Sometimes You Don't Make the Cut

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts."
~Winston Churchill

We have all been there: you bust your behind trying to reach a goal, you have high hopes, but then you get dismal-at-best results.

It's hard to not take it personally.


I've been there recently and I found myself really questioning why I've been spending all this time doing something that is meeting seemingly lackluster fruit.  But then I reminded myself, "Sometimes you don't make the cut."  That's life.


Every person who has ever amounted to anything, whether it's in the walls of their own homes or in grand corporations, have faced failures big and small.  They have faced those moments where they wonder why the heck they're doing what they're doing and evaluate if it's worth the time, sweat, and tears.

For me, I've decided to tailor back in some areas (the limited writing on my blog will now be non-existent for a time) and to redefine what "success" looks like for me.


In today's podcast, I talk about admirable figures in our times who have didn't make the cut, what they did to overcome it, and what we can individually do when we face similar times.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!


Show Notes:
Articles referenced: Here and Here
Stephanie's Website, Instagram, and Facebook
Podcast Episode with Mark Lukach
Monica's interview for the Extraordinary Moms Podcast
SURVEY!!!!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" by Nicolai Heidlas

Mark Lukach || Navigating Crisis as a Family

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

“We didn’t recognize each other, or ourselves.  How do you reconcile this?  How do you go and redefine how we work together if who we are has taken some pretty fundamental changes?”

Mark and Giulia fell in love at 18 years old and launched into what looked like would be a lifetime of happiness.  Unexpectedly, three years into their marriage their fairy tale fell apart as Giulia encountered struggles with her mental health that neither of them fully understood or knew how to deal with.  

But this isn't just a story about mental illness; it's a story about how a family chose to navigate a crisis  and rebuild their lives based on love, not tragedy.

Mark talks about what led to Giulia's first bout with psychosis and her eventual diagnosis with bipolar disorder.  He shares how as a result they switched roles within their relationship, what it was like for Mark to battle his own depression just as Giulia started to get better, and how they learned to anchor into their new lives both together and individually.  

Both Mark and Giulia hope their son learns from their choice to focus on on love over fear and that life is beautiful, especially when they hold on to each other.


About Mark: Mark Lukach is a teacher and freelance writer.  He is the author of a memoir My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward.  His work has been published in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Wired, and other publications.  He is currently the Ninth Grade Dean at The Athenian School, where he also teaches history.  He lives with his wife, Giulia, and their son in the San Francisco Bay area.  
Photo Cred: Alex Souza

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Googleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes:
Mark's website, Instagram, and where to find his book
Monica's interview for the Extraordinary Moms Podcast
SURVEY!!!!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" by Nicolai Heidlas


Seth Adam Smith || Sharing a Light in the Wilderness

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“Depression loves darkness . . . the only way to fight depression is to bring it into the light.”

I'm sure you read that article "Marriage Isn't For You" that circulated the internet a few years ago.  How am I so sure?  Because everyone read it, as in 100 million strong all over the world.

Seth Adam Smith is the author of that article, as well as four popular books (including his latest work of fiction!).  Seth talks about what it was like to have a VIRAL article and the three years-long mind trip it sent him on as he tried to live up to the internal and external pressure to keep writing pieces to resonate with millions.

Seth is much more than "the marriage guy" his article pegged him to be.  He's been writing for as long as he can remember. One of the common themes he writes about is depression, and he's been doing that long before it was the cool thing to do.

Seth has struggled with chronic depression since he was in third grade, and at his lowest low as a 20 year old, he attempted to commit suicide.  What has risen from his broken soul is completely transformative.  Seth has shifted his intense struggles to instead act as a force for good--or a "light in the wilderness," as he calls it--one that he holds high and proud, calling others to learn that life is worth living, and it is worth living well.

You won't want to miss what Seth says about how we all should want to be "broken," and how he blew my mind with his thoughts on perfectionism.  Please share this episode with anyone who you think can benefit.  (Hint: it's all of us!)


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Googleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!





Show Notes:
Seth's Website, Blog, Instagram, and YouTube Channel
Seth's books: Here, Here, Here, and Here.
Monica's interview for the Extraordinary Moms Podcast
SURVEY!!!!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" by Nicolai Heidlas



Extraordinary Moms Podcast--Guest!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I have talked about how motherhood didn't come naturally for me.  This isn't news for you.  But I haven't shared this with then lens of how my struggles with eating disorders and perfectionism also tied into this rough transition as a mother.

I was honored to be a guest of Jessica Dahlquist's podcast, Extraordinary Moms Podcast.  She shared our interview together where I discuss at greater length why I was a perfectionist, what led to my eating disorders, my lowest lows, and how my recovery has taken ten (and going!) years as I also push back on my tendency to want to appear to be perfect.  We also talk about how difficult motherhood has been for me--much to my surprise--but what great lessons I've learned along the way.

If you love the podcast, please share it!  I'm really proud of Jessica and the incredible work she is doing.  I highly recommend you listen to more of her episodes and give her a follow as well.


Lauren Agostinelli-Gessel || Looking for Blessings Despite Chronic Illness

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"God didn’t take it away, but I have felt so many times that he has sent living angels to help me through, time and time again."

Lauren Agostinelli-Gessel has been through more in her young life than most do in an entire lifetime.  One week after getting married, she moved to Italy for months to receive a stem cell transplant and five rounds of chemotherapy.  This was a drastic measure to help with her vicious form of Multiple Sclerosis.

Lauren shares what led up to her diagnosis at 27 years old as a single mother of a two year old, how her fear of dying led to a marriage that wasn't right, what it was like divorcing with a little baby and a little boy while battling a debilitating disease, and how she found love again and married shortly before embarking on her intensive treatment in a foreign country.

M.S. is different for everyone.  Lauren talks openly about the physical side effects of her disease and how the hardest effects have been the mental and emotional.  And yet, Lauren looks for the blessings in spite of the very hard challenges life has dealt with her; she most often finds these blessings in those around her, her earthly angels.

You will not only learn so much, including how being dealt with hard life changes doesn't have to be the end of a happy life--you can look for the good and fight for your happiness.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Googleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!




Show Notes:
Lauren's email: MSIsNotTheEnd {at} gmail {dot} com
Lauren's blog, Instagram, and YouTube videos on her: here, here, here, and here
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress

Summer Dresses for the Park Days!

Monday, June 5, 2017


Yep, I'm still talking about dresses.  But this time, I'm talking about ones you can get dirty and spend days and the park with kids.

It's hot where I live in Northern CA, and while the humidity isn't as tangible as other states, the heat definitely gets to your bones more than it does in my homestate, Utah.  I've finally learned to wear skirts in the summer (jean shorts are uncomfortable to me); but now that I'm not nursing I'm even going to go one step easier (and cuter) and wear comfy dresses.

I've made it my duty to find cheaper dresses that I can wear all summer long, ones that are loose, breathable, easy to wash, stretchy, and can get dirty.  I have a huge fascination with those Sonnet James dresses, but I can't pull the trigger on one of them because although they're supposed to be "play dresses," if I pay around $100 on a dress, I don't see myself feeling OK with rolling in the sand with my kids at the park.
I picked up a few dresses from Piper and Scoot when they were having a 30% sale a month ago, but since then, I've bought a few (even cheaper) dresses from Brickyard Buffalo.  My favorites from that store are the striped, short sleeve dresses (I got it in two colors), and I also like this one.  They come and go though, so make sure you keep checking back.  I've also checked out Jane a few times, but haven't bought anything yet.  Finally, I've ordered some great ones from Gap and Old Navy--but to be honest, the Old Navy ones ended  up all going back--either too tight, too short, or too weird of dart placement.  Wait until there's a 40% sale at those places and order a bunch to see what works, and send the rest back!


Most days this summer, you'll see me in a dress like this one below (surprisingly breezy--although I'm looking for the same dress with short sleeves), Birkenstocks, fancy earrings from Target clearance that make me happy, and my oh-so-functional backpack full of drinks and snacks. That's how we roll!


What are your go-to summer outfits?  Any dress recommendations that fit my needs and don't take the bank?



Other moms are sharing about their park ensembles, and you can sign up to participate in a similar series at Kiana and Madeline's blogs:

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts // Madeline at CaseyLand
Erica at Good Job Momma // Alexis at Witt Family Happenings



Andy Proctor || Choosing More Happiness

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"There are things you can do to rewire your brain.  It’s not going to be fun, it’s not going to be easy.  But can you choose to do them?  Yes.  And will they make your life better even in the midst of depression?  Absolutely."

Andy is a "happiness nerd" who loves to share what he's studied and put into practice.  His specialty is positive psychology, which researches the science of happy people and ways we can apply what they do and how they think.

In the first half of our interview, Andy shares some of his favorite things he's learned about positive psychology and ways we can apply these lessons in our own lives.  In the second half, Andy shares how his research has impacted his personal life through very difficult times where he needed all the tools he could get; those times included: divorce, remarriage, his wife's traumatic onset of mental illness two years into their marriage, and the following unraveling of the foundation of their lives, including the development of Andy's panic disorder.

Andy is a relatable friend and teacher, and he inspires hope for all those who will hear him out, that we are all capable of more happiness in our lives, even in the midst of inner turmoil.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Googleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes:
Andy's Website (where you can learn more about his classes and read his fantastic blog)
Andy's Instagram
Andy's Youtube channel 
Andy's book
Referenced theories and books (some affiliate links): 
   Broaden and Build Theory
   Flourish
   Learned Optimism
   Social
   Meditation site
   When Panic Attacks
   Via Strengths Survey
   The How of Happiness
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress

Fake It 'Til You Make It

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


"If you bring forth what is within you, what is within you will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." ~Gospel of Thomas

I heard this quote a few weekends ago from Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife's workshop I attended.  I had already been working on this podcast and it gave me that serendipitous lightbulb moment I so love.  (Sidenote: each special themed podcast that I create, inspiration for that very theme is suddenly all around me.  It's pretty nuts!)

If you deny what is within you--your hopes, your dreams, your gifts, your capabilities, even your self-love--you're going to lose yourself.  Ain't that the truth?

For me, in order to find those things and dare to reach for them, I've had to use the mantra, "Fake It 'Till You Make It."

"Faking" to me doesn't mean lying--it means TRYING.  It means proving to myself that I can be better, that I can be stronger; it's about proving myself wrong (and sometimes, someone else:).

Let me tell you the most important lesson in this: the destination truly doesn't matter to me as much as that trying.  Even if you don't "make it," you are making YOU.

Even trying increases my confidence, my capabilities, and sets my life further along the path I'm hoping for.  So, celebrate what you've attempted, what you've learned, and how you've grown.  You might not get to the end goal that you want.  But that's not the point.

The point is how you're bringing out what is within you.


I share more on this topic in my podcast, including examples from my own life as well as stories from listeners who chimed in to share their own stories.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Googleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!





Show Notes:
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
Link to Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife's online course
RadioLab on lying (can't remember which!): here or here
Past Podcast mentioned with Courtney Rich
Past Podcast mentioned with Amber Brueseke
Past Podcast mentioned with Meg Miles
More Podcasts from About Progress

Summer Plans

Monday, May 22, 2017

Last year, I posted about how I was going to plan my summer with my kids so none of us went crazy. I stole the idea from my friend Lisa, and she didn't steer me wrong.  That past post has more details, but here's a quick sum:


This whole thing takes about ten minutes.  I start by brainstorming a bucket list of the activities we'd like to do, with input from Brad and the kids.  I also brainstorm a list of potential weekly themes.

Then I print out my summer calendar (just from my Mac), divvy up the themes, then plan some field trips that match the weekly theme, as well as some Saturday activities for our family that also match up.

Additionally, I also think about how I want to spend our days.  Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays will be devoted to more at-home stuff including "Mommy School," going to our local parks and library, and our afternoon lessons (soccer, gymnastics, swim, art), and Tuesday/Thursdays will be our adventure days!  I wrote a little schedule up for me, as well as a list for what "Mommy School" can entail, including mini-lessons that relate to the weekly themes.  With all of this sketched out, I feel like our summer will be more productive, fun, and interesting!



Here are our themes for this year:
Manners
Nutrition
Beach
Exercise
Trains
Camping
Mountains
Nature
San Francisco
Space

Last thing: this is designed to be flexible.  Last year, I probably stuck to my plans about 60-80% of the time.  So my calendar served its purpose, in my mind!  We do better with a structure, but we also do well with some built-in wiggle room.  Each day, we can still mix in some ways to get outside, go exploring, and have some educational fun alongside of LOTS of free play for the kids.  Because what is summer without some lazy days and lots of popsicles?


Need some more ideas?  Other moms are sharing their summer plans with their kids.  You can sign up to participate in similar series on Kiana and Madeline's blogs.

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts // Madeline at CaseyLand
Alexis at Witt Family Happenings // Erica at Good Job Momma


Celeste Davis: Owning Our Struggles

Wednesday, May 17, 2017



"Something I’ve really internalized is that it’s never to late to create the kind of life that you want, or to uncreate the life you’re not cool with . . . It’s never too late to enjoy your life, it’s never to late to feel like you have more control over something, even if it’s just as simple as changing the way you think about it."

By the age of 19, Celeste had already abandoned her modeling career and experienced the ending her first marriage.  After these low-lows, Celeste decided that instead of wallowing in her sorrows, she wanted to pick up her life, own her struggles, and move onward and upward.  And she did just that.

Celeste shares how owning her struggles helped her find the strength to forgive her ex AND herself through grace, and move forward to finding a new man who helped her learn to trust again.  This strength also pushed her through the hard times her life still brought, including her husband's battles with mental health and her own fight with postpartum depression.

Celeste's surprise cure to her depression?  She joined a beauty pageant.  (No one was more shocked about this move than herself!) You'll love hearing about how the pageant helped her regain her confidence, changed the way she viewed herself, and formed lifelong friendships, but it also taught her the great importance of finding something that was just for her and that provided that self-care she learned was necessary to being the woman she wants to be.

You'll also love to hear how Celeste found natural childbirth helped empower her, what helped her get through two back-to-back miscarriages, what she does for self-care, and the power of good girlfriends.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Googleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!


Show Notes:
Celeste's Instagram
Podcast Episode with Matt Davis (Celeste's husband)
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Do Something Highlight: Shan'tel's Article and Blog
More on Do Something
Past Podcast mentioned with Matt Davis
More Podcasts

Jessica Dahlquist: Shifting Thinking towards Greater Fulfillment

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


“Realizing that I am in control of the life I want to live, really allowed me to be the happiest I can be because I’m doing the things that I truly LOVE in life.”


Jessica Dahlquist is the brains behind the Extraordinary Moms Podcast (which I can't recommend enough), but this is her first time being on the other side of the interview.  She does not disappoint!

Jessica talks about how her own transition to motherhood manifested an internal voice she didn't like, one riddled with anxiety and self-criticism.  With a lot of work, she learned the power of altering her expectations on herself and letting go of what others think.   Once she shifted the internal narrative behind her work as a mother and beyond, it changed everything and led to a greater happiness.

Whether or not you are a parent, Jessica teaches that once you've shifted your mentality to "I should . . ." to "I choose . . . " your life might look the same, but it will feel completely different.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Googleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!




Show Notes:
Jessica's Podcast, Facebook, and Instagram
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Do Something Highlight: Shan'tel's Article and Blog
More on Do Something
Past Podcast mentioned with Matt Davis
More Podcasts

My New Love for Dresses

Monday, May 8, 2017

Something weird is happening to me: I am loving dresses.

I've never been a huge dress gal.  I've had a few, but I've always favored jeans and t-shirts on weekdays and skirts/blouses for Sundays.  But the past few years, I've gradually collected more and more dresses and now that is what I primarily reach for on Sundays.  (Also, I'm wearing dresses on weekdays when it's HOT around here, because we don't have air conditioning. This is very new for me and making me so much happier, and (literally) cooler!)


For my casual dresses, I tend to do the opposite of form-fitting.  I like things as loose as possible.  But some Sundays, I reach for something like this dress from Harper and Bay--a dress that's a little more form-fitting, still comfy, but classic too.  And the color is a fun departure for me as well!

(Side note about this dress: Learn from me and never shop at 2 AM while you're nursing your baby . .   . I bought it (along with two others--face palm!) when the company was on Kickstarter and looking for dresses that I could nurse in, as my baby was a few months old.  This dress isn't being sold now, and I paid about half what it ended up going for.  To be honest, I'd love it a TON if the fabric hadn't immediately piled under that necklace, which I wore with it my first time. The fabric on this dress tended to get marked up easily.  Because of that, I've only worn it a few times since I basically have to style it the exact same each time.  I'm sure they've fixed things like that by now and I am tempted by a lot of the newer dresses. I still love this dress, though!  And I'd size up if you're thinking about the baseball dresses.  My Mediums fit like smalls.)   


You'll be seeing me wear a lot of dresses the next few hot months, and I'll be sure to share the good ones when I do!  I'm also going to make some because even those online boutique ones (where the same dresses are on different sites) are pricey and not well-made.  Looks like I made myself a goal!


Other ladies are sharing their Sunday outfits as of late--so check them out below!  And if you'd like to participate in this series, sign up either on Madeline or Kiana's blogs.

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts // Madeline at CaseyLand
Alexis at Witt Family Happenings // Rachel at Tutus and Heels


Kayti Oldham || Finding Joy in the Real "You"

Wednesday, May 3, 2017



Kayti Oldham is your best gal who always manages to bring the fun, willingly shares all her makeup knowledge, and makes you feel like a million bucks.

But Kayti's gifts don't start and end with her makeup artistry.  In today's podcast, we learn more about her past with the performing arts, how she learned from a young age to follow her passions, and how putting on red lipstick not only helped her through terrible post partum depression, but inspired her passion for makeup that led her to mission today.

And that mission?  To inspire women to love the face, body, soul they were gifted, encapsulated in Kayti's urging, "Be YOU!"

Kayti shares all this, and more including how her opinion can't be bought, what she has learned from her struggles with acne, how coming from a broken home inspired the tradition of laughter in her own, and so much more.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Googleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!




Show Notes:
Kayti's Blog, Consultations, and Instagram
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Lisa's Podcast Episode
More Podcasts
More on Do Something


Short Getaway to the Lone Star State

Monday, May 1, 2017


A lot of people were surprised that my husband and I's first vacation together in almost five years was to Texas.  I was just as surprised that they thought that was weird.  Texas is awesome!

I've been wanting to visit Texas for years and years, especially Austin, which draws me in because it's a small-big city full of weirdoes, hippies, and good food.


Before I share a mountain of photos, I just want to give a little shout out to getaways.  My parents have gone on annual vacations sans kids for as long as I can remember.  They've done big trips, but mostly small ones--where they drive around and hike a bunch.  A trip for me and Brad was long overdue--we put it off over and over.  Spending money on something like this is exceptionally difficult for Brad, so it took a bit of convincing.  But I made my case, including some good ticket prices and an affordable airbnb I discovered!  So once I bought the tickets and reserved the place there was no turning back!  By the time we were getting ready to go, I was freaking out over leaving our kids for five days, especially our youngest who is VERY very attached to me.  (He doesn't even make it one minute in nursery.)

But once we were in Texas and hearing about the kids having fun (thanks to our great babysitters and my parents, for splitting it up!), then we had a blast.  Brad and I learned that we're going to be jusssst fine when the kids leave in about 30 years.... As long as we keep cultivating our relationship, that is!  We decided at the end of this trip that it is going to be a top priority from now on for us to go on a little trip each year, even if that means we just drive two towns away for a day or so.  Our marriage is better for it, our kids are better for it, and that's the whole point.

So if you're thinking about going, worrying over the expense, or the kids--just do it.  We did this whole trip on a dime, and it was worth every hard-earned cent.


Now, on to some photos from our trip!  This isn't going to be a travelogue.  All I did was look on Pinterest a few days before we left and made a short list of things we could check out while in Austin, and we mostly planned as we went.  Our time in Dallas was to focus on our friends, so we didn't plan anything for there.

I LOVE Austin's skyline!

We got to our airbnb in the late afternoon on Thursday (in the Congress neighborhood!), but we still managed to walk 8 miles in a few hours, exploring murals, eating some truck food, and walking all over downtown.  We had the best donut of our lives (Gourdough's), only to try it again that night with much anticipation and then have the worst donut of our lives (it was like they dumped out a jar of syrup one the whole thing).

We mostly explored our hearts away!  Thank goodness for Smart phones--there wasn't much need to plan that far in advanced.  We didn't even know about the city bikes until we got there, and we ended up renting them our second day--that was a game changer!  (We didn't rent a car until our third day for our drive up to Dallas, which was a great money-saver.  We were really glad we hadn't rented one until then.)
Brad is wondering why on earth this mural is famous.  
We made it to the capitol at dusk.  SO gorgeous.  And giant.  Texas does things right.

The next day, we rode our bikes around the outdoor parks, explored the capitol, went all over UT's campus, ate Torchy's twice (tacos!), had ice cream from Amy's twice, and made it home by 7 PM, we were so wiped.  13 miles walked that day, and I don't know how many miles we biked!




I'm going for "tourist chic" here.

I bought this hat the first morning we were there, even though Brad was embarrassed I have to tuck my ears in.  Sorry, Brad--but, I'm not sorry.

The next morning, we drove all over Austin and beyond to see where the Friday Night Lights homes were filmed--Tim Riggin's, Coach's, and Matt's.  Then we went to the field and Brad jumped over the fence.  (All of those photos are on Brad's phone, and I'm too lazy to get them.)

On to Waco!  We didn't map out where to go exactly ahead of time, so we drove mostly around Woodway and ogled at giant houses.  (Also, got the best sandwiches of our lives there!  Not kidding.)  After we went to the Silos on one of the most crowded days of the year (still worth it, and I bought earrings!), we tried to see houses in Waco but we could only find neighborhoods that were literally on the wrong side of the tracks, and looked it.  We also saw Baylor University!  So pretty there!  Then we drove the rest of the way north of Dallas and hung out with our friends, the Fujikawas for a few days.



The Fujikawas are always the best hosts--we've stayed with them at each home they've lived the past ten years (except two--they've moved a lot!), including Italy!  They are handling their three-kids-under-two-years like champs and we SO enjoyed cuddling their babies and playing with their toddler.  We had too much fun and didn't take out our cameras at all, until the last few hours when we went to the JFK museum downtown, a gift shop, and then hit up The Shake Shack before flying home.

Texas, I love you.  Thank you for being worth the wait!
 
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