Bobby’s 1st Birthday + Decking the Halls.

So sorry for the lack of posting! We’ve had a busy couple of weeks here. November started with a glorious, adults only trip to Mexico for R’s birthday (which deserves its own blog post and will hopefully get one at some point), then continued with my in-laws visiting and Bobby’s (FIRST) birthday (which also deserves its own post, but for now I will just share via the following poorly lit photos) We went with a Mexican theme, because I wanted an excuse to eat tacos and pretend I was back on a beach…

First “Fun” Halloween

Okay, so this picture may not exactly scream “fun” Halloween, but I promise it was 🙂 I saw that expression, “first fun Halloween” on another mom’s Instagram, and instantly related. Because the first couple of Halloweens with kids are cute and all (there’s nothing more adorable than a tiny costume), but babies can’t walk or eat candy so the whole trick or treating thing really doesn’t work out that well. This was really our first true Halloween as parents, the first one that felt like all of those things…

Wednesday things.

Hi friends. Just popping in with a few random thoughts: 1. Just finished reading Busy Phillips’ book, This Will Only Hurt a Little. My reading has slowed down quite a bit since I stopped breastfeeding (one of the few unheralded advantages of middle of the night feeds is the time to read tons of ebooks). Bobby almost always sleeps through the night these days, but he was up a few nights last week teething and I devoured this book in a few late night glider sittings. I love her and her book and thought it was honest and funny…

Hello again.

So, hi. Um, it’s been a little while. Which is why this is a little awkward. I get it. I kind of ghosted my own blog (ghosted? that’s what the kids say right?). But as I mentioned on my last post, it was for a really good reason. I’ve been writing up a storm. Freelance stuff. Essays. Creative stuff. Some for pay. Some not. It’s been good. And with two babies 2 and under, I really have to pick and choose what I write, because I have approximately 17 free minutes per…

Where I’ve Been, Where I’ll Be

Hi friends! So, apologies, it’s been a little bit. Life has been good and busy lately. It’s been 100% summer vibes, hot days and pools and ice cream cones. The kiddos have been living their best lives. We’ve done a lot of this: And this: And some of this too: Also this and this: Oh, and Bobby was there too of course 🙂 Us grownups have also managed to have a little bit of fun. We’ve bowled: We’ve picked crab at friends’ houses: We’ve squeezed in exhausting trips…

Don’t Buy Your Toddler Expensive Food from Whole Foods (& Other Lessons Learned About Feeding Gremlins)

So toddlers huh? Apparently, you have to FEED them. It’s so easy when they’re babies. Bottle or boob. And then a few spoonfuls of mushy sweet potatoes or peas for a few months. But then they get older and suddenly you’re expected to spend 50% of your day as a personal line cook to a miniature dictator. And it sucks. Ryland is 2, and despite the fact that she has been on the food train for more than a year, we are in Strugsville, population 1.5 (I’m only counting her as…