Wash Over Us …

September 28, 2013

  Where do you go to recharge? Where do you go to get away from it all? Where do you go to press restart in your soul? We have found that we cannot truly renew ourselves without time spent around water.  The pool, the lake, the ocean, a mountain brook.  We don't care which it may be, and each offers a little something different.  But for us, the only travel that leads to true rejuvenation involves water. Join us as we explore some pretty great locales that you might enjoy, too.  And if it weren't 2A.M. when I'm typing this, I might even have something...

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So Very Fast …

September 28, 2013

How does the time pass so fast?  This picture from the famed annual Dallas Adolphus (Hotel) Christmas parade is just a few years old, and yet the children have grown up so much since this picture was taken. Brian and I have been talking about how important it is to us to seize every moment, to put away all the electronics while we're with the children and focus on laughing with them, playing their imagination games, soaking up every minute of baseball in the front yard and the Tickle Monster and the great discoveries that lay within the pages of a...

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A Boy and His Boat

September 28, 2013

Welcome to the crafts section of itty bitty bucket.  We delight in creating new treasures for home and for gifts and in dreaming up ideas that then actually work in the real world.  We even like riding out a glorious mistake - the craft that didn't work according to plan, and thank Heaven it didn't because plan B turned out even cooler. Crafts let us be creative, yes.  But the real purpose of creating is to open up the very best parts of us:  the dreamer parts, the stop-time parts, the see-the-world-anew parts.  Stay with us on this post as we remember...

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Mad’s Made-up Chicken Delicioso

September 26, 2013

Every recipe worth posting is worth a name. So let me dissect this recipe's name for you, although I suspect you're smart enough to figure it out. First off, it's "Mad's" because it's mine. Never really liked the nickname Maddie. Other nicknames fit so much better: Mad-Pad (courtesy of my aunts and uncles), Mad-a-lin-ski (brothers), Mad-Lady (some high school friends), Madness (a friend in college on the best-ever summer abroad in France), and MadDog (a sorority sister), which was great until I learned what all my sorority sisters already knew, which is that MadDog is really, really cheap wine that comes...

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