Reading with Kids Who Read on Their Own

Sometime around late fall, I realized I hadn’t read a book aloud to the boys in a hot minute. Lots of reading still took place daily in the house, but no one brought me a book and asked, “Will you read this to me?” Neither had I pulled one off the shelf and asked the boys to sit with me to listen to a story. The realization sat poorly with me, especially as I read the articles (and book) about the dad who read to his daughter for nine years straight ....more

Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: On “Just” Running the Half Marathon

I’ve been struggling with a feeling I don’t normally struggle with much: Jealousy. I felt the beginnings of it in the fall when I ran the Columbus Half Marathon. It never fully developed as I focused on helping my husband train for his first half ....more

Second Month Goal Check-In

March is here! It’s time to look back at my 2015 goals and see how I’m plodding along. 1. Submit Once Per Month I did ....more

She’s Not Very Scary

When I looked back at the pictures I took of our fun in the snow last week, I finally understood why people feel afraid of Callie. I mean, yeah. Those teeth look pretty vicious ....more

February Stitch Fix: Nailed It

I’ve been receiving my Stitch Fixes regularly, but not blogging them regularly. Sometimes I even photograph them but then refuse to post them because “my face looks chunky in that photo” or “I couldn’t get the shirt to lay properly and it makes me look lumpy.” Body issues are stupid. So freaking stupid ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Last Snow

The heavy snow on Saturday made for perfect playtime for the brothers. And the dog, apparently, who went absolutely giddy with dog-glee. The boys headed outside first ....more

Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: I’m an Official #GameOnPGH Blogger!

I am thrilled to announce that I am an Official Blogger for the Pittsburgh Marathon again this year. Here’s me, having just finished the full marathon in 2014, with fellow blogger, Melissa Marks. I enjoyed sharing my marathon training experiences last year ....more

The Never-Ending Snow Day

My children haven’t attended a full week of school since the week of December 8, 2014. Granted, the week of December 15th had nothing to do with winter and everything to do with The Sickness that caused 150 children to miss school in one day. Winter break fell the following two weeks ....more

In the Blood

Taken February 15, 2010. We pulled our jackets around ourselves as we exited the library. “Mommy, will you call Daddy and see if we can say hi on the way home?” I nodded, my teeth chattering in the wind ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with Paczki

Nothing quite like super sugary donuts filled with super sugary custard to create super sugary brothers. Thankfully, Paczki Day only happens once a year. ...more