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10 years left

10 years left

Maggie will be turning eight in March. It hit me the other day that this means we have ten years left before she graduates from high school and is (presumably) not living in our house anymore. TEN YEARS. THAT’S NOT A VERY LONG TIME. After I picked myself up off the floor FROM MY FAINTING… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: shingles, pink eye, business as usual.

7 quick takes: shingles, pink eye, business as usual.

1. Hey remember last week when I said I knew the germs would come calling? I have shingles! And Zach woke up today with his eyes glued shut! I hate it when I’m right. Zach is fine, but I’m really glad I took him to the pediatrician. I was going to just call and ask… KEEP READING »


hello, 2015.

hello, 2015.

So far, the new year has been baaasically the same as last year. Or the last 7 or 8 years. Lots of butts to wipe, laundry, meals to prepare, arguments over toys, errands to run… good to know it’s business as usual over here! Really though, we had a great holiday break. It was a… KEEP READING »


holiday aftermath

holiday aftermath

We are about halfway through our Christmas break, and so far, things are going pretty well. I was worried about ALLTHETOGETHERNESS, because in this house, we are creatures of habit and seem to all get along better when we’ve had our separate time at our places (work, school, daycare) The girls have had a few… KEEP READING »


I kicked a hammer.

I kicked a hammer.

No, that’s not a euphemism. I really did kick a hammer, back in October. I was stupidly not wearing shoes while hanging shelves in the girls’ room and I had tools all over the floor and boom, kicked a hammer. It was my left foot, my big toe, the same foot in which I suffered… KEEP READING »


Zach vs Santa

Zach vs Santa

Zach suffered a ruptured eardrum on Friday. Or probably sometime Thursday night, actually. We aren’t really sure because he never even CRIED and we didn’t even know his ear were bothering him. He had a cold, runny nose, no fever, nothing else. But Friday morning, green goo was leaking from his right ear. He cried… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: Christmas, bathroom renovations, and online etiquette

7 quick takes: Christmas, bathroom renovations, and online etiquette

1. CHRISTMAS IS COMING. Did you know? For some reason I had an extra week floating around inside the calendar of my brain, but when I looked at the ACTUAL calendar late last week, it became apparent that no, nope. No extra week. Less than 3 left. GET YER ACT TOGETHER, YOUNG LADY. I have… KEEP READING »


twenty

twenty

Zach turned 20 months old yesterday. TWENTY! MONTHS! Parents always say the same lines: “I can’t believe it! It’s going so fast! He was just BORN!” and yes, all of that is true. It’s been true since the moment Maggie was born- she’s almost EIGHT. But I swear, someone hit the fast-forward button the day… KEEP READING »


things I’m digging / things I’m needing

things I’m digging / things I’m needing

I’m thinking of making this type of a post a regular thing because 1) it’s good motivation for me to get off my lazy butt and BLOG, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE and 2) I love reading this kind of post from OTHER people and learning about new products and fun things and finding out what people… KEEP READING »


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 »


project MANIA

project MANIA

Last January, I set out to make 2014 the YEAR OF THE PROJECT. Okay, maybe I didn’t make quite that dramatic of a proclamation, but I was ready and excited to get back to doing some much-needed things around our house and yard. A few solid years of having a toddler in the house and/or… KEEP READING »


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 »


7 quick takes: the What The Heck Happened to September edition?

7 quick takes: the What The Heck Happened to September edition?

1. September went by in a blur of barf in our house. BECAUSE WHAT ELSE, RIGHT??? After Audrey was sick, Maggie got it a week later, complete with an insanely high fever, and missed three days of school. It felt like it took days to recover and regain some sort of normal. Then there was… KEEP READING »


beauty box giveaway: one lady’s trash is another lady’s treasure

beauty box giveaway: one lady’s trash is another lady’s treasure

UPDATED: The winner is Katrina! Congrats to you! I’ve been doing The Subtraction Project these past few weeks and I am LOVING it. A few of the prompts haven’t applied to me or they were projects I did in the last 6 months or so (and boy does THAT make me feel on top of… KEEP READING »


yesterday, today, tomorrow

yesterday, today, tomorrow

Yesterday I… celebrated my baby girl turning 4. (video embedded in case you don’t see it in your feed reader!) did a crapton of fall yardwork: pruning and digging and pruning and weeding and more pruning. Walking and lifting my arms does not come easy today. I am old. had Audrey’s party at the bouncey… 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 »


recipe: Cheesy Sausage Tortellini with Zucchini and Tomatoes

recipe: Cheesy Sausage Tortellini with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Every time I cook something amazing for dinner, I think “Self: You need to share this with your blog people.” But most nights, getting a meal on the table for my family is chaos and insanity, with the girls fighting in the other room, Zach climbing up my legs near a hot stove, etc… so… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: beach vacation edition

7 quick takes: beach vacation edition

1. A 9-to-10ish hour drive to the Outer Banks took us 16 hours. We left at 2:45am on Saturday morning (two weeks ago, on the 12th), thinking Oh! This will be great! The kids will sleep and when they wake for breakfast, we’ll be more than halfway there! People do it this way all the… 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 »


7 quick takes: rollercoasters, yardwork, & sharing some love.

7 quick takes: rollercoasters, yardwork, & sharing some love.

1. Hey! It’s summer! We made it through our first week with the expected exhaustion, and maybe just a bit more than usual because Dan was out of town for most of the week. Maggie had gymnastics camp in the mornings 4 out of the 5 days so I either worked at Panera or my… 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 »


35

35

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 »


CHOCOLATE! and Market District coffee (giveaway)

CHOCOLATE! and Market District coffee (giveaway)

I never drank coffee until I had my second baby. Perhaps it was necessary for my survival at that point? Audrey WAS a particularly challenging newborn. I don’t even know what made me try it or make it part of my morning routine, but now I love it. I don’t drink a lot of it-… 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 »


7 quick takes: an alligator birthday party, mystery beeping, & a crapload of pictures

7 quick takes: an alligator birthday party, mystery beeping, & a crapload of pictures

1. We’re winding down Birthday Season in our house (I’m not even kidding: seven birthdays in six weeks, just between our immediate family/in-laws. CRAZYPANTS.) Last weekend was Zach’s party and there were 16 kids under the age of eight in my house. It wasn’t warm enough to be outside, so, uh, it got a little… KEEP READING »


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 »