#Weekend10: Happy Easter!

A few shots from our weekend. About half of these were taken by Annie. She likes to steal my camera these days. :)

The Easter bunny brought Game Stop cards, because what else do you get for a 15 year old boy. And jewelry-making supplies, which made for a fun and meditative kind of afternoon.

There's been so much going on. Maybe I'll get to the place where I can write more about it. For now, I've been dipping my toe back into this space which used to be so familiar. Things have evolved so much online, and so much in my life, too. Sometimes I want to say all the messy things. Then I safely hide behind pretty pictures. I'm still finding the balance. But also feeling that thing that happens when you stop "being inspired" and start moving again. When you stop assessing and agonizing over being "right" or "perfect". And suddenly it's possible to be creative again. To let something go, so other things can come to life. I'm feeling the symbolism of Easter today.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend too, friends. x

Weekend 10

Things have been a really crazy around here lately. This past year has been full of transitions. And transitions are filled with uncertainty (my favorite!). So the result is a lot of worrying. And my mind starts to yell at me, "Control the things! You must control all the things!" And I'm too ADD for meditating and my body was made with no muscle mass, so yoga is out (don't tell me to go I can't I mean it). So I've been trying to get back into the habit of picking up my camera. It's always been a way of wrangling my mind into focusing on what is actually happening around me, now. Versus the endless reel of what ifs and what thens and how abouts and if I'd onlys. And I miss writing, too. I miss the creativity and connection of this space. I miss doing things for no justifiable reason other than it's fun. So here I go again (just like Whitesnake).

Pretending with all her might that it is summer already.

I don't think they caught him, but it helped that there was a frog in the rocks that they could only get if they went in.

 A meticulous audience.

A meticulous audience.

 "Next time can you not feed her on my favorite hand towel?"

"Next time can you not feed her on my favorite hand towel?"

 She'd rather hand wash. So we run out of dish soap pretty much every day.

She'd rather hand wash. So we run out of dish soap pretty much every day.

 Early Sunday morning, getting perfectly lost in TED talks and blogs, some that I haven't read in years.

Early Sunday morning, getting perfectly lost in TED talks and blogs, some that I haven't read in years.

So a few months ago she told me she hid a Kermit doll behind a gas can (I must have said I wasn't going to buy it). She said she put it there because "no one ever buys gas like that". She was so excited when I told her we were going to eat breakfast there after her sleepover, because she could FINALLY rescue him... Only to realize that apparently people do buy gas like that. Darn it. :|

“There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other’s cooking & to say that it was good.” Brian Andreas. (One of my favorites)

Weekend 10 + A Bag Giveaway

It stormed all weekend which made me happy. It's like the sky is giving you permission to stay home, drink wine, read, and do nothing that requires getting out of pajamas.

I also needed to rest after completing the most daunting task of the century, which is to have a photograph not only printed (!), but also framed. In a frame you guys. That I purchased at the store for framing. My friend Kristen aptly deemed this a miracle. So you can imagine that I needed the whole weekend to recover from accomplishing the 8th Wonder of The World. 

 Crappy iphone pic of the majesty that is a framed photograph.

Crappy iphone pic of the majesty that is a framed photograph.

But then I got kinda full of myself and decided to try to actually hang it up. On an actual wall. On a hook. In my home. And that's when I realized I'm not cut out for so much ambition. 

 The messy hallway between my girls' bedrooms.

The messy hallway between my girls' bedrooms.

Notice The Framed Photo that is just propped against the wall? That is the story of my life. Because I am apparently allergic hammers and nails and commitment. What if I put the hole in the wrong spot! And I'm way too lazy for all that measuring nonsense. So shut up for suggesting that Pinterest. I am an overwhelmed victim here.

So that's when I decided to switch to stickers. 

Because who can mess up sticking crap onto a bucket? Well, apparently I am also an expert at messing up basic children's crafts. 

However if you ask me, it was false advertising. Those stickers should have come with a prominent warning stating, "These will not stick to your Pinterest dreams. Just give up and drink more wine."

So that's what I did. 

We also sat around eating fajitas and watching Jimmy Kimmel's Mean Tweets. I think I was the only one out of 20 million people who hadn't watched them. But if you are the other person who never watches late night anymore, they are celebrities reading the mean tweets that they get from people, and it is hilarious.

The kids hung around being ragamuffins and working on crafts that were more successful than mine. 

If you're in the US, I hope you're enjoying the long Memorial Weekend. I'd love to see your Weekend 10 pics, and I thought it would be fun to give another bag away.

To enter to win the style of your choice:

- Post a comment on this post with the link to your Weekend 10, and use the hashtag #Weekend10 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

AND/OR 

Enter using this form: 

Last day to enter is 12:00 noon, CST on Friday. And I'll announce the winner here by 5pm CST. 

Have fun! xo

**UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS Elizabeth Ollinkoski! We'll be in touch soon! Thank you to everyone else for your entries. Have a great weekend!**

WEEKEND 10 + 10 Bag Giveaway!

I'm forever trying to make myself take more pictures of my family. I got to thinking, since I have more time on the weekends, maybe I'd just focus on that. And to make it more manageable, just give myself a goal of taking ten simple shots from Saturday and Sunday. Here's my first set. 

It's finally warm enough to sit outside in the mornings to have coffee. 

These are the miracle plants that I am proud of not murdering. Who knew they just needed water? 

I wouldn't say it's really warm enough to swim yet. But you know how kids are, smiling through the hypothermia, "I'm not cold!"

What did you do this weekend? If you want to play along with me on Mondays, just post a link to your ten images in the comments or hashtag #Weekend10 online. 

And to make it more fun, I thought I'd also give away ten Epiphanie bags. Over the years, they kind of stack up around my house. I might need a sample or have one produced that doesn't go into production. As a result, I have a closet full of new bags that I'm always pushing on my friends or donating. But I think it would be fun to give them to you! Some of them are colors that have never been produced, so if you win, you'd truly have a one of a kind bag. 

 It's hard to see my shirt, but it's from very talented Miss  Farrah Braniff . Check sells lots of cute  photography related things , and just came out with  a fantastic book about how to photograph your children . 

It's hard to see my shirt, but it's from very talented Miss Farrah Braniff. Check sells lots of cute photography related things, and just came out with a fantastic book about how to photograph your children

There are two ways to enter: 

1. Follow me on Instagram using the form below.

OR

2. Post a link to your Weekend 10 in the comments below. If you didn't take any photos this weekend, post a link to 10 images from any weekend. Don't forget to include your email so we can contact you! 

*Note: Entrants linking in the comments will be added separately, so don't worry about using the form below if you don't have Instagram

*Bonus Entry: Follow me on Twitter using the form below.

Ten winners will be chosen at random by noon on Friday, and announced here by 5pm CST. If you're curious, the bags I'm giving away are: Caramel and Slate Blue Ginger, Turquoise and Red Clover, Mustard Lyric, Fuchsia Belle, Chevron Charlotte, Caramel Lola, Turquoise and Teal Sydney. We'll take bag choices in the order emails are received. 

Have fun!


Sorry, we posted the winners on Daily Epiphanie, and I forgot to link to it from here. You can find all the winners on THIS POST. Thanks for playing everyone! If you're one of the lucky ones, you should have received an email. Or you can email support(at)epiphaniebags(dot)com.

I still have a bunch of bags in my closet, so I'll do this again sometime soon. And I'll be posting the Weekend10 here every Monday. Would love for you to come back and share links to yours too!   xo