ten on tuesday.

1. We just returned home from a long weekend at my mom’s house, celebrating the end of summer as we do annually. My mom and stepdad’s house always feels like a lodge to me – cozy, homey, comforting. My sister and her family were there as were my stepbrother, stepsister and her son. Fun times!

2. It was such a treat to see Charlotte this weekend. She and Sarah are always instant buddies and it breaks my heart that they only see each other once or twice a year. Last week I bought my sister a webcam to try to at least get the cousins some face time a little more often.

3. Since Charlotte left yesterday Sarah has taken on a decidedly California accent. She’s a southern girl at heart and is normally not shy about dragging out her short a’s, as in “graaaaama” and “caaaandy”. With her new faux CA accent though she’s switched to a more staccato “gruma” and “cundy”. It’s weird.

4. Predictably, my sister and mom and I thrifted on Sunday. Meghan scored me the cutest pair of suede boots EVER. Now I’m on a mission to find a pair of vintage frye cowboy boots like the ones she rocks every time I see her. I need those boots.

5. I heard a rumor that my talented friend Tina Parker of My Lil’ Creations will be having a sale on her paper packs on 10/10/10 (Saturday). $10/pack…no limits on the number you can purchase. This is an INSANE deal from a crazy awesome digital designer. Keep your eye on her site on Saturday of if you’re a digitally crafty person. 😉

6. Today we spent a few minutes making our home fall-ish. Halloween trinkets are placed and little plastic leaves are sprinkled about. It’s our favorite season so we tend to do it up right. When we were finished Sarah asked for a “pumpkin face lunch”. I’m just as much a fan of face lunches as they are so I obliged.

The stem is a raw piece of okra. Sarah ate it first.  Ephraim wouldn’t touch it.

7. My online/photog friend Lyndsay has been in my life for almost five years now. This summer it broke my heart to watch the dark road she traveled with her youngest son who is just a few weeks younger than Ephraim. They’ve slowly fought their way out of the darkness and now Lyndsay is bravely sharing their story of struggle and recovery. It’s definitely worth the read. I suggest starting with her first post.

8. On Sunday morning I set out on a 6 mile run in my mom’s neck of the woods. I carefully mapped it out ahead of time (thank you map myrun.com) and stashed some water in my mom’s mailbox to grab on the second go-round of my three mile loop. I never made it. Somewhere near mile 3 I took a wrong turn and ended up in labryinth of similarly shaped and styled brick homes. After running past the same house three times and being joined by a pack of dogs I hunted down a couple of home owners to recalibrate my internal compass. When I finally jogged back up to my mom’s house Brent was pacing the front porch. Oops.

9. Have I mentioned that I’ve acquired a 6 year old pen pal? I love it.

10. Thank you guys SO much for your patience and kindness regarding the delay of the Clean Color Workflow Video. If you’re still wondering what in the world it is, go here. The good news is that the beta copies have been ordered and are on their way to testers. Barring any unforeseen difficulty with the copies they receive we’re on track for release next week. Woot!

GramaOctober 5, 2010 - 12:32 pm

Thanks for everything this weekend! I love spending time with you and most of the rest of the gang. When I try to recount all that we did, I’m amazed that it was all squeezed into the two and a half days everyone was here! I love you, my sweet daughter!

JenniferOctober 5, 2010 - 1:22 pm

First of all, we do NOT pronounce it “gruma” and “cundy”. It’s California, not the UK. 🙂 Love the festive lunch, but I’m with E on the okra thing…

LanOctober 5, 2010 - 2:00 pm

Your food pumpkin is too cute. So glad to hear I haven’t missed the release of your color workflow. I was out of town this weekend and was worried I missed the early discount period. Can’t wait!

StaceyOctober 5, 2010 - 6:43 pm

I’m copying your food pumpkin tomorrow! So cute! But, here in California we pronounce things different and we don’t eat okra! Ugh! I’ll have to think of something else for the green stem . . .hmmm, maybe broccoli will have to do! Fun!

Janelle AndersonOctober 5, 2010 - 7:52 pm

Erin, Thank you so much for sharing Lyndsay’s story with everyone. I just spent over an hour reading and digging through her website. This touches my heart and I can’t imagine what she and her family have been through. I’m so happy that the outcome is so wonderful. Thank you. Oh, I love the pumpkin face, I need to get more creative and stop being so lame. 🙂

Martha HernandezOctober 6, 2010 - 6:00 am

I don’t recall how I found Lyndsay’s website, maybe thru you, but I have followed her and feel a connection to her since she’s from New Orleans and was relocated due to Katrina. Broke my heart when I read everything she was going thru. Makes you thank God every day for your own blessings and the things we take for granted. Thanks for sharing.

Love your pumpkin face lunch. Not a fan of okra, not even in gumbo! Good for Sarah for eating it!

have a good week.

Juli POctober 6, 2010 - 7:10 am

thanks for sharing the story on your friends blog. another day of not getting work done, reading on the internet!
Thank you also for the tip on My Lil Creations! I love Tina’s stuff. I’ll have to friend her on FB to be in the know on these things. I’m making a list of paper packets that I want to buy! So many…. Now, I can take a stab at making my own card designs!

Janelle AndersonOctober 6, 2010 - 12:12 pm

The lunch faces were a huge hit today in our house! Check out our blog and you can see our version. 🙂 Great idea, thank you!

AmyOctober 7, 2010 - 10:33 am

Your pumpkin face is so cute, you are so creative! I was wondering if you would do a couple of pullback shots of your next newborn shoot? I would love to get an idea of your set up.

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