This and That


1. Maria has been traveling for work, so I took the boys on a road trip to Lake Tahoe and now we are in California visiting family. When mom is away the boys will play!


3. I took the boys to see Captain Underpants and they liked it.

4. The boys have been sleeping together on our trip and I love seeing them snuggle up to each other.


1. I have been traveling for a week. I went to Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and now I am headed to NYC and the Hamptons! I am having a great time, but I sure do miss my boys and my bed. If you have any NYC or Hamptons recommendations, let me know in the comments.

2. I am loving this book! I hope to finish it on the plane today.

3. I really want to eat this right now.

4. I finished Bloodline and I still don’t know how I feel about the ending. All I know is that I love Kyle Chandler. He will always be Coach Taylor to me.

5. I am craving cookies now.

6. This dress needs to be in my closet.

7. Patio goals.

8. Love this summer reading list.

9. The most adorable names.

10. Perfect summer top.

11. A lesson in kindness.

12. My obsession continues!

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  1. I enjoy reading all of your blog posts and especially enjoy your “This & That” series. I don’t know where you find the time to search for all of the links you share. Anyway, I saw the book, “The Glass Castle” listed on your previous post and hoped you would enjoy it. It was a favorite of mine and my husband’s. A funny story: my husband was having trouble sleeping one night and I handed him the book about 3:00 a.m. and said, “Read the first chapter.” He ended up finishing the book at 8:00 a.m.! He just couldn’t put it down!

  2. hey y’all -great list! love the pic of the boys! so cute! Maria have fun in New York and the Hamptons!

  3. Looks like the boys have had a great road trip and it is so sweet to see Caleb and Maxwell sleep next to each other!
    I haven’t had a chance to watch Bloodline yet but it’s on my Netflix list I am copying that summer reading list – looks good! I like the dress Maria picked but absolutely love the top! Have a great weekend.

  4. Some of my favorite places in NYC: Queens Comfort, Daily Provisions, Taïm, Black Seed Bagels, Odd Fellows, Breads Bakery, I could probably go on forever.

  5. We are still waiting for the snow to melt and the roads to be repaired so we can go camping in “almost Tahoe” lol