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I’m starting to change my mind about warning you to avoid adopting a herding dog.

Holiday for the Kids, 2014

If anyone gifts my 5-yr-old an object that makes or plays music, I will personally see to it that Santa takes a giant shit in their stocking.

Life lessons

Of course it snowed the morning that Marlo started feeling better. You could say that’s just her luck, but I will say IT’S JUST UTAH.

James Dean daydream look in his eye

It’s only because of his age that I am not making him model entire outfits.

Around the lodge

The tiny corner of the high desert that I managed to see during daylight.

My beat poet

This season has not been kind to my child in terms of illness, but she has so much content to pull from for her eventual award-winning collection of poetry.

Holiday for Him, 2014

This should also include a DVD of hundreds of episodes of “Scooby-Doo” in case he gets sick and needs you to help him sip Gatorade.

The ornamenting

A tradition with my girls that delights this dog year after year, this season in particular.

Annual holiday bokeh

When I asked the girls if we should get a real tree this year Leta said, “That seems like a lot of work.” Only ask Leta her opinion if you *really* want to hear it.

Sunrise from the west

For Gail, Jeannie, Erin, Diane, Casey, Suzie and Shelley, the Badass Beauties.