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December 02, 2016


woo! friday. oh feels like tuesday. i mean - we just got back from disneyland.

speaking of disneyland - did you see my little thanksgiving recap? we seriously had the very best time. even our farmer had a smile on his face most of the time. i was so scared he was going to hate disneyland, but seeing his two gals the very very happiest - it was hard to be mad about the mobs of people...everywhere.

we're farm people. we're certainly not used being shoulder to shoulder. or waiting in lines.

but you know what you don't have to wait in line for? oh hey, friday. so do yo thang...

1 | grab this here snazzy fall-themed button and link back to Sept. Farm.
2 | link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3 | tell all your friends + have a fantastic friday.

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before we left on our little trip i received an e-mail for a quick invitation from a fellow idaho mom. her gal had requested a puppy party...and while i didn't have a puppy invitation in my shop - i was soooo happy to fulfill the request! i'm in love with how it turned out, so i went ahead and created a few more goodies for her party, including a little puppy adoption sign as well as an adoption certificate. i know exactly what kind of birthday party my gals will be getting next year. maybe i'll get crazy and we'll get a real puppy. ha. 
so don't forget! if you have a little someone in need of some party goodies - Wink & Ink would just be so happy to help! oh! and you can follow on instagram too!
okay - the day after we got back from disneyland was the day i officially decided i was completely over the yellow stripes i had painted on our wall nearly five years ago. must get rid of yellow stripes. i think it's taken me so long because that wall is about 15+ feet high. damn you vaulted ceilings. anyway - is the color too blue? i'm having anxiety over this. would it bother me that much if it was too blue? i think the problem is is i wasn't sure what color i wanted in the first place. gah. problems.

pardon the lunch mess on the table. see this chunk of wood?! i've had my eyeballs on a new table since before we moved into the house. we just knew we shouldn't get a new one until we knew the girls weren't going to completely destroy it. well, i got sick of waiting for that day and bit the bullet. the guys who delivered the table and set it up said - "you got yourself a heavy one." i beamed with pride. 

i swear our other one was built for children. as was about five inches shorter and about seven inches less in length and width. it was so so tiny. my farmer insisted i was crazy and that it was a standard table...nope. now we have a standard sized table. i need help styling it for the holidays...since we're hosting and all!

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speaking of has the best gold. i want it all. i went ahead and snagged myself that mini reindeer and the moose antler tray. but now i'm thinking i need those jingle bells and maybe a few other goodies.

as a first time family visit to disneyland i feel like i learned a thing or two...or ten. so even though pinterest is completely saturated with tips and lists and strategies - i feel like there needs to be a practical i think that'll be in the works here shortly. in the meantime...a few more of my favorite moments...

all of sawyer's two year old dreams were realized when she got to ride on dumbo...

just a dad and his princesses...
and of course the moment sawyer realized she wanted rapunzel as a mommy...

okay! link up time and have the happiest weekend!

December 01, 2016


oh mercy, friends. mercy mercy mercy.

talk about a thanksgiving for the memory books. we saw tons of family, kaye is officially a bike riding master, we played by the ocean and saw a dolphin, we celebrated a birthday, saw more family, and snuck in a trip to disneyland to cap it off.

it really doesn't get better than that.

to make it even better - the girls shared a bed or a room each of the nights (i never thought i'd see the day), we all got great sleep, and quite was the least stressful / best vacation our little family of four has ever had...minus the last three hours.

it started with a 3:45 am wakeup call the morning of thanksgiving. we had a flight out of boise to catch. the girls did great and we easily made our connection in san francisco to santa barbara. once in santa barbara the rental car guy gave us a nice, little upgrade and we were on our way to thanksgiving dinner with my sister, her husband and his side of the family. all this and it was only 9:30 am. we arrived to tons of hugs, and laughs, and a million appetizers - and i'm pretty sure i was immediately given a never hurt a thing.

the best part? ( epic part.) my sister's sister-in-law has two kids the same ages as kaye and sawyer. well, she brought a bouncy house and i didn't see my children until dinner. they played and ate and played and laughed and played and...i relaxed. so glorious.

by the time we made it back to the hotel both girls were so pooped we put them in bed together and it was lights out.

we spent the next couple of days with kelli's in-laws (such great people!) eating, visiting the beach, bike riding, and yapping. lots and lots of talking. we eventually said our goodbye's and kaye was devastated. the black-haired boy (she could never remember his name - blake) was her new best friend and she immediately missed him.

we headed back into santa barbara to meet up with more family. that morning we hit up a birthday party and that evening we crashed our second thanksgiving dinner. it couldn't be helped. if we hear there's going to be a free dinner...we go to it.

barb and tom were the very best hosts. they had a beautiful table set up for the adults and the sweetest little table for kaye and sawyer. more mashed potatoes. more turkey. and i was made fun of, endlessly, for my celebrity crush - sam heugan. but friends - am i crazy? he's the most smokin' hot guy around! i just can't even...

anyway - after crashing another dinner and taking over two bedrooms in their home we made our way to anaheim...after a quick stop to pick up some new disney princess dresses at a costco. costco - no matter where you go it looks and smells the same.

we got to our hotel just outside the park and let me tell you - it had the very best set up! it was just a standard room. i don't think i paid anything extra, but when you walked in it had a nice bathroom and just beyond a king bed. then, you went through two sliding doors to a second bedroom where it had a mini sectional with another tv and bunk beds! yessssss. yes. bunk beds.

we were able to totally relax that night, which was great because the following day was disneyland. we bought the girls some popcorn and they took it easy watching cartoons until bedtime. meanwhile - the farmer and i were in the other room doing some christmas shopping and watching movies. i'm telling you - the room setup at the anaheim hyatt was amazing. oh! and before all that relaxing we hit up their pool / hot tub which was also glorious. so...if you find yourself in anaheim, stay there.

the next morning we checked out of that amazing hotel and checked into the grand californian at disney. you may be wondering why we didn't just stay two nights - well, considering the hyatt was more than half the cost...we saved a few dollars.

disneyland was an absolute treat. i'm pretty sure it was one of the least busy times - but it still seemed so so busy to us. so so many people.

kaye's lifelong dream of meeting nearly every disney princess was fulfilled. i played mom-of-the-year and got most of it on video. i also nearly cried from the pure, unadulterated, euphoric look of bliss on kaye's face as we went around each corner in the castle only to be greeted by another princess.

and i have to say - those princesses were the best. they hugged kaye and sawyer fully like it was their life-long dream to meet her. each one took their time and asked her questions and listened to her stories. it was the sweetest moment. anyway...

that evening was the parade...that we happen to magically catch at the very last minute. we had just gotten off a ride when i heard loud music. i was like, "oh! i think it's the parade!" but when we went to find seats there was nothing. it was just a sea of people. we could have never gotten close enough for the girls to see...except we did!

as we were walking around looking for a place to park it and looking pathetic i asked a guy if he knew of a secret place we could see the parade from. he said something on his walkie talkie and then looked at us and said, "follow me." so we did. we found ourselves in a roped off section with a few other guests with a front row seat by the it's a small world ride. it couldn't have gotten better. the girls danced and clapped and pointed and blew kisses and received kisses and waves. i swear i was happier than they were to see the pure joy on their faces.

now - i know at disneyland the fun goes until late, but we were shot and still needed to get dinner in the girls. so we left the park, grabbed some dinner, and saw the fireworks from our room.

the next morning we had character dining with ariel and friends at california adventure. we got to go into the park an hour early and to me, that was worth the price of the character dining. to see the park completely empty and snap a few pictures and to not feel on top of everyone...glorious. this may have been why i liked california adventure better than disneyland. after the breakfast we hopped on several rides immediately and met a princess with no line (the fifth princess of the morning).

the surprise of the day was kaye and sawyer rocking their princess finery all day long - including their sparkle shoes. there was no request to take it off. we just had two of our very own princesses escorting us to each ride.

as they day concluded we had a flight to catch at LAX at 8:30. we were just 30 miles away so we gave ourselves two and some change hours to get everything done - drive there, gas up and return the rental car, check bags, security, and walk to the gate.

well - it took closer to an hour and a half to drive the 30 miles and then another 30 minutes to find the rental car return. and then another 30 to shuttle from the car return to united terminal. i was fa-reaking out. we were definitely going to miss our flight.

luckily, the super nice gal at united expedited us, sent us to the front of security where our farmer was swabbed, again, for something suspicious on his hands?? we grabbed our stroller and took off for the gate. the most fortunate part? our gate was literally right upstairs. united had changed our gate an hour or so before, so as luck would have it, we were the last people to board the flight.

but wait! i realized at the last second i forgot the girl's blankies at security. i sprinted back down the stairs (luckily i had my activewear on) grabbed the blankies and hopped back onto the plane.

both girls fell asleep during the flight and farmer and i agreed we couldn't wait to be home. we landed, grabbed our bags and the car...and then drove the hour back to the farm.

you guys - longest day ever.

it was the best trip...and little does my farmer know...i'm already planning our next trip back to disneyland.

kidding - i think i'm all disneylanded out for at least four years.
November 23, 2016


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did you know each year over 450,000 of us are injured and taken to the hospital unconscious? how many of those people do you think had identification on them? none! zero. in reflecting on my years of running - wearing a Road ID would have been a super idea.
as a runner - the statistic that over 122,000 runners, walkers, and cyclists are hit by cars each year - that's just a staggering amount of incident. 

and up until now - if i had experienced some sort of incident - i would have been one of the 450,000 without any identification. i can honestly say that 100% of the time - i've never once had identification on me. not once.

when i first heard of Road ID a few years ago i immediately thought of me as a runner. i've been running for 16 years and i'm truly so lucky to be injury and incident free in all that time. i'm not saying there haven't been close calls (like the time i was mountain biking in the foothills and went over the handle bars into a little ravine - but that's a different sport)...but you guys, Road ID could have made all of my 16 years of running so much safer. 
let's take a trip down memory lane when i first decided it was a great idea that i start running. i needed to get in shape and as college student i certainly didn't have money to go to the gym for classes. i would be pounding the pavement in my running shoes, two sports bras (i doubled up back then), and cotton t-shirt. that was my gear. i was a nanny in a suburb outside of philadelphia back then and i ran all over that cute town, but usually at the high school track. i wasn't worried for my health or safety in a big city with no family around. i was 20, what could go wrong?

fast forward to myself as a fresh-college-grad in boise. i would run at all times of day. sometimes in the early morning before student teaching. sometimes at dusk after getting off work from my second job. my main focus was getting in shape. i wasn't worried about someone being able to identify me if i was injured...or as a woman...something worse.
jump ahead a few more years to when i moved to prague. another big city. a big city and a foreign language. i ran there too. mostly at the gym, but when i would get off work i did a lot of exploring. i would walk to the tram stop and not return home until well after midnight. you guys - that can be really scary. at 24 i was finally getting rid of some of my invincibility and it was being replaced by fear. something could actually happen to me. i was a young woman, alone, in a foreign country at a mostly deserted tram stop...or walking to a tram stop. or walking from the tram stop back home. what i'm saying is i was walking in the dark late at night alone a lot. i think back now and just shudder. that's scary! if i thought for a second that i would have been able to effectively and efficiently communicate with a doctor or someone trying to help me, who i was, where i was from, or even a phone number - the thought of that is laughable to me, now. 

and now - now i live on a farm. i'm talking small town, country living. our town has less than 200 people. but of those 200 people we all drive like race car drivers. there are no lines on the roads. there are no speed traps. honestly - i'm not even sure if there's a speed limit sign. (it's 45 mph - but most of us go 65.) now - in our town of 200 i think it's safe to say i've honestly never seen anyone else out running (aside from some mandatory high school PE running). so you can bet that i've been passed by vehicles going 65+...and they didn't give me any extra room. i always jump off our farm roads when i see an oncoming car, truck, semi, or tractor. always. i also always make a point to have a big smile on my face and wave enthusiastically - because it's important to remind them that on occasion - our sweet, little farm town does have pedestrian pay attention...even though it's so easy not to on our country roads. honestly - i felt safer running the streets of boston than i do running out here. (yes - i lived in boston for a period of time as well.)
now when i'm running, pushing one of my girls in our running stroller, i couldn't be happier to have all the very best equipment on me: running shoes, music, one sports bra these days (thank you very much), and a Road ID. i'm a mom! i have two sweet gals who depend on me and need me to be healthy and safe for them.

just as we strap our sweet kids into their car seats in the back seat and adjust the harness and check the tightness of the straps and go to all these lengths - we too need to think of ourselves and the people who depend on us to keep ourselves healthy and safe. we make good decisions every day for our kids...which is why it's so important to for me to make a good decision when i head out for a run. wearing my Road ID with my farmer's contact information on it gives us both peace of mind. 
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