Wedding Season

‘Tis the year of weddings. Two down and four to go! In April, we attended the wedding of Nick’s colleague and friend. It was also our first night out since Nora was born! The ceremony was held at Robert Morris University, where the couple met, and the stained glass of the chapel was just incredible as the sun set and... Read more

Spring Things

Spring has arrived! And we are so thankful. Especially since a certain toddler no longer naps. We visit a new park or playground every week. We have picnics and eat ice cream on the front porch. We play with friends and participate in community activities. We fly kites, kick the soccer ball, and play baseball. We pull weeds, dig in... Read more

What Sam Says: Volume 1

I have an ongoing notes file on my iPhone where I record all of the silly and surprising things that Sam says. The things that make me laugh and the things that leave me wondering, when did he turn into this little person with questions and opinions and an awesome sense of humor. To his baby sister: “I yuv Baby... Read more

Letter to Nora: Four Months

Dear Baby Girl, You are four months old and still as sweet as can be. You are my little princess, my pumpkin, my sweet pea, and you light up our days with your big blue eyes and your beautiful smile. You’ve learned lots of new tricks this month. You can now roll over from back to belly and belly to... Read more

Easter Weekend

Sam had not seen his cousins since our trip to Destin last July, and they had not yet met Baby Nora. And so we were thrilled to host them for the long Easter weekend! Megan and Kirsten and the boys, plus their two dogs, arrived late Thursday night. Surprisingly, I managed to get Sam to sleep before their arrival. But... Read more

Letter to Nora: Three Months

Dear Nora, We have reached the magical three-month mark! Though you have always been a pleasant baby, you are now so much more attentive and interactive. Your eyes light up when they make contact with ours, you are constantly smiling and cooing, and you would much rather be sitting or standing in our laps versus laying down and missing all... Read more

Transitioning to Two

A few weeks ago I found myself at a playdate with five other moms. Three of the moms are nearing the third trimester with their second babies, and the other two moms will likely be pregnant this year. That made me the only one to embrace the title: mother of two. My mom friends had so many questions. Was your... Read more

Roasted Cauliflower + Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Nora is almost three months old (how is that even possible?!). And although we have greatly appreciated our freezer stocked full of soups, casseroles, and quick breads, we are ready to get back to whole foods. For us, this still means easy because, let’s face it, it’s pretty difficult to get dinner on the table with a toddler and an... Read more

Letter to Samuel: 2.5

Every day is a celebration in our house. There are costumes with homemade capes and winter gloves; neon necklaces and bracelets made of pipe cleaners and Cheerios; rolls of wrapping paper used as magic wands; glow sticks and balloons. But I decided to make this day even more special. Because today is your half birthday, buddy! We baked a cake... Read more

Welome to Nora’s Nursery

The inspiration for Nora’s nursery began with a piece of fabric I found at Jo-Ann. I was immediately drawn to the colors (purples, blues, and greens) and knew it would be perfect for our baby — just the right amount of girly and something that could grow with her. So as soon as it went on sale, I purchased enough... Read more