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    Memorial Day Weekending | 2020.

    Hello friends, welcome to a post that feels weird to write, and hopefully, not too weird to read. The photo below is me. Friday morning at 7:10am. voting early in our June 9 primary. at our local library. whoa.Memorial Day Weekend is typically a family gathering time for us. seriously, years. and for a host of reasons I knew this year would be different and hard, but y’all. My Instagram feed has thrown up posts from past years, which mostly made me sad, and geez. Katie kindly shared the playlist she compiled for our time together last year and I’ve been listening to it this week. Not gonna say it’s…

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    New Rhythms.

    Week One of Marmie & Poppa camp has come and gone … and whew! My photo roll happily blew up, and has somewhat been reined in again. Still, what’s the point of iPhone photo streams if you don’t take dozens of photos in a 36 hour period? We’ve since enjoyed two nights of leftovers, the rest of Dead to Me season 2 (which we loved), and relatively early bedtimes. and now we’re ready for a weekend! Katie gave us the advice to “divide and conquer” … for us that meant either one-on-one time with the boys (this is why Marc and I have two children – man-to-man is key!) OR…

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    Looking Back | April.

    Hi friends. Before I start Looking Back to April, I’d like to look back to Friday’s post, particularly the kind and thoughtful comments y’all left in response to my questions. I really appreciate every single one of you who makes the time to read what I share, whether you comment or not! Truly, this community is one of my favorite things about the internet (apart, some days, from Instagram). Thank you! 1. What am I celebrating? + we did a whole month, without having any end date in mind. + the Three Things and Small Joys practices to bookend my day with a sense of energy and gratitude. (also, I’m…

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    Next Up.

    Hello friends! I am finding it nearly impossible to believe that we are heading into our ninth SAH weekend. SAH has affected all my days, but weekends without golf (I’m even missing it on TV!) and church … are the weirdest. I am so grateful for our time together on Sundays. Please note I just emailed the Zoom details for this week and we have moved the time to 1pm ET. If you’d like to participate and you’re not on the email list, just let me know in the comments and I’ll forward the details. Speaking of comments, I am still struggling to reply to them in a timely manner.…

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    Hello May.

    Hello May. It’s hard to believe we have a full-month of SAH behind us. and (at least) another month ahead. At least now we know we can do it. I’ll share more on the looking back next week. For now, I’m looking forward. just for 31 days! This morning, I sketched out another month of Things. Me Made May started today and I am All In to wear at least one me-made each day. Last May was a big sewing month and I want this May to be an even bigger one. more to come. The Big Project I have this month is my closet. After a few months of…

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    And | April 2020.

    Around here, the magnolia trees are full of buds … the sky is a brilliant blue, with just a scattering of pure white clouds, and the sun is warm. Around here, the number of confirmed cases in our county is edging closer to 3,000 and the number of deaths just passed 100. Around here there is the beautiful renewal of spring and the promise of summer, and the ever-present shadow of a virus that threatens lives and livelihoods, and kills. We are living in a state of paradox. A few weeks back, I saw this graphic on Instagram and it resonated with me (credit) Who knew that AND would become…

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    TGIF.

    It hardly seems possible that we are heading into our sixth weekend of Staying at Home. Part of me resists the endless repeat of posts with the same titles – Weekending/Sometimes Mondays, Unraveled Wednesday, Three on Thursday, TGIF/Five on Friday, Looking Back – and part of me welcomes the markers of time moving forward. a day, a week, a month at a time. Right now, the welcoming part is winning! Thinking about … what Marc and I are going to “rebuild”. Before Marc and I take our morning walks, Holly and I take a little pre-walk. This morning, I used that pre-walk to listen to Monday’s The Lazy Genius podcast.…

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    Three on Thursday | In Progress.

    Today was the first day in two weeks that I didn’t have a single “commitment”. no Zoom or FaceTime. no pressing to-do list items. just me and a whole open (free?) column on my calendar. Pre-SAH, I typically had 2-3 days like this each month … and I’d usually spend them “at home”. maybe I’d take a long walk in the park with Lauren, but more likely, I’d dive into a project (Kon Mari-ing with Marc on Feb 11, or photographing a bunch of clothes for StyleBook on Feb 18). Here are three things I dove into today: Thing One. Cutting my first Cleo Skirt.The fabric is a gorgeous Nani…

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    Looking Back | March.

    Back in January (which seems like saying “Years Ago”), I started a more robust Looking Back practice. In February (just “Months Ago”) I tweaked the format a bit and was feeling pretty pleased with where I’d landed. And then … the pandemic hit home. The day after I shared that February post, on March 12, we started social distancing, and now we’ve been officially Staying Home for weeks. I have been keeping up with my daily photos, but I was struggling to put the words together. Then I saw Kat and Carole share theirs, full of honest reflection; and their posts have encouraged me (thank you, ladies!) to do the…

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    TGIF.

    Hello friends! It’s time to mark the beginning of another weekend, our fifth one of Staying at Home. Today I did three things that weren’t on my Three Things list. First, I swapped out the winter decorations (glittered pinecones, sugared fruit, red potpourri, dark throw pillows) for spring (eggs, a bird’s nest, different candles, lighter pillows). Then I helped Marc setup the screened porch (bless him, he cleaned it all by himself – even scrubbing the floor!). and finally, I visited the Post Office to mail the masks I sewed yesterday for Katie’s family. Those first two things really helped me feel normal – and lighter!  … and that last…