Tag Archives: Family

Fall Colors, Then & Now

4 years ago my parents were here for a visit during the peak of fall colors, so we did a lot of driving around the area, oohing and aahing over the beautiful trees. My Mom took this picture of Charlie and I on a particularly beautiful stretch of road, and we actually ended up using […]

The Monday Snapshot – Vacation Edition

I have so many fun pics to share from our trip to St. Louis (though not ONE with just me and the bride that’s not in the photo booth – *sad face*), but for now I’ll just leave you with this: It was a FANTASTIC, fun, super awesome, perfect weather, delicious food, cold beer, lots of […]

A Break from Real Life

I have SO much to say and to catch up on, but I basically haven’t touched a computer in the last week, and I have to say it’s been SO NICE. I miss y’all tons, but the disconnecting from everything has been pretty great too. Lots of quality time has been spent with family, old friends, […]

Leaving the Littles

Pre-parenting, I swore to myself that I wouldn’t be that person who couldn’t trust others to care for her kids from time to time in order to get some adult time under her belt. I admit that I couldn’t anticipate the level of love and devotion I would feel towards these little humans, but so far I think I’ve done […]

The Monday Snapshot – Wedding Anniversary Thoughts

Last weekend Charlie and I took a quick weekend getaway with the kiddos to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. It’s incredible to think that we decided 5 years ago (on our first anniversary) to try to start a family, struggled & worried for nearly 2 years that it would never happen, and then 3 years ago I […]

The Monday Snapshot – Slip’n’Slide Edition

Showing Stella the ropes at our friend’s beach themed party last weekend. She wasn’t impressed. Harv laughed. #GoodTimes

The Monday Snapshot – Goodbyes

This morning was my Grandmother’s funeral, and it was a beautiful morning for it. The music at the church service was fantastic, and it was so fun to see how many people in the community had known and loved her. There’s something to be said for living in the same area for 85 years. After […]

4 in 5, and Grandma is Gone

Today marks 5 months since little Harvey was born into my arms in the temporary pool we had set up in our guest bedroom. That was such a fantastic, wonderful day, and yet I mourn how much of the first 5 months of his life I’ve spent crying. It doesn’t feel fair to my family, […]

On Grief: The Quiet Moments

Jaime died on a Saturday morning. The official coroner’s report says 12:59pm, but that’s just because the local ambulance crew did everything they could to try to save her for over an hour. I live in a small town, you see. Population 1,000. Really small. Everyone knew her and loved her, including the EMS crew, and […]

The Monday Snapshot – Attempting Normality

I have so much to say about the past 8 days and at the same time, nothing to say. It was a beautiful service on Thursday, and today I have to go to work. I don’t wanna go.


My SIL. I miss her.

Sadness Beyond Comprehension

Yesterday my sister-in-law (Charlie’s little sister) died, suddenly and unexpectedly. She was honestly one of my best friends here in town, and my kids adored her. I don’t even have words to express how heartbroken we all are right now. The pain my husband and his family are feeling is incomprehensible to me. Please pray […]

Newborn Photos & the Birth Announcement

One of my close girlfriends came over when Harvey was just 5 days old and took some newborn pictures of him for us. She did it for FREE (she is trying to build up her family/lifestyle portion of her photography business), and we got some totally great ones! I finally got the announcements & thank […]

The Best Birthday Yet

I woke up for the first time today at 1:15am after a wondrous 4 hour stretch of sleep (thanks, Harvey!). As I nursed my baby boy, I thought oh my gosh, this is exactly how and so NOT how I envisioned my life would be when I was 32. It’s continually astonishing to me lately to […]

A Perfect, Laid Back Christmas

We had such a wonderful Christmas this year. Because we live 1,000+ miles apart, I often miss my family more than ever over the holidays, but in some ways it makes it a bit more relaxed to have them so far away. Charlie’s parents and his sister live in the same town as us, so we […]

38 Weeks – Merry Christmas!!

I’m writing this from my couch while my mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, and Charlie hang out watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Stella is taking a nap after a fun morning of “cooking” in her new kitchen, and my heart is pretty much full. 🙂 I’m having Braxton Hicks contractions pretty regularly, as well as random shooting […]

The Evolution of a Christmas Card

My original intent was to throw up a quick post with our most recent Christmas card on it, but then a few of my blogger friends posted a look back at their previous cards. I thought it was pretty cool idea and that I would like to do the same, though that dropped me into […]

Quite the (Birth)Day

Well, the birthday party went well yesterday. We have a tiny house, and it was cold as shit outside (12 degrees and it felt like 1 degree) so nobody could be on the back deck so there were 23 people (17 adults / 6 kids) crammed into our little living area, but overall, it honestly […]

The Monday Snapshot – Belly Pic Flashback

Over the holiday weekend my Godmother (and one of my Mom’s best friends) sent me a picture she had just come across of my Mom pregnant with me at about this point 32 years ago. She’s almost exactly 5 years younger than me in this pic, which is pretty surreal to think about. Check out […]

Traveling = Happiness

I’ve had this post started in my drafts since last June, and there it has languished until now. Rebecca of Girl’s Gone Child had just posted about their first out-of-state family trip with all four kids, and beyond the great pictures, this line really struck me: I still have to download all the photos from The Cape […]

The Monday Snapshot – Gpa Elmo Edition

Last week I booked a last minute weekend trip up to MN for Stella and I to hang out with her grandparents one last time before this little man comes. I had originally planned on coming Thanksgiving week, but I’ll be 34w then and was getting slightly nervous about flying with a lap child and […]

The Monday Snapshot, Then & Now

Last weekend we drove up to the neighboring town to get together with some friends of ours to do a joint photo shoot (I took pics of them, my friend took pics of our family). The fall colors are beautiful here in the mountains lately, and with the snowstorm on Friday, we figured we had […]

You Can’t Make This Shit Up

Today I got home from work early (after picking up my sick child from daycare – poor thing!) and checked my Facebook. My SIL has been in Florida for 10 days with her boyfriend, but she was flying back alone because he was driving a vehicle back. As background – my SIL is petrified of flying. She […]

Wordless Wednesday – Throwback Edition

I’m not sure the exact year these were taken, but probably late 70s or so. What do you think – do I look like my Mom? The bottom pic is the house I grew up in until I was 15. I love that both of my parents were wearing bib overalls. My Dad still wears […]

Wordless Wednesday – Pool Party Edition