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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

22 invitations for 12 boys and 10 girls. That’s how many kids (not including their siblings!) we just invited to Stella’s 5th birthday party on Saturday. OhEmGee. Below are the cards for the kids in Stella’s class, and I honestly just texted most of the parents of the remaining kids because we ran out of invites […]

It’s Monday morning, and I’m back at work after a long 4 day weekend with the fam. After spending so much time together, Harvey has been on me like velcro the last couple of days, to the point that I had to peel him off my leg and hand him screaming & sobbing to the […]

Ever since Harvey could walk, he wanted to be wherever his big sister was, doing whatever she was doing. He is a rough and tumble boy through and through, and he is obsessed with excavators and skid loaders and back hoes. He also LOVES to dress up in girly dresses and paint his nails. Almost […]

All day every day I listen to my kid babble on about trucks and tractors, school buses and jeeps – basically anything with a motor, he knows the name of and loves. This is such a foreign world to me, but it’s fun to watch him find so much joy in it!

As I mentioned the other day, I try really hard to spend my money on experiences and not “things.” Then sometimes adulting rears its ugly head, and you find yourself shopping on Black Friday, not because you want to, but because you’ve put off necessary items for so dang long, and you know you’ll kick […]

Today is a great day to remember why I am so thankful for my life, even when it’s feeling like a challenge. I am thankful for my kids, who I used to worry I’d never have in my life. I am thankful for my husband, who has stood by my side for 12 years, and […]

One of the (many) things we talked about at my therapy session yesterday was my love of travel and how that topic has now become a source of sadness and frustration for me instead of sparking joy. I resolved then and there to change that aspect of my life. An hour after that appointment I saw […]

I just got back to my office after my first ever official therapy session, which seems a bid odd to say considering the title of this blog. Ha! Clearly my “cheap version” isn’t quite hacking it anymore… no offense bloggie friends. 😉 Charlie and I actually met for a quick lunch first, which was really […]

Living in rural Colorado, it’s not often that we get a chance to dress up. However, exactly 2 months from today, one of my little sisters will be getting married in Ohio. We are used to pretty casual weddings here in Colorado (think outdoors on a mountain top sort of thing), so it’s actually pretty […]

Does anyone else have a sports obsessed partner? We honestly have sporting events on the TV so often that I now join things like Sweet 16 brackets and Fantasy Football leagues, just so I have something to cheer for when the games are on. 😂 Also, I was raised in MN (the Vikings were known […]

It’s either the best idea or the worst idea I’ve had in a long time… 😂

Emojis… love them or hate them, you’re hiding under a rock with your flip phone if you don’t know what they are at this point! Stella LOVES to text lines and lines of them to her grandmothers, and I’ve been known to insert an emoji (or 5) at the end of my messages pretty routinely […]

Did you know that only 10% of the world’s population is left handed? I googled that stat for this blog post, and I came across this article, which I found to be utterly fascinating! The study in it talks about the need for cooperation vs. competition, and how if we lived in a society that was […]

Our local school closes for the entire week of Thanksgiving, so this week is when the kids get to celebrate the holiday with their classmates. Today the parents (and grandparents) were invited to enjoy a lunch made entirely by the fifteen 3 and 4 year old kids in Stella’s class. My husband wasn’t able to […]

Today I reached out to therapists in the area to try to figure out who I wanted to book an appointment with. Nothing is scheduled yet, but I’m forcing myself to book something tomorrow. I’m honestly struggling with who to choose. I could pay $80/session to see a woman whose office is 1 block away […]

Behold, Stella’s latest drawing that she brought home from school today. Mom, did you know I made the green by mixing the yellow and the blue? And I mixed the red and blue to make the purple! And I put in rain drops, because you need the sun AND the rain to get a rainbow. […]

I grew up going to church every single Sunday. I went to Sunday School, Wednesday confirmation classes, week long overnight summer camps, etc. I even went to an ELCA Lutheran four year college for goodness sake. When I moved to Colorado, I went from living a life surrounded by ELCA Lutherans who held very similar […]

26 Days from now, Stella will turn 5. Holy crap. Last night she told her Dad that she wanted to make a birthday party invitation list, and this was on the table when I got home. It’s so crazy to realize my baby can do stuff like this now! (And yes, there are two Liams […]

I love these two, so dang much. Even on the days they drive me nuts, I try to always remember the years that I worried I would never have them in my life.

The past couple of weeks I have been nothing short of a wreck. My stress levels are through the roof, and thanks to that my emotions are over the top, and I have serious problems controlling them multiples times a day. After literally hanging up on a vendor and then bursting into tears at work […]

I went to bed crying, and I woke up crying. I wasn’t crying because my candidate didn’t win. I was crying because of my abject fear of the man who did and my shock & disgust with the people who supported him to get him there. Honestly, never before in my life have I felt […]