It's Been Awhile (as sung by Staind)

Hey guys, wow. About a year ago I did my last Currently post and then immediately, accidentally, and completely fell out of the habit of this blog. I honestly can't believe it's been a year.

Where to start and where to begin? We moved to Texas last week. That's the biggest thing. Between this time last year and today we've gone through so much. Rob graduated and we turned the page on the Eugene, OR chapter of our lives. He took a position here in Texas and so we loaded up about 20% of our possessions, sold the rest, and road tripped down the West Coast, through Phoenix, and on over to sun shiny, warm Granbury, TX.

So far so good. The kids road tripped like amateurs. Lots of grumbling. Lots of me begging them not to speak to each other, touch each other, or look at each other unless it was to make the other one happier. I ate so much jerky you guys. And we went to Harry Potter World. Those are the highlights of the road trip.

I think I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Photo-wise, I am so out of the habit. It's all on Instagram and if you're reading this we probably already follow each other anyways. Emotions-wise, versus this time last year when I was not so good, right now I am so full of hope for our little fam's future. My job is great, Rob's new job will be great, Loretta's new school seems great, Otto's new school seems great, the sun is shining... and Target is only 30 minutes away :)


pull up a chair, well really a stool will do, or just stand, whatever

In my heart this feels like it will be a long-winded blog post, almost like a eulogy is in order, but I know it will probably end up on the short side. I'll keep it short on purpose (I have to get ready for work soon). For those of you who swing by here regularly on Thursdays, you may have felt this coming for a while, and here it is. The end of Currently. But not really an end. There are lots of Currently-like link-ups out there. Still, for this little link-up that Randalin and I have been doing for a while (and that Randalin started quite a while before I ever got involved) this is it.

There is a very good chance that I will start participating in Sunday Lately with Katy from Wild and Wanderful. I still love the "currently" concept of following themes as a writing prompt. And having a weekly commitment to doing at least that one blog post has kept me blogging regularly which I appreciate. But in a weird way it's also given me an excuse to only blog once a week which... who knows. There was a time when I did actual, real blog posts about our little life and the joys and adventures in it. Look at this stuff from February 2011, I mean beyond how round and small and sweet (with chubby little hands oh my gosh) Otto was. I was an actual blogger of posts back then --> paper | tape | love

::blog nostalgia moment::

During that moment Loretta, upstairs, started saying, then yelling, then screaming, "Uppy. Uppy! Uppy!!!!!!!!" and earlier when I crept down here to write this I had asked if Rob would just grab her if she woke up and started screaming and he said, "Yeah, sure." But husbands have dead ears while sleeping. It's actually a biological fact that somehow protected them from saber monkey attacks thousands of years ago when they were hunter/gatherers. Saber monkeys did the classic scream-like-a-baby lure and attacked anyone who reacted with loving concern. All the moms died in monkey attacks. It was the saddest. Anyways, now she's escalated to rage and it's harshing by blogging mellow. I'm almost done.

There was a whole phase of this blog where I didn't use capital letters, except sometimes. Who has been around long enough to remember when no caps was a thing? ::two pink hearts emoji::

So tomorrow Loretta has a circus performance at her summer camp and we have been tasked with sending her in a "mime-like outfit" which, I mean... First off, please don't task us out, summer camp. Secondly, I researched mime outfits yesterday just to be sure and it's all about mod french 1960s long sleeves and cat pants so that isn't going to happen. If we know anything about Loretta we know she does NOT wear  pants below the knee. I got her a little white tank at Target yesterday and tonight I'm going to play around with block-printing strips onto that bad boy, toss in a black and white bow and black shorts and that's about as mime-like as things are going to get. Kind of excited about the block-print experiment. Wish me luck if it works out I will take pics.

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Honestly love you guys. -Lindsey


currently... all the holidays and reasons

Dear friends,

Randalin and I decided last night to skip this week of Currently. Bam! This is our one power on earth and we are using it. We'll be back next week with the themes that were intended for today. Also... Please go visit Randalin on her blog or Instagram and send happy, loving, healing thoughts her way as Mr. Kale had his tonsils out earlier this week and is still feeling very worse for the wear.

Happy Canada Day (yesterday) and July 4th (this weekend) to all of you who live in North America or who celebrate other countries' national holidays. I hope you have great, safe weekends. We are probably going to skip fireworks, but there is a weak plan a-brewing to take the kids to Inside Out.

And then finally, just this. Yay!

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currently... i'm gonna move to southern california

The deal: Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' going on with you. Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other bloggers linking up - especially to my amazing co-host Randalin of Kale & Beans.

This week's themes: 
visiting, planning, cooking, longing, growing

Right now we are Visiting Newport Beach, LA, and Disney. I wanted to put a pic of the kiddos with Mickey Mouse at the top of this post but I'm borrowing Rob's mac and I don't speak the mac handjive and couldn't actually figure out how to do this super simple thing so... all pics may be found on Instagram. Best to be enjoyed in the shade, curled up with a frozen margarita.

With 6 adults and 5 kids in the beach house (as we speak) it's hard to be Planning much - it's actually amazing because the small fry just run around entertaining each other and all we have to do is feed them, sunscreen them, and break up fist fights - but anyways there is a little place about a five minute walk from here called Chronic Tacos and I am planning at least a few more trips to that place between now and Saturday.

Cooking? Well I cooked jello shots on Sunday and a little patch on my forehead got cooked yesterday.

More than ever, after this trip, I will be Longing for Rob to land a gig (next year) in southern California. This place just makes sense for us. So... all the vibes are pointed southwest. Also, just any gig will do. So all the vibes are pointed in the Job direction with a strong southwest amount of vibe hinting going on.

There is nothing like seeing your kids and your nieces and nephews Growing up together. Right now we have a 6, a 5, two 3's, and a 1 under the same roof and it's magic. Last night Loretta had a light saber battle with her cousin. Otto is so amped on this whole thing that his voice volume is set to permanent bark. It's nuts and great.

That was this week & here are next week's theme's:
craving, feeling, thinking, loving, reading