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Gorgeous right? Everywhere we turned it was this lush and beautiful in Portland. I think this was taken on our hike to Multnomah Falls. Good news, photos have been loaded, bad news, I only browsed through them and haven't had time to sit and edit them. But this one will have to do for now. Promise to post more next week. Maybe ;)

Hope you all have a good weekend (I know I'm several hours early for Friday links, but better early than late!). We have plans including a movie, which movie though, there's so many good ones out right now?! A fun kids' costume party to attend, a going away party for a friend and a family filled Sunday. What are you all up to? 

A few links that caught my eye this week...

I received this in the mail today, happy mail day indeed! It's adorable! Lacy does such a beautiful job with these necklaces, I have two now and still want to add to my collection. 

Can you imagine if this paternity leave was the norm? I think it would make that newborn stage so much smoother for us mamas. And the bonding would happen for dads earlier too. If only. Aaron took off more time with each child we had, but for our first I think he was off only two days. As in the day after I came home from the hospital, he was back at work. By our third I think he took off 2-3 weeks. But all that was unpaid time, and I get why dads have to go back to work so soon. 

This Time article on marriage was a good read. 

And have you heard of this before? Speechless.

I think this is fascinating, based on the rank of your name in the year you were born, it can look up what your name would be today or a number of decades in the past. Today if I were born, I would be a Josephine and if I were born a few decades ago? Elvira! hahaha! What did you get?

That should keep you all busy for awhile! Tell me, have you found anything interesting this week?

2015 Family Week 21/52

Week 21 in the 52 Week Family Project

Reunited, and it feels so good... Missed these kids something fierce. Last week was the last week of homework for Sawyer, which is extremely exciting for that kid. He worked his tail off this year and I'm so happy for him to have a break. Sawyer's teacher asked if Aaron could build a ramp for a math Olympic event. They made pasta racers and needed a ramp to help them hit the ground at the right angle. Aaron got into it pretty good, decorated the edges of the ramp in black and white designs and everything. The kids were dying when we dropped it off. End of year madness is creeping ever closer. Greta had her final project due today. It was a diorama and report on the giant panda. I think I could recite every detail about their habitat, diet and adaptations if I needed to. She presents tomorrow and then it's no homework for her too!

Celebrating 15

*I haven't forgotten about this week's Family Photo Project, will post by tomorrow the latest!

I cannot wait to load my real camera photos from our trip this weekend. Aaron and I took a belated 15th anniversary weekend to Portland, Oregon. And boy did we pack it in. I will share more details hopefully later this week. But in the meantime, a few iPhone photos. Some you might have seen on Instagram already, @mylifeatplaytime, and others I saved. 

A few of the highlights: Multnomah Falls, hiking in Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock, the drive to the coast, walking 6-8 miles a day in Portland, delicious food, Pendleton outlet, finding the best Turkish towel store, Powell's bookstore, Washington Park, Rose Garden, amazing coffee, and just spending every single minute with this guy. It was so needed and well appreciated by us both. We talked about small and large things, issues we don't get to address often. And I can say for both of us, we are filled up with gratefulness to have had this time together. Thanks so much to my mom and dad for holding down the fort and giving my kids their own memorable weekend.