The Sister Speaks (About Being Married)

The Sister Speaks (About Being Married)

Last week I asked my sister to guest blog on MC.  She’s actually a really great writer and her perspectives on life, marriage, love, and family are so fresh and relatable that I thought you all would appreciate them, too.  Ginny and her husband, John Michael, were married last April (see posts about her wedding here, here, here, here, and here) and since then have been living in southern Virginia where he was transferred through his job.  It looks like they’ll be moving again somewhere this summer, but that is…

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Sneaky Peaky, #2

Sneaky Peaky, #2

When I found out I was having a boy when I was pregnant with Bean, I think I had his entire nursery decorated in about 24 hours.  I bought anything blue and sports related that I could find.  Bean had a cute room, but truthfully, I never really LOVED his nursery.  I wasn’t crazy about the color his walls were painted and I never liked the sports theme.  I think what happened was that I rushed into it.  I rushed the decorating process because I got so excited. This time…

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Taming the Bean

Taming the Bean

A few weeks ago, I was asked on the Q&A page about our discipline methods and philosophy for Bean at this age.  I had to actually stop and think about it for a while and then I kind of panicked. Did we discipline?  Were we supposed to be disciplining? So, I panicked about that for a few days but finally came to the consensus that maybe that was okay.  Maybe that’s how discipline (at Bean’s age, at least) is supposed to be – such a natural part of your interactions…

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Coping

Coping

They say that when you’re pregnant, your dogs can sense that something is up.  With Bean, this was true.  Lucy and Molly stayed closer to me, were quieter, and were gentler during my whole pregnancy.  And then Bean came along and their lives changed forever. This time around is slightly different.  For one thing, the dogs don’t sense that something is up.  They KNOW.  And they KNOW exactly what’s going on.  They’ve seen this before.  And, trust me, they are none too pleased about this unexpected turn of events. Each…

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Your Inner Fake Fashionista

Your Inner Fake Fashionista

I would not consider myself a fashionista. As much as I love shopping, I don’t really spend a lot of time thinking about my wardrobe or what I’m wearing. Easy, casual, and comfortable are my main criteria. BUT. Last week I was visiting my BFF’s blog, The Pioneer Woman, and she shared a website she had recently found. It was called Polyvore and it was a website where you could create your own style creations. I read her post, but didn’t really think too much about it. But tonight I…

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A Blast From the Past

A Blast From the Past

I will be the first to admit that I am terrible at keeping in touch with people. I’ve always sort of known this about myself, but it was confirmed recently when my high school class formed a group on Facebook for our 10 year reunion this summer. Of the 100 and something people in that group, I recognized maybe a handful of names. And of that handful of names, I had kept in touch with maybe two of them. And by “kept in touch,” I mean we occasionally chat on…

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Dinner Time Conquered!

Dinner Time Conquered!

Well, my imaginary friends, you all helped me a ton.  More than the suggestions you gave me on how to get Bean to eat dinner, you just made me take two deep breathes and settle down a bit.  That’s what I love about blogging.  When you’re in your house, living your day to day, getting all upset over little things it’s easy to lose perspective.  But then you hear about how other families are dealing with the same situations as you and it instantly makes you feel normal again. So,…

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There’s an App For That

There’s an App For That

For Christmas this year, Chris’s sister, Annie, gave Chris and I each an iTunes gift card for apps for our iPhones.  I didn’t even know you could get gift cards for apps, but it was an awesome gift!  $15.00 each has gotten Chris and I some really fun new apps and a few of those have become fast favorites for me. CardBank ($0.99) This one is my favorite right now.  You know how you carry around all those rewards member cards for various stores?  Your grocery store, CVS, Barnes and…

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Not Enough Hours in the Day

Not Enough Hours in the Day

Rachel (who has been reading my blog practically since it began…) asked me a question this week about how we balance our schedules around the house. I answered her in the above Q&A section, but as I was writing, I was thinking of so many more details I could include so I thought I’d just do a whole darn blog post about our family schedule. Having two full-time working parents, a small business, a toddler, and one on the way makes for an active household. Add to that mix two…

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