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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Maggie turns SIX.

Maggie turns SIX.

(I had planned on a long, sentimentally-written letter for my big girl this year because this year has been absolutely fantastic with Maggie and I really wanted to highlight that. But… this week has been slightly ridiculous and it just hasn’t happened. So. Basically, Maggie: you are amazing. We love you so much. Happy birthday…. KEEP READING »


a break from the grays

a break from the grays

It’s been a very long winter. For the past two years, it seems like we had a lot more warm, sunshine-y days that broke up the endless, snowy stretch from December to March. But this year, even though we’ve had a few warm spots, they’ve been damp and rainy and just plain gross. Cabin fever… KEEP READING »


this doesn’t mean I’m HAPPY about the BOYS, just for the record

this doesn’t mean I’m HAPPY about the BOYS, just for the record

One afternoon recently, Maggie and I were working on her Valentines for her school party next week (or rather, I got her started, then I snuck off to do some work while she wrote out the names on the cards. heh) But eventually I took a break from work and headed back into the dining… KEEP READING »


two videos

two videos

Lamest title ever, but I’m tired and feeling un-creative. Here, let me show you my cute kids in full technicolor action! Last week we surprised Maggie with tickets to this summer’s Taylor Swift concert. She was slightly excited (and I’m not gonna lie: I’m pretty psyched about taking her to her first concert!) Audrey’s new… KEEP READING »


concert in the toy room, 7pm. be there.

concert in the toy room, 7pm. be there.

The weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, which means less time spent outside playing after dinner in the evenings. But don’t worry. Our girls are keeping PLENTY busy, what with all the fabulous concerts they’re performing for us throughout the week. (Watch till the end. Or skip to the end, whatever…. KEEP READING »


insta-review of our days

insta-review of our days

I just had to load my own blog’s front page to remember what I wrote about last because I couldn’t even remember. And it was only a week and a half ago! Feels like longer. Hi! How are you guys? I’ll skip the whole OMG SO BUSY HOLY CRAP WHOOOOAAA! and just say that life… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: the How Things Are Going edition

7 quick takes: the How Things Are Going edition

1. Maggie is loving kindergarten. Her favorite things are the bus ride and recess, because DUH. She also loves computer class day and library day (but not so much gym day because all they’ve done so far is laps of skipping and hopping and stuff and she wants desperately to go on the exercise bikes… KEEP READING »


catch up

catch up

I feel like I’m constantly playing catch up these days, but whatever. LIFE, MAN. We survived the first week of kindergarten (Maggie did great! I never did get a nap out of her! She’s a trooper.) and then had a three-day weekend in which we… didn’t do much, actually. We spent some time with Dan’s… KEEP READING »


Day One

Day One

(Or as Dan might title this one: She’s The State’s Problem Now) We all survived the day- the bus stop, the bus ride, even the afternoon with Maggie at home with me while I worked (fingers crossed it keeps up!) She found her seat in the room, chatted up a new friend about pencil boxes,… KEEP READING »


onward and upward

onward and upward

I can still remember how it felt leaving Maggie at daycare her very first day. I didn’t cry, I don’t think. But it was… SO WEIRD. I was just starting to dive back into my freelance work, just one day each week, so I didn’t even have anything major to do yet. So as I… KEEP READING »


right in our own backyard

right in our own backyard

The past few weeks have been busy with random things- a wedding, a baby shower, a mall trip for school shopping, etc etc- plus there have been some crazy stormy days, mixed in with some steamy, too hot to even THINK about going outside days. So we haven’t had much time to just hang out… KEEP READING »


kindergarten, here we come!

kindergarten, here we come!

Maggie starts kindergarten in seven weeks (OMG??!?!?) and we were given a packet waaay back in the early spring that the kids are supposed to complete and bring to their teachers either at orientation or the first day of school or whenever (the instructions were…vague. Yay public school!) Because it’s been hotter than Hades the… KEEP READING »


we love “gyn-ap-stix”!

we love “gyn-ap-stix”!

This week was Maggie’s first gymnastics show. Or “gyn-ap-stix” as she still calls it and so help me, if anyone ever corrects her, I’ll punch them. (She used to call it “a-tap-stix” which was also awesome) She started taking Real Big Girl Gymnastics last summer (as opposed to Mommy & Me-type classes) so it’s been… KEEP READING »


Maggie’s view

Maggie’s view

I got my fancy-pants Canon Rebel DSLR when Maggie was two, so I haven’t used my old point-and-shoot camera very much since then. I really only use it for videos of the girls being goofy and cute. But it’s a great camera to have on hand for Maggie to play with, taking pictures of whatever…. KEEP READING »


our girls on Easter Sunday

Maggie snippets

Maggie snippets

Maggie, wearing her Penguins shirt; Audrey, wearing a shirt with flowers on it; me, wearing a black & white striped shirt. “Mommy! Audrey has Flower Power and I have Penguin Power and you have Stripe Power! And I throw sharp Penguins at the bad guys and kill them!” Uh. OKAY! ??? — I mentioned this… KEEP READING »


beach Barbie birthday bash!

beach Barbie birthday bash!

Maggie on her way to school on her birthday For every one of Maggie’s birthdays, we have thrown a rather large party in her honor. The first few were mostly family, just because what toddler has their ‘own’ friends, right? But the past couple of years, these shindigs have grown and between the friends SHE… KEEP READING »


our first baby is five

our first baby is five

I have so much I could say about this kid… she’s funny, smart, infuriating, silly, beautiful, ridiculous, wonderful. And today, she’s five. Amazing to think that she came into the world just five years ago. I feel like she’s always been ours. Like she’s always been bouncing around our house with her blonde curls and… KEEP READING »


Maggie vs. Food

Maggie vs. Food

Maggie has been a picky eater since… age two or so? I think? I can barely even remember a time when she wasn’t fighting with us over eating vegetables or something other than noodles and cheese. She has like 8 or 10 foods that she likes and that’s what she’s been eating, because honestly, I… KEEP READING »


Maggie snippets

Maggie snippets

Her little sister is becoming a Full Force in the house and loves to mess up whatever Maggie is doing. She also loves to climb on Maggie, knock her over, give her hugs and kisses, eat her crayons, rip up her papers, knock over her block towers, and basically just be wherever Maggie is at… KEEP READING »


maybe SHE’S ready. but I don’t think I am.

maybe SHE’S ready. but I don’t think I am.

A few weeks ago, we got an official-looking form from preschool about Maggie. But don’t worry- it was all good stuff. DO YOU SEE WHAT IT SAYS THERE??? “Maggie is ready for kindergarten!” This baby, you guys. This baby is ready for PUBLIC SCHOOL AND STUFF. It cannot be so. And yet… it is. Not… KEEP READING »


happy happy weekend to you

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 »