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 comes back around ....more

someone remind them that they are BABIES, PLEASE.

This is happening now. 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 over ....more

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 keeping my thoughts together long enough to walk 20 feet to grab my camera from my desk and take even one picture is a rare feat. Yesterday, I made one of our favorites and the kids weren’t home yet from daycare and the kitchen was quiet and I remembered how much I enjoy cooking. I really do! ...more

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! ...more

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 you ....more

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

1. Hey! It’s summer! ...more

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 ....more


The last couple of months have seemed like a long string of big milestones in our house. Zach turned 1! Started walking! ...more

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]! ...more

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 ....more