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Weekend reading: February 7, 2015

Focused on her craft

Little artist. ❤️ {She came up with the idea and got all of her supplies set up by herself. Where did my baby girl go?!}

Tomorrow we are on our way to Snowshoe Mountain for 4 days of skiing, swimming and moon bouncing. This is the first vacation we’ve taken just as a nuclear family in a couple of years as well as the first offline vacation we’ve had in a while. Sean will take the girls skiing in pairs (everybody except our 5-year-old has been before) as well as get in some ski time by himself, and those of us who are “left behind” will be taking full advantage of our suite for playing games, crafting and making yummy food, as well as heading out to the village for swimming in the indoor-outdoor pools and visiting the Big Top.

We’ve actually been to Snowshoe twice before—once for our honeymoon and once when our oldest was a toddler and I was pregnant with #2. On our honeymoon (in October) we realized that this “four seasons” resort wasn’t quite as great in the off-season as they made it out to be. We did have a good time in the almost deserted resort, and riding a train through the mountains of fall foliage is one of my all-time favorite memories, but we ended up coming home a day early. The second time we went, we ended up confined to our room with the stomach flu. The third time’s the charm, right?!

What I’m readingQuiet by Susan Cain (still), Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (still), The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

What I cooked: roasted shrimp “boil” (based on this recipe, minus the kebabs), chicken parmesan (based on this recipe, with mozarella and sauce in place of the ham and swiss), beef and butternut squash stew (Jackson and I can’t get enough of this!), oven baked chicken fajitas, strombolis

What I’m thinking about:

{Follow my personal Facebook feed for the things I’m thinking about and talking about all week!}

Loving your husband, kids…and each other

  • Love Looks Like [2:07am] | Sarah Bessey

Loving your home

  • For All You Non-Cleaning Types Out There | Sarah Mae

Loving your life

  • Rethink. Reset. | Slow Your Home

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Meagan Francis has so much wisdom to share on loving ourselves and the people around us. Will you join us this month?