To The First Time Mom

Dear First Time Mom, I’m not going to tell you all the tips that everyone has already been telling you. I’m not going to say “Sleep now before the baby gets here” or “Enjoy time with your husband because everything is about to change!” I won’t recommend which bottles you should use, or give you…

Do You Need a Bigger Tank?

Did you know goldfish will grow to the size of their environment? Typically they stay small because they are kept in small bowls (or die within 24 hours- it’s a toss up) but if allowed to they can grow to be quite large. I’m sure this is true of other types of fish as well,…

Mom Seeking Mom

“Come here often?”  I said awkwardly to a complete stranger/other mom at the park. No, seriously you guys, I literally said that. It was like some sort of desperate early 90’s pick up line.. and to no surprise to me.. the poor woman nervously smiled, nodded, scooped her child up, and headed to the furthest…

Roots On Wheels

4- That’s the number of times Chad and I have moved since getting married 3 years ago. 3- the number of states we have lived in, in that time. 2- the number of new tiny humans that we have brought into the world. 0- the number of regrets we have. As we are fast approaching…

Don’t Be a Joy Thief, Ok?

It’s like my ol’ pal Teddy once said “Comparison is the thief of joy” Ok, it was Theodore Roosevelt, and we weren’t exactly pals, but I like to think had we met we would have been fast friends. I have no doubt you have seen that quote all over your Pinterest feed and being shared…

Touched. Out.

I remember the days before we became “mommy and daddy”. We were SO in love we couldn’t keep our hands off of each other… seriously! We were so consumed with being 100% present with one another we literally couldn’t watch a movie for the first 6 months of our relationship. We would last about 10…

Your Marriage Is Your Carry On

We just got back from a week without our children in Mexico (… pause for jealous glares…) Chad and I had a lot of time to talk during that week–obviously because there weren’t two screaming children requiring our constant attention. Of course we reminisced over the past 3 years and all of the wonderful, awful,…

My Children Will Never Come First

There’s this idea that when we become a mom everything changes and we cease to be the person we were before we had children. To some extent I agree with that, but completely disagree at the same time. What can I say, I’m complicated. I lost myself in that belief for awhile after McKinley was…

Loosen The F Up

It’s been a long day with 2 little sassholes 2 and under. I’m in the kitchen with dirty dishes from the day of endless meals for others that I made and I’m just trying to get everything clean before Chad gets home from work. I’ve put this pressure on myself that the house needs to be…

Giving Up Changed My Life

There was a time in my life, not long ago for the sake of full disclosure, that “God” wasn’t exactly part of my vocabulary. If I used the word it was certainly in vain and for profanity’s sake. I was absolutely too cool to be religious. It wasn’t for me, I had it all figured…

Would You Get a Second Date?

A few weeks ago Chad and I had a date night. My mom came to town and watched the girls so we could do that crazy thing you do before you have kids.. go to a restaurant, alone, and eat a meal of food in peace. (I know, the concept seemed foreign to me as…

Balance

It wasn’t until, for the first time in 30 years, I was able to develop a healthy relationship with food and exercise that I could see how unhealthy I had always been. For the first time in my life I had found it- balance. I was eating clean, exercising daily and being active. I was…