The Weekend Lens

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I'm getting back into the swing of things around here after being gone for a couple of weeks and it feels so, so good.

Home.

Yes, love it.

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Even my garage.

I bought a cord of wood for our fireplace last week so I spent a big part of Saturday morning moving things around in the garage to make room for the delivery. I love having a fire in my fireplace and with family coming this week it was time to get that delivered.

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That's what a cord of wood looks like in the back of a big truck.

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And this is what it looks like when the truck dumps it in the driveway.

Simon helped me for a bit and then I proceeded to stack that wood piece by piece in the garage. I felt gloriously independent and strong as I stacked that wood and reflected a bit (because that's just how I operate) on this crazy life. I felt thankful for my house and my job and my family and my health and all the good things I have right in front of me.

Here's what it looked like when I was all finished:

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My back might be a little sore but man it felt good to get it all put away. Okay, it was more than a little sore but it tells me I was doing something!

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Meanwhile Anna was loving playing inside. I heard lots of mother/baby chatter and school chatter as she conducted her own lessons with stuffed animals and dolls.

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I took a break from stacking to work on a Kiwi Crate we had leftover from a few months back.

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This one was all about birds and included this cool feather mask with three different beaks and awesome blue wings:

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These crates make a great gift if you are looking for something for a crafty kid in your life. They have subscriptions and also single crates available.

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The second activity was to make a nest and paint eggs. She's getting old enough that she's really into it - wanting to do it all with a little help from me. Definitely a fun project to do together. I like that it usually includes some education along with it (this one included a booklet about a few different kinds of birds and their eggs and nests).

She's totally a maker and a doer.

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This was also happening in between wood stacking and crafting and hanging out.

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Sunday morning play with Simon included listening to him tell me an Adventure Time story. He's super full of holiday spirit already.

Things I didn't capture on film: Aaron and the kids were here for dinner Saturday night. Anna attended a birthday party on Sunday. Simon and I stocking up on some things for Thanksgiving at Target while Anna was at the birthday party.

I also found myself on Pinterest more than once. Tis the season for inspiration for me on there - big time. House stuff, holiday stuff, memory keeping stuff, gifts, oh my.

Such a wonderfully simple, productive, cozy weekend.

And I have I said that I'm excited to have my family here this week for Thanksgiving? I am. Big time.

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