Priorities and Everything Else

Priorities and Everything Else

I’ve been asked a few times lately about how Chris and I manage our time as a family. With two full-time jobs, two kids, this blog, two dogs, and all the things those obligations require, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming around here. And, as one blog reader asked, “Do you burn dinner or do the laundry?!?!” How do you set priorities when everything seems like a priority? When I had Bean and then went back to work, the only way to manage my time was, sadly, to lower…

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Chores and the Married Couple

Chores and the Married Couple

I’ve been asked a couple times lately how Chris and I handle sharing household responsibilities, especially with a new baby coming. I should start this off by saying that dividing household chores to a point where you are both comfortable with the way the load falls on each of you takes time. And some arguing. And some whining. And some temper tantrums. Finally, after almost six years of marriage, we seem to have it figured out for our family. But, like they say, babies change everything. When we’re not pregnant,…

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Little Things

Little Things

This weekend Chris worked on our basement.   He painted and cleaned and built stuff.   I left him alone for most of the time because he seemed to have it under control.   And because there are no AC units in the basement and its hot down there.   But around 1:00 on Saturday, I started to get bored, so I moseyed on down to the basement to offer my painting services.   It was miserable.   I literally painted myself into this tiny corner and when I tried…

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Dirt, Digging, and Dogs

Dirt, Digging, and Dogs

Yesterday was a perfect day. It was the kind of day outside that makes you feel guilty for staying inside. Usually on days like that, we take the dogs to a park or field or something outside so they can run and play, but Chris had different plans this weekend. He convinced me to stay home and to work in the yard with him. Now, my gardening skills are about as good as my baking skills. I just have no interest in it. I don’t like to get dirty or…

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Everybody Breathe! The Washer is Fixed!

Everybody Breathe!  The Washer is Fixed!

We didn’t end up calling a repair man to fix our washing machine. Instead, Chris thought he could fix it. I am always hesitant about this solution. Whenever Chris offers to fix something, it usually takes about a week for him to get a plan together in his head. It takes another week and a half for him to gather and/or purchase all the necessary supplies. And then it takes another week or two before he actually has the time to work on the project. So by the time he’s…

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Breaking Up and Breaking Down

Breaking Up and Breaking Down

Our washing machine is breaking down. It hasn’t broken completely yet, but it is in the process. You can turn it on, but it won’t run a full cycle. I’m having a hard time dealing with this. Everyone knows of my love/hate relationship with laundry (See The Great Laundry Crisis of 2008). My relationship with laundry is a lot like marriage, actually. In the beginning, when I was just starting out on my own in college, it was fun – even exciting – to do my own laundry. I would…

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