HAPPY SUMMER!


well and happy summer to you! 

should you ever come to my house and need a tampon, fear not! i do have tampons. you are welome to them. they are located in the green zippered pouch under the bathroom sink, and you may have to use them to blow your nose too because, no, i do not buy tissues. i DO buy lots of wet wipes. hash tag toddler.

so look, i have been trying to sit down and write something ALL DAY and this is all i could come up with. i even tried to blog last night, but in my attempt at typing i dropped my laptop on my face and cut my nose (don't ask). 

so brandon came home the other day like magellan (the holbsgellan, hash tag old school!) with news of a new (to us) public grassy area that apparently nobody knows about that happens to be just down the way from us and he tried to explain to me its location only i am apparently the world's stupidest. what? and where?? you mean by the tennis courts? columbus and who? we were eating rice krispy treats and brownie cookies (brookies? crownies?) with our friends the snows and the shipps (don't go!), so clearly my brain cells were otherwise engaged. finally he walked us down there, and grass! grass as far as the eye could see! i promptly did a cartwheel. i'm really out of shape. i also got a dehydration headache because black pants plus i forgot to bring my water bottle (did i say WATER bottle?) but it was lovely all the same. 

by the way to the soda in my fridge. i have an open fridge policy and i am kind of a soda dealer. a chemical sweetener enabler. free sodas are my one contribution in the hospitality department, so come to our house and play! we have free sodas.

this morning i read something on twitter and it's been bouncing around in my head all afternoon. it was mindy kaling who wrote it (mindy kaling is so my person) and today is her birthday (happy birthday mindy kaling my person!) and she said, "i'm grateful for my fun life." and the thing is, yes. i have a fun life. i have a fun husband in a fun city with a fun job and a really fun kid. my life is frustrating and emotional at times but fun. very fun. and so i'm stealing that from her and i am going to make it my summer mantra, for when things get tough in that superficial way where things aren't really tough and i have no right to be upset about it but upset i get, anyway. 

"i'm grateful for my fun life." 

also this:

huck was down for the count the other day with this mystery virus. his whole face was watery, also there was a mild fever involved. moderate to severe whining. all he wanted in his whole sad world was to watch something he called "eggo twee frock in twubble!" the long story short is there is no such triumph in the world quite like the triumph of a mother who has scrolled, scrolled-scrolled-scrolled through all five seasons of go diego go!, only to actually find an actual episode entitled "rescue of the three-eyed tree frog," just when her toddler was about to lose hope. and oh! it felt almost like accomplishing something real! not to mention the look on huck's poor face when that tree frog showed up and the way he danced about the living room in his clunky green rain boots (sick day gear) while clutching his half-melted chocolate covered strawberry marshmallow (in the shape of a dolphin) (he didn't actually want to eat it, just hold it) . . . well that kind of thing could make any person feel ten feet tall. even five foot me. 

so kristen, my blog mascot, took these photos of us on her phone while we were partying on our secret grass on sunday and kind of at this point my blog wouldn't exist if it weren't for her (except for she doesn't even read my blog!). and a note to self not to lean forward in baggy tee shirts in photos ever again because of the not terribly flattering chubby-look aspect (hash tag not pregnant).






but i kind of love this one. and i kind of love my fun life, too.
hugs for everyone today it's monday!

50 comments:

  1. Love this. You gorgeous. And fun!!!

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  2. gorgeous photos!!

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  3. This is perfect. And that shirt is really cute.

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  4. Best summer Monday blog post so far. I'm working on being more grateful for my own fun life. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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  5. Yes what a fun life you have! I am greatful for my fun life too. Lets all be greatful for our fun lives! :)

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  6. Gorgeous pictures ! And nothing better than a popsicle in the summer. Nice to hear from someone who truly loves their life

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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  7. These are my favorite of your posts because it feels like we all grabbed a coffee or a Coke and you're just chatting with us.

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  8. so cute. and, grass in the city is nothing to sneeze at! p.s. you could not look chubby if you tried! it was so nice meeting you at Alt!! :)

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  9. You're a natural beauty. The first photo is like a posting in US weekly, Stars: just like us! They take their kids for walks!

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  10. Oh my goodness you are so cute, and so real. What a beauty.

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  11. oh psh you're so teeny that you could never look chunky. finding free grass in the city is neat. free cokes are my one contribution too. i'm a sugary drink enabler.

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  12. This is so cute. Your posts always make me laugh. Hanna Marie

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  13. You are five foot?! I hope this isn't a typo because it just made my heart leap - I am 4'11 - I love you even more Natalie if you are as small as me (a tinsy bit taller but I'm not counting...)!

    Flora
    www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. these are just too sweet. and yes, hello summer and popsicles and more of your funny stories :)

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  15. so fun! you look like belle from beauty and the beast. random? why, yes! But still...

    ...p.s. i am in no way calling your hubs the beast! :D

    xoxo kerri
    kerrinchance.blogspot.com

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  16. i read the thing by Mindy Kaling too. she is completely my kind of person! and i'm grateful that my fun life is leading me to new york this week but a seriously long overdue visit!

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  17. Is it just me or does the entrance to the building behind you totally look like the BYU library? Also, where do you watch Diego?! My 2-year-old has been tragically depressed since he left Netflix.

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  18. So jealous! If summer would *finally* come to France that would be great!!!!



    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

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  19. this is funny! glad to hear and see you have a fun life

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  20. Not even remotely the point of your post, but on the topic of viruses. And really, may I add, I keep saying this and nobody listens to me but there needs to be a large huge email list for moms of illnesses going around the city. Because listen, I'm taking my kid everywhere everyone else is taking theirs and I want to know just how bad it's going to be.
    So, coxsackie virus is going around the west side. Check for small blisters on hands and feet and tongue. If it gets super bad his gums will swell up horribly and there will be blood blisters.
    This is so mommy-ish of me, but my daughter just got over a week and a half of it and it is miserable. So I feel compelled to warn everyone.

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    1. this! yes!!!! that's not what we had, thankfully ;).

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  21. I just love your blog! Thank you for sharing your fun life with us, you are too cute!

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  22. Love it all, love-love-loooooove.
    (Luuuurrrrve, even. Tee hee!)

    Happy summer and happy summering, and enjoy it all, m'dear!

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  23. This made me smile. Especially the part about the Go Diego Go episode. I know exactly the one you're talking about because it's a frequently requested one here too. How kids have such great memories is amazing.

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  25. That last picture of you is beautiful!

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  26. Mindy Kaling is so my person, too. And, in a (not-creepy!) way, you're sort of becoming a "my person" kind of person... just because my brain references you once in awhile, like "How much would it cost to move to New York AND maintain a healthy collection of leather sandals a la Natalie?" This blogging thing is still so weird.

    Thanks for sharing your fun life. :) It reminds me to make my life fun, too.

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  27. Love the 'I love my fun life' mantra! I'm not sure if that applies to me right now, but it's a good mentality!
    Are you really only 5 ft. tall? I'm 4 ft. 11', so if you are that short, then that's pretty cool. Since short girl are cool :)
    I applaud you for finding that Diego episode! That show, and Dora, has so many episodes, I can't imagine how long that took! Good thing he wanted to watch it by the end of your search!
    Nice that you found a bit of grass near where you live! I guess grass is something that's not around a lot? Other than parks I guess. I just have to visit NY sometime to see for myself!

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  28. We have the same virus here...Annabelle is a little warrior as she doesn't complain :)
    I think you're adorable in your baggy teeshirts BTW.

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  29. I love you Natalie Holbrook and I think you are great! xoxo

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  30. Reading this and seeing snapshots from your happy life makes me happy. Much of the time, I complain about what's wrong in my life instead of focusing on the good...and for some reason, I woke up today just appreciating everything. This post/your positive attitude is definitely an encouragement, and something that everyone (myself included) should strive for. :)

    (I also love your outfit and would love to know where those sandals are from. :) )

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  31. Yay for summer! That is the perfect summer hat! Where did you find it?

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  32. I have to ask, where is everyone getting tshirts like the one Natalie is wearing. I don't need to know where that exact one is from, but I'm having trouble finding them. I'm living in San Juan right now, but will be back in the city in a few days for a visit. I'm going to need one after I gorge at the Smorg and when I finally get my hands on a Cronut. They say that the next one is going to be blackberry! I swear, its like the Gods of pastry were waiting for me!

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  33. I have to ask, where is everyone getting tshirts like the one Natalie is wearing. I don't need to know where that exact one is from, but I'm having trouble finding them. I'm living in San Juan right now, but will be back in the city in a few days for a visit. I'm going to need one after I gorge at the Smorg and when I finally get my hands on a Cronut. They say that the next one is going to be blackberry! I swear, its like the Gods of pastry were waiting for me!

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  34. what an awesome mantra! i get all kinds of crabby when i forget i have a pretty fantastic existence filled with donuts, a hand-holding elderly cat, and exploring in my city! homegirls gotta chill out sometimes.

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  35. Love all your casual outfits! And you're definitely not chubby! Haha

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  36. Natalie, that's a great mantra :) you're such a great rambler, I love reading your rambly posts!
    Embrace the fun and the love in your life :) it jumps out of photos of you Holbrooks. And well done for finding that episode Huck needed so desperately!!!!! Lou xx

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  37. FREE SECRET Green Space!! Cause for a celebration in this city, especially when the heat makes me want to melt. You guys looked very un-melty in that shady grass, please post the address (I promise I won't tell)

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  38. FREE SECRET Green Space!! Cause for a celebration in this city, especially when the heat makes me want to melt. You guys looked very un-melty in that shady grass, please post the address (I promise I won't tell)

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  39. I've been reading your blog faithfully since I dug through the archives and discovered you used to live in Moscow, ID (me too!) So I have to say: I'm grateful for your fun life too, because I get to read about it!

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  40. I love your rambly posts! These pictures are awesome and you look beautiful (as usual)!! That's a great mantra to have!

    xo
    Rachel

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  41. That's my school! It is a great space if I do say so myself ;)

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  42. you couldn't look chunky if you tried. also, mindy kaling is just the best. i want that to be my mantra too! :)

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  44. Can you please tell us where you got that lovely hat you're wearing in the first picture? It's perfect!

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  45. I needed this. right this very minute. I'm having a pity party because we're living in a motel with four kids while we find a house, but this motel is located in New Zealand, which automatically disqualifies me from having any reason to feel sorry for myself! I do have a fun life! :) Thanks, Nat, xoxo.

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  46. please please share where your iPhone case and shirt are from. thanks pretty lady :)

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