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the kindergarten question

the kindergarten question

Audrey has a tough birthday, school-wise. She was born September 14, and our local school district cutoff for starting kindergarten is age 5 by September 1. By the time she was a toddler, we were pretty set on waiting to send her until she was almost six, instead of sending her when she was almost… KEEP READING »


now accepting applications for sister wife

now accepting applications for sister wife

I started watching Big Love on Amazon Prime a couple of weeks ago, and while the awkward weirdness of a polygamous marriage makes me want to cringe, don’t think for a second that I haven’t entertained the thought of how AMAZING it would be to have another mom or two around the house. Help with… KEEP READING »


excitement, not sadness

excitement, not sadness

I find myself unable to relate to the sentiments of some parents when school is starting up again. I LOVED school when I was a kid (even as a high schooler. Mostly because SCHOOL SUPPLIES.) and I am thrilled to see the same look of excitement on Maggie’s face when the first day of school… KEEP READING »


someone remind them that they are BABIES, PLEASE.

someone remind them that they are BABIES, PLEASE.

This is happening now. (video embedded in case you can’t see it in your feed reader) And yesterday, I took the girls to the dentist and they take pictures after the exams, and there’s a whole ceremony of finding last year’s picture and replacing it with this year’s. When we found theirs, I nearly fell… KEEP READING »


all about Zach who never gets any blog press

all about Zach who never gets any blog press

This little guy is going to turn 15 months old on Friday. Early toddlerhood is by far the most fun age for me, I think. Newborns are great with all their smooshyness and sweetness and they smell amazing, and older kids are independent and can do stuff on their own and have interesting conversations with… KEEP READING »


dear daughter: I see you.

dear daughter: I see you.

I see you, my sweet girl. So much has changed in this past year. I see you with your suddenly long limbs, gangly and graceful at the same time. The last bit of little kid that was lurking around is gone. I see you with your crooked grin, proudly displaying your latest lost tooth-turned-treasure. You… 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 »


gearing up for the summer whining: activity & snack lists

gearing up for the summer whining: activity & snack lists

Last summer was… well, it was interesting. I decided to keep the girls at home and out of daycare because I wasn’t headed back to work until September. So for the first time ever, I found myself as a full-time stay at home mom with two kids and newborn baby. That newborn was nursing ALL… 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 »


now it’s Zachy’s turn

now it’s Zachy’s turn

It’s Zach’s first time for a birthday video!


one

one

(HI WE’RE STILL TALKING ABOUT BIRTHDAYS IN OUR HOUSE! WELCOME TO OUR CRAZY MARCH AND APRIL!) This is what happens when Mommy tries to take a birthday picture first thing in the morning before my bottle. Mommy is not very smart. That’s better. Maggie is very good at making me smile. Morning birthday snuggles HELP… KEEP READING »


obligatory birthday video

obligatory birthday video

I’ve been doing the birthday video since Maggie’s first year and I still love it. Nobody else probably cares about 3-4 minutes of photos of my kids set to music, but man it gets me every time. Song credit: A Life That’s Good – Lennon and Maisy (Nashville soundtrack)


Maggie turns 7

Maggie turns 7

Every time one of my kids has a birthday, I always half-compose a sappy blog post, gushing about the year we’ve had, the amazing kid they’re growing into, how fast time is flying, etc. It’s all the stuff every parent feels each time their baby blows out another candle on their birthday cake! It doesn’t… KEEP READING »


party number seven

party number seven

I’m going to fast-forward through the last week or so in a single blur here: Dan did some more work travel! Stomach bugs for Dan and Maggie! St Patrick’s Day was in there somewhere! We watched Frozen 9,782 times! WHEEEEE! Okay, you’re all caught up. Maggie turns seven this Friday (WHUT.) so this weekend we… KEEP READING »


like riding a bike

like riding a bike

I used my real camera to take pictures of Zach in the playroom one afternoon this winter when it was actually semi-bright outside. Sure, it took me a month to finally process them in Lightroom and post them, but hey look! I do still remember how to take pictures with something other than my cellphone!… KEEP READING »


Audrey snippets

Audrey snippets

Audrey is rapidly approaching three-and-a-half, by FAR my least favorite age with Maggie. THREENAGERS. Such big feelings! Such terrible communication skills! Audrey is definitely living up to the age so far, stubborn and meltdown-y and emotional and all the things that come with age three. But she is also HILARIOUS and loves making people laugh… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: the OMG CAN EVERYONE JUST BE HEALTHY FOR FIVE SECONDS edition

7 quick takes: the OMG CAN EVERYONE JUST BE HEALTHY FOR FIVE SECONDS edition

1. Audrey broke out in hives last Thursday. So after all that happened the last few weeks, we went BACK to the pediatrician to make sure I was right about my guess: she is allergic to amoxicillin. This was her third time having it, but Dan and I are both allergic, so from this point… KEEP READING »


the beginning of the end of squishy babies

the beginning of the end of squishy babies

So this happened last week. He’s also doing this. And he had his first haircut. He is just so sweet. I’m trying so hard to soak up these last few months of baby, because once he’s done with it, so are we.


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 »


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 »


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 »


obligatory fall family fun: a photographic tribute

obligatory fall family fun: a photographic tribute

2008 2010 2011 2012 2013 From one pumpkin to three… who let this happen??


getting tangled up with a Rapunzel birthday party

getting tangled up with a Rapunzel birthday party

(Sorry about the title. I couldn’t resist.) Audrey turned three on Saturday. So, real talk: I know big, elaborate parties for kids aren’t everybody’s thing. And that’s totally fine! But you know what? I LOVE PLANNING THESE PARTIES. I love picking a theme and coming up with decorating ideas and scouring the internet for pictures… KEEP READING »


three years goes FAST

what do I do all day?

what do I do all day?

Dan likes to see how riled up I get when he asks me that question: “What did you DO all day?” He usually throws it out there when I’m ranting about the dirty floors or whining about how tired I am or complaining about how the girls can destroy the house in 15 minutes after… KEEP READING »


four months

four months

Zach turned four months old on Sunday. This was a big month in our house and in Zachary’s life, for a bunch of reasons. He took his first vacation with his crazy family (sorry about all that car time, dude. I know you weren’t a very big fan.). He reached a bunch of milestones. He… KEEP READING »


three months

three months

So. Yeah. Five Things About Zach At Three Months 1. He has become a super fast nurser. Like, 3-5 minutes per side, done. This continues to throw me for a loop, even though I’m 99% sure that everything is fine and dandy. After failing at breastfeeding spectacularly with Maggie, and then struggling a lot with… KEEP READING »


Audrey snippets

Audrey snippets

Oh, Audrey. Our quintessential middle child. Basically every stereotype I’ve ever heard about middle children is true for Audrey so far. She sucks up all the attention in any room she enters, with her crazy hair and her giant blue eyes and her still-slightly-chubby cheeks, all in an apparent effort not to be overlooked. And… KEEP READING »


Maggie the gymnast

Maggie the gymnast

Two years ago, when Maggie was 4 (FOUR!), we signed her up for a summer gymnastics program. Eight weeks, just to get her introduced and see if she liked it. My main goal was to see if she could get over her fear of New Things, and maybe get a little more confident, a little… KEEP READING »


beginning and ending

beginning and ending

I had big dorky plans for a last day of school photo of Maggie, much like I did on the first day. But she was sick, so that didn’t happen. She was VERY disappointed about missing her last day of school, so I decided that once she felt better, we’d still take the picture. And… KEEP READING »