Tag Archives: life with 2 kids

The Monday Snapshot, Wedding Edition

Last weekend was a busy one for us! On Friday we picked up the kids from school and drove about 3.5 hours to our good friends’ house for the evening. The kids played to their hearts’ content while the grownups had a few drinks and caught up. On Saturday morning we got up and had […]

The Monday Snapshot – Boardgames

This is our life most evenings lately. We have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly the kids are catching on to the rules of all of the different games. 🙂 What are your favorite board and card games to play with kids? We are getting suuuuuper burnt out on Candyland and Crazy 8s!

The Monday Snapshot – Camping Edition

Last weekend I took the kids to Moab for a camping trip with some friends. It was a lot of work without Charlie with us, but we had so much fun!

#NaBloPoMo – Day 9, Rewriting the Narrative

I had a post all planned for yesterday that was a total rant about having to always be the cruise director of the family to make sure the kids are taken care of – even though I work full time, just like my husband. Then at the work conference I was at, one of the […]

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! <3

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 […]

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 […]

Day 19, #NaBloPoMo -Shopping With Kids

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

Day 17, #NaBloPoMo – Lefties Unite

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 […]

Parenting Choices

More often than not, I feel like I’m not doing “enough” as a parent. I suppose that is a highly subjective statement, but there are many times I put another show on for the kids so I can finish that last bit of work, or I “mmmhmmm” my way through another story because I’m finishing […]

Life, Updated

I’m sure this is probably a common theme in the life of parents with small children, but DAMN you guys, daily life is so busy, and I keep thinking it will slow down but it never does. I’m slowly (very, very slowly) realizing that I simply have to figure out how to manage my life […]

Growing Up…

Last Friday Stella had her first “twin day” at school, and she was beyond excited about it. Even though we had been talking all week about the coordination of the outfits, that morning she requested I take a picture of her from every single angle to text to her friend’s Mom to make sure the girls would match […]

Harvey’s First Day on the Mountain

Well, I don’t think he’ll be ripping up the slopes yet this year, but he sure looked cute trying, even when he didn’t want his picture taken. 😉


I am a Minnesota girl, born and raised, so the Vikings will always hold a special place in my heart. Tailgating at Sunday games was always a thrill growing up, and Vikings fans are SOLID fans. That being said, I lived in Minnesota for 22 years, but I have now lived in Colorado for 11 […]

To Spank or Not to Spank

Um, yes. The dreaded topic of spanking. I guess I’m going there. Full disclaimer – I was raised in a non-spanking household, and I always swore I would never spank my own children. We were raised with a lot of talks from parents who disciplined by telling us they were “disappointed in [us] for choosing […]

The Monday Snapshot – Tantrums

For the last month or so we have been unfortunately venturing back into the world of the almighty tantrum. HOLY HELL I forgot how much I dislike this age with my children. Obviously, disclaimer, I love my kids, blah blah blah… but right now, I can love Harvey without actually enjoying his company very much. He has some […]

A Day in the Life – Beachbody Edition

I wrote one of these about a year and a half ago, but I wasn’t exercising at the time and I was still pumping at work and breastfeeding through the night, so my schedule has changed pretty drastically since back then and I figured it was time for a new one. Skip if you want, but […]

Lost My Name – A Book Review & A Giveaway!

So a few weeks ago I kept seeing an ad on Facebook for these books called “The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name” and “The Little Boy Who Lost His Name.” Stella is ALL about letters and writing people’s names, so I finally clicked on it to see what this book was all about and […]

The Monday Snapshot – Pumpkin Patch Edition

…and the years, they fly by. More pictures here.

The Monday Snapshot – Fall Colors Edition

When Stella was 9 months old in the fall of 2012, I drove up the road about 5 miles outside of town to a pretty overlook from which one can always see some spectacular fall colors. I sat her on top of the roof of my car*, quickly took a couple of photos, and called it […]

TTC#3? Or Done at 2?

You’re welcome to have another child, it just won’t be with me. – Charlie ——————————— After everything we went through to start our family six years ago, it feels a little crazy to be even in a position to write this post, but here we are! When my husband’s little sister died back in March […]

The Monday Snapshot – The End of Summer

This past week the early mornings and late nights have suddenly turned cold and felt like fall, so we are spending the middle of the days soaking up every bit of sun we can before summer is gone!

Miscellaneous Thoughts as We Roll Into Summer

My heart is heavy today because of this story. The little boy is the grandson of a family friend, and it’s looking like it was shaken baby syndrome from the daycare provider. He was 6 months old. His parents have made the impossible choice to take him off life support and donate his organs. I.can.not.fathom.this.tragedy. […]

This is 3: On Running Errands

Stella, if you ask me for ONE MORE THING I swear to God we are going back to the car, RIGHT.NOW. Last Monday I went to the town 30 miles away with both kids in order to do a dreaded Target/GroceryStore/CarWash/OilChange/Bank/etc big time errands day. In some ways this has become much easier as Stella has […]

The Monday Snapshot – Jump!

At Christmastime we gave our Nanny a cash bonus, and she has a REALLY hard time accepting stuff like that. A few weeks later she showed up with a trampoline in the back of her jeep as a “joint Christmas/birthday gift for both kids.” Ha! It sat in our garage for months until I finally decided […]