Sun-Dried Tomato, Pesto, and Mozzarella Sandwich

Desperation sometimes leads to craziness, which is exactly why I once upon a time ordered a Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Panini at Starbucks. Look, for as much as I love Starbucks, I feel like they should probably stick to froo-froo lattes. A lot of their pastries are good, but they aren't great ....more

Let's Go Pens




My Ears Are Still Bleeding

We've missed the past few summers because of the magic of Mila, but now we're back to our regularly programmed bike rides. For as long as Alexis has been around, we've found our way to a fun trail, piled onto bikes, and ridden a solid 6-10 miles. Through the years, she has gone from riding in a trailer all the way to riding by herself ....more

Round One of Oh So Many

The thing about Alexis is that she's a little smarty pants. By that I mean school comes easily to her, which is pretty darn fantastic in every way. She looks forward to classes, loves when there's a serious challenge, and spends hours and hours studying away just because she enjoys it ....more

What's Old Is New Again

Poor Mila. She is so very loved, and yet she never seems to get anything. When Alexis was her age, every trip to the store seemingly ended in some new fun thing ....more

Pronouns Are Hard

Pronouns are hard, y'all. I mean, I went 30-something (*grumble*grumble*grumble*) years saying "She" when I really should have been saying "I." It took a 9-year old with a sassy mouth and heavy dose of perspective for me to figure it out. There is an argument I've had with that 9-year old so many times that I think the argument itself might now by 9 years old ....more

Pineapple Cupcakes

People have been complaining that I have been failing to provide cupcakes lately, so this weekend I set out to fix that. I started with the Carrot Cake Cupcakes that I make all of the time because OBVIOUSLY. They really are so very good ....more

Those Eyes, Though