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weekend escape

weekend escape

I went to Chicago last weekend and I didn’t do a single tourist-y thing, I didn’t go to Navy Pier, I didn’t go and see The Bean. But I did spend some fantastic quality time with a few of my favorite ladies and that was MORE than okay. We ate, we laughed, we stayed at… KEEP READING »


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The last couple of months have seemed like a long string of big milestones in our house. Zach turned 1! Started walking! We stopped needing both formula and bottles! I’ve donated some baby toys we won’t need again! Last Monday, I had a Lady Procedure that will ensure, once and for all, no more babies… KEEP READING »


what’s the haps? and other random stuff

what’s the haps? and other random stuff

Well! A lot of things have been going on since I last wrote anything of substance here. All good things (mostly) but pretty much every day, I think I WILL BLOG TODAY ABOUT [insert interesting topic here]! and then by the end of the day, it hasn’t happened yet and the kids are in bed… KEEP READING »


Easter: it happened, but it almost didn’t!

Easter: it happened, but it almost didn’t!

We visited urgent care three days in a row last weekend! WHAT DO WE WIN?!!? Maggie was there for strep throat on Friday. Zach was there for strep butt on Saturday. (It’s a thing. Maggie had it when she was two. Our children are weird.) Then Audrey and I headed in on Sunday morning because… KEEP READING »


a day in the life of my monkeys & me

a day in the life of my monkeys & me

A few others have done this little day-snippet post and I thought I’d join in! I’ve done them a few times through the years, the last one this summer (OMG BABIES ARE HARD WORK), and it’s always interesting for me to see my days written out. And I love reading about other people’s days because… KEEP READING »


Switching Career Gears

Switching Career Gears

When you’re 18 years old, trying to pick what you want to be when you grow up can feel overwhelming. At least that’s how it was for me. I never had that One Dream Job in my head when I was young. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I was older,… KEEP READING »


germ warfare

germ warfare

HAAAAA. Remember when I thought the week before Thanksgiving was sucky with Sickness around our house? Spoiler alert: IT GOT WORSE. We had a relatively quiet Thanksgiving weekend, thank goodness. A mellow dinner with Dan’s family, then dessert with my family at my parents’ house. Then I spent the weekend decorating the house for Christmas,… KEEP READING »


a very soggy Halloween

a very soggy Halloween

Audrey made it to two houses when the wind almost knocked her over for the fifth time and she melted into a puddle of tears and demanded to be taken home. Dan pushed Zach in the stroller in the rain for about 10 minutes before bringing him back to the dry house. Maggie and I… KEEP READING »


eight weeks down

eight weeks down

So! Here we are! Eight weeks into the school year, eight weeks on this side of maternity leave, eight weeks of lunches packed and homework done and bottles filled and diaper bags stocked and tantrums over what dress we want to wear to daycare today! (see if you can take a guess on that last… KEEP READING »


our summer fun list: how we did

our summer fun list: how we did

At the beginning of this summer, I made a list of all the Fun Things We Wanted To Do before school started and the weather turned cold. I made this list fully realizing that crossing EVERYTHING off of it was a lofty goal because hi, you have a newborn baby in the house, Jen. But… KEEP READING »


transitions. and quiet. OH LORD THE QUIET.

transitions. and quiet. OH LORD THE QUIET.

I’m sitting in my house this morning, alone. I have a long mental list of things I want to do, my brain is racing with trying to decide where to start, OMG. I haven’t had very much time at home to myself in nearly 5 months since we got home from the hospital with Zach…. KEEP READING »


take-home lesson: exercise is bad for you.

take-home lesson: exercise is bad for you.

When I was huge and pregnant and could barely walk up the stairs without needing a oxygen mask (so, like, in March) I was SO VERY MUCH looking forward to NOT being pregnant and being able to start taking walks and building up my stamina again. I knew I’d have a chunk of weight to… KEEP READING »


summer is exhausting

summer is exhausting

We’re halfway through Week Three of summer and I think we’re all finally getting kinda sorta used to our new routine. Which is basically: there isn’t one. After a long school year of very strict scheduling for all of us, it was hard on to suddenly have all this FREEDOM! Especially for the girls, who… KEEP READING »


Easter in pictures

Easter in pictures

(Still here. Still pregnant. Still uncomfortable. Wheeee!) (Though I am kinda glad I made it through Easter. It was a pretty fun day with family!)


good things this week

good things this week

Three days and a few decent rounds of contractions later and… the doctor checked and NO CHANGE. Baby is a stubborn one. I know he’s not even DUE for another 11 days, and trust me when I say that I am FINE with him staying in for longer! EXCEPT WHAT IS UP WITH THE CONTRACTIONS… KEEP READING »


ridiculous

ridiculous

Look. I know that we live in western Pennsylvania, the Land of Unpredictable and Extreme Weather. Less than two weeks ago, we had 9 inches of snow dumped on us. Three days later, we spent the entire weekend outside, playing in the sunshine. Today? AN ICE STORM. In March. Two days before “spring”. I QUIT.


snow day!

snow day!

(HOPEFULLY THE LAST ONE, BECAUSE HEY. IT’S MARCH. ENOUGH ALREADY.) We got almost 9 inches of snow in less than 8 hours. Tuesday night, the girls and I got home from my parents’ house and it was almost 40 degrees outside. It felt WARM. The ground was clear of snow. But when I woke up… KEEP READING »


the obligatory look back at 2012

the obligatory look back at 2012

Because everyone else is doing it! And I like lists! And I did it last year! 1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before? My sweet, tiny child was admitted to the hospital and she had to undergo surgery. DO NOT RECOMMEND! I went on a cruise with Dan. RECOMMEND! I… KEEP READING »


Christmas! Pie! Ham! Presents! Cute Poofy Red Dresses!

Christmas! Pie! Ham! Presents! Cute Poofy Red Dresses!

Even though our Christmas was sandwiched in between a week-long bout of the stomach flu for all of us, one after the other, and then four good, old-fashioned head colds, we still managed to have a pretty awesome day. Christmas Eve was a low-key affair at my sister’s in-laws’ house. It involved yummy food and… KEEP READING »


so! Thanksgiving! that happened!

so! Thanksgiving! that happened!

We are fortunate enough to not have to travel very far at all at the holidays because a lot of the people we love most live right here in Pittsburgh, and this Thanksgiving was even more mellow than usual. After a lazy-ish morning in our pajamas, we drove to Dan’s parents house in the early… KEEP READING »


breaking into fall with some donuts and bouncy houses

breaking into fall with some donuts and bouncy houses

Well! We’re officially into fall and the Summer of Lameness is over. The other day we were looking ahead at a completely open weekend with a beautiful weather forecast for Saturday. And because I started feeling human again sometime in the middle of last week (how insane is the sudden switch from Death On Toast… KEEP READING »


the last summer comes to an end

the last summer comes to an end

Oh hi! It’s been a while! Two weeks or something crazy like that! I’m still here, just… oh you guys. These past few months have just been SILLY. When I first wrote this post back in June about all the fun things we were going to do this summer, I guess I should have included… KEEP READING »


a series of unfortunate events

a series of unfortunate events

I had the greatest time thinking up how I would share the news. That’s the best part, right? I would write a blog post about how for so long I was SO! AGAINST! IT! I was done! No more for me! But then how somewhere along the way, my mind was changed and my heart… KEEP READING »


fingers, elbows, hips, & ankles!

fingers, elbows, hips, & ankles!

From what I can tell, this week has pretty much sucked for a lot of people I know. It was definitely one HELL of a week in our house for a bunch of reasons. So, as we head into the weekend, here’s a little bit of dancing and singing to lift your spirits, in case… KEEP READING »


summer fun, week 1

summer fun, week 1

We’re busy today recovering from an overload of summer fun. Two trips to the carnival and a zoo outing all in one week. But it’s a good tired, obviously. She ended up winning TWO FISH the second night when she played this game! Eleven more years and this could be a real car. GAH. Audrey… KEEP READING »


the last summer

the last summer

Today was the last day of school for the kids in our neighborhood and normally I don’t pay much attention to that stuff. But it struck me that this is the last Last Day Of School in which we will NOT be participating. FOR ALMOST TWENTY YEARS OR SOMETHING. I think I need to sit… KEEP READING »


totally! random! Tuesday!

totally! random! Tuesday!

Life is busy! And very very good! Lots to tell! Here are five things I can think of right now! 1. I officially registered for my first 5K on my birthday (April 14! Mark your calendars! I like sparkly things and chocolate! Or sparkly chocolate!). I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous. I’ve been running semi-regularly… KEEP READING »


leap year of yore

leap year of yore

I kind of wish I had done this little project again THIS leap year, but honestly, it would have been mostly pictures of me in my cubicle at work doing Nerdy Things That Made My Head Hurt A Little Bit, so really not that interesting. But I went back in my Flickr archives to 2008,… KEEP READING »


eight days, no kids, lots of sunshine: WIN.

eight days, no kids, lots of sunshine: WIN.

Okay, now I realize that for some people, reading about someone else’s vacation is akin to sliding down a banister of razor blades and landing in a pool of alcohol (Name That Reference!). But I actually enjoy hearing about other people’s travel experiences and I love seeing vacation pictures. Plus, I want to record bits… KEEP READING »


home again, home again, jiggity jig

home again, home again, jiggity jig

So! We’re home from our trip! The girls and Grandma survived each other for 8 whole days, and we had a ridiculously awesome time. We missed them so much, of course, and 90% of our conversations centered around them, but it was still such a fantastic break from the Everyday Stuff. And yes, I have… KEEP READING »