It’s now half-way through summer and we’ve hit triple digits here in Austin. I don’t even have to look at the thermometer to know for sure, because the clearest sign is that every little thing my family is doing has started to irritate me. Beginning with swiping my stuff every time I turn around. Which is how this came to be…

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And then I realized that even though I’m always happier in the sunshine, I’ve been finding more and more reasons to stay indoors. Like when this 3-hour reorganizing emergency happened…

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I know, I know….PUT THE LABEL MAKER DOWN AND BACK AWAY SLOWLY.

 

In between the obsessive-compulsiveness, we are tossing in some traditional summertime fun.

Like this…

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And this…

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And this…

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Lots of this…

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And when I’m lucky, some of this…

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But as we know, all play and no work makes for a boring household so I’m also trying to earn the Meanest Mom Ever badge. Exhibit A: insisting that my new 10-year-old finish his birthday thank-you notes while waiting at a doctor’s appointment.

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All in all, it’s shaping up to be a great second half of summer. Starting tomorrow we are escaping the heat, heading to the mountains, and leaving the label maker and To-Do lists at home. I’m bringing the camera, of course, so follow me on Instagram and just dare me to come back home from paradise.

 

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