Author Archives: Jos

What I Learned From Doing 21 days of the Whole 30 Program

So no, I did not finish the program, BUT, I learned a lot, and that counts for something, right? First off, I tracked my first 12 days of #Whole30 over on this page if you’d like to check out some of the recipes I tried and see how my days went. I actually did great through the […]

A New “Cheap” Version of Therapy

About a month ago, a local FB message board had a used hot tub posted for sale on it. Probably 30 people commented that they were interested – including me – and #17 (a good friend of mine) ended up actually following through and purchasing it. We are talking an old hot tub (circa 2004 […]

“Dad Help”

I’m about to post a slight rant for the day. Stella is in her first year of ballet, and the show is next week. It’s quite the production, including dancers from age 3-18, and this year’s show is Cinderella. I’m sure it will be wonderful, and we even purchased 8 tickets in the reserved seating […]

Preschool Woes

So I just got a call from the elementary school letting me know that Harvey did NOT get into the preschool program in the fall. Fuck. Fuckity fuck fuck fuck. I live in a town of < 1000 people, and there is only one school in the town. It’s actually a fantastic public school (#1 […]

The End of a Season

…quite literally. It’s the end of ski & snowboard season here for our area, and it’s bittersweet. Most of my soul is screaming BRING ON SUMMER, but I’ve honestly really enjoyed my days on the mountain with Stella this year. Harvey, not so much. Maybe next year for him. 😉 Other than our last day up […]

Spain

I posted yesterday about #Whole30, and afterwards I realized that I hadn’t posted in this space in nearly 2 months. How does that happen? For so many years I posted here at least 4-5 times a week, but as much as I miss it, I keep not making the effort to write in this space. […]

Whole 30 – Day 4

Are you feeling puny today? Those are the words that my coworker greeted me with at work this morning. Why yes, yes I am, thank you very much for noticing. To be fair, I overslept this morning, thus my face is nearly bare of makeup and my hair is crazy, frizzy and air dried…but c’mon, […]

Bright Spots

The last 14 days have been a blur of waking up and thinking *what the actual fuck* every time I look at my phone. This administration scares the shit out of me on a daily basis, but I guess the upside is that I’m more motivated than ever before to make phone calls and talk […]

The Flower Girl!

At my sister’s wedding last weekend, Stella had the honor of being asked to be the flower girl. It was actually an adults-only wedding, so she was the only kid in the church! The bridesmaids had all been asked to pick out whatever navy blue, floor length gown they wanted, so when we found this […]

My First Car Accident with the Kids

Last week was a cold & snowy one in my part of Colorado. I had Friday off of work, and it was one of Stella’s classmates 5th birthday party, so away we went to the town 30 miles away for the party. I totally didn’t feel like going because of the weather, but she had […]

Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.

As I’ve written about here and there on this blog, 2016 was a tough year for me. In particular the last few months just got to me, and I have completely struggled trying to get a handle on my life. Thankfully, I feel like that fog is lifting and motivation is returning and joy & happiness […]

I’m FEELING It

As my first post of 2017, I figure it’s only appropriate that it’s all about a new year, new goals, a fresh start…whatever you want to call it. I’m FEELING it in my soul, and I’ve been feeling it for a couple of weeks, which makes me happy. I’ll expound on my goals and such more […]

Merry Christmas!

A full 1/3 of the holiday cards we received this year were from YOU, my crazy internet friends. That is so dang cool. Love you all!

Things I Learned at Marriage Counseling

To be clear, I think my husband learned a lot about me as well, but below are a few things I learned (and/or accepted) about him/us at our first joint appointment last Thursday. I figured I’d share them here in case anyone else who reads this blog is struggling and might identify with a few of […]

The Show

Yesterday my husband and brother and I were watching the football game when the kids came into the room and asked us to turn off the TV so they could do a show for us. Of course we obliged. 🙂 These are some of my favorite moments in parenting! ❤

Uninsured

Over the past couple of days I have been scrambling, trying to figure out what the hell to do about our health insurance conundrum. I was researching exemptions because one of my coworkers told me her son always claims the “Coverage is Considered Unaffordable” exemption on his tax return. At first I scoffed and didn’t […]

Passports for Kids

Well, yesterday afternoon was a total pain in the ass. I spent a lot of time this week diligently researching requirements & getting all of the paperwork in order for the kids’ passport applications. Form DS-11 was completed for each, duplicate photocopies of the front & back of Charlie and my drivers’ licenses were made, and […]

F*ing Health Insurance

For the past month I’ve been trying to get our insurance plan set for 2017.  I don’t get insurance through my work, and my husband is self-employed, so for the past few years we have gotten insurance through the health exchange. It’s a mess between the health exchange in my state (which did its own […]

Back on the Mountain

We had such low snowfall numbers in November that our local ski resort actually opened a couple of weeks late for the first time in 15+ years. It finally opened up on Friday the 2nd, and I was able to go up with Harvey for the day. The next day Charlie and I took both […]

A Christmas Wish List

Last week Stella’s pre-k class walked down to the post office (12 blocks round trip) to mail their Christmas wish lists to Santa. Here is what Stella asked for… can you decipher it? 🙂

5

This morning our (fantastic, amazing, intelligent, loving, beautiful) newly 5 year old firstborn child woke us up at 5am to let us know that we had failed her. Yep. Last night she made us promise to wake her up by singing Happy Birthday to her with presents in hand like we did 2 years ago (see […]

Internet Friends

Last summer when I ran that half-marathon with 3 other blog friends, we were talking during our walk home from breakfast the final morning about how cool it is that internet friends have become “real life” friends for so many of us. I truly mean it when I say that the friendships I have made […]

The Christmas Tree

Last year we never put up our Christmas decorations because we spent the holidays in Arizona at a rental property with my family (and the year before that we were in MN). This year we really wanted to stay home with the kids because Harvey has never actually spent Christmas at our house! Yesterday we […]

Blog Statistics

I can’t be the only person out there who finds statistics to be totally intriguing, right? I started blogging back in 2009, but for the first 3 years I was over at my blogspot address. I like WordPress SOOOO much better (for many reasons, but mainly for the commenting & comment follow up system), and I […]

Day 30, #NaBloPoMo – Final Thoughts

I just blogged for 30 days in a row for the first time in 7.5 years. It feels good to be back in the habit of writing in this space. Now I need to work on commenting on YOUR blogs more. I’ve missed y’all so much. 9 years ago today my husband and I got […]