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Worth A Look (Friday Favorites)

A random collection this week:

I loved this! Such a good reminder during this back-to-school time:  Guard your time

Amazing things about breast milk that I didn't even know.

Like a lot of people, I've been reading all about tidying up the Marie Kondo way lately.  And while I think there are a lot of good ideas in the book, I also think the author is more than a little bit neurotic (she suggests, in all seriousness, regularly talking to your possessions). So I laughed a lot at this spoof:  How to Get Rid of Clutter and Live Abundantly

This elevator is amazing!

Why yes, that is my name underneath four different photos!  Winners are announced on Monday. Cross your fingers for me.  Provo Photo Contest Finalists

I got a bit of flak about being out running a few weeks after having a baby.  So I was amused to read this.

"I’ve been really lucky. I ran a marathon three weeks and six weeks after my last baby — which sounds really bad when I say it out loud. I wouldn’t recommend it. …

Five Weeks Old (Wordless Wednesday)

I really meant to get Benjamin into the studio for one month photos, but with the excitement and scurry of getting our back-to-school in order, I was about six days late.

Benjamin started smiling at four weeks, but the smiles were fleeting and far between.  DH and Lillian were the first ones he smiled for.  I joked that they had stolen away what was rightly mine, since I'd done most of the work for him.

But Benjamin made up for all that by choosing the few minutes when I had him all wrapped up and ready for photos to smile broadly.

 Isn't he the cutest?

Back to School!

It's going to be a full and busy year for us.  We have two in high school (not pictured below because they leave at the crack of dawn and aren't anxious to pose for pictures), one in middle school, four in all-day elementary, one in half-day kindergarten, and one in preschool.  That's nine kids in some form of school, and five different school schedules!  One of the best things about being a mom to a large family is getting to participate simultaneously in so many different and exciting stages of life.  

Benjamin's Birth Story ~ Super Short, Somewhat Painful, and Incredible

It's been a wonderful six weeks at our house, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the sweet, joyful spirit in our home with a new baby.  I've been blessed with a smooth transition.  I recovered fairly quickly from labor and have been back to running for a few weeks now, though for just short distances and much slower than I once was.  I'm anxious to get my fitness back and lose the pregnancy weight, though it's not first priority right now.

There have been a few tough days and some moments of frustration, and some afternoons were just plain too noisy with all my kids home.  But having all my kids home really made my recovery easier. With my five oldest kids ages 16 down to 11, it's amazing how much easier it has been to add a child.  Those five give wonderful, mature help.  I got a good, solid nap nearly every day, and all my children clamor to hold Benji and spend time with him.  I feel like I have to get in line to hold my own baby at times.  :)

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Worth a Look (Friday Favorites)

Current Affairs:

This is Why I Don't Like Planned Parenthood

Four Reasons Why I'm Not Boycotting the Forty Companies on that List

Why We Feel Better if We Care About Cecil the Lion

In Zimbabwe, We Don't Cry for Lions   I personally have a hard time seeing how hunting a lion in Africa is worthy of being a hobby or how someone can get a thrill from killing something.  However, I also think the internet lynch mob calling for human blood is more frightening.

14 Things Everyone Should Understand about Guns I'm not a huge fan of guns in general, but I found this educational and interesting, and I learned things I didn't know.


32 Maps to Teach You Something About the World

Live Webcam to watch bears catch Salmon in Alaska (pretty awesome!)


Travel Photography in Myanmar

Seeing Chicago Above the Clouds

Five Incredible Storm Photographer's Best Images


10-20-30 Interval Plan

Made Me Laugh:

11 Comics about Kids' Plugged-In Lives

More from Benjamin's Newborn Session (Wordless Wednesday)

I finally got around to finishing the editing on these.  I love that we captured his sweet little smile in some of them.

It's hard to believe he's almost a month old now.  That new fresh-from-heaven and squishy-bundle stage never lasts long enough (which is a good thing, in a way, because at least with my babies, that stage also includes waking up at night every 2 to 3 hours).

One a Day, Weeks Twenty-eight, Twenty-nine, and Thirty