ONE HUNDRED?! Wow. I feel like I should have something exciting to offer for sticking with me all the way to 100! But all I’ve got is the usual programming of photos, and links, and miscellany.
We had a tea party for our “first day of school” last Monday. Honestly, school days don’t look much different from summer days. We write letters and mail them for handwriting/spelling practice. We read books. We make art. We drink tea.
And it’s clothing optional.
And Benjamin’s creepy cicada exoskeleton friends join in.
Then we try to splash in the water because August. In Florida. Holy 100+ degree heat. What’s the broom for, you ask? It’s for swatting mosquitos. Perhaps not the most effective method, but it was Lucy’s idea and in her defense, they are ginormous so…
Look at that mosquito bite on Lucy’s arm! This is when we gave up and went inside. Also, photobombs are Benjamin’s new favorite thing in the universe. Love him.
Fixing the Pamphlet About Kids in Mass: Daniel Bearman
An Open Letter to Richard Dawkins: J.D. Flynn for First Things
The Culture of Blechh: Simcha Fisher for NCRegister
Learning that Love is the Way: Mama Knows, Honeychild
Sex Breasts and Babies: Calah Alexander (Seriously so good! Check out this quote:) “Listen to what you are saying. You are saying that a mother, upon realizing her baby needs sustenance and responding accordingly, is being selfish by not considering the sensibilities of total strangers. You are actually saying that your “need” to not encounter a baby attached to a pair of breasts is more important than the health and well-being of an infant. Do you see the problem, there? You are making yourself the center of something that has absolutely nothing to do with you.“
Great Expectations: Wedding Dress Inspiration for the Unconventional Bride: Janet Sahm for Verily (And now I want to get married all over again because gorgeousness!)
And yikes: “The Pill” Shrinks Ovaries, Cuts Egg Numbers: BioScienceTechnology.com
My sweet sister-in-law is a merchandiser for chloe + isabel jewelry (remember that bracelet she gave me?) and came up with the idea to do a FB party to benefit a charity of my choice. She’ll be sending the profits to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association for relief in Iraq. The online party starts August 26 and goes through August 30. Raffle prizes, fun, and an important cause. What’s not to love? If you wanna join us, just head over to the FB event and click “join.”
In other news, I’m avoiding Pinterest right now because I just can’t handle looking at pumpkin flavored autumnal things while we’re drowning in humidity and blistering heat! I’m just reminding myself that in March while it’s still snowing up north, it will be lovely sandal weather here and to follow my mantra of “don’t decide to move north during the month of August.”
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