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I thought I would have all this time in summer because we would be on a break from school. I'm not sure if it's my time management or what, but I am still scrambling! Our house is so much less clean and tidy than it used to be but that's because we are giving way to things that I believe matter more... like picking strawberries, baking a cake from them and making jam. Or going to a movie with friends. And stopping by the neighbors house to chat and paint a section of the fence. And exercise, always my day revolves around exercise. Right now family bike rides are more important than that 7 o'clock sharp bedtime for Maeve. Make believe and reading books and playing with friends. Those are some of the things that are owning our days right now. So yes, my house is messy and not so clean as I prefer it to be, but I have 6 jars of delicious strawberry jam all in a row on my counter and memories made with my darling daughters. 

Continuing to practice letting go... of what matters less. And embracing what matters most. Good, better, best. This doesn't come naturally to me. And maybe I was close to tears last night feeling like I'm not accomplishing anythings. But when I step back and take note of all these little things I'm doing, I need to pause and give myself a pat on the back. I'm doing alright. 

Our new apartment is just around the corner from a park, plaza and church. The church is attached to a school and during school hours, children play soccer in the plaza. To me, it sounds quite competitive! Next week, I plan on going with Holly and Greta to watch for a little while. There's a rickety park right next to the church and fortunately my children think it's lovely. The church that we are close to is so beautiful. The white and red are really striking. It's called San Rogue. 

Conor cut some bamboo sticks for the girls to play with and since they've been playing ninjas/warriors, and planning their Halloween costumes. Always planning the Halloween costumes!

When it was time to go home (so I could go to a much needed yoga class!) Maeve insisted on walking herself the whole way home, while holding my hands. She only paused once. And that was to squawk and receive attention from two people we walked past. That's Maeve. 

We spent the first part of November in California, visiting old friends, some of our favorite places and we explored one or two new places. The girls and I went up to San Francisco one day and visited the Color Factory. Holly and Greta loved it and we spent a solid 2 hours there! So much fun. Too many pictures below. 

I find an immense amount of joy in mothering, especially since Maeve was born. She has brought something really special into my home and into my heart. We all adore her and dote on her. 

Last Sunday, we had a few moments to snap some photos before church. I made all three dresses my daughters are wearing! Kind of a big deal, since time is something I don't have a ton of right now! Holly's dress is extra special. It's from a pattern that my mom used to make a dress for my eighth birthday. I loved that dress! It was blue and white stripes. My mom still had the pattern and when she offered it to me, I snatched it up. Holly loves her dress! 

I love these sweet girls and I love the man I made my babies with!