Photo and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends! How are you? We are still grinning ear to ear about our lovely trip to Lake Louise! We got home late last night and the kids had all stayed up to greet us in a big way — an anniversary celebration for our whole family. With the help of Grandma, they went all out!! There were handmade banners and decorations, plus homemade desserts displayed on pedestals — schaum torte (my favorite!), chocolate mini cupcakes, and lemon bars (my second favorite!).

But that’s not all. The kids were wearing their matching pajamas from Christmas, and they had prepared a song to perform for us. The song was written by Ben’s brother for our wedding all those years ago. My mom told the kids about the song, which led Ralph to message his Uncle Dell to get the words. Then they practiced all day and surprised us! It was fantastic. Straight up Von Trapp family!! We were dying.

Gosh, it’s always good to be back home.

And now that we’re home, we’re looking ahead and jumping right back into school prep — our first day is on Monday! We’re hoping to shoot this year’s what-to-wear-to-school photos this weekend, and June will meet her teacher this afternoon at the Kindergarten Picnic. (Kindergarten?!! My heart.) But before I pull out the camera, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

– Did you see my sister Jordan’s house tour on Cup of Jo? It’s so good! Jordan’s style is always spot on.

– A book created by a Swedish scientist is said to help any kid fall asleep in minutes. I wonder if it really works? Find it on Amazon here.

– Solidarity Fridge? Yes please!

– A moving StoryCorps video featuring a white mother and black son.

How to project power.

– Humans of New York is fighting slave labor in Pakistan.

What is art? Apparently crowd-funders and experts both agree.

– This comic explains the difference between the terms Hispanic and Latino.

– When it comes to diseases, your astrology chart matters. (I read this on the plane last night. Hah!)

Project Sunroof can tell you if getting solar is worth it for your address.

– First Film Festival submissions DUE tomorrow!

– We left on our trip on Sunday night, and early on Monday morning, I woke up to a text from Maude that said: “EARTHQUAKE!!” Turns out the 4.0 earthquake was centered just a few miles away! Happily, our kids were all safe and sound.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here next week. I miss you already.


P.S. — I’m working on a post about our trip to Canada! In the meantime, you can see a few photos on Instagram.