Halloween 2017

It's always cold here on Halloween. But this was the first year it snowed. Just light snowflakes that didn't stick to much, but snow nonetheless. I looked up into the streetlights and watched them fall as the kids ran from house to house, shivering in the snow, collecting candy. This is embarrassing to admit, but when I... Continue Reading →

dinosaur party

I am not a party person. This is my first year organizing the boys' party on my own (OK, it wasn't completely on my own. My sister made most of the Pinterest board and my sister-in-law made the cake part of the cupcakes. But close enough). I started off doing what I do best, which is... Continue Reading →

knee slapper

When my siblings and I were kids, we would go to the zoo on Easter. It was a tradition we shared with family friends: on the 4th of July we would go splash in their pool, on Easter we would head to the zoo. I remember one Easter in particular (I must have been around... 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 →


Christmas with kids is a whole new type of Christmas. If it weren't for my obsessive list making habit, I couldn't do it. I have a list for what to buy, a list for what to do, a list for Christmas cards, a list for Steve, and an ever-mounting list of things to wait and... Continue Reading →

home sweet childhood

It is always nice to go back home, but this trip had a greater meaning for me.It was my goodbye to my home, and I spent a few tearful moments in our backyard, in my room, and in the room that Amber and I once shared. I stood where our gardens once were, which was... 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 →

Cousin love

Here is Holden with Grandma on Christmas. She got him this adorable jacket and you can tell he likes it. He is a G. This is my niece Mila. She and Brandon are ten weeks apart, so you'd think they'd be friends. Maybe some day they will be, but for now, they compete with each... Continue Reading →

Two pictures

We just returned from our Christmas vacation in Washington, and I've got a yoga DVD and a hot bath calling my name, so I will just quickly post a picture of each of my boys this Christmas.Steve got me Photoshop Elements for Christmas, so be sure there will be more pictures, once I edit some... Continue Reading →


 Brandon was Jake from the Disney Jr. show last night for Halloween.  My friend sewed his vest for him, which is adorable. There is an actual fold-able lapel.   My sister cut up a T-shirt and strung a shoelace for his shirt. We bought black washable hair spray, but he was not liking it. He actually was... Continue Reading →

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