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Cali Waves

It's been a few years since I remember taking a beach vacation. Where the sole purpose is to be by the ocean. Soaking up the salty air, letting the sun kiss your skin and getting sand e v e r y w h e r e. After a very long summer - both fun & challenging - spending the weekend in Oceanside, CA was wildly refreshing and rejuvenating.

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10 Years from Now

My alarm rings to wake me from a full night's rest. (No longer are there little babes toddling in at 6:30am.) I roll over to my husband, we are going on 15 years of marriage. We've had some hard times but we are happily married. The depth of relationship past conflict has caused has made our beginning years look like we were near strangers. The boys, now 11 & 13, are already awake but have poured themselves some cereal. They're working on homework for school and/or (probably more likely) scrolling on whatever social media is popular by then. Tyler is home from work travel and his days home are busy but not frantic. He doesn't have to be to the office until a late morning meeting so he walks the boys to school. After they leave I pour my second cup of coffee and sit down in my home-office to work at my next writing deadline. We live in the pacific northwest still. Our house is small, maybe not a tiny house but definitely not any bigger than what we need and hopefully still walking distance from a large body of water. 

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Five Years of Marriage

I've spent the last days thinking about how we met and the past five years of marriage, I've wanted to write some sort of Ode to our marriage but I'm not sure how to describe this life we've built. Our story of falling in love is like a storybook and the time spent past that, dating, engagement, marriage has had it's dreamy romantic moments and plenty of joy. Happy to say I often laugh so hard at his silly dad puns my face hurts, but often there are also moments when we miss each other, when we spew fireballs of words, when we forget to see each other's needs.

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North Lake Whatcom

We recently watched the movie Inside Out (I know, we're way behind). We loved it although would recommend a different title. If you havent seen it, the movie essentially brings animation to the 5 major emotions we operate out of: anger, disgust, joy, sadness and fear. Granted, these are very limited adjectives we rarely feel these emotions exclusively but to tell the story in the movie they are presented as such. Ultimately the story reveals that substantial joy comes out of sadness. (Or at least that's what I got out of it.) While walking the trail, both babes in the stroller (it's like a date sometimes!) we asked ourselves and each other: in "Inside Out" terms what is the dominant character that runs our emotions? 

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Vancouver Aquarium & Tulips

I'm really kind of blown away by all the tulips everywhere! Yes, we went to see the fields and gardens of every variety but I'm telling you, they have sprung up all over the place. Every house in our neighborhood (including ours!) has a few springing up in their yard and I even found one springing up next to our trashcan in the alley! (There's probably a metaphor for the beauty of life in that.)

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"Last" Snow

I don't exactly hate snow but I've never found the fun in being outside in it. Why play in the cold until your limbs are numb? It's ludicrous I tell you! I's much prefer staying in my pajamas, staying WARM with hot chocolate, snuggles and looking out a big window AT the snow. But kids don't love that so much... And I mean, have you ever tried to get a almost potty-trained toddler and a helpless baby bundled up without it taking over half an hour? They're all in their bunting when someone shits. I mean, seriously. 

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Lake Whatcom + Lake Padden

I've never really likes lakes. Which is sort of an awful thing to say about creation in general but I never understood why you would set a day aside to enjoy a lake when there's the ocean. The sea holds an immense amount of mystery, looking out into it bubbles up all sorts of emotions for me. The bigness of this world, the smallness of mine, awe, tears even. Lakes, what do they offer? 

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