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and now back to our regularly scheduled program

 Well, that was an unexpected little hiatus.  I think the end of summer kicked my ass.  All the merriment is just so exhausting ;)  Truthfully, It's taken me a bit to wrap my head around the transition and I have been a bit reluctant to shift into the higher gear that is required to get ready for the coming school year.  This has been one of the best summers I can remember, not really because of what we did (though we seriously jam packed it in!), but more because of how it was - chock full of happiness.  Seriously.

For the most part, this family of four hummed along the summerland trail without any need for a detour.  That is highly irregular for us as we are the masters of Plan B, but all in all we made some plans, we executed said plans, and we all had a blast!  After coming home from our road trip, I hit a bit of a personal roadblock and I needed the quiet time to gently come back to center.

So here I am.  I think. 

Right now I'm working on a special homework assignment, to read an advanced copy of Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home sent to me by the publisher.  I know, lucky me.  It's been the perfect tool to help me make the shift, and reading about Gretchen's ideas about what 'home' really means and how to make that a happier place, I find myself being drawn in by her stirring thoughts and her bold September to May foray into more hominess and happiness, and I sense that I am ripe for making some similar changes in my own life.  The book hits shelves, officially, September 4th, which is also the first day of school around these parts, marking a brand new year in many ways.  I love this month so much and the fresh start feeling it inspired, so I am hoping to post a full review of the book then in honor of all the happiness to come.

In the meantime, we still have a few days left of summer vacation and I plan to squeeze out every last drop I can through the long weekend.  


  1. Love that your summer was filled with so much happiness.

  2. oh my gosh! i so want to read that book! let me know how it is okay? i'm also in full blown nesting mode/back-to-school joy (yay for the first time!) and just painted our dining room table with chalkboard paint and LOVE IT! (how is it that we both picked a similar home project?? strange, huh? but great minds think alike!) hope you are well and miss you!! xo!


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