Category Archives: Friends

summer 2k16

It’s been awhile. I’m feeling ready to stretch my writing muscles again, and trying to remember how to do this. Blogging has changed so much since I first started writing, six(!) years ago. Continue reading


We just got back from a long weekend in South Bend, Indiana to celebrate a college friend’s wedding. My mom graciously took care of the bigger kids so we only had Gemma with us, and oh my goodness it was amazing. She slept for a couple of hours at a time on the drive, allowing us to talk uninterrupted–lap of luxury right there, folks. Continue reading

Getaway Weekend

*the above photo was shamelessly stolen from Facebook (thanks Gabi!) and the grainy iPhone photos below are allllll mine

Joe and I went away for the first time in five years of marriage. A good friend got married in Michigan, which was close enough to do a quick weekend road trip, but far enough away that the thought of taking the kids on a quick trip with lots of road time and minimal chances for naps made me want to pull my hair out. Luckily, my mom was willing and able to babysit for us. It wasn’t exactly a romantic getaway, but it was a lot of fun.

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Easter Week Highlights

We stayed home for Easter for the first time, and it was so nice and relaxing. Grace loved the Easter egg hunt we did in the backyard (didn’t get moving fast enough to go to one that someone else put on… oops). We also dyed eggs for the first time in more years than I can count, and it was fun to see everyone’s creativity coming out. We mostly skipped the Easter candy (don’t tell Grace) and enjoyed the lack of subsequent sugar highs followed by sugar crashes.

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Birthday Party in a Box

Fair warning: I may use this idea on others, so if you read this and get a similar box for your birthday (even if it’s years from now) just act really really surprised and pretend you didn’t see it here first. This was too fun not to use again.  Continue reading