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The Hardest Part

It was a typical end of the week afternoon in my backyard when I realized what I dislike most about being a mom. My single best friend had stopped by for a visit. She was attempting to entertain my kids while I grilled dinner, me cursing myself for not bringing home a Costco rotisserie chicken…

Two for the Show

Last week, the light of my life turned two years old. Two! If I wasn’t well acquainted with the tremendous mental, physical, and emotional growth of the last two years for her AND me, I am now. Cradling her baby brother in my arms, while I watch her jump, twirl, attempt ballet poses, sing, and…

35 weeks, Change & Challenges

I have so much to tell you. Like about how I can’t believe this pregnancy is almost over, and how totally excited I am to be done. A baby boy in my arms. My daughter’s brother. My husband’s son. I want to tell you how uncomfortable I am, 70 pounds heavier than when I started, my…

Frolic Friday

In Carmel Valley, everything is green. The hills. The trees. Our daughter’s desire to explore the outdoors. It all feels new. Like California’s been old and dead for far too long. And now everything’s awake, as if the West Coast’s winter is really a special kind of summer. Today, our girl child wanted to be…

4 Secret Baby Products I ADORE!

There are a few baby products I so wish I had known about before hours of research, and months of mess, led me to them. And with baby numero dos on the way in 21 weeks, I’m starting to think about stocking up, while also beginning the hunt for NEW products I wish I had…

16-Months of magical mess, madness, and music!

As I was preparing a few pictures for this post, Daphne climbed up into her high chair all by herself and sat there, smiling proudly at me. That’s the thing about these pictures, they don’t fully capture her, not even close. These are the pictures taken with the real camera, but it’s the ones we…