52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Flood

Last week the rain came down. And down. And down ....more

Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: My 2015 Running Playlist

I normally post my Pittsburgh Half Marathon training updates on Mondays, but: 1) I ran yesterday evening instead of yesterday morning. The best part about evening running is taking a shower, putting on your jammies, and not doing anything else. So I didn’t ....more

The Lost Simplicity of the Magic 8 Ball

Sometimes the boys get me on a weak day and I end up at the checkout counter with a totally unnecessary purchase. Like today’s Magic 8 Ball. I said yes, because, well, I kinda wanted it too ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with Celebrations

On Saturday, we celebrated my husband’s Granna’s 90th birthday. We spent the day with his family, and my boys spent the day playing with (and being chased by) their cousin; the youngest cousin spent time being passed around the family members. The next day we traveled to Pennsylvania to celebrate Easter with my family ....more

It Already Matters

Just when you wonder if you’re doing parenting wrong, when you worry that every choice is the wrong one, something happens to alleviate all that worry, all that fear, all that self-doubt. Sometimes it’s as simple as a kiss or a hug. A cuddle after a long day ....more

Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: Seasons Change

Spring seems like it might actually stick around as the 14-day forecast shows temps in the 60s and 70s. It’s spring in Ohio, of course, so anything could change in the blink of an eye. Additionally, it’s raining one minute and blindingly sunny the next; crazy windy one second followed by nothing which causes you to nearly fall forward ....more

Easter Traditions, Now Mine

As a small child, we lived directly across the driveway from my beloved grandparents. On Easter Sunday, after we attended church in our Sunday best, consumed too much food, and changed into comfortable spring clothes, my mother would help me fix up a small basket of Easter treats. Eggs we dyed as a family, typical Easter holiday candies, and of course, plastic grass ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Chicks

If you need the boys, you can find them sitting here—next to the chicks. Sometimes they read to them. Sometimes they sit in complete silence, just watching them move around and do chick-like things ....more

Our Family Just Grew… By Six!

We added six new family members yesterday. Here are three of our new little loves. On the left we have a Barred Rock, in the center a Buff Orpington, and on the right a Golden Comet ....more

Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: Getting Over the Quitting Feeling

Oh hey. It’s quitting time. Or rather, it’s the point in time during a training cycle when I say, “I’m never running again.” In fact, I went back through RunKeeper to a year ago today when I was training for the 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon ....more