Holiday Gift Guide: 18-Month-Old Girl

What to get for the third child? The one who is completely content with hand-me-downs, but deserves a few things to call her own. (1) Jumbo Farm Animals We have the dinosaurs and the jungle animals and LOVE them! Rexy has slept with Nora and accompanied her to show-and-tell. He has battled with the other dinosaurs on the living room... Read more

Holiday Gift Guide: Four-Year-Old Girl

Nora’s turn! ( 2016 | 2015 | 2014 ) (1) Space Suit and Space Book Because she wants to be an astronaut! (Though she always follows that aspiration with “but I don’t want to wear a diaper,” which she learned at the Air and Space Museum last year.) Melissa and Doug makes great quality kids’ costumes, and I’m looking forward... Read more

Holiday Gift Guide: Six-Year-Old Boy

Holiday gift guide time! I may not blog much these days, but I love to have a history of our favorite gifts for the kiddos. First up: Sam. ( 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 ) (1) Nintendo Switch Nick convinced me that Sam is ready for his first video game system. We would have loved to start with... Read more

Letter to Sam: Six Years

Dear Sam, Happy birthday to our silly, spirited, favorite buddy! You are fearless, imaginative, independent. You are an athlete, an engineer, an artist. A good friend and a protective big brother. You are compassionate and considerate. You are SIX. You have grown so much this year. Four inches and eight pounds, to be exact. Your limbs are longer, your face... Read more

A Berry Sweet First Birthday for Our Evelyn Claire

The rain didn’t stop us from celebrating our berry sweet one-year-old earlier this summer. We invited friends to our favorite park for the festivities. We served sandwich platters, fruit and veggie trays, and homemade cupcakes. And we gave each family a jar of homemade strawberry jam. By the end of the afternoon, Evelyn was covered in watermelon juice, pink frosting,... Read more

A Day in the Life: Summer 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017 Emily: 35 | Nick: 34 | Sam: almost 6 yrs | Nora: 3 1/2 yrs | Evelyn: 13 mos | Lucy: almost 5 yrs 6:30am | Nick’s alarm goes off. I groan and roll away from the buzzing as he begrudgingly gets out of bed. But … TGIF! 6:45am | I hear the girls’ bedroom door... Read more

Letter to Evelyn: One Year

Our Evelyn Claire, You are ONE! We can’t remember our lives before you, and we can’t imagine our lives without you. Your sweet smiles, squeals, arm squeezes, eye squints, and sloppy kisses brighten our days. And every cliche about time passing too quickly? Is completely true. I can still feel the warm weight of you laying on my chest for... Read more

Letter to Evelyn: Eleven Months

Dear Evelyn, I suppose that I should start to say “almost one” when someone asks your age. But how is that possible? Weren’t you just a tiny baby, sleeping in my lap, while I sat cross-legged at the pool, watching the big kids dump buckets of water onto each other’s heads? Yet here we are — just a few short... Read more

Day in the Life: Spring 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Emily: 34 | Nick: 34 | Sam: 5 1/2 yrs | Nora: 3 yrs | Evelyn: 10 mos | Lucy: 4 yrs 5:22am | Evelyn is whimpering, so I tip-toe into the girls’ room and lift her out of her crib. I nurse her and lay her back down in the pack’n’play in the corner of... Read more