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Old School

I LOVE vintage Little People. They are just so much more fun than the new stuff. I love this barn, with the doors that MOO.


Last night Eva was losing it before bedtime. We spent the entire day at the pool, and she skipped her nap. She swims like a fish and was so very tired.

I pulled out the Little People and she was happy again.


I still feel as if summer is slipping by and I am spinning my wheels in a never-ending funk. I am sitting here about to take Austin to another memorial service of yet another dad that recently passed away suddenly, this time in a freak accident. I’m sad. This is a friend that Austin has had since he was two. I don’t understand what is going on. How quickly life changes.


This was supposed to be a post about Little People but I can’t seem to put on a happy face and pretend it is all ok. I’m tired of feeling sad. Of worrying about my kids (three of which, like usual, got very sick on our Texas trip). Every time I have let my guard down the past few months something bad happens again.


Hence my blog funk. And general funk.

I’m want to feel better, to have fun with my kids. To stop worrying about when the next bomb is gonna drop.


If nothing else, all this sadness lately has made me realize that it so important to live each day to the fullest- and love the people around you in a big big way.

Hannah - Funks’ are hard. I don’t know how you pull yourself out of it…noting ever works for me and then one day it’s just gone. I struggle with fear. Every time someone I loves goes away, even if it’s just for a night, I can’t imagine them coming back. I am terrified of losing the ones I love.

On a lighter note, I LOVE FP people. I had some of those exact ones. The barn (of course!) and the cottage house. My BFF growing up had the garage, school and funky A frame house 🙂 The picture of the sheep brought back so many memories!

kristen - oh this post made me sad! i hope your kids are feeling better! 🙁 i’ve been feeling in a major funk too, like i can’t function – someone recommended taking liquid chlorophyll as a supplement, which i just picked up today. supposed to help with many things, one of them being fatigue. i’m hoping it helps. thinking about you today! {{hug}}

Funnelcloud Rachel - Sorry about the funk. If it’s any consolation, the reason I love your blog is because your family and kids always looks so happy and appear to be living life to the fullest. Hope things get better for you!

Andy - I have a remedy for your funk. How about a weekend away with me in sunny San Diego? Flights are booked, hotel is set, even rented a convertible. Lets go have some fun!

ginky - Yeah!

Lisa - I’m so sorry for your loss and for the family’s loss. Sending positive thoughts your way…soak up the sunshine and love on your babies – I’ve been struggling lately with my own funk…wanting/needing to make a change in order to be the kind of mom I want to be for my kids. But when you’re 41 and the primary bread winner in your home, it’s sometimes hard to muster up the courage to take the leap and make those big changes.

PS – Can you please have Andy call my husband for some funk remedy suggestions? 🙂 Have a wonderful trip!

Gretchen - you are so right! Robbie was upset when I told him what happened, sad because he understood. Life can be so crazy! Enjoy the little moments, take nothing for granted, tomorrow is not a promise, but a gift. I try to live by that. Being in a funk is no fun, but sometimes needed to remind us how lucky we are, your feelings are totally valid! Hang in there!