family dance party

By Gabrielle. Image by Ben Blair  — he snapped it the night I got home from Salt Lake.

Hello, Friends! How are you? Was it a good week for you? The week after Alt Summit SLC is always odd for me. I sort of crave a vacation because the weeks leading up to Alt are my most intense. But, having been out of the office for a week, I also want to jump back into work because I feel behind. So this week was a combination of deep work catchup and going to late night movies with Ben Blair — which I think is the closest thing to vacationing and working at the same time. : )

My kids don’t have school today (a teacher prep day, I think), so it feels like a 3-day weekend around these parts! Sleeping in this morning and skipping the school day routines felt like such a luxury. Weekend plans? Finally unpacking and putting the house in order. Not very exciting, but I know it will feel super satisfying. There’s also a Scout Pancake Breakfast tomorrow morning, and we’re toying with the idea of trying a whale-watching excursion in Monterrey. I am happy as a clam the weekend has arrived.

While I enjoy some time with my kids today, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

– The preview for the movie The Drop Box had me weeping. Thanks, Modern Thrifter.

– This Kickstarter project about teaching kids (especially girls?) to program raised $100,000 in 24 hours. Thanks, Janssen.

– I love this Oops! print.

– Am I the last one to hear about the RIE parenting movement (pronounced “wry”)? Thanks, Brooklyn Baby Fest.

– Remember the P&G summer olympics commercial? Well they made another one for the Sochi Olympics. Another tear jerker! Thanks, Evelina.

– A wonderfully wild nursery.

– A sweet essay about parenting when you are in your early twenties.

– What really drives success? Thanks, Asha.

– I haven’t written one yet, but I love reading the Alt Summit recaps! You can find them on the Alt Blog. There are currently 3 posts with listings, and more being added every day.

– My brother-in-law gets home from Afghanistan today! The whole family is rejoicing!!! And today, my Grandpa would have turned 100 years old.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I’m excited about next week’s posts — we experimented with a DIY cement floor in the reading loft and it turned out really cool. Can’t wait to share! Plus, there will be another story in the Growing a Family series and some really good conversations (I hope!). See you then. I miss you already.