52 Week Project: Weeks 33-36

Sept 21: Penny had to have her giraffe join up.

Hiiiiiiii. I know I got back from Guam a week ago, but you know how life can get. Busy and stuff. I’ve hit the ground running since we arrived back home and feel like I hardly have a chance to sit down! Though when I do sit down, I’ve been editing the 700 photos I took (whittled down to just under 200) and organizing them. Heck, I just got those uploaded to Facebook yesterday for all my family and friends to see, let alone organizing and typing up posts for all of [Continue Reading...]

We’re off to…


We’re off to Guam for a little vacation to relax, recoup, and rest our tired bodies. I want to spend every day at the beach (as long as it’s not raining!) and forget about the world just a little. Since that’s the case, I won’t be on social media hardly at all, or reading blogs, or anything. Just me, my family, and my camera. I’ll have plenty of recaps once we’re back!  

What are you made of?


When I picked Penny up from school today, her teacher described the smile that Penny gives her on occasion. I knew exactly what she was saying – that mischievous grin, coupled with the glint in her eye when you know she is up to no good. Her teacher then handed me their craft for the day, a rainbow of paper strips laid down perfectly on a white piece of paper. She described her as “fastidious” in her crafting today. I believed her. And then I said, “That’s all her Daddy.” When I [Continue Reading...]

Penny’s Nighttime Routine


I’ve been having the same fight with Penny every evening for months now, especially when Brandon’s gone. I try to have a good routine – turn off the TV, have a snack, bath, quiet game, books, whatever. But once she was in bed, she was getting out two, three, five times, opening the door and bothering me. Nope. I wasn’t cool with that. By the end of the evening I am wiped, especially when it’s just me. I needed a solution. We decided when Brandon was home, now that summer was winding [Continue Reading...]



I don’t know when this place became home. At some point, when I walked into our apartment, I knew it was ours and not some place that we were renting. The cool marble floors were familiar. The dust on the furniture that needed to be wiped away was from us, and that handprints on the windows were from my child, not someone else. The furniture we sit on is comfortable, the food we eat is healthy, and the beds we sleep in are warm. This is our home. This country started [Continue Reading...]

I guess I like September 18th


On a chilly September 18th morning in 1989, my little sister was born. I was about two and a half so I probably didn’t care, though I do remember in my younger years crying because she wouldn’t stop crying and oh my goodness shut the baby up what is wrong with her? Actually, I spent many years saying that. We shared a room until we moved to Colorado when I was 12. I hated it. We had our differences in personality… and it never went well. But hey, she’s my [Continue Reading...]

52 Week Project: Weeks 29-32

August 22 - Penny loves her new ballet outfit.

Once, I wrote that Sundays are the worst. I would agree with myself still, because they can be, but I wanted to add a couple things to the list. Long weekends are the worst. Especially TWO long weekends in a row. Like, what the heck? First Labor Day weekend, where everyone got to enjoy their husbands for four whole days, while mine barely talked to me because he was living it up in Colorado with his family. Once we got through that, I headed into another long weekend thanks to a [Continue Reading...]

Penny’s Preschool


Penny started preschool last Thursday and I got some questions about it. I promised to write a blog post, so here you go. Where did you decide to send her?! Good question! If you remember a couple months ago I was wrestling with the idea of preschool or getting a nanny. Honestly, I have a rather rough time when Brandon’s gone. It’s just difficult to be on parenting duty 24/7 and I am exhausted, mentally and physically, by the end of the day. It might be easier with a different [Continue Reading...]

A Tale of Two Fixes: Why I’m quitting Stitch Fix


I got my first Stitch Fix box in early June. I was so so excited because of the awesome reviews from everyone who has done it! After receiving the package and trying it all on, I declared that I was “hooked” on it… and I was. I thought it was so fun! I ended up keeping two shirts, and wished I could keep the pants if only they had fit right. I eagerly awaited my next box in early August. When I got it, I was just as excited… until [Continue Reading...]

Weaning & PPD


I have been feeling extra depressed, anxious and moody lately. Unusually so. At first, I swore I was pregnant – that could be the only reason for these crazy mood swings. When that was evidently not so, I focused on other things. Maybe it was because Brandon was gone and his promised two-week trip became an over four-week trip. Maybe it was the extra energy my child seemed to get from thin air. Maybe it was work stress. Maybe it was my diet. Maybe this, maybe that. But I was [Continue Reading...]