Things to Do - This Untamed Life, Evenings

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Don't these late fall evenings seem LONG all of a sudden? Especially with the absence of soccer and other seasonal activities, we seem to have so much time. Some nights, these extra moments are such a blessing, as we play boardgames or watch a weeknight movie. But some nights, especially when the kids come home tired and cranky, the hours seem to linger forever.

How about everyone else? How have you been spending your evenings?

Don't forget to click on over to This Untamed Life, to see the rest of the group's recent photos.


Places to Go/Things to Do - Dumbarton Oaks (Washington D.C.), Cherish This Day, & Random Links


It is supposed to warm up a little this weekend, so I'm posting a few photos from our (somewhat) recent trip to Dumbarton Oaks, which has free admission until spring (thanks KidFriendly DC for the suggestion). The kids ran and ran. The adults admired the gorgeous scenery. Everyone hypothesized on how one goes about obtaining swimming pool access (do any readers know the answer?).

And if you're still wondering how gorgeous the gardens really are, check out this article, where National Geographic ranked Dumbarton #6 among the top 10 gardens in the world (Dumbarton was the only American garden to make the list).

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND EVERYONE!! Don't forget to click on over to Cherish This Day to see how everyone else photographed their week.


* This cookbook looks awesome (because Husk is yummy).

* 22 Vintage Ads Designed to Keep Women In Their Place. Horrible.

* DIY - tiny house from a box. Wouldn't these be so cute as Xmas decorations? You could make little stockings and a tree.

* Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz.

* I'm not sure this was meant to be the funniest thing I've read this week. But it most definitely was the funniest thing I read this week. Of course I could be thinking too hard about what I think, "which is very dangerous." (On the other hand, this article points out that they actually said some interesting things).

* A whole blog full of spiralizer recipes.

* She woke up like this. This is awesome - “I have a note on my full-length mirror that says, ‘There is not enough time for hating yourself. Too many things to make. Go.’"

* 21 big batch cocktails for Thanksgiving. Yay!!


Things to Do - 12 in 12 (November 2014)

Tuesday, November 11th was P's 8th birthday, so we took it easy on the 12th.

After you read about our day, don't forget to click on over to Not-So-SAHM and Where the Watermelons Grow to see how their days went.


7:30 am - Why is T asleep in my bed? Why? I'm asking seriously. I awake early because he keeps kicking me. Mean little feet. (And notice how he has managed to wiggle his way into the absolute middle of the mattress).

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7:45 am - P checks out her new pierced ears. T manages to worm his way into the photo.


8:00 am - Just when it seems like the morning is going smoothly, T realizes his favorite pants are all in the wash. Thus begins, "the great pants meltdown."

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8:15 am - The girls surprise me by unloading the dishwasher without being asked (they apparently felt bad for me during the "great pants meltdown").

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9:00 am - After dropping the girls at school, I read the New Yorker while walking the dogs. Leaves are pretty.


10:00 am - Darcy Troutman Photography is experiencing its busiest fall ever (yay for all my amazing clients). So I have a lot of editing and slideshow making to do. The puppy keeps me company.


Noon - Walk to Journey Yoga for an afternoon class, followed by the grocery store. I have to cut my list in half when I realize I can't carry most of it home. After looking at this photo I realize that mostly junk food survived the cut.

[2 pm - 3:30 - work]

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3:45 pm - Pick the kids up from school. T seems to have recovered from this morning's "great pants meltdown".

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5:00 pm - My friend, Laurie, is in town for a work trip, so she comes over for dinner before heading back to Charleston. So excited to see her!

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6:00 pm - T does homework while we drink wine.

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7:00 pm - The Arlington County School District bought ipads for every student in F's 3rd grade class. She's a little obsessed.

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8:30 pm - Dan puts the kids to bed, so I can walk around the neighborhood for hours in an attempt to knock Nora out of #1 (if you have a fitbit, you understand).


Things to Do - My Baby Girl Turned 8 (and Had Her Ears Pierced).

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For the last two years or so, P has wanted her ears pierced (as in "really really really wanted"). But we made her wait until her 8th birthday and now she couldn't be happier ("the best birthday ever", or so I'm told).

If you have a second, click on over to the Stories We Tell to see the whole event unfold.



Things to Do - Christmas Cards - 30% Off at Pinhole Press


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At the end of 2013, we took the silly hat photo before our annual solstice party. Everyone said, "well, I guess you already have next year's holiday card ready to go." But I scoffed. I take millions (literally millions) of photos a year, surely 365 days would be enough time for a more recent family portrait. But even though I spend my days photographing other people, I never take photos of myself, causing our Christmas card picture to be somewhat outdated. Lesson learned - this year I plan on spending more time IN FRONT of the camera.

For the second year in a row, we ordered our cards and calendars from Pinhole Press and (as always) I couldn't be happier. They print everything on this gorgeous, thick card stock that looks amazing. The colors always come out perfectly and I love the classy/stylish design selections.

If you haven't ordered your own cards yet, Pinhole Press is offering all No Monsters readers 30% off holiday cards through Wednesday, November 26th (THIS IS AN AMAZING DEAL!!). Just use the coupon code "nomonsters". So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and shop everyone!!

(Pinhole Press gifted us our cards, but the opinions expressed our entirely my own (OF COURSE!!).


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