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A Difficult Goodbye

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This morning, my 2 year old son was looking for a toy, something he hasn't played with for months. I remembered that it might be in the diaper bag and realized something. It's time to retire my diaper bag. It has been months since I felt that I … Continue Reading

Christmas Blahs

Santa at Toyburg

*sigh* What on earth is wrong with me this year? I cannot get myself into the "Christmas spirit" (whatever that really means)! I started out well enough, getting our Christmas tree up the week after Thanksgiving, a perfectly respectable date … Continue Reading

Farewell, Playroom.

I made sure they could see each other from their beds in their new, separate bedrooms

Ugh. Sometimes I exhaust myself with my constant need for change. Don't get all psychoanalytical on me, but I have a hard time keeping things the same for longer than 6 months. We're constantly moving furniture around, reorganizing closets, making … Continue Reading

A New Chapter

Miles and Charlotte's Web

I've been waiting for this for a long time and I'm so excited that it's here! I recently started reading chapter books with the boys (mostly Miles, 4.5). I love reading and while we've always read books with the boys, I've been waiting patiently … Continue Reading

Nap Snack

Snack Nap

Parenting Math: 1 trip to see Santa + 1 midday trip to the grocery store - 1 regular nap = 4:30pm, sound asleep on the living room couch, mid-snack, with an arm stuck in the cracker box. To see more photos like … Continue Reading

A Letter for Santa

A letter for Santa (funny)

Here's something cute that happened yesterday when we took our boys to see Santa at Toyburg, our local toy store. Preschoolers are so adorably literal! … Continue Reading

These Boots Are Made For Wearin’

Spencer Boots

Day 3. We're on Day 3 of a certain wardrobe choice that my youngest son, Spencer (2.5), has recently embraced. Early in October, I started planning for my boys' Halloween costumes. Following in their mother's footsteps, they decided they wanted to … Continue Reading

Toys of the Past

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I'm experiencing a raging case of nostalgia these days. If it's not news about The Babysitter's Club series coming out in e-book form, it's an upcoming sequel to Boy Meets World. Maybe it's the holidays and thinking about beloved toys from … Continue Reading

The Six Stages of a Child-Free Getaway

The Six Stages of a Child-Free Getaway

Over the weekend, my husband Brandon and I were able to escape travel without our two boys, Miles (4) and Spencer (2.5), and spent a few days in Asheville, NC while the boys had a great time at my parents' home in Tennessee. Though we have sent the … Continue Reading

Costume Clearance!

Miles in Buzz costume

Consider this your friendly reminder to run - don't walk - to your local chain stores and check out their after-Halloween clearance deals on Halloween costumes and decor! Yesterday after church, I had some things to get at the store, so I headed … Continue Reading

Hello Dolly

Dolly

I tell you what, these blog post titles for this little phase with Spencer just write themselves. I can't tell you how many times I snorted at yesterday's post title, "Hair's the Problem." Probably because we live in Kentucky, and sometimes "Here" … Continue Reading

Hair’s The Problem

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I really thought we would be done with strange sleep issues by now. The boys are 4 and 2.5 years old and while we still deal with them coming to our bed each and every night, I didn't think we'd still have a sleep problem like this. So what's the … Continue Reading

Sibling Stuff

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Sometimes I forget what it was like to have one child. Not that it's been a really long time since it was just my husband, our son Miles, our two dogs, and myself -- it's been two and a half years. And it's not that I have an enormous family or … Continue Reading

My Little Preschooler

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You thought you were in the clear, didn't you? You thought you were going to get away with not seeing a huge post about my son's first day of school. Well you were wrong :D I'm going to give you a spoiler alert right now...We made it! He loved it … Continue Reading

Preschool is a big deal

Comfort Heart for the first day of school

My life is about to change pretty drastically.  I don't mean to be all dramatic about it, but it's true.  Beginning this Friday, my oldest, Miles, will begin attending preschool three half-days a week. It's just now beginning to hit me … Continue Reading

Children amaze me.

Moms, can you relate?

I cannot be the only one who experiences this phenomenon. How do they know from the other side of the house that I've just settled down for three minutes to eat my lunch? And then the near-opposite is true as well... HOW??  How do … Continue Reading

Our Trip to Williamsburg with Toddlers

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Alex and I were blessed to get to spend a week in Williamsburg, Va with his family at the Greensprings Plantation Resort. Traveling with young kids is challenging. Why would you not want to pack up all of your kid gear and do pretty much everything … Continue Reading

Bumbo Seat Recall and Alternative

Cole in his Bumbo

I was pretty surprised to find out that Bumbo recalled their seats this morning (8/15/2012). We used Bumbo seats with all three of our little guys and never ran into any problems. We were very careful to use the seat as directed by not placing it up … Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Miles!

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It was four years ago when they laid him on my chest.  He was small and fragile, screaming but perfect.  I looked into his beautiful blue eyes and absolutely melted. It had been a lengthy 36-hour ordeal, bringing Miles into the world, but finally … Continue Reading

An Argument with my Former Self

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Before having kids, I had a lot of ideas about how I would parent.  I pictured rocking my cuddly babies to sleep every night, humming lullabies for hours without tiring of it, and being constantly delighted by their playful messes.  Somehow, my … Continue Reading