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The Israel Collection

I have wanted to share these images for a long time and just now, in the process of getting my laptop organized post a hectic editing season, am I actually sitting down to make it happen. My husband teaches at a private Christian college and had the privilege of traveling to Israel in 2010 to teach a course for students on The Life of Christ. Part of the course included traveling to the locations they were studying. I don’t know how exciting that sounds to some of you, but I have to say I am more then jealous (I was home with the babies).  I can’t post all the images as there are too many, but these can’t remain hidden any longer!

Images are film and include scenes from Jerusalem, Nazareth, and just above, sunrise on the Lake of Galilee.

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School Pictures 2013

We always try to do “official” school pictures each year because we love a little dry humor. School pictures are just about the most comical event in existence. (The kids love to laugh at themselves afterward and then I forward them to my parents so they can laugh too.)

We are nearing the end of week two of school here at home. Yes, homeschooling again. Yes, delighted to be doing so! Cruz is in Kindergarten this year and has been amped to be “really in school.” Ever was so jealous that I had to buy her all the same books and she is also attempting K. She whips him in Language Arts and he her in Math. I think they believe school is a competition, or some sort of race.

School has also started for my husband, and I’m hoping that the fall brings a little downtime. What I really need is some cool weather and a couple free hours to bake some pumpkin pies.  Oh, and we are already planning our Halloween costumes. I think we’ll be keeping in a secret until the holiday, but I had to get started early to make up for not planning at all last year!

The Weekender: Hello August!

We are half way through August and school is about to begin! The kids are ecstatic and I actually have a 2013-14 school year post in the works, we are still very much homeschooling, and still very much loving it. Almost as much as we love this photo…

We recently acquired a Costco membership because I got so tired of grocery shopping 4 times a week. When I say, “These kids can eat.” I mean it. Jude and Ever inherited the skinny-bones-jones-metabolism-from-another-world. They eat all day long and never gain any weight. My mom had this highly coveted disease as a kid, my sister and I had it as children, and now these two. Legs for miles, guys. Costco became a must, and I have actually been really happy with them – even eating organic and offbeat like we do, I’m still able to shop at Costco! (This is not an advertisement, seriously just in love with Costco right now.) So while I was buying bulk bags of organic spinach enough to feed an army, I spotted these adorable solar system jammies, that happened to also be organic. I think it was fate, or too many taste tests, and I was sold. I drove straight home,  immediately washed them, and have made the kids wear them every night since. Which wasn’t hard since they are as obsessed as I am.

Joel’s parents came to visit this past weekend and we did several fun things, one of which was the OC fair. I have a serious love for the fair, mainly centered around food. It is so wrong and so right, I’m like a fly to sticky paper. (Can we not talk about how sick, I mean absolutely ill to my stomach I was for the two days following? I am going to have to rethink my capabilities for the fair in 2014.) Photo booths will have to be my new drive.

After the fair we stopped off in Corona Del Mar to look at the tide pools. Of all the days for the water to be black balled for high bacteria count! We were pretty disappointed, but we got to see these two beauties (and a rock fish, dolphins and a few anemones.)  Zara looks like my mother in this photo.

In LA we were able to hit my fave vegan spot and kids store, plus the Natural History Museum!

So proud of this kids love for gem stones and precious metals. His future wife will be so thankful for the education we’re giving him.

And I have been slack in posting any of our WTAWW photos because I kinda felt like maybe that type of post is over played and coming unraveled, but I really do miss it because I like to have the sequence of the kids each week. I think maybe it just needs a new name or something? I need to work on that for sure, these kids are too much dramatic cute, I don’t want to forget any of it!