ten on tuesday.

1. Busy season continues to keep me hopping but if I squint really hard I can see the light. Both days of minisessions are behind me and only a couple handfuls of full sessions are left. Editing may claim a finger or two but I’ll definitely make it!

2. Brent has spent the last several weeks researching flooring options for the beach house. Does anyone have a light colored non-wood (but woodesque) flooring they really love and want to share about? I’m all ears!

3. An interesting conversation happened in my house last week involving one family member admonishing another family member with “don’t kick me in the balls!”. It should be noted that the admonisher neither has “balls” or, apparently, knows what they are. Clarifications were made and based on the look of utter horror I saw in response, I’m confident the confusion won’t happen again.

4. Life is never dull around growing children, is it? Got any funny ones lately?

5. On Saturday after photographing 20 families I picked up Sarah and a couple of her closest friends for a night on the town to celebrate the big 0-8. As exhausted as I was I loved every minute with those crazy girls. Pictures of our epic Melting Pot/Ulta/Westin experience to come. SO.FUN.

6. During our night out a conversation started about Sarah’s broken leg at one year old. I knew it happened right after her first birthday and after Halloween so I told the girls that it might have even been seven years ago that very night (the 2nd). But after coming back to the ol’ blog (the trusty keeper of all my memories) I have confirmed that it actually happened seven years ago TODAY – November 5th. So happy broken leg day everyone!

7. Go ahead and mark your calendars for a two year celebration of the broken clavicle while you’re at it. It’s fast approaching in early February. In fact, I think Hobby Lobby may already have the corresponding decorations for that holiday at 50% off.

8. Ephraim just snuck out of bed one last time to tell me he loves me “to infinity and back.” That child has a knack for pushing me to the edge of insanity and then offering me a lifeline in the form of a perfectly precious five year old snuggle. I’m hopeless.

9. Confession: I’ve been working on my 2008 blog book for a year now. Ugh. I want these to be updated SO badly but I just can’t find the mojo.

10. I’ve been waiting the kids out for the last 30 minutes, making sure they’re sound asleep. Now that they are…I’m popping popcorn! (Can’t risk the smell in a little house.) So on that note, I’m out! Happy Tuesday y’all.

JessicaNovember 5, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Ha to #10!! I do the same thing…and now I’m going to have to do it as soon as I know mine aren’t coming out again!

AnonymousNovember 5, 2013 - 7:38 pm

In response to #3 – one day when I was picking Aaron and Rachel up at the sitter she pulled me aside and said she wanted to talk to me about something and I thought ok who did what. The conversation continued she said that when Rachel saw her changing a male baby she said – that’s a penis! So I was asked to tell Rachel not to use “that” word.

AllisonNovember 5, 2013 - 8:37 pm

I never knew that Sarah had had a broken leg when she was one. Poor little one! But ironically enough, my husband was carrying our son down the stairs when we was one, and my husband slipped and our little boy ended up with a broken leg as well. Didn’t know it until a day later, but x-rays confirmed it when he wouldn’t put any weight on it. We figured my husband was a hero for not pitching forward and down the stairs after slipping, but instead sitting back down, but unfortunately he sat on top of the little guy’s leg. I wonder how often this happens? Now my son is 17 with very strong legs, and obviously Sarah has also totally healed. Not sure that my husband has ever quite gotten over it, though!It’s tough to be a parent! (or a grandparent!) The big winner is the orthopedic doctor.)

AllisonNovember 5, 2013 - 8:38 pm

I never knew that Sarah had had a broken leg when she was one. Poor little one! But ironically enough, my husband was carrying our son down the stairs when he was one, and my husband slipped and our little boy ended up with a broken leg as well. Didn’t know it until a day later, but x-rays confirmed it when he wouldn’t put any weight on it. We figured my husband was a hero for not pitching forward and down the stairs after slipping, but instead sitting back down, but unfortunately he sat on top of the little guy’s leg. I wonder how often this happens? Now my son is 17 with very strong legs, and obviously Sarah has also totally healed. Not sure that my husband has ever quite gotten over it, though!It’s tough to be a parent! (or a grandparent!) The big winner is the orthopedic doctor.)

Kate PNovember 5, 2013 - 9:13 pm

In response to #2, have you thought about Marmoleum? It’s the updated version of old-school linoleum floors. Soft under foot, durable, water-proof and easy to clean. It was suggested by a high-end remodeler for our last house. We didn’t go with him but stole his idea! We put it in an upstairs craft/laundry room where wood and carpet weren’t right and tile seemed too noisy and cold. Since then I’ve seen it in a lot of mud rooms in fancy houses. The one we went with was light and almost bamboo-like. There are a ton of options though. I’ll attempt to post a link. Good luck! http://www.forboflooringna.com/DesktopModules/ProductFinder/mod_product_popup.aspx?MenuId=1355&pid=22407&bid=-1&pdpid=8098

Anna ClaireNovember 5, 2013 - 10:08 pm

In response to #3 and in that same area…Every few weeks Will will randomly ask if I (or anyone who is present) have a penis. Doesn’t matter if we’re in the car, in a restaurant, at church. Then he starts to loudly list family members who do and do not have penises. Until now we’ve tried to talk about body parts like they’re no big deal and answer questions in a comfortable way whenever they come up, but now I’m thinking the “no big deal” approach has totally backfired and he’s WAY too comfortable talking about it.

MindyNovember 5, 2013 - 10:36 pm

i haven’t seen it, but i do know there is tile out there that looks like would. not sure what woodesque would be, but wood looking tile might be cool & easy to care for!

MichelleNovember 6, 2013 - 5:47 am

Re: your number 9…I’m working on my fourth blog book and it takes me hours and hours to reformat each page and replace higher resolution photos when needed. I was probably about half way through with this process when all of a sudden my pictures all showed ‘unreadable’. I’ve been going back and forth with Blurb support and I’m nervous something bad happened to corrupt the picture part of the file. Hate to think I lost all of those hours. Hoping my latest customer service friend will have a good resolution. On another note, I’m multiple months behind on updating my blog too and that weighs on me too. How are we supposed to get this all done?

CarrieNovember 6, 2013 - 6:13 am

we have something like this in our master bath. It is tile that looks like wood. It looks really cool in person.
http://www.southcypress.com/Theme/Rectified-Wood-Look-Tile#.UnpAe_lQE_I

JenniferNovember 6, 2013 - 8:36 am

For #2 — we LOVE our porcelain tile floors in our master bath that look like distressed wood. They’re seriously the thing that is most complimented in the new house. They look so cool and yet, they’re porcelain so the upkeep is non-existent and water (and sand!) don’t bother them. You can check out pictures on our bathroom post (http://talesofapeanut.com/2013/06/building-a-home-master-bathroom-reveal.html) or you’re welcome to come by and see them in person. There are TONS of tile options that look like wood floor these days but I’m partial to these. We got them from Henry Tile and they have some other options in stock too if you want to go look at those. C also has a similar looking (but not nearly as neat) tile in her bathroom.

JodiNovember 6, 2013 - 9:37 am

Floors– look at the tile that looks like wood, really pretty and great for wet. We were really on the fence about them or hardwood when we did our kitchen last winter. Ended up with the wood, but the tile was really tempting.

#7–you nailed it! thanks for the giggle

MegNovember 6, 2013 - 10:00 am

#10 is so funny!! I CLEARLY remember as a kid going to bed and getting into trouble for going back downstairs because I smelled POPCORN!! OK mom and dad let me have a few pieces and back to bed I went 🙂

Rachelle SNovember 6, 2013 - 10:06 am

We have a lighter color Pergo Laminate floor in our house; dining/kitchen/baths. It’ll be 10 years old this January and looks like the day we installed it! Pergo is a really easy snap/click installation and we did it ourselves; and I am Not that handy : ) I’d highly recommend it.

Sarah fNovember 6, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Yup, the tile that looks like wood is very cool. I’ve seen it in ceramic and porcelain, planked or distressed, different colors. I would definitely check that out.

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaNovember 8, 2013 - 7:32 am

I am updating my kitchen now with the tile floors that look like wood. Daltile is the brand we went with. They make every finish you can think of from bleached to espresso. I have hardwoods throughout, but wanted tile in the kitchen. They really are lovely – I’d send a photo if they were done but here is the link from where I first saw them http://thefarmchicks.com/2011/11/09/my-kitchen-part-3-the-island/

SamNovember 15, 2013 - 8:42 pm

I’m a little late in the post but you should Lois at the wood look linoleum floors made by congoleum. Look great and super durable.

SuzanneNovember 20, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Regarding #9, farm out that blog-book making! (That’s how I get it done, otherwise, my books would never get made.) I used a super talented stay-at-home mama to do the work. (Plus she used to be a newspaper (magazine?) editor, so she catches all of my typos. I use “alot” a lot, it seems. So embarrassing.) Here’s her little business’s site: http://www.inotherwords-blogtobook.com

So worth it.

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