Grown-Up Back to School List

I always loved back to school shopping. Everything was fresh and clean and new, from the backpacks to the still-pointy crayons to the pristine white of my shoes. The fun of having new school supplies helped to make up for actually going back to school and all the quizzes and homework that came with it. I still get excited when I see all the back to school sales that start popping up in August, and kind of wish I had a reason to take advantage of more of them. I did get to enjoy taking my little kindergartener shopping for everything on her school’s list, but of course, none of that was for me! I don’t miss being in class myself, but if I did have to go back, I’m sure a few of these items would make the transition a little easier.

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Dear Grace

Today, you turned five years old. Five! I was so glad I got to see your face this morning when you came out of your room and saw the decorations all over the house. You were so excited, and you loved that we did it for you, for your birthday. Five seems like such a milestone, like you’re a big-little kid now. I know that it really hasn’t been that long, but it’s strange to think about life before you. How was there a time when we didn’t know you? Continue reading

Gemma: Seven Months

Gemma is crawling all over the house (we had to bring back the baby gate) and loves following us around. She laughs easily and often, and loves when her big sisters play with her. It makes her sad when she thinks someone is going to come pick her up and they just walk by instead. She annoys the other kids by wrecking their Lego creations. She’s figured out that she can screech loudly and likes to test her vocal cords every so often, especially at church. Continue reading

Better Reads

I’ve been spending most of my energy this week single-parenting while Joe has had a work project that demands days+nights. Thankfully, the end is in sight, I’m finally drinking coffee (at 2:34 pm), and the two younger girls are sleeping. Anyway, since I haven’t actually gotten a post finished, I thought I’d share my favorite things from around the internet this week. Happy weekending! Continue reading

Gemma’s Birth Story (Part 2)

Part 1 here

So, I was pretty sure my water had broken, but I also wanted lunch. I also hadn’t packed my hospital bag (procrastinator for lyfe). I knew if I told the nurses what had happened, they would make me stay, so I kept my mouth shut as they cheerfully waved to me and told me to enjoy the rest of my day, since my induction was planned for early in the morning. I called Joe as I left, and told him that he probably wasn’t going to finish his day at work, then headed home to get a bite to eat and throw some things in a bag.  Continue reading