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When you discover you aren’t the only people still playing Pokemon Go

Two years into playing Pokemon Go, my sons and I may not be playing with the same enthusiasm we did when it started. But I'm not so sure. There’s still plenty of excitement there.
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Recovering from vacation, for Pete’s sake, a new iCade, household chores, and the worst sounds in the world (7 Quick Takes)

Nothing is more fun than taking a vacation week at the beach. But I can’t believe how tired I still am from a vacation that ended a week ago.
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Cookies for breakfast and sloths for everyone (or what we do on a beach vacation)

It’s 7:30 a.m. on a morning of our beach vacation. I haven’t even poured my first cup of coffee. And I’m pretty sure I could have used another three hours of sleep.
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Toes in the sand and peach cake in my hand or what we did on our family beach vacation (7 Quick Takes)

You might think that a blogger who is on vacation all week would have time to write a blog almost every day. In fact, I thought that myself.
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Peach cake season, stacking cups, fireworks, reading, and more (7 Quick Takes)

The peaches are ripe! Run, run, run to your nearest grocery store or farmers market and buy some peaches to make a Baltimore peach cake.
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When you have a friend in Heaven

“Do you want these left out of the bag?” the cashier says, holding up two bottles of water. “That would be great,” I say. “We need those for the flowers. We’re stopping at the cemetery.”
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Getting our classic arcade on like Donkey Kong

Although I grew up way back in the 1900s, as my children like to say, I often feel I failed to absorb much of the pop culture of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. And arcade games are definitely on that list.
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Praying after tragedy and remembering moments from our week (7 Quick Takes)

Please join me in praying for all those affected by the tragic shooting at the Capital Gazette.
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Embrace the fullness this summer

Summer doesn’t always match the picture-perfect image of summer in my mind. Often, instead, it’s full of dripping popsicles, scraped knees, and overtired children who are up way too late giggling under the covers. But it’s full. And there is a richness to that.
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Staycationing, card playing, Buettner bucks for summer reading, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Going away on vacation is always amazing, but I am a huge fan of staycations, which is how the boys and I have spent our week.
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Making a tiny discovery at the Shrine of St. Anthony

As we were walking to our cars, our children were running ahead—the way children do. And we saw them stop to look at what seemed to be a brown leaf floating across the sidewalk.
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7 Quick Takes started at 30,000 feet (featuring beer-shaped salami, a button sculpture, a yard sale purchase, and more)

I started writing these while on an airplane yesterday, but then I didn't manage to finish them until today. But it felt a little like being in Green Eggs and Ham. "Can you write takes on a plane? Can you write them on a train? In a car or on a tree...?"
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