First Day of Kindergarten: Riding the Waves

It happened. Noah started kindergarten. I’m not going to lie; I’ve been waiting for this day all summer. Sure, there were moments when I thought “Oh, I’m going to miss having him around all day.” But there were all the…

Give Me A (Summer Blogging) Break

We had a great kid-free weekend in Nashville. We ate, we drank, we listened to music and visited record stores and wandered around museums and, one day, slept until the mind-boggling hour of 9:30.  I’ve been meaning to write a…

Vacation by Numbers: Noah and Rory's Excellent Adventure

Well, it looks like summer vacation has turned into blogger’s vacation! I have a good excuse: I took the boys to Illinois and Wisconsin for eight days, and didn’t take my laptop. But now we’ve been back for over a…

Souper Tuesday: Burritos, baby!

Happy Tuesday! I had no intention of writing a Souper Tuesday post today. I did write this afternoon – for the first time in a couple weeks – but it was a recap of our recent trip to Illinois and…

Wordless Wednesday: Us - We're Just Like Stars!

I took this picture on our way back to the car after church and brunch at Old Havana last Sunday. I thought these guys looked so cute (all in plaid shirts and gray sneakers; I guess it’s bound to happen…

Souper Tuesday: Herbed Potato Salad

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a Souper Tuesday post. It’s been hard to find time to write lately. It’s been almost harder to find time to cook. While summer is a great time for lots of things…

Banjo and the gift of goodbye

We had a sad Father’s Day. It started out fine: French toast and handmade cards and Noah giving Pat a “gee-tar” pick he found in the playroom “because Daddy likes gee-tars.” Pat took a nap and helped Noah build a…

Feel like you're drowning? Just keep going.

This afternoon, while Rory napped and Noah played with Legos, I wrote about Noah’s first swim meet on Saturday. Thank God Rory woke up and prevented me from posting it. The gist of the post was that Noah, like me,…

Happy birthday to me: the surprise pregnancy test

For my 36th birthday last week, I was lucky enough to do many of my favorite things: I got a massage. I went for a run. I made crepes for breakfast and opened sweet cards from my kids. I ate…

Weekend in Asheville: redefining vacation, appreciating the little things

Memorial Day weekend always marks the unofficial start of summer. This year, for us, it marked even more. The Wednesday before Memorial Day was Noah’s last day of preschool. That Friday was Pat’s last day at his job. He had…