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Ok the weeks are just going by a little two quickly if you ask me. I barely post our 52 weeks project and it's already time for Friday links! I have a few for you today to peruse over the weekend. 

I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to quotes, I love them! That photo above is part of an article I put together for Classic Play where I collected quotes all about parenting teens, or teenage life, it was really fun to do. And man does a good quote get me all choked up! Jen did an amazing job illustrating the quotes and she has that one for sale in her shop. I can totally see them up on the wall in a kid's room. It was a fun exercise and full of good reminders, really good reminders, so check them out and let me know if any ring true for you.

Winter is quickly approaching, and even here in Los Angeles where it doesn't get that cold, it really gets dry! I mean we've been in a drought for my entire life. And it's only getting worse. I put together a few at home DIYs you can do to help moisturize your skin. Also, drink lots and lots of water friends!

This arrived today in the mail, and I'm pretty happy to wrap that baby around my neck. Our evenings have finally turned chilly. 

Have you guys seen the pictures of Renee Zellweger's Connecticut farm slash house for sale? I have spent an unreasonable amount of time looking at all of them, I might have even Zillow'd (i love that app to death) the surrounding area. I seriously could live on that piece of land. I know they get snow, I know it's small town, but with a river running through that property? Sold!

Sawyer listened to the author of Smile speak at his school the other day, and absolutely loved the presentation. He came home asking to also read her book, Sisters, which is based on events in her life. It amazes me how many authors they get come through their school. Our librarian is truly special and arranges for fantastic events like these. She emails me once in awhile to recount a conversation she had with one of my kids that just melted her heart. And then it melts my heart. 

Have you ever made a stovetop simmer to make your whole house smell good? I have that on my autumn to do list. 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. We have pizza and movie night  for Friday, a field day and some house cleaning on the books as well. 

What's Going on In the Garden?

It's been awhile since our last garden update on the blog, so I thought I would show you what's the status in our little backyard. Tomato season is over and those plants have been pulled out of the bed. It was a pretty good year we had with the cherry and heirlooms we planted. 

Basil has been unreal for us this year. I have mounds and mounds of it growing in my garden. I need to do some pesto batches because it's taking over. 

I just discovered our very first satsuma growing and I'm so excited! Those oranges are our favorite and I hope the tree does well for us. 

These spicy peppers have been also ridiculously successful this year. I mean we can't eat them fast enough, or I should say Aaron can't eat them fast enough. He really loves the spice in his dishes and adds them to everything. 

Bell peppers have also been pretty great, we've added them to salads and pastas and stir fry. 

And lastly this little vine. Not in with the edible updates, but a garden update nonetheless. We planted it a few years ago and slowly it has creeped up the side of my work studio. I cannot wait for it grow all over the trellis and blossom each year. Slowly but surely. 

Have you harvested anything this fall? I have gone back and forth on planting a winter garden, but I don't think I will have any time to accomplish it, and it bums me up. I love those garden beds full of yummy foods and plants, but time seems to be the culprit for me. It gets me every time!

42/52

Week 42 in the 52 Weeks Project

*gunnar: I cannot believe we only have 10 more weeks of this project, and therefore of the year! These photos were pretty much all taken from my vantage point at the same time. We were catching up on some videos, and this is their tv zone face, also reason 8953 that we don't have screen time Monday through Thursday. In biggest news this week, Gunnar got a cell phone. I was trying to hold out until he turned 13 and we almost made it, just 6 weeks shy. 

*sawyer: He told me this week he isn't really looking forward to middle school. He told me everything will change and he won't be able to like the same things. And then my heart broke, and then I told him that wasn't true. He doesn't have to change a single thing about himself. 

*greta: She had her big language arts presentation today on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and when I saw her after school the first thing out of her mouth was "my presentation was great!" So so proud of her and how hard she worked on it.