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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: Two Subjects

For “Two Subjects” I’m submitting Two Photos!

Ain’t nothing more fun than eating on the grassy lawy at the In-n-Out Burger right by LAX and watching the planes land!

1) Kids; 2) De plane, de plane!

Breakfast with one of my furry nieces!

1) The Bowl of Cereal; 2) The Drooling Dog on the bed "patiently" waiting for me to drop my guard.

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: UNUSUAL

UNUSUAL is so subjective that I found it tough to find something to fall under this category.
This was unusual because of its location, I found this in Anytown, USA in a store like a Kmart in the middle of the socks and disposable underwear (ok, those were unusual too).
Also what was unusual is that it looks like a guy wearing the fake boobs in this picture.

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SOLAR STORM YIELDS A POCKET FULL OF SUNSHINE

Woo hoo!  Three cheers for the sun this week!  A solar flare threatened to tan us all to a crisp or frazzle our GPS to mess up our commutes!  We received warm enough days for kids to jump in the ocean – no sane adult would do that without a wetsuit. Then, as I left work, I discovered I’d received a pocketful of sunshine from Beth over at weight4us.  THANK YOU for The Sunshine Award nomination!

Check out these amazing ladies!

Made My Day - Thank you!

This award spread a smile across my face and put a spring in my step! To receive this nomination from two ladies who so honestly share their life experience – past, present, and future – and the challenges they face together while on their journey means a lot.  Everyone’s challenges differ, but we all experience them and the journey goes better with someone to travel the road with you.

Rules

  • Place up the award picture, link back to and thank the person who nominated you – hopefully I did that right
  • Answer the ten questions posed to you
  • Pass on the award to 10 or more bloggers

Questions

  • Favorite colorRed – Passionate!
  • Favorite animalHorse
  • Favorite number5 – as in o’clock
  • Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Arnold Palmer
  • Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
  • My passionKindness
  • Getting or giving presents: Giving
  • Favorite pattern:   Hidden Mickeys
  • Favorite day of the weekSaturday – as far from the workweek as possible
  • Favorite flower: Tuberoses – heavenly scent

I am excited to pass on the Sunshine Award to 10 bloggers who I feel bring overflowing pockets of sunshine into my day.  I chose blogs that a) I’ve met only in the blogosphere; b) Must contribute beauty to this world! Please check out their blogs and if you like them as much as I do, follow them!

kevinscottdavis

The Positivity Page

From Nonsense to Momsense

Single Dad Laughing

Smile, kiddo

The Struggler’s Handbook

Eggton

Sarsm

Julia Hedlund  Write Up My Life

Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

Sunshine relaxes me, envelopes me, soothes me, surprises me.  Thanks again Beth, for presenting me with the closest sunshine-in-a-can substitute for the real thing!  You and Elysia inspire us all!

Enjoy your weekend!

Best,

Sarah

THE INSANITY OF RELAXING VACATIONS

I count down the days until my much-anticipated vacation, practically kill myself to get out of town for a few, but know the amazing escape will be worth it if I live long enough to get there!

I looked forward to the serenity and reflection nature offers.

Last week, we were set! My son got a jumpstart on his school project due tomorrow – while keeping up with homework. My daughter proactively did 3 pages of homework a night! I looked for work, fundraised for kids’ science camp and blogged. We’d hit a new rhythm and this bonus trip was fun-tastic!

This week, starting my new job, we had the learning curve of a new routine. Couple that with my daughter’s lost security blankets (Buddys)

My daughter communicating the pain of her lost "Buddys"

and the week got crazy until Friday night. I planned to pour a glass of red, do laundry, and pack. I didn’t go as planned (does it ever?!), but we packed, I blogged the extra post for Saturday and were surprisingly on time Saturday morning.

We drove up to the wilderness, the kids looked forward to shooting and running while I hoped to wander and shoot scenic photos. Once I got there, the lack of snow revealed that the reserve was devastated by fire almost 9 years ago and left in ruins. Usually the snow paints a prettier picture. While the kids did team building exercises, I looked for gems hidden in the forest floor along the way:

A forest throne to crawl in, sit for a while, and hear amazing tales.

During archery, this natural bulls eye hypnotized me. The fire attacked, but didn’t destroy it.

I shot this to share with my kids as I know they ran right by it. Woodpeckers shove acorns in logs to attract bugs to eat.

I loved how much fun my kids’ had with their friends from all years of their lives. I loved exploring the town, accommodating my son’s insistence of our malt shop tradition. I felt restored heading home early enough to relax for the week.

I didn’t love that we couldn’t shut the front door fast enough to keep reality from barreling in after us.

After reintroduction back into the wild (your life) it's hunting season and you're open game!

My daughter wept since I wouldn’t be at school for writing showcase, my son pressed on to meet his report deadline, and my relaxing moments crashed like the oversize Jenga game from the camp. We all needed a nap but couldn’t sacrifice the time. I look forward to the week starting again but feel like I was never gone. At least I have the pictures or I’d never believe it.

A Jackelope - believe it or not!

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