The Worst Thing That Can Happen After You Birth a Human

The Worst Thing That Can Happen After You Birth a Human

After the kids went to bed tonight, I grabbed my shopping list and coupons and headed up to Target to do my weekly grocery shopping. (Side Note: Have you ever been grocery shopping at Target? It is much cheaper than my regular grocery store, which kind of surprises me…) I loaded my cart with necessities and pulled into the check out with the shortest line. There was a really nice, chatty young girl working the register and we made small talk while she rang up my groceries. And then the…

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Gracie Tells a Joke

Gracie Tells a Joke

“Hey, Gracie,” I said. “Oh,” she said. “Hi, Mom.” “Whatcha doing, Big Girl?” “Oh, I’m just hanging out after my baaaa…. HELP! HELP! MY DUCKY TOWEL IS ATTACKING ME!” “Whoa, there!” I said. “Here, let me help you.” “Oh, that’s better. Thanks, Mom.” “No problem.” “Ducks are so silly!” “Yes, they are!” I agreed. “Mom, can I have a duck?” “I don’t think so, Puffalump. We have enough living things in our house right now.” “But, MOM!” Gracie laughed. “Ducks aren’t living things!” “What are you talking about, Graciekins?” “Shhhhh……

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We Are There

We Are There

During one of the busiest points of grad school at Yale for Chris, he came home one night to find a hearty, home cooked meal: Chinese take out. We ate at our tiny kitchen table together while he told me about how stressful grad school was, about how he wasn’t sure he could make it through, and about how sometimes he just wanted to give up. I sat with him, listening, holding his hand, and trying to find the right words to help him through, but in the end, it…

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Graaaaaaacie Girl

Graaaaaaacie Girl

Through all the change that’s been going on around us lately, there has been one constant, shining, bright spot. One place I can always go for a little break in the day’s hectic pace. My Itty Bitty. All of us are going through a little bit of an adjustment period after the move. I’m adjusting to being back at work, which is exhausting. Chris is adjusting to being a homeowner again, which means he’s fixing everything that isn’t working yet around the house (incidentally, everything is breaking – the dishwasher,…

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Before/After

Before/After

I didn’t want to post pictures of the new house until everything was just perfect, but then I looked around and realized that that may not be for YEARS. So, I grabbed my camera and happily snapped away. LIVING ROOM – BEFORE LIVING ROOM – AFTER In the living room we stripped the wallpaper and sanded and painted the walls.  We also pulled up the old carpet and re-carpeted.  We took down the window treatments, but we still need to decide on new curtains.  (Ignore the laundry on the couch…

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Losing My Mind

Losing My Mind

I am losing my mind. Seriously. I’m going insane. I’ve heard of mommy brain or whatever you want to call it and I experienced it slightly with Bean.  I’d forget where I put my keys periodically.  One time I seriously forgot where I parked my car and had to call Chris to come get me.  (Low point.)  But mommy brain or whatever you want to call it with two kids?  It’s pretty brutal.  As proof, I submit the following true stories into evidence: Exhibit A: Two weeks ago, I stopped…

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When A Yes Person Says No

When A Yes Person Says No

This morning in church, the sermon was about community and how important it is to be involved and form relationships with others. It was centered around introducing the new fall line up of classes and small groups our church is offering this year. The sermon ended about 15 minutes early and the minister said the last 15 minutes were intentionally being left so that we could meet the new small group leaders and join a class. Or, at the very least, we could turn to the people sitting next to…

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New Daycare for Bean

New Daycare for Bean

I worried about the timing of all these new things in our lives for the kids. They were moving into a new house the same week that they started a new school and I went back to work. That’s a lot of change for me, much less for the kids. Rather than try and cram all the changes and reactions and things we’ve done to help (or hurt) the transition, I thought I’d break them up into several blog posts this week. I’ll start with Bean at school because that…

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I’m Baaaaaaack!

I’m Baaaaaaack!

Oh, imaginary friends! I have missed you so! For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook (…cough, cough…shame on you…cough, cough…), let me tell you what I’ve been up to in the past week. First, we spent last week packing up the old house and getting ready to move into our new one. I packed with the kids while Chris and my saint of a father peeled wallpaper and painted at the new house. Occasionally, I’d haul the kids over to bring them beer and Five…

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Schedule for Two

Schedule for Two

Recently I was asked about my daily schedule with two kids this summer. I have gotten several emails asking that same question, so I thought I’d do a post about it. Life with two young kids has been fun and exciting, but I’ve learned how quickly things can get out of hand when you have two. A pleasant morning or afternoon and quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re unprepared and so this summer has been a trial and error process of finding just the right balance of organized chaos….

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