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Day 38: East Meets West

This morning I spied dirty little toes and thought: This is Summer!

12We spent the morning swimming and two of my cousins showed up with all their kids.  Lolly loved their girls and we were so sad to part.

14But! We had some Utah adventures with some NYC friends in the afternoon.

17It was a huge barbecue with tons of new friends to meet and kids to play with and adventures to have.  We went on 4 wheelers for the first time and later I went on a doonbuggy adventure–I even drove it.  It was crazy.

16Phoebe screamed most of the time and Lolly just asked to turn around until we let them both take a turn driving! That was fun and very bumpy.  Check out Melissa with her belly and wind machine hair!

We met a baby named Pickle! Crazy!

Here we are–we started out just us 3 girls and Phoebe and then we grew to almost 11 kids now! Thanks Carrie Peterson for your photo skeelz!

19 11.15.52 AMI couldn’t leave without yarn bombing this beautiful yard!

I tell you, there is something about relationships when you are in the big city without any family–friends become family and the bonds last a life time.  It was so good to spend time with these families tonight!

And here are just some new Pickle faces that are pretty funny:


Guys…I’m back!


Day 19: East Meets West

Sara hit it out of the ballpark today with the sites we saw.  The day began with a 3 mile run with Jennika through the valley near Sara’s house…including a view of vineyards and the beautiful low-lying mountains.  After we were all ready to face the day, we headed to the Sculpture Ranch of Phillip Glasshoff.  Oh. My. Amazing.


Let’s start with the animals.

Greco the great dane followed us around and Pickle wanted all eyes on him the entire time, and really wanted to pet him, but always freaked out a little when he got in her business.  She started doing a little clicking noise with her lips to call him.  He peed on my car tire. I didn’t care.  Look how big he is.
5And the most beautiful, endearing, I-now-want-one Scottish Highland Cattle!  They mooed and gathered and walked and jogged and the babies were the softest most adorable and inspiring animals!  And there was a zebra, and lamas and a horse and a few donkeys.

Now let’s talk about the sculptures. There was too much to take in. Each was made with so much metal and detail and creativity.  The whole thing was too much to take.  I took some shots of some of my favorites.  I want a Glasshoff when I get a house someday. I must save (and save and save).
2I truly cannot do these justice through photographs, BEING there is the thing. That owl!

After we sufficiently had our minds blown, we went to Larry’s Produce and I got ALL. THIS. FRUIT for $10.22 (Honey, don’t look for this amount on the ledger, I paid cash).  This would cost me at LEAST 20 if not 25 bucks in NYC.
3We had delicious Mexican off a taco truck there and died over the beautiful flowers you could pick yourself in the neighboring field.  Our afternoon plans got a little turned around when the Aquatic Center ended up being closed, so we took a little stop at Manka’s Corner where we found a few treasures to take home.

This afternoon Pickle communed with nature (her favorite thing) and just decided to start popping up into a standing position.  Her sisters were both walking by 13 months, which for her is in a few days—not sure that will be happening.  Lolly says it’s because I never put her down, which is NOT true. EVIDENCE:

6And then tonight Sara and I went to dinner, and this happened (a tribute to Chat n Chew):

7Sara said the reason this WHOLE ROAD TRIP had to happen was for THIS MOMENT.  And she’s right.  I have never felt more IN THE MOMENT than I have on this trip.  And the GREATEST MOMENT EVER pile just keeps getting higher and higher!


This past weekend was full of friends, friends and more friends! It was another wedding weekend.  J and I haven’t been to a wedding in years, and these past few months have MORE than made up for our drought.

My new table expands to fit my friends! And here they are! Eating meals at my table!

It’s so exciting!

Most of them are sitting on real chairs too!


*tablecloth (I got one to fit the rectangle and square size of my table. SCORE!)



This summer I spent a morning filming the opening credits for my friend Victoria‘s new promo!  She is my lovely English friend who I spent Memorial Day with, and who has brought phrases like “Swim Costume” and “Pinny” into my life.  She and I tried to hang out in London as we were there at the same time, but her phone wasn’t working and mine was in the states, so that did us a lot of good.

I love spending time with Victoria and her family, and this morning of shooting was no exception.  I just re-watched it and realized I bought the same dress she is wearing quite briefly in this clip, for my brother’s wedding.  You will also spy my friend Shellee too.  Enjoy.


Lolly was so disappointed when her best friend moved to South Africa.  They kept in touch through skype at school and fortunately her BFF found her way back to the city this week.  It took a lot of juggling, but we finally spent a few glorious (super hot!) hours together at the Central Park Zoo.

She’s headed back to another continent before we know it, but it was great for Lolly to load up on friend time.  As we parted ways, after spending a few hours with friend, her big brother and Dad, Lolly begged me to let them adopt her.

Best Mommy Brain Story in a while…

My friend Holly wrote the best mommy-brain post ever.

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