Star Wars: A Geek Parenting Win (Spoiler-Free)

Star Wars: A Geek Parenting Win (Spoiler-Free)
In the heyday of our geeky coupledom, Ryan and I would go and see a movie we had been excitedly anticipating several times in the theaters. This was actually something we had done separately and then enjoyed together, which is great. We discovered we’d both seen Moulin Rouge in the theater five times well before... Read more »

Scrooge and Date Night and Braxton-Hicks

Scrooge and Date Night and Braxton-Hicks
Scheduling a date night when your significant other works six days a week and there’s no family nearby to stay with the little one is a real challenge. Luckily, we have friends who are so close they are our family here in Chicago, and Ryan’s schedule is so wacky, he ended up with a free... Read more »

The Whole Snoogle Truth

So, if you’re not familiar with the Snoogle, or products like it, I offer this link as a visual, as I do not have photos of myself in mine, nor shall I take any. It’s like the stuffed equivalent of the Microsoft Works paperclip guy. It is handy and supportive and great… but there’s something... Read more »
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Still Thankful

Still Thankful
By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will have come and gone. I hope that people take more than just that one day to think about all they’re thankful for. I know I do. By the time you read this, I will be in Ohio seeing my grandparents for the weekend of their 60th wedding... Read more »

There's Magic in Cooking

There's Magic in Cooking
There’s magic in cooking. I didn’t understand that until a few years ago. A recipe, followed precisely the way you were told to follow it, brings back a taste you’ve enjoyed before. The magic of this is when you follow the recipe and taste something that someone who is now gone used to make. It’s... Read more »

Pets as Kids, Pets AND Kids

Pets as Kids, Pets AND Kids
Before we had Harrison, we had cats. Then a dog. Then the baby. Now another baby coming. Our pile of creatures keeps growing and it’s really something of a miracle that they all get along. It makes me wonder, though, had we not added each member of the family in the order that we did,... Read more »
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Suddenly He's a Toddler

Suddenly He's a Toddler
People say, “It goes by so fast….” They say, “Just wait...” They say, “They’re only babies for a moment…” And this time, they’re right.   When you bring home your newborn and start trying to get settled into parenthood, people tell you to “cherish every moment.” This makes you inwardly roll your eyes at them... Read more »

The Most October I've Ever Had

The Most October I've Ever Had
Wow. So, remember in this article I wrote in the beginning of the month I listed all the autumny things I wanted to do this month? I accomplished more of those than I really thought I would… and I’m the happiest for it! Here’s a little rundown of all the October goodness we were able... Read more »

Another Lightsaber, Another Baby!

Another Lightsaber, Another Baby!
Oh, what a birthday I just had! I turned 33 on Friday, so we threw a combo party: our annual Halloween costume party plus my birthday party plus a gender reveal party for Baby #2! I was certain the lightsaber would be pink this time. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s the link for... Read more »
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A Flight, A Funeral, and a Broken Record

A Flight, A Funeral, and a Broken Record
Boy oh boy. Where to even begin on the saga that was last week? Settle in for a crazy tale, though I’ll try to keep it concise. So, Ryan’s sister, Juliet, and her two kids came to visit us on October 3rd, staying until the 7th. We watched Halloween movies, we went out to Bengtson’s... Read more »