The Value of Paternity Leave

 

 

Awhile back, a friend and I were flipping through the scrapbook from A’s first year of life and she landed on this picture and just stopped.

 

“Wait… how old was A. here?”

“Five weeks,” I answered.

“You looked like THAT five weeks post-partum? Seriously, woman, what is your secret?”

 

I’m Afraid You’ll Let Go

 

 

There are some children with whom you have to kind of “rip off the bandaid.”

 

These are the little ones who might be used to you holding on to the bicycle and, let’s say, you just remove your hand one day and let them go so they can see what all they [...]

I love these mixes. Yep, I said it. #spon

 

 

I bake a lot. A whole heck of a lot. I love it and, if I’m honest with you, I’ll tell you that my family has come to pretty much expect it. We have a lot of baked goods around here.

 

I’m a “scratch baker” for a multitude of reasons. I’m a [...]

Making School Notes Quick & Easy

 

 

Between laying out clothes, packing lunches, checking backpacks, serving breakfast, and all the other myriad tasks to complete before school, it’s no wonder school mornings can feel jam-packed and stressful.

Do you know what always seemed to throw a wrinkle in my plan? Suddenly [...]

If it feels bad, that’s bad enough to matter.

 

 

 

“Someone has it worse.”

 

“Someone would love to have what you’ve got.”

 

“It could always be worse.”

 

“Count your blessings.”

 

 

Right???

 

Right.

 

All true. Because– newsflash!!– you’re blessed.

 

You’re blessed, I’m blessed, we’re all so very, very blessed.

 

 

And, so, [...]

(Where to Buy) Great, Affordable Clothes for Tall, Slim Boys

 

 

 

 

When A. was an infant, he had the biggest thighs you can imagine on a baby. You can get a peek at them here:

 

 

So big were his legs that we couldn’t zip regular blanket sleepers over them. We tried sleepers from Walmart, sleepers from Kohls. Sleepers from [...]

You Need Happier Friends

 

 

 

We dragged our toes through the sand, watching the grains spill over painted toenails– hers berry, mine bubblegum pink.

 

“It was just so NICE to get away. To steal those quiet moments with the waves crashing in the background, knowing our kids were safely tucked in nearby. To just enjoy each [...]

A Weighty Issue

 

 

I took G. in for her five-year-old well-child visit yesterday. I’m guessing it will suprise no one to learn that she is a very healthy little girl.

 

In many ways, G. is the child about whom we’ve had the fewest worries. She was born full-term, has had no developmental delays, and seems [...]

Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit

 

 

So, let’s talk about baked beans, shall we?

 

One week ago today was the 4th of July and I’m willing to bet that many of us served baked beans as part of the line-up.

 

 

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What I’d like to know is this:

 

 

When [...]

School’s Out For Summer!

{{sing it with me now!}}

 

And if you don’t know that song? Well… I’m sorry. That is all.

 

 

We finished up the school year yesterday and, while there was lots of moaning and groaning around here about how late we had to [...]

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