Friday Night Leftovers- Pan Fried Dumplings Edition

•I took today almost completely off from new house stuff (like unpacking and organizing and installing) and just did regular house stuff (like cleaning and laundry). It was definitely necessary. •Today was Talk Like a Pirate Day and Krispy Kreme was giving away free glazed doughnuts ....more

Dog Shenanagins

In our old house, Trin generally slept out in the hall. Here that isn’t working because she’s been barking too early in the morning and waking everyone up. (The construction on our street starts as early as four in the morning sometimes.) So for the last few nights, I’ve shut her in my closet when […] Related Posts: Inside and Outside Help from the Internets Inappropriate Dogs Dog Flood 2.0 ...more

Parent Teacher Conference

Tonight was the official parent teacher conference night at Elizabeth’s school (sponsored by Olive Garden.) Matt was at work but Elizabeth, Ryan, and I all went. We had a scheduled conference from 5:00 to 5:10 but we got there early because the parking situation at her school can be a bit crazy. (Understandable ....more


I took this picture of Ryan after we went to Panera for an emergency snack. When it was time to leave, it was very important to him that he bring his bread crust and his cup of water. Also it was very important to him that he carry both of them ....more

The 2014 Halloween Costume Plans

We all know that holidays that involve me dressing my children up are very important to me. Due to the move taking up so much space in my brain, I haven’t begun to think about Halloween costumes until very recently. For most of the year, Elizabeth has wanted to be Violet from The Incredibles and […] Related Posts: Costuming Friday Night Leftovers- Friends Edition Back! ...more

Friday Night Leftovers- Too Late Edition

•I’ve just spent far too long unpacking and organizing in the guest room instead of going to bed. Wild Friday night over here, guys. •Today was No Uniform Day at Elizabeth’s school and she picked out all her favorite things ....more

Buttons and Zippers

My New Year’s Resolution this year was to stop leaving stuff in the sink and instead push it down the garbage disposal and run it. It sounds so easy. But this turned out to be the hardest habit to break ....more

Brother Love

Matt was home today when I picked Elizabeth up from school, so I left Ryan at home. Elizabeth got in the car, asked where Ryan was, and then proceeded to tell me all about her day. She then needed to talk to Daddy, so we called home and she chatted with Matt and then talked […] Related Posts: Friday Night Leftovers- I Remembered Edition After School Routine Exchange Program Pardon Me, Mama Advent #11- Visit Santa ...more

Reverse Schoolology

Elizabeth is absolutely loving school this year. She’s a big fan of big kid school. She loves her class and her teacher ....more

Family Tradition

Tonight while I was making dinner, Elizabeth and Ryan were doing that loud, rough, noisy kind of playing where I keep yelling “you guys better quit it before someone gets hurt!” Obviously they don’t and Ryan threw a block at his sister’s face. (Throwing is his new thing. It’s fun ....more