July has been good to us, other than the NONSTOP sibling fighting (except when they’re not, and when they’re not, they are so sweet to each other). We’re working through it day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute.

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Our best day ever was a Sunday afternoon when we went to the pool and spent the whole afternoon just having fun. The kids were incredibly happy and there wasn’t fighting for over 3 hours. I think it was some sort of Malloy child world record.

Next summer we’re buying a pool pass.

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This month Jake and I went out with some of our friends from Life group to this thing called Escape Chambers. Basically, the hostess put us in a room together, gave us a quick scenario of why we were there (You’re cops, looking to bust this guy for drugs. You close the door and realize there’s a bomb attached to the door and you need a combination to get out, etc etc.). Then she actually locks the door and leaves. It’s up to us to figure out what to do next.

It was super fun. We nearly made it out, but not quite. It was fun to see how everyone worked together, especially because we don’t often find ourselves in these type of problem-solving situations together :).

On to other things.

Podcasts/Movies/TV

I listened to the LGBTQ episode of the Liturgists podcast while going through a mountain of stuff that I’m giving away/selling/throwing away. Upon Jake’s suggestion, I’ve started listening to podcasts in 1.5x speed because WHO HAS TIME TO LISTEN TO SOMETHING FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF?! You all, it was good. I must admit that I’m not really super into the LGBT conversations, and if that’s you- STILL LISTEN TO THIS. They invite several people from different camps to share their perspectives and it’s all so interesting and insightful and overall loving.

I’m obsessed with Friday Night Lights and probably need some sort of intervention, but I’M TRYING, OKAY? Seriously, this is why I can’t watch TV shows. I just get all invested and think about how many hours I have to wait until I can watch the next episode and this can’t be healthy right?

Books and Posts

Addie Zimmerman (who wrote this book) shared some of her ideas of books to read when you’re having trouble reading the Bible. This is a REAL stage of the journey for many of us, so don’t be scared, don’t freak out, just keep moving through it (and pick up some of these books).

Emily Freeman’s new book, Simply Tuesday, comes out next month and I shared my thoughts over here. Simply Tuesday is simply awesome. So pre-order it already.

This article from the Washington Post on motherhood and the martyr complex created some good conversation on my Facebook page earlier this month. Tip: Read this post and then if you can identify with it, have your husband read it too. Discuss. It’s fascinating.

Other Stuff

This year I’ve discovered a simple delight- tablecloths. Not the fancy cloth kind, but the ones that are plastic and colorful and cover the table so that kids can’t poke holes into it with their forks. I have one for Halloween and one for spring, but I recently got one that I’m calling “the summer tablecloth”. I pick them up at Target, always on sale for less than $5.00. Isn’t it cute?

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This month we made it to Olbrich Gardens and it was SO much fun. I’m not sure why we don’t go there more often. The kids love walking around the gardens, exploring and touching and smelling and even tasting (whatever! we’re scientists!).

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Aly is our little naturalist. I love seeing her in her element.

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Afterwards, if you fill out your butterfly passport you get to go get free custard down the street (yee-haw!).

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Finally, here are some of my posts from this month!

Review of Called For Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic

A Day in the Life

What I’m Learning (July Edition)

The Bible Project

My July 2015 Goals

Our Favorite Bibles for Kids (Ages 0-6)

 

I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into!

4 thoughts on “July Loves

  1. I listen to podcasts at 1.5 speed too, saves so much time! I also checked out that Liturgists podcast (and shared about it on my blog). I didn’t agree with a lot of it, but thought it was a great discussion and have shared it with many others. I think I need to invest in a plastic tablecloth. My baby is 6 months and I don’t see our fancy cloth one holding up once he starts eating!

  2. Haha, that last picture is so adorable. I love that tablecloth and have been looking for something similar to brighten up our dining room. I looked at Ikea and Amazon and for some reason never ever thought to look at Target. I know where I’m going this week 🙂

    I found you through Leigh’s linkup.

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