It's hard to believe it's here: two years have passed since this little one was born. He has been a catalyst for so much in our lives. I started writing again after he was born. Steve returned to school. I stopped working, but started focusing on our family. I started working out, training for a... Continue Reading →

flopping fish

My days of rocking children to sleep are almost over, but I haven't quite been able to kick it yet. Although Holden has never needed to be rocked to sleep, he has recently taken to it, and I will not deny him. Because he is my last baby and he is only holding onto babyhood... Continue Reading →

2015 in review

 We played a lot. Steve and I picked up toys endlessly. Holden got handsomer.  And then it snowed the most beautiful snow. We got coffee and donuts, a lot. And then mom read about the dangers of sugar so we stopped for awhile. But then we were back.  We read books. Oh, so many books.... Continue Reading →

First snow

There's a certain magic that comes with the very first snow. For when the first snow is also a Christmas snow, well, something wonderful is bound to happen.~Frosty the Snowman movie Last weekend Steve and I went on a rare date, and for some reason, he thought we should buy the boys snow coats. Today, we... Continue Reading →

halloween, lighthouse, hay rolls

Holden's second Halloween, the first one he's been excited about. He can say, "ween" and a variation of "trick or treat." He also asks to watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" by pointing at the TV and saying, "good grief!" Brandon does not like taking pictures. For some reason my attempts to convince him it... Continue Reading →


Parents get a lot of crap, when kids turn into adults with problems. Every time I see a movie or read a memoir and the adult ends up in therapy, they are finding a source for their issues, and that source is almost always their parents. Although sometimes that might be the case, I feel... Continue Reading →

Day out with Thomas

Yesterday we went on a day trip to see Thomas the Tank Engine. Yes, we road tripped three hours each way with a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old to see a damn train because we're totally nuts.Holden was happy to get out and run around at our halfway point. He is not the type that likes... Continue Reading →

surf and turf boys

Brandon met my friend's little chin-poo puppy on Friday and won't stop asking for a dog of his own now. So I was glad to see a content moment with the dog we already own today.  He was all smiles with everyone, this morning. He's better in the morning. It feels like forever I have... Continue Reading →

imperfectly perfect

Holden is walking like a total champion now. Still no shoes though. This kid's feet are more like hooves than feet. They are circular, or maybe rectangular or square. They certainly aren't feet shaped with that dainty indent on the inside of the feet. So fourteen months old and he has never kept a pair... Continue Reading →

eyes and hands

Here are some of my favorite photos of the boys this week:  Those big brown eyes, I tell you what.  Holden's face is so funny to me.  Show and tell. Always in this house.  Something is funny.  I love his chubby hands reflection in his sunglasses.

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