Today is the 10th, while this isn't a traditional 10 on 10 post, I thought it'd be fun to show 10 of my favorite happenings that have been going on around here as we rounded out summer and jumped on into fall Indian Summer.

I started a tiny book club with a few friends. We read our first book, and had a great themed evening, where, afterwards, we all liked the book even more based on our discussion. Looking forward to our next book.

I participated in #mugswap15 and had a lot of fun packing up a crafty package for my swap partner (who happens to live one mile from one of our old houses!) and received the cutest package ever from my sweet partner in Michigan.

We spent a super-fun weekend in Laughlin, NV with my parents and my brother's family. The hot weather and cool water felt great and the kids loved everything about boating (which warms my heart as that is such a big part of my growing up) and hotel-ing (which is a very rare treat for us). Super grateful for great family time.

A few days after that last trip, we headed up the coast a bit for our annual church camping trip to San Onofre. This is one of my favorite campgrounds around. We enjoyed great fellowship, beautiful sunsets, and even got to watch some awesome surfers at the Hurley Pro up at Trestles.

Gigi started up softball again for the "fall ball" season; we love our softball community. Go Diamond Rakers!

We took Daddy to Legoland on a Saturday to show him the Lego Movie exhibit (it's the actual basement display) and then hit the waterpark for a few hours.

Hallee and I found a new favorite coffee shop downtown. So good and so pretty inside. Its full of awesome textures and industrial materials, succulents, bikes, and that table has the word COMMUNITY going down the middle of it-- so you know I'm all over that vibe.

We finally put up the girls' shelves and what a difference it makes! Their desks are more usable now and it looks all put-together. We flipped Gigi's bed frame so Hallee has some more head space, and their room is done! Now to finish Brody's bedroom re-do...

We took our kids down to downtown San Diego to see Wild Kratts Live at the Civic Theater. They were so surprised and excited-- it's their favorite show hands down and they have learned so much about animals from it. They loved the whole experience. Side note: no matter how much you prepare those kiddos, it's still hard when mom & dad don't buy you a toy at the merch table.

10 faves on 10-7

10 faves on 10-7

I haven't been blogging much but I did get a post published on The Art of Simple this month. It was a fun one to write, and it proclaims a trick that is helping me all the time get more housework done. If you missed it, head on over to see how I make my passions help me do my chores...

So that's all for now! If I'm not back here in the near future, please know that I'm so thankful that you take the time to read my blog and there are lots of good things filling my plate and making my writing take a spot on the back burner for now. But that's okay, God is sovereign and He knows my heart and my dreams. He is the one who changes times and seasons after all (check out Daniel 2:20-22 for some awesome truth).

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And then I got a (real, outside-the-house) job for a few months...

And then I got a (real, outside-the-house) job for a few months...

How I got out of a funk

How I got out of a funk