Good morning, friends – how has your weekend been so far? Yesterday, I embraced a (rare) rainy summer day to do a massive clean-out of my kids’ closets. Of course, it ended up taking way longer than expected because with each tiny outgrown outfit, my mind took a walk down memory lane, and I ended up a little teary over all the sweet moments and how fast these outfits – and stages – are passing us by. The dress Phoebe wore on her 5th birthday in California (how was that 3 years ago), the tiny swim trunks that are suddenly 2 sizes to small for Henry. Phoebe put on a hat that my mom had knitted her, and we both started cracking up because it was literally for a baby.

I think my mood was also influenced by feeling a little sad as I think about Henry’s first day of kindergarten. Instead of packing his backpack for the first time and meeting his new teacher, he’ll be here at home, due to the covid rates in Austin forcing all schools to start the year with virtual learning. I’m brainstorming some ways to make the first day of school feel special — any ideas y’all have been thinking about?

Have you guys had to miss – or adjust – any big life milestones over the last few months?

I’d love for you to share your experience in the comments.

And since I’m off Instagram for the month of July, I wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss my new personal project that I’m only sharing with our subscribers. I’m very excited about it. Sign up for my Sunday note here, and I’ll send you the first one to get you caught up.

Scroll on for some articles and other things I loved this week… 

An intimate interview with one of the world’s most fascinating women.

I can’t not share this insane coronavirus diary.

How to create special memories during the pandemic.

Get into flow state – even when it feels impossible.

Just ordered this light fixture for our dining room.

A young poet’s love letter to earth (chills!)

How putting pen to paper can help you stay more focused.

You must try the summer dinner our whole fam is obsessed with.

Do you need something to look forward to?

and a few fun things you may have missed!

Kelly LeVeque stopped by to teach us the best and worst foods for gut health.

7 news podcasts our editors lean on to make sense of the world.

Lauren gave some tough love about our new normal.

An insanely delicious salad for your menu this week.

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