Like Being Pecked to Death By Ducks

My parents are famous for saying that raising two girls is like being pecked to death by ducks.  They just nibble and nibble and nibble away at you.  “Mom, can I have money for this?”  “Dad, can I break my curfew for that?”  “Mom, can you take me here?”  “Dad, can you buy me that?”  Nibble, nibble, nibble. Lately, I’ve begun to experience that same feeling.  Only, instead of being pecked to death by duck daughters, I am being pecked to death by duck dependents.  Namely my two legged dependent…

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Questions to Ask Before You Get Married

Last week I got a lovely email from a reader who is about to get engaged.  She wanted to know what questions she should ask herself about her partner before saying, “I do!”  That got me thinking about when Chris proposed to me and the months leading up to that.  I know we were talking about marriage at the time, but I can’t for the life of me remember what important questions I asked myself.  I probably should have asked things like, “Can I see myself growing old with him?” …

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Wee Young Things

Way back when we were wee young things (as opposed to being old young things now), Chris and I lived with odd schedules.  I worked a regular 8-5 job, but his schedule in college and grad school was always weird.  But, we were wee young things and so we did what we had to do to work around it. Have I ever told you about Chris’ job?  He’s explained it once or twice in the Man Cave (remember that place, Chris?) but in case you missed it, I’ll recap it…

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Exciting Things for Marriage Confessions

Several weeks ago, the amazing photographer, Jenn Hopkins, did some family portraits for us and I thought I’d share them with you.  They are gorgeous and we can’t thank her enough. We had portraits done for a few reasons.  I wanted some family pictures done in honor of Bean’s first birthday.  Sort of a celebration session of how far we’ve come as a family.  But there were other reasons as well.  Later this summer, MC will be launching a brand, spankin’ new website designed by preeeee-fessionals this time.  The design…

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A Little Girl Talk; A Little Window Shopping

This afternoon, I left Bean Man with Chris and met my oldest friend, Sarah, for a little shopping and an early dinner.  It was a much needed little break.  Chris and I have never spent this much time together in one block before and, while I love him and am enjoying all this time I have with him, we need our space.  When we’re together for too long, we start to pick at each other.  I know when we start to bicker like brother and sister that its time for…

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He Still Makes Me Smile

Chris ran to Walmart tonight to pick up a few things we needed.  Its always a crap shoot what you’ll get when Chris goes shopping by himself.  The things he comes back with always make me wonder how he even got into the department where a product came from.  One time, he brought home a bag of frozen shrimp.  Not that this is necessarily a strange thing, but we don’t usually – or ever! – have frozen shrimp in our house.  But that night, he wandered by and thought that…

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Even More Fun Things!

If you’re hitting your afternoon slump in your office or have just put the wee ones down for their afternoon nap and are in search of some internet entertainment, allow me to suggest the following: My latest column for Southern Weddings Magazine is up and running today.  Skip on over to my favorite wedding dream team and check out my thoughts on Figuring Out the In-Laws. Good for a few giggles if you’ve been sniffin’ on the White Out or Crayola markers, I’m sure… Or, if you need a little…

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Good Morning, Sunshine

Chris and I have this routine that we’ve settled into on the weekends.   We both really wanted just one morning to sleep in.   Just one morning where we didn’t have to get up for work or the Bean or anything.   So, we take turns on the weekends.   Chris gets up with the Bean when he wakes up early on Saturday mornings and I get to sleep in.   And then I get up with Beanie early on Sunday mornings while Chris gets to sleep in.  …

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Coon Hounds

Last week the dogs lost their minds. They lose their minds on a fairly routine basis, but one night last week they lost their minds more than normal.   We heard them barking out in the backyard and so I went to grab the hose. Our dogs have figured out that if they stand out in the middle of the backyard and bark, we can’t do anything to stop them because we’re too lazy to actually walk out there.   So, they stand out in the yard and bark till…

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You’re Bringing Me Down, Man!

Hi, my name is Katie and I am an optimist.   I prefer yes to no.   I see half full glasses everywhere I go.   I think everyone and everything has potential. Everyone except maybe Molly.   Molly’s hopeless. Meet my husband, Chris.   He is a pessimist.   Or, as he prefers, a realist. His first instinct is to say no.   He sees half empty glasses around every corner.   He thinks that everyone and everything has the potential to fail. This is what a marriage looks…

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