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taking a time out

taking a time out

This weekend, Dan and I escaped to the big city (a whopping 25 miles away!) for an overnight date and oh man, you guys. It was just what we needed. We are super lucky and my mom is almost always willing to watch the kids for us for a few hours, but this was the… KEEP READING »


one-half with my better half

one-half with my better half

Seventeen years ago today, Dan and I had our first date. Gosh, we were BABIES, just seventeen years old. If you think about that math for a moment, that means we’ve been together for half of our lives now. That is a crazy milestone. We’ve been through everything together- all the Big Stuff. High School… KEEP READING »


taking a breather

taking a breather

The girls had a sleepover at my parent’s house this weekend. As you can see, they were very nervous and not at all excited about the idea. Oh, wait. Nevermind. THEY WERE REALLY REALLY EXCITED OMG IT’S ALL THEY TALKED ABOUT ALL WEEK! (And I won’t lie: we were pretty thrilled with the whole idea… KEEP READING »


ten years of awesome

ten years of awesome

Ten years ago today, we put on some fancy clothes and promised to love each other for a really, really long time. It was a ridiculously fun day- one of those amazingly perfect days where time stood still but also flew past and wow, we danced and laughed and had a blast. (OMG WE LOOK… KEEP READING »


just a little escape from reality, please

just a little escape from reality, please

Um. I’m sorry. WHO STOLE JANUARY, YOU GUYS? Yowza. (Totally random side story: every time I use the word ‘yowza’ in conversation, Maggie yells at me and tells me it’s not a word. PSSSSH. Whatever, kid. Someday you’ll be texting your friends in a made-up language. NO JUDGING ME.) Anyway. So this first month of… KEEP READING »


fifteen

fifteen

Fifteen years ago today, a boy and a girl went to a high school football game together. It was their first date. One year later, they started college together. Four years later, they graduated. A year after that, they got married. Two years later, they bought their first house. Three years later, they had a… 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 »


nine years ago today

nine years ago today

We’ve had some amazing moments since that day, but even now, it ranks as the most fun day I’ve ever had. We were so YOUNG, now that I look back. But we felt so grown up at the time. I had just turned 23. Dan was still 22. It was a day of special moments,… KEEP READING »


spinning round and round

spinning round and round

That is seriously what I feel like right now- we’ve hopped a merry-go-round and HEEEERE WE GOOO!! I forgot. I forgot how INSANELY BUSY this age is with babies. So much fun! But holy moly. It’s an adjustment. She’s everywhere, all the time, and we just have to keep up. We fail mostly. And I’m… KEEP READING »


a decent proposal

a decent proposal

The other night on the Survivor finale, there was a surprise proposal during the live Reunion show. It was… a little bit awkward and to be honest, I thought for a moment that she might say no. On live television. In front of eleventy billion people. EEEK. It’s a risk that all guys who choose… KEEP READING »


future leverage *insert evil laugh here*

future leverage *insert evil laugh here*

I am 99% sure that *I* am done creating humans, but no official measures have been taken to make that a definite reality. We talk about it sometimes, but it’s always VERY MUCH prefaced with Maybes and Ifs and (if I’m being honest) Probably Not, Buts. We are beyond thrilled about the two beautiful daughters… KEEP READING »


Viva Las Vegas!

Viva Las Vegas!

“I have to go out of town in April,” he said. “The week of your birthday.” “Aw crap! Where are you going?” I asked. “I… don’t want to tell you.” … Turns out, he’s going to Las Vegas for a conference. And staying at a REALLY SUPER AWESOME hotel. On my birthday. Next week. And… KEEP READING »


I think it’s pretty obvious now which side of the fence I’m on.

I think it’s pretty obvious now which side of the fence I’m on.

(This post includes some TMI kinda stuff. Some people might think it’s weird to share this stuff on the Internet, but whatever. It’s Life. I’m totally comfortable with sharing it. But boys- or MY DAD- if you’re freaked out when girls talk about Girl Things, feel free to skip this one. Or you know- grow… KEEP READING »


the joy of LOVE (days 5 through 7)

the joy of LOVE (days 5 through 7)

the joy of LOVE, day 5: love to hate I love Dan. But I hate that he leaves his wet towel draped on the bed EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. Especially when there is a perfectly lovely hook on the back of the bathroom door that I put there for the sole purpose of him hanging said… 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 »


sometimes you gotta improvise

sometimes you gotta improvise

Today is Dan’s 31st birthday. We had plans to meet after work for dinner at the restaurant of his choice. Of course, there was a major snafu in the plans when Dan had to work a little later than normal and a tanker truck spilled some kind of substance on the highway, leading to house… KEEP READING »


MINE-ITIS

MINE-ITIS

I’m not a very territorial person. It probably comes from growing up living in a trailer, where my sister and I shared a room the size of a closet for 15+ years. And where our washer and dryer were in the teeny-tiny bathroom so Mom would switch laundry while we were in the shower because… KEEP READING »


becoming a daddy

becoming a daddy

Three years ago, you became a father. That part was pretty easy (well, for you. I did all the work THAT day.) But it didn’t take long for you to take care of the hard part. To become a Daddy to our little girl. Thank you for being such an amazing dad. And to think-… KEEP READING »


an ode to The Man

an ode to The Man

When Dan and I got married (nearly 8 years ago!), I knew he was a Good Guy. He’s friendly, smart, laid back, and the only tears he’s ever forced me to shed have been because I’m laughing so hard I can’t breathe. He loves me. He’s always been supportive of everything I’ve wanted to do-… KEEP READING »


in which I’m happy that I was just being an idiot

in which I’m happy that I was just being an idiot

Yesterday I lost my wallet. But don’t worry- I found it. Of course, this was AFTER I caused a bit of panic in Target because I was convinced- CONVINCED!- that someone had stolen it from my purse. Boy, did I feel like a tool when it was all over and I finally had my precious… KEEP READING »


the marriage test

the marriage test

They say if you survive planning a wedding, then your marriage will be just fine. Now, obviously that’s a misnomer. I mean: hello, divorce statistics! If all those people who survived planning that wedding would really make it, nobody would ever get divorced, right? But people always say that, mainly as a way to emphasize… KEEP READING »


my husband is cooler than yours

my husband is cooler than yours

Today was kind of a cranky day in our house. Everything was nice for about an hour during breakfast, then Maggie fell off of her princess chair and split her lip (GOOD MORNING, BLOOD!) and it was pretty much downhill from there. Four straight hours of whining and not listening and HITTING AND PINCHING (not… KEEP READING »


officially official. officially.

officially official. officially.

Our real estate agent took the lockbox off of our front door yesterday. So I guess this means we’re moving! HOLY CRAP. We have spent the last few weeks dealing with home inspections- on both the new house and our current house- and woo boy was that fun! And suspenseful! First there were some cracks… KEEP READING »


what’s the haps

what’s the haps

1. Maggie did in fact have Fifth Disease, according to the doctor on Monday morning. Thankfully, her rash is nearly gone now and she’s been happy as a clam since Saturday (are clams really that happy? anyway…) I’m a bit scared of April now though. Last year she got hand-foot-mouth, this year it was Fifths…. KEEP READING »


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 »


the little things

the little things

I had grand plans to participate in the Grace In Small Things challenge that everyone is doing (Note: Just reading other people’s daily 5 is inspirational in itself! Thank you!) but lately, I just haven’t had the mental capacity to sit down and write a coherent thought. This past week or so has been hard…. KEEP READING »


Super.

Super.

Our living room last night was a sight to behold. Maggie was sick most of the weekend- within seconds of us getting home Friday night after picking her up at daycare, she threw up. All over the living room floor. So our weekend plans of taking her to my parents’ house on Saturday while I… KEEP READING »


so punny

so punny

My husband is the King Of Bad Puns. He gets it from his dad. The thing about both of them is, they are QUICK with them. It’s kind of scary how fast they can just pull out these horrible (but sometimes pretty funny) jokes. Two examples JUST FROM TODAY: Example #1: (I mentioned this one… KEEP READING »


wow three day weekends are just AWESOME.

wow three day weekends are just AWESOME.

This weekend was supposed to be fun and relaxing. It’s Labor Day! The unofficial end of Summer! A three-day weekend! We had plans for most of the weekend, but still, THREE DAYS! It all stretched out in front of us and I was very much looking forward to it. Now, before I delve into the… KEEP READING »


way to confuse your kid, Dad.

way to confuse your kid, Dad.

Last night we had a rare family moment. All three of us, playing on the floor together. Usually we Monster-Wrangle (our term for keeping an eye on Maggie) in shifts, because one of us always has something to do- cleaning up the kitchen, making a phone call, getting a shower, etc. But last night, we… KEEP READING »