First day back to school. I cannot believe I have THREE in high school this year and my youngest in middle school. All four are at the same school once again (it's a middle/high combo) and I love it. The boys had their first football game Friday night and Karis is decked out in her cheer skirt with India rocking her ASB shirt. Quite a difference from last year where the first day was on zoom from home. (My kids did most of last year online, until I got the vaccine in the spring and they went . . .
Welp, you can add our family to the list of cautionary tales about vaccinated people getting COVID. My son (Pfizered x2 since June 6) tested positive recently, after being exposed at a church camp. A couple anecdotal observations that support the data we're seeing about vaccines: 1. He had no symptoms at all. We only tested because others had tested positive. He felt perfectly fine. There was an outbreak of 20+ kids. Most of the unvaccinated kids were very sick. He caught it from an . . .
Gen Z fashion is a throwback delight. Straight out of the 90's all the way down to the cross-body bag, Clueless skirts, lace tights and waist-wrapped flannel. Just waiting for them to discover Rocket Dog Platform slides. Fifteen minutes after my "I need you to do anything but watch more tv" monologue. When you open up the attic of the home you owned for 20 years and find out that not one, but two of your bathrooms in your house have exhaust fan so that vent into....nothing. Just sucking . . .
A few weeks ago my family endured a terrible loss. If you've followed me for a long time, you've probably seen me post about my nephews. Before I had kids, they used to visit us in the summers. Now, they are grown men. Derek is married and he and his wife welcomed their 4th child this spring. A forth boy! His big brothers were so excited and the kids and I could not wait to meet him. A few weeks ago, they lost him unexpectedly when he was found unresponsive after a nap. Paramedics were able to . . .
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) Happy complicated feelings about our country day! Co-parenting hack: sign up for family camp and swap out mid-week. Pro tip: go for the second part so your ex is the one who has to deal with them detoxing from their phones. Sorry not sorry @markhowerton Lake launch! Forever finding new ways to potentially . . .
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) picked a great weekend to come out to Palm Springs. 👍👍🥵🥵 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) Smothered shrimp and fries “for the culture” as #foodiejafta says. . . .
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) Someone grabbed some “sunscreen” on the way out the door and applied it and fell asleep on the beach in the hot sun and is in a world of pain for the next couple of days. 😬 Yes, she chose to wear a power suit and heels to her elementary school graduation. And yes, she decided to play on the swingset one last time before we . . .
Multiple-mimosa brunch with some of my favorites. Missed opportunity that none of us made a peace sign. I blame the mimosas. Our rental car got canceled for our whole trip (thanks @hertz!). We’ll make the best of it, we said. We’ll walk, we said! Cut to us getting caught in a massive thunderstorm 20 minutes from where we’re staying. We are now drowned rats with no car. First post-pandemic vacation without the kids is going great, thanks for asking! Doing another @homeexchangecom this . . .
Note: I discovered this forgiveness protocol from an online comment from Kaitlin Curtice. I think it’s a really good process for working through apologies and making amends when we’ve harmed others. The author has made it public domain and asked people to share it widely, so I’m posting it here in the hopes it helps you as well. The Forgiveness Protocol by Judith Eve Lipton M.D. for Psychology Today Say you are sorry. Make an inventory of how your behavior might have hurt or harmed . . .
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kristen Howerton (@kristenhowerton) Today’s remote school location is *chef’s kiss* Getting our zen on in Muir Woods We are doing remote school and work this week via HomeExchange - we are . . .