1. Life is full of simple pleasures. Like getting the just-barely-dry laundry off the line right before the rain starts. Sometimes you can just feel it coming.
2. I'm not saying that my family is OCD or anything, but already there are emails bouncing around about who is bringing what when we all go to Oregon. Because we all bring food. And spices. Actually, I have no idea what we'll eat. But there will be paprika. And possibly a salt lick.
3. I gave the boys free choice in journal writing recently. Gunnar wrote a long, rambly poem about Christopher Columbus, It began something like, In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. At least that's what he meant to do... The accompanying picture showed a large kraken devouring one of the ships. Maybe the Santa Maria, but I couldn't be sure. All I could make out was a lot of splashy water and tentacles.
4. My boys find this absolutely hilarious and ask me to show it to them repeatedly: