memorable road trips.
I couldn't help but smile as we returned home and saw our leg lamp glowing in the window.
We're already looking forward to running again next year!
Happy Monday, ya pink nightmares.

#frageelay #mustbeitalian #itrippledogdareyou #youllshootyoureyeoutkid
#derangedeasterbunny #ohfuuuuuuudge

{Holiday Gift Guide 2016)

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Our annual Gift Guide is back!
Fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra ...
1.  Driftaway Coffee Subscription: For the narcoleptic student in your life.
Available online for $12-$16 weekly

2. Grandparent's Journal: A place for sages to pass down their wisdom and advice.
Available online for $30

3. National Parks Map: For those who prefer sleeping outside.
Available online for $55

4. Hard Boiled Egg Ninja: For those dedicated to kicking bad eating habits to the curb.
Available online for $13

5. Gilmore Girls Coffee Mug: For your sister who secretly wishes she lived in Stars Hollow.
Available online for $15.30

6. Self Watering Garden Jar: For your wannabe green thumb neighbor.
Available online for $22

7. Whale Balancing Mug: For those who prefer making a splash as they dive into their morning coffee.
Available online for $17.99

8. Monthly Spice Subscription: For those needing to broaden their spice rack horizon.
Subscription available for $26 quarterly

9. Math Equation Magnets: For your math teacher who has a beautiful mind.
Available online for $5.99

10.Ticket Stub Diary: For your sentimental sports fanatic brother.
Available online for $12
Happy Thursday, you cotton headed ninny muggins.
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