This is my goal right here.

Yup. A full dozen posts to document our recent trip. Given that I’ve written maybe 12 posts in the last, like, 3 years… it’s not overachieving or anything.

How is this remotely in keeping with my new years resolution to “lower the bar?” I ask myself.

Well. I’m giving myself permission to NOT have pictures on all of these. In fact, I am going to force myself to NOT have pictures on all of them. I might even go so far as to give myself a classy one-picture-per-post rule for these.

We shall see.

But the goal is to get these, cough-cough, few posts up here before the end of the week month. And still feed my children and talk to my husband and stuff.

One post is already written, so, pshhhhh, it’s in the bag, man. I so got this.

Mr Smith & The Iron Man


…I would most definitely NOT share this were it not for something cool that happened later that won’t make any sense without context.

Taking Off

up, up, and way, twice in one day. 
also, if your spouse is throwing up in a helicopter, do NOT film it.
Just don’t.


a big part of our trip

The Excitement

my favorite part, maybe

The Find

(sequel to Itching)
my jaw hit the floor, basically. it was like a completely-surreal dream come true.

The Race

why we went, how it went

The Plot-Twist

or “how not to go crazy when you’re going crazy”

The Angels

because this story would most definitely not be what it is without them.

The Lesson

everything doesn’t happen for a reason,
but you can find a “reason” in anything if you look for it

The Last Day

or, “how wussy am I”
or, “lessons from wimpyhood
or, “why Mrs Smith decided to make a permanent life change”

The Last Laugh

how karma works




30 Minutes

May 15, 2018

I don’t remember what triggered it now. There was something, though. Some little, probably-completely-insignificant thing that sent me through the roof. I’d just HAD IT with whateveritwas. Ohhhhh, I think I remember now! It had to do with a child showing signs of entitlement. Or laziness. Or both. There are […]

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March 31, 2018

It’s been a long while since I’ve been consistent at blogging, and it seems like a good time to re-introduce us. If you know us well, this might be the most boring post ever… and, actually, even if you don’t know us well, it might still be the most boring […]

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Because I said I would.

March 31, 2018

3 years ago, I was so touched by a phrase on a shirt that I wrote a big long status about in on Facebook. It popped up in my “memories” thingy on my newsfeed today and I’m making note of the differences. 3 years ago, I vented my thoughts on […]

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Uh oh.

March 1, 2018

I’m sitting on the floor in our “library” with my 8 year old looking over my shoulder on the cushy chair behind me. He’s watching me edit a Jaredite story for a friend — another homeschool win. Grammar lessons, in real time. “What’s editing?” “It’s fixing mistakes and making things […]

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Role Changes

March 1, 2018

So. Getting a puppy. 2 big shifts happening around here: First, the youngest child is kind of freaking out about it. She loves the puppy, but her little world just got turned inside out. She’s no longer the littlest creature in the house, no longer the most fragile. There’s a “baby” in the […]

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To boldly go where no one has gone before…

February 28, 2018

So, here’s a fun plot twist. Clear back in October, I applied to be a “round table presenter” at this year’s Foot Zone Conference in Utah. I’ve added this wonderful little pressure point to my foot zoning, unique to me, that I humbly think is freaking amazing and I think everyone should know. […]

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