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7 quick takes: Christmas Break In Review Edition

7 quick takes: Christmas Break In Review Edition

All hail the list post! 1. WE DID IT WE ALL REMAINED MOSTLY ALMOST HEALTHY FOR BOTH CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY! Just a few sniffles and some coughing from Zach, and everyone was a little bit tired, but overall we were good. I was seriously doubting that we’d get through the holidays without another… KEEP READING »


a wonderful, chaotic, messy, amazing life

a wonderful, chaotic, messy, amazing life

Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us!


remember when our baby had a gross cold, thrush, then started barfing?

remember when our baby had a gross cold, thrush, then started barfing?

Oh, the last six days in our house have been DOOZIES, let me tell you. (And let me warn you, this is a gross story. You’re welcome for the birth control, my child-free friends!) I was getting over my post-trip-to-Florida cold when Zach started coughing and snotting everywhere. Sorry, buddy! Didn’t mean to share my… KEEP READING »


vacationing as a family of 5: parenting achievement unlocked!

vacationing as a family of 5: parenting achievement unlocked!

Two weeks ago, we got home from what I feared was an insane trip with only the potential for misery and regret. Meaning: we drove 3 kids (one of them a newborn) over 600 miles to a beach house in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Spoiler alert: it didn’t suck. Yes, the drive was long. Especially… KEEP READING »


procrastination & babies just kind of go together

procrastination & babies just kind of go together

Last week, my sister asked me to take some pictures of her nearly 38-weeks-pregnant belly. We had been trying to organize it for a few weeks, but due to some wacky weather and work schedules and everything else, we just hadn’t gotten around it. The weather this day wasn’t exactly ideal, but we fit it… KEEP READING »


my baby sister is having a baby, you guys (also: I need your help!)

my baby sister is having a baby, you guys (also: I need your help!)

Michelle is having a baby! A BOY BABY. So we had a party, with monkeys and blue balloons and all of our family and friends and so much food and it was a lot of fun. Her mother-in-law offered to host it at her house, which was wonderful. I brought some food and decorations and… KEEP READING »


it’s been determined that I’m getting too old for spinny rides, just FYI

it’s been determined that I’m getting too old for spinny rides, just FYI

We continued our quest for Summer Fun on Saturday by braving the sketchy weather forecast and heading to Idlewild Park. And I’m so glad we didn’t listen to threats of rain and storms. We needed our umbrellas for the first 10 minutes we were there, then after that, it was sunny and by dinnertime, it… KEEP READING »


seeing Santa

seeing Santa

I’ve realized lately that there are a lot of families who don’t do the Santa thing with their kids. They celebrate Christmas, just not emphasizing that a Big Guy Dressed In Red brings you presents, so YOU’D BETTER BE GOOD. The reasons are varied- not wanting to lie to the kids, the idea that good… KEEP READING »


overheard lately around our house

overheard lately around our house

“Mommy, I’m gonna marry (insert boy from school’s here)!” A week later: “Mommy, now I’m gonna marry (insert a different boy from school’s name here)!” Then Dan’s head exploded. — Via text with Dan: Me: Oh crap, I just realized I forgot to get milk this morning after I dropped the girls at school. Sorry…. KEEP READING »


on blogging outside a bubble

on blogging outside a bubble

I have an amazingly happy life. My husband is my best friend and he has been for 15 years. We have two ridiculous cute (or so I’ve been told!) daughters who are healthy and happy and even when they drive us crazy, we love them to bits. We are blessed. My primary reason for keeping… KEEP READING »


we’re ready for some football

we’re ready for some football

We are a football family. We love the game itself- but more than that, we are a Steeler family. Even when they play like poop like they did today, we still love them. Aaaaand we maybe kinda sorta totally brainwash our children from the very beginning. Hi. I’m chubby. I’ll be on the offensive line… KEEP READING »


typical day(s)

typical day(s)

Ginger of Ramble Ramble inspired me to write about our typical days. I find this stuff fascinating, personally. A few years ago, I participated in video version of something similar- action snippets of a day with Little Maggie. It’s so fun to look back and watch. Partly because ONLY ONE KID TO KEEP TRACK OF!… KEEP READING »


Snow White Extravaganza

Snow White Extravaganza

So yesterday was Maggie’s birthday 4th party. You guys… it was a lot of fun. A TON of work getting everything ready (made even more complicated, of course, by the 6 month old baby sister she has!) and woo, boy are kids’ birthday parties expensive these days. I started planning things over a month ago… KEEP READING »


advice for my daughters

advice for my daughters

Dan and I met and started dating in 1996. We were 17. We made it through high school graduation, four years of college, an apartment, three years of graduate school, two houses, seven jobs, and two kids. And I think the main thing getting us through it all? Laughter. There has never been anyone else… KEEP READING »


weekend randomness

weekend randomness

Sign of a good weekend? Getting sunburn on your arms. We spent most of it outside. Maggie and me playing (or rather, Maggie playing and me, sitting in a chair in the yard because I’m supposed to be ‘taking it easy’, whatever THAT means.) While we floated back and forth between our yard and the… KEEP READING »


secrets! lies! mean cakes! surprises! more meatballs than we’ll ever eat in our LIVES!

secrets! lies! mean cakes! surprises! more meatballs than we’ll ever eat in our LIVES!

I have never been good at lying to my mom. This was obviously very handy for her when I was a teenager, but not so helpful for me. I can remember several instances where I got caught in (very lame) lies so after a while, I just gave up trying to do it. It wasn’t… KEEP READING »


weekly winners, volume 34

weekly winners, volume 34

We spent the weekend with Dan’s sister Kate, who arrived home yesterday morning from Georgia where she’s stationed as a medic in the Army. She’s home for 2 weeks and Maggie hadn’t seen her since last Christmas. As you can tell by the last few pictures, it didn’t take her long to warm up and… KEEP READING »


party hangover

party hangover

Dan and I both have big families. Both sides include aunts, uncles, tons of cousins, and some of those cousins have kids… the list goes on. If everyone got together at the same time, the numbers would easily climb to 100. (Now, some of them live out of state- some even across the country- so… KEEP READING »


chocolate heals all

chocolate heals all

Last night when we first heard the news about the shooting in Pittsburgh, we were intrigued in a ‘oh wow that’s crazy!’ kind of way. Dan was in bed reading, and I had the news on in the living room, mainly as background noise while I tinkered around on the internet. Details trickled in about… KEEP READING »


buzz. and ouch.

buzz. and ouch.

UNRELATED PLUG BEFORE THE REAL POST!: Go check out my good friend Samantha‘s new review blog she is writing along with a couple of her bloggie friends: Live Well Spend Well. I’m a bit biased, of course, seeing as I designed it for them :) But I also think it’s a great concept- great, honest… KEEP READING »


weekly winners, volume 13: VACATION EDITION! w00t!

weekly winners, volume 13: VACATION EDITION! w00t!

Oh my Lord in Heaven, I have so much to talk about. But I’m still on Beach Time, so you’ll have to bear with me. I managed by some miracle to get (most of) our vacation pictures processed and uploaded tonight. It was a fantastic week, filled with lots of giggles and fun and sunshine… KEEP READING »


beach-bound

beach-bound

That’s what we’ll be at approximately 5am tomorrow (which in reality will probably be more like 6am, but I’m trying to be optimistic here.) Just a short (ha) 10-hour drive and it’ll be sand & sunshine for 7 days. We’re actually staying not too far from where we were last year. Not right on the… KEEP READING »


five years

five years

In an effort to distract myself and also to put a bit more of a positive post up here at the top instead of that Whiny Excuse of a Blog Post that was here before, I’m totally stealing Janet’s topic. (Thanks, lady!) It was actually quite a coincidence that she mentioned looking back over the… KEEP READING »


weekly winners, volume 11

weekly winners, volume 11

Lots of picture-taking in the past few days- the weather has been Awesome and we’ve been outside a lot. We spent Saturday out on the boat with Dan’s parents and had way too much fun (still recovering from that!) cheesy grin kiss ice cream cone big bubble pink flowers red neck Friday nights waterfall yellow… KEEP READING »


why my mom is awesome

why my mom is awesome

We went to my parents’ house for Mother’s Day on Sunday. My mom cooked us all a delicious dinner of homemade lasagna (yo, Mom- SEND ME THAT RECIPE. Thanks lady!), salad, and garlic bread (actually, I brought the garlic bread. I am such a contributor.) She also played with my kid while Dan and I… KEEP READING »


1 2 3 4… FIVE.

1 2 3 4… FIVE.

All last week Maggie had a runny nose. Considering she’s two and goes to group daycare twice a week, we didn’t give it much thought. My only worry was, DEAR GOD, PLEASE DON’T LET ME GET IT TOO. And we made it through the week without either of us getting a cold. YAY! But apparently… KEEP READING »


birthday recap. alternate title: I’m a spoiled brat.

birthday recap. alternate title: I’m a spoiled brat.

It’s fairly well known among my family that I like to drag my birthday out for more than just one day. Dan’s mom and I have a joke about our ‘Birthday Months’ where whenever we want something, we just say ‘HEY! It’s my Birthday Month!’ It started out as just a Birthday Week, but now… KEEP READING »


today was a big day

today was a big day

Maggie’s first egg decorating experience: Success! Also a success? HER FIRST PEE ON THE POTTY. Have a great weekend, everyone.


who knew spiders made good blogging material?

who knew spiders made good blogging material?

I do not like spiders. I can’t really say that it’s a phobia, because I don’t completely freak out or panic or lose control. I just really really hate them. They are gross and have 8 legs and move really fast and just EEEEWWWW. If I absolutely have to, I will kill spiders myself if… KEEP READING »


Maggie: 2 Years.

Maggie: 2 Years.

It’s cliche, but honestly: I cannot believe my baby is turning two years old. (See last year’s video) If you need us, we’ll be at the zoo looking at the ‘grillas!’ and ‘edefants!’ and then later stuffing ourselves full of Elmo cake.