Being Married to a Dad

Being Married to a Dad

When Chris and I were in high school, I thought he was hot. I loved that he loved his family and ate dinner with them every night.  I loved that importance he gave to the people he loved. When Chris and I were in college, I still thought he was hot. I saw him become more confident and self-assured, and I thought that was dead sexy. When Chris started grad school, I realized how smart he was. His brain worked in ways that mine could never. And I loved listening…

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Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

One of my mother-in-law’s favorite stories of Chris and his sister, Annie, is from when they were really little. Annie and Chris are four years apart and when Annie was a baby, Chris used to wake up early in the morning and go crawl into her crib with her. They’d play in there until Jackie woke up and she’d find them happily entertained. Still to this day, Chris and Annie are incredibly close, so that story doesn’t surprise me at all. This Sunday morning, we skipped church because Bean has…

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Long Days

Long Days

Ya’ll. I’m beat. Like, all the time. You know when you wake up about half an hour before your alarm goes off and then you’ve just fallen back to sleep when it actually does go off? That’s the kind of tired I am. Part of it is working. I’ve worked in offices before and I’ve stayed home before and both of those environments had their own unique challenges and perks. But teaching is exhausting in a completely different way. I talk all. day. long. And I walk all. day. long….

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31 Gifts Winner!

31 Gifts Winner!

Thank you all so much for entering the 31 Gifts giveaway! I love when I can share products that I actually use on a daily basis and I’m so glad so many of you think you could use it, too. The winner of the giveaway was… Comment #181 – Casey L.!!! Congratulations, Casey! Email me at katie@marriageconfessions.com to claim your prize. For the other 412 of you who didn’t win and are interested in purchasing a Large Utility Tote, be sure to check out my 31 Gifts website. Thanks for…

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Gracie Giggles

Gracie Giggles

Gracie is usually really good about going to bed. I give her a bottle, rock her for as long as she lets me, and then lay her down in her crib when she gets fussy. She usually goes right to sleep. But, for some reason, tonight Gracie was not ready for bed. So, I broke the cardinal rule and got her up and brought her downstairs with me and Chris. Bean was snoozing and Gracie took full advantage of having the attention of both Mom and Dad, together…

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Autumn in Orlando

Autumn in Orlando

It’s no secret that I had a rough time adjusting to our move back to Florida from Connecticut. But if you were to ask me now how I am doing, I would be able to tell you with 100% confidence that I feel like I am home. I feel like I have planted roots here and I’m happy to grow now. I have done bloomed where I done been planted. Except for one thing. Autumn. (sigh) I just cannot get my head around autumn in Florida. It’s hot here. I…

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Sick Days x 2

Sick Days x 2

Last week, Gracie had a runny nose. Within two days, she had spread that runny nose to Bean, who then took on multiple cold symptoms – runny nose, cough, low fevers. At that point, Gracie was feeling much better. But then the weekend hit and as Bean and Gracie spent more time together, their cold germs were shared again. By Saturday morning, both of them were hot, sweaty, sticky, snotty messes. Poor pumpkins. We took it easy this weekend to let the kids recover, but I was reminded for the…

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Why I Blog

Why I Blog

Last week I posted two blog posts on the same day that were full of typos. Which is really nothing new. It’s just that usually, they aren’t in such glaring places. Like, you know, the title of the post. Full confession: I am a terrible writer when it comes to technical things like grammar and spelling. I’ve never been good at any of the rules. I think it’s because I’m not a details person. I sort of gloss over technicalities and things and I tend to think everyone else does,…

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Problem? Solution.

Problem?  Solution.

I have a problem. Or, rather, I HAD a problem. In the mornings when I’d leave my house, I took no less than THREE large bags with me. I had my diaper bag for the kids, my work bag holding papers to grade, and my purse holding my brain and my money (equally important these days). I can’t really consolidate those things because they each serve a different purpose and they each end up in different places throughout the work day, so I was left trudging around with three large…

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Two Be Do Be Doooo

Two Be Do Be Doooo

Being two years old is rough work. Exhausting, really. It takes all that Bean has to hurl himself emotionally onto the floor in order to let me know that he would rather have water than milk with his dinner. These kinds of statements don’t just happen, people. Two year olds put blood, sweat, and tears into their decision making. Being two ain’t for the fainthearted. Neither is being the mother of a two-year-old. Can I be honest with you? I feel like a total failure about 85% of the time…

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