Bliss Bits 8/17/2016

Perpetual time warp! I went to the outlet stores near my house yesterday (to buy my giant baby bigger clothes AGAIN) and it was packed with back-to-school shoppers. The temps are dipping into the 40s at night this week. On my hike yesterday, I swear I saw some leaves changing color. Is fall really on its way already? Life just keeps on a-rollin’ for the Howe family. Oden is 6 months old today and his list of “firsts” is growing: first roll-over from front to back, first foods, first road trip. Some days are so difficult that I welcome their end, but it’s surprising how quickly time seems to be passing these days. Note to self: Stop and soak it in. This moment, however hard or glorious, will be gone in a flash…

Here are some late-summer smiles!

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Oden has made so many friends lately! He loves new people. 

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How Mama hosts a party with a baby sleeping upstairs: a baby monitor accessory.

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A rare night out on the town with friends. 

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Bright made us shrimp and grits for breakfast! The South in Utah!

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There is a shop on Main Street devoted only to socks. I liked these!

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Need this hat. #ibelieve

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Oden’s first time in a big pool was super fun!

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A feel-good brunch for me, courtesy of Chef Hubby.

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This little gadget makes making homemade baby food super easy!

IMG_0990 The first harvest from our garden!

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Please note that my coffee is just out of reach. HELP.

Apparently, we are no longer into pears.

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I’m so lucky. 

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We took Willie the Camper on his first trip! (What’s a “maiden” voyage for a boy?)

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Sarah was in town from Oman and got to meet Oden. I also met her new baby, Silas!

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Grandpa is imparting camping wisdom. He’s the master. 

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No, we did not actually feed our infant coffee ice cream.

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Early camping mornings look like this.

This makes me so happy! Jumping under the pines!

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John sends me photos like this from his bike rides because he knows they make me happy.

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Hot dads with babies!

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Just a little Macy time. 

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Does my six-month-old look like a toddler…?

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Cholula stalked a squirrel for hours. 

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I made a killer “hobo” dinner, Mexican-style! I’ll make it again and share the recipe.

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Oden’s feet go in his mouth these days. Baths are important.

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The view from a hike with Cholula, way up high!

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Arguably the best meal of summer: tomato toastettes!

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One year ago, we were at Red Butte Garden seeing Rodrigo y Gabriela. 

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Two years ago, Sarah was visiting and the Durango girls got together to celebrate!

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Three years ago, we were celebrating my dad’s birthday on the patio!

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Four years ago, I talked my crazy family into having a costume cocktail party while camping. 

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Five years ago, John tricked me to hike longer, but this view was the pay-off!

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And this morning, I spied a tiny strawberry on my plant! 

You know. Just the usual bliss. 

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