Feel like you're drowning? Just keep going.

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

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

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…

Ask Me Anything: All your imaginary questions answered!

Ask Me Anything: All your imaginary questions answered!

So, I’m about to reach a milestone here at Hot Breakfast. And not one I’m particularly proud of. I’m about to go almost 2 weeks without writing a post. Yes, I have plenty of excuses: the kids are out of…

Wordless Wednesday: Last Day of Preschool Blues

Wordless Wednesday: Last Day of Preschool Blues

It seems impossible, but today was the last day of school for both boys. Rory’s teachers all but gave him a “Most Improved” ribbon. As you might remember, his school year got off to a rocky start, what with the…

Wordless Wednesday: Mother's Day

Wordless Wednesday: Mother’s Day

My quest last weekend for a picture of my mom and me opened my eyes to my mom’s sometimes invisible role in my childhood. It also reminded me that these days, I’m the woman behind the camera. Yes, I love taking pictures. And…

Souper Tuesday: Israeli Couscous with Mango, Cucumber and Cilantro

Souper Tuesday: Israeli Couscous with Mango, Cucumber and Cilantro

It was hot today. July hot. Not only did it feel like a pool day, it smelled like a pool day, even though our neighborhood pool doesn’t open until Saturday. It felt so much like summer that I mindlessly sang…

For my mom: the woman behind the camera

For my mom: the woman behind the camera

On Saturday night, I dug through a box of old photos trying to find a picture of my mom and me. I knew that posting a picture of the two of us on Facebook for Mother’s Day was a bit…

Vanity's Fair: My Quest for Cute Running Shoes

Vanity’s Fair: My Quest for Cute Running Shoes

I got new running shoes yesterday. This is a big deal for me. I average only 10-12 miles a week, so I can get away with just one new pair a year. I always look forward to going to the…

Sister Visit: one weekend, two frazzled moms, three whining kids and a stack of Hazelnut Belgian Waffles to make it all better

Sister Visit: one weekend, two frazzled moms, three whining kids and a stack of Hazelnut Belgian Waffles to make it all better

My sister and I just wrapped up her latest and much-anticipated visit from Wisconsin. This time, she was flying solo with my nephew, Finn, who turned one in March. Visits from my sister are infrequent (she hasn’t been here since September,…