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We’re enjoying the last few weeks of Autumn over here, and have been trying to get as many walks going in the nature confetti as possible.

(And yep, that’s a princess wand in Jonas’s coat.)

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The cats are really excited we brought the herb garden inside. They’ve been napping in the huge pineapple sage.

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We had dinner guests almost every night last week. I put ‘em to work (that’s my sister, prepping jalapeños).

In the background there, Eliza and Jake are watching a documentary on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) for her first big school project. It’s going to be epic. I’m also so glad that her school isn’t lumping all Native American tribes together, as all of what I learned as a kid was based on stereotypes and myth. Though it’s not perfect: the whole project talks about Indians like they’re ghosts, so Eliza is going to make sure to make it clear in her report that it’s written about the Haudenosaunee as they were hundreds of years ago, and she wrote a conclusion sentence about the Haudenosaunee today. We’re finding that we have to get a little bit more active in what Eliza is taught now that she’s learning more history (those of you following along with the Columbus Day debacle on social media know all about that). I’m not cool with the white washing of history, folks.

Which is why our major Thanksgiving tradition is to read the Thanksgiving chapter in Lies My Teacher Told Me aloud in the car on the way to all of the family parties.

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Jonas and Ava both have to be on my lap every time we’re doing anything. She’s crawling now, making the few times a week I watch her way more hectic.

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He’s cute and he knows it.

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Our friends Jenny and Aaron at Everyday is a Holiday wrote a book called Mixed Media Masterpieces! We’re so excited that it just arrived on our doorstep. The projects are gorgeous; I can’t wait to dig in!

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Our friend Paul got us Janelle Monáe tickets and thus won friend of the year. (Also, he’s a comedian, so I had permission to post the goofy picture.)

We have so much love for this guy, you have no idea.

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It was easily one of the best concerts I’ve been to, and I’ve been to over a hundred shows. I could go on and on, but I’ll save that for the books. She’s the queen.

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This weekend was gorgeous, which was welcome after a ton of very cold days. We played at the park for hours, and Jake has a funny story about it for later this week. We met up with one of E’s friends there, and he ended up spending the night too. It was the first ever sleepover here! (She’s slept over other places, but this was the first time on home turf.) Sleepovers are the best, I don’t know why we don’t do it more often. We also watched our baby niece for most of the night, so things were a little hectic. But good.

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We spent the rest of the weekend cleaning windows. We borrowed an extension ladder from my grandpa, armed ourselves with E cloths and a bucket of water, and went to town. Jake took the outside, and I stayed inside so we could get both sides of the windows and hand through the screens. I’m pretty sure the outside windows of our house haven’t been washed for about 50 years. It makes SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE. The plants are going to be much happier, but the biggest bonus is that the extra light that the windows let in will help to heat the house to reduce our energy costs over the winter.

Also, this E-Cloth set is one of the best things we’ve purchased this year. They clean just using water–no chemicals! We cleaned 20 windows in one go with just the window cloth, a polishing cloth, and water. They’re pretty much magic. We aren’t affiliates or anything, we just couldn’t stop raving about their wonders this weekend because they made our overwhelming window project so easy.

I legitimately want their fancy mop for Christmas, which I realize makes me as crazy as Monica on Friends. I first read about them from Cathy Zielske.

What have you been up to lately?