ten on tuesday.

1. Today we swam in the hotel pool, had lunch with daddy, drove him back to the base, played at the mall playplace, went to see Rio, got hot chocolate from the hotel lobby, and are currently playing pretend. Somehow being here feels like the best kind of staycation.

2. Sarah and Ephraim are sleeping together on a pull out couch. Sarah has told us multiple times that she doesn’t like that bed and she thinks we should switch with her. Not happening. Somehow she’s managed to sleep soundly through the night each night so I don’t exactly believe her claims of discomfort. Her brother on the other hand woke up three times last night, most notably at 4 a.m. to ask me where the Statue of Liberty is.

3. In other useless Erin news, I’m growing out my eyebrows. I have a nasty set of Cowan eyebrows that must be kept tame at all times (ask my sister, she has them too). I’m currently making some adjustments. Don’t ask me why I’m telling you this. And I’m sure my sister is raising an eyebrow of her own at the mere idea of letting these bad boys run free.

4. (Warning: foul language in link ahead)ย Does it make me a terrible parent/friend if I’m considering gifting this soon-to-be-released children’s book to a few of my friends? Amy J and Samantha, I’m looking at you.

5. I’ll now redeem my parenting in my kind readers’ eyes by telling you that I’ve been musing the Parent’s Magazine article about 25 Manners Every Kid Should Know by Age 9. My favorite? “The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.” I think I need to write that on a post-it and stick it on my desk as a constant reminder…for myself.

6. In early 2006 I had my first chance encounter with a blog reader in the middle of a Denver mall – Kristina Proffitt. I’ve since come to “know” Kristina online and have been impressed time and time again by her craftiness, her talent, and her positive outlook on life. Kristina’s daughter Caylin was recently diagnosed with Type I Juvenile Diabetes and in typical “One Happy Mama” fashion she’s launched a full-scale attack on the disease, setting a goal of $10,000 to be raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She’s put together an amazing list of items to be auctioned off over the next few weeks…including an iPad2 for as little as $10/donation! Word on the street is that a few copies of my Clean Color Workflow Video will be offered up soon as well. I’ll keep you posted on that. In the meantime, click over to Caylin’s Cure and immerse yourself in the amazingness of one mama channeling her talents and social connections into making a world of difference for a whole bunch of kids.

7. The weather’s looking great for this weekend’s Dayton sessions. Fingers crossed!

8. I need a great pair of sandals/wedges that strap around the ankle but have a bit of height to them. Something casual enough for capris and nice enough for going out. Something I can wear, comfortably, all summer long. Ideas? What are you loving on your feet this year?

9. Gonna pick up the Daddy guy in a few minutes and then head to Doubledays for dinner with our old friend Joe. Joe was in the high school youth group we advised 10 years ago and he’s now a full-fledged adult. That makes THREE former youth we plan to meet up with while we’re here. What a blessing to watch such cool “kids” grow into even cooler adults and peers

10. Shout-out to Eric Larson (and his lovely wife Marian) who advised my youth group 15+ years ago and likewise befriended me as a peer a few years later. May the circle be unbroken, by and by.

Jen OrbistondoMay 17, 2011 - 1:23 pm

I LOVE #4.

aunt May MayMay 17, 2011 - 1:26 pm

actually I am all for the eyebrow reforestation ;)…one of the best pieces of advice an older friend (read: mom’s age) told me was how our eyebrow (or lack there of) age us and we should embrace and never overpluck them. go for it girl!

Love the circle of life of your youth kids…so cool!

JenniferMay 17, 2011 - 2:07 pm

Um, that’s not a “children’s book”! LOL

marianMay 17, 2011 - 2:17 pm

ha! I’ve never thought of you as one of his youth group members from forever ago – always just a good friend who feels more like family. We love you guys!

SharonMay 17, 2011 - 4:14 pm

Do the wedges really HAVE to strap around the ankle?? Toms has really cute wedges!!!

StephanieMay 17, 2011 - 5:48 pm

I have two pairs of Charles David sandal wedges that I think can go casual or dressy. I’ve found pretty good deals on Charles David shoes at 6pm.com and I know other places too, but I can’t think where right now.

AmyMay 17, 2011 - 6:37 pm

I love these wedge sandals from Target and get so many compliments on them. “Women’s Merona Elliana Wedge Sandals – Tan”
They are at Target.com. (sorry the link wouldn’t paste)

j.j.May 17, 2011 - 7:46 pm

That sounds like a lovely day! I was “introduced” to Kristina by a mutual friend when her daughter was diagnosed. Such a great spirit that friend is, huh?

Kelly RichardsMay 17, 2011 - 7:58 pm

I love my Miz Mooz shoes that I wore to our photo shoot at your Aunt’s place ๐Ÿ™‚ you can find them here: http://www.miz-mooz.com or

ShawnaMay 18, 2011 - 5:04 am

Indigo by Clarks Gull Pond wedge sandal are handsdown my favorite shoe right now! They are so comfy, so easy to wear, fun, cute and casual! LOVE them! I got mine at Endless.com.

Jennifer M.May 18, 2011 - 5:37 am

1. That book? Awesome.

2. That list of manners? I know several adults that could benefit from it.

3. Shoes? I got 2 pairs of Clark wedges from Zappos and I love them. Cute, stylish and most of all? Very comfortable. Just go to http://www.zappos.com and look at the Clarks. They are great.

erin cobbMay 18, 2011 - 5:47 am

Okay, so I LOVE every single one of those shoe suggestions. Now to choose…

Jessica WMay 18, 2011 - 7:53 am

Sounds like you’re having a great time! Enjoy!

ginger hoffmanMay 18, 2011 - 9:00 am

i’m in for next Tuesday!!!

marieMay 18, 2011 - 3:28 pm

HA I about FELL ON THE FLOOR I was laughing so hard at that book. SOOOOOO inappropriate, but soooooooo funny.

heather mayberryMay 19, 2011 - 8:41 am

we were over a youth group as well! and we still have now grown up friends from that group. it’s pretty cool. glad you’re back to tuesdays!

heather mayberryMay 19, 2011 - 8:47 am

and the book? i kind of had to pick my jaw up off the floor. then i laughed. holy cow!

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