Countdown to Christmas 2016

Because I’ve recorded the past six Christmases on this blog, and I couldn’t let the streak end just yet … I give you, Christmas 2016 (written on a 55 degree day, two months later). Breakfast with Bobby the Elf Bobby the Elf arrived on December 1st with festive cookies and a Star Wars LEGO Advent calendar (that we bought at... Read more

Letter to Evelyn: Eight Months

Dear Evelyn, I have several excuses for this month’s belated letter: your constant runny red nose, gray days that do not lend themselves to pretty pictures, and a busy schedule that keeps us out of the house most mornings. But here we are, little lady. Eight months old! (Plus nine days closer to nine months.) You are busy, busy, busy.... Read more

A Day in the Life | Winter 2017

During this season of life, Saturdays are for French press coffee, big breakfasts, sports practices, birthday parties, board games by the fire, and a bottle of wine after the kiddos go to bed. Saturday, January 14, 2017 Emily: 34 | Nick: 34 | Sam: 5 yrs | Nora: 3 yrs | Evelyn: 7 mos | Lucy: 4 yrs 3:18 am... Read more

Letter to Evelyn: Seven Months

Dear Evie, Every stage has its fun moments, but seven months is full of so many favorites! You are mobile and vocal. You are curious and content and gaining confidence every day. You can entertain yourself for long periods of time, but you still want to snuggle. You are capable of communicating what you want: when you want to eat,... Read more

Letter to Nora: Three Years

Dear Nora Kathryn, You are three! How can it be? You are sweet, silly, smart, sassy, spunky, stubborn. Affectionate, emotional. Creative, talkative, habitual. Demanding, dramatic, persistent. You challenge me. You exhaust me. You make me laugh. You make me thankful. You make me proud. The two biggest changes in your little world this year? Becoming a big sister and going... Read more

Rewind before the New Year

One of my goals for 2017 is to blog more. Not to increase readership (because, let’s face it, Instagram is the place people go to read short commentary and scan through pretty pictures). I want to do it for memory keeping sake. Because life is moving fast, and these three kids that I’m raising are growing and changing right before... Read more

Holiday Gift Guide: Three-Year-Old Girl

For our imaginative, artistic, active preschooler who will be three in just a few weeks! (1) Dollhouse: Nora (and Sam!) play with her Fisher Price dollhouse and princess castles almost every day. So I’ve been considering this upgrade for quite awhile. Then Sam saw an advertisement for one on his Kindle and encouraged Nora to ask for it for Christmas.... Read more

Holiday Gift Guide: Five-Year-Old Boy

For our inquisitive and adventurous 5-year-old boy who loves building and exploring and all things Star Wars. (1) Bow and Arrow: What boy doesn’t want his own bow and arrow? This thing soars over 125 feet, so we may have to reserve archery practice for trips to Nini’s and Poppy’s house. But Sam will be thrilled to find this under... Read more

Letter to Evelyn: Six Months

Dear Evelyn, Happy half birthday, sweet pea! Every day you feel a little bit bigger, you squeal a little bit louder, and you squeeze our necks a little bit tighter. You light up our days (and our nights), and I’m trying my best to hold on to every moment with you because you are growing far too fast. You communicate... Read more

Letter to Evelyn: Five Months

Dear Evelyn, You are five months old and sweet as can be. You have so much expression in those big blue eyes, and your gummy smile lights up your entire face. We are all just so in love with you! I believe you are going to be a storyteller like your big sister. You are constantly cooing and gurgling and... Read more