ten on tuesday.

1. We are back in the swing of things with school around here. Both kids love their teachers which means both parents love both kids’ teachers. Happy kids = learning kids. Learning kids = happy parents.

2. After parent orientation a couple of weeks ago an impromptu drinks run happened with a few other moms in the ‘hood. So I finally got to use my new minivan for the fun kind of carpool…one with friends of MINE in it! On the way home a stop at Publix was requested so someone (who shall not be named) could stock up on a “necessity”…

3. Publix brand Chocolate Cookie Quarry frozen yogurt. Do you know about this? It’s well on its way to becoming a “necessity” around here as well.

4. I finally picked a Fall half marathon: The Louisville Urban Bourbon. Has anyone done it? Anyone planning to do it this year? Anything I need to know? Do tell!

5. I read on a friend’s Facebook page recently that having a tween daughter is like getting two daughters for the price of one. With an almost nine year old in the house I’m beginning to understand just what that means. The eye rolls alone are enough to send me over the edge.

6. My mama sent me an email today with this link in it: How to Teach Your Tween to Be OK in the World (5 Important Skills Every Kid Should Have).

7. Yesterday both of our kiddos started dance. Sarah is taking Jazz and Hip Hop this year and Ephraim is also taking Hip Hop. Sarah also started piano last week after years of threatening to get her lessons. And Ephraim is also involved in baseball and tae kwon do. Here’s to well-rounded but not over scheduled kiddos…right? Sheesh, how is a mama to know?

8. Unless you’ve been living under a rock I’m sure you’ve heard of the ice bucket challenge. The kiddos took their turn this weekend:

Sarah and Ephraim’s Ice Bucket Challenge

9. An interesting perspective on the Ice Bucket Challenge here.

10. And finally…(you should have known this was coming)…I challenge YOU to participate if you haven’t already! My Aunt Lori is a passionate supporter of ALS research after watching a friend die of the disease last year. Her dedication to the cause is such an inspiration to me and I’m thrilled that the kids and I will be in California this October for the Monterey Bay ALS Walk for a Cure. We’re raising money for Aunt Lori’s team – The Fist Bumps – named in honor of her friend Ralph who, when he lost the ability to shake hands, began greeting all of his friends with a fist bump instead. So take the ice bucket challenge and donate $10…or better yet, save your dignity and just donate $100 instead right here to our ALS walk team.

Tigger goes to the dog beach.

I have a few blog posts in the queue from this Summer. Starting with the time we took Tigger to the Panama City dog beach.

We loved it.

He…well, he loved the beach. But the ocean? Well, that’s a different story.

I think this shot pretty much sums up how Tigger felt about the water…

But of course the kiddos wouldn’t rest until he was properly baptized.

so much more.

Today was one of those days.

No, not one of those days.

The other kind.

The kind that make me stop,  and look, and think “if this all there is, I’m okay with that.”

My world just felt filled up with love today. Not for any particular reason at all. Although I can’t deny that the cold white wine in my hand at the end of a long hot day may have had something to do with it. But as I watched my two kiddos playing crossing guard out in the street – one on a bike, one with whistle in hand – and the neighbors started arriving home from work and a pickup round of batting practice broke out and an old friend sat down to chat on my porch stoop, I felt it. That little teeny slice of heaven on earth. That slice that is chock full of gratitude and goodness and a two year old’s gummy grin.

Of course, the best news is that this isn’t all there is. Even in the most wonderful moments there’s so, so much more. I’m fully convinced that there’s so much more waiting for us.

Which makes it a perfect time to share this photo that’s been saved in this blog queue for months now. My sweet Marley Rose on the occasion of her baptism.

Marley Rose – our goddaughter. Daughter of dear friends, child of God. Unbelievably precious, undeniably loved and absolutely blessed.

Marley Rose, may you always know that beyond the goodness this life has to offer there is oh so much more.

ten on tuesday.

1. The whirlwind Summer of 2014 has officially ended. Our neighbors sarcastically refer to our house in Huntsville as our “Winter Home” and this year I think it’s actually earned that distinction. In fact, I’m fairly certain that the nights we spent away from home outnumbered the nights we spent at home by at least 3:1. Insanity.

2. The good news is that school is back in session. I was called out via text by my annoying little brother-type Jake for not posting any back to school shots of my kids on Facebook. I told him I gave the kids away, which shut his texts down pretty fast. The truth is that I just didn’t take any iphone pics…so the back to school post had to wait for this evening’s blog. Oh, and also the fact that I’m in denial that my 1st grader looks like this…

and my third grader looks like this…

3. Each of the kids got to pick out a brand new outfit for their first day back at school. I think I might have worn Sarah’s exact outfit (down to the stonewashed denim) when *I* was in 3rd grade. Ephraim was pretty stoked to find a Minecraft t-shirt that coordinated with his new tennis shoes with laces. He spent all of yesterday determined to learn to tie those babies. And after lots of tears (mostly his), I’m proud to say he can.

4. I’ve been stockpiling ToT bullet points all Summer. Starting with a recipe for Tomato Pudding. OhEmGee. Where has this been all my life?? While on our Isle of Palms vacay in July Samantha, Amy and I headed to Hominy Grill for lunch. The fried chicken was pretty fab, the baseball T that says “Grits are Good” is a new fave, but the Tomato Pudding that happened to be on special the day we stopped in? It’s life changing. Must.make.immediately.

5. This New York Times article about Alabama’s “Pageant King” had me so intrigued.

6. And this Huffington Post piece about gay rights in Alabama made me sad.

7. But this Auburn hype video makes me happy. And super excited. 25 days people. 25 days.

8. Maybe the start of college football season will be the balm I’ll surely need to heal me after Brent and I watch the final two episodes of Friday Night Lights this week. (sob.)

9. There will be big Erin Cobb Photography news on my Facebook page tomorrow. Go ahead and “like” it now to be in the loop.;)

10. Happy 2014 School Year, friends! And to my fellow mamas who are still in the world’s longest homestretch of Summer I’m here to tell you that I’ve seen the promised land and IT IS GOOD!

ten on tuesday.

1. Our family celebrated tonight’s last swim meet of the season with an impromptu late evening trip to the Waffle House. We even played a little Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber on the jukebox. Parenthood, we have arrived.

2. Not to belabor the point but it really is so amazing to me when I see our kids swimming confidently through the water. Sarah in particular since she’s been at it longer. They’re not championship swimmers by a long shot but I’m so proud of all the skills they’ve acquired over the last several years thanks to their own hard work and the dedication of their coaches. They can both swim laps around me! I think I ought to start making good on my investment and paying them to give me a few lessons.

3. Today is my niece Charlotte’s 8th birthday. Happy Birthday my sweet Char!!! We can’t wait to celebrate with you in person later this month.

4. It also happens to be our dog Tigger’s randomly selected 2nd birthday, according to the kids. We smuggled a piece of sausage out of the Waffle House for him. Happy Birthday Tiggs M’Giggs.

5. The winner of Best Thing I Read on the Internet This Week goes to this blog post, without question. Preach.

6. A close runner up (but too serious to take the win) is this New York Times article which investigates the phenomenon of “cool” teens turing into struggling adults. I often encourage the girls I loosely mentor to embrace their inner geek…and most certainly to embrace the geeks around them. They’re the ones that are going places. Finally some evidence to back up my theory.

7. Ephraim told me tonight that I am 1% better at bedtime tuck-in then Daddy. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am the 1%.

8. Found on a “Spy Notebook” today:

Apparently it was a slow news day at our house. Thank goodness the agents didn’t overhear what I had to say about Leviticus…

9. My dear friend Amy Shertzer just returned to the States from a whirlwind trip to Spain with her hubby. Sadly, she realized once she returned home to LA that she had left her camera bag (with 8K worth of equipment!) on one of her connecting planes. Needless to say, she’s devastated. She has so many good people sending so many good vibes out for her right now that I just know it’s going to work out. But still. Trauma.

10. The good news is that Amy also seriously knows her way around an iPhone, and that’s not missing. In fact, she’ll be part of a workshop coming up with Big Picture Classes that will help you with all the ins and outs of your own handiest little camera. Amy has generously offered to let me give a class away here, and since blog comments are all but extinct on this ol’ blog (no hard feelings…swear!) I’m just going to give it to the first person that says they’re interested. So let me know if that’s YOU and I’ll hook you up with Amy. =) Happy Tuesday!

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