Monday, April 14, 2014


Dreaming of: A table full of family. I'm picturing loud, messy meals around our dinner table, children fighting and laughing, Ray and I overwhelmed and exhausted, but smiling at each other over the family we've created. This is my dream.

We had a friend over for dinner last night with his three kids. We made spaghetti and bought a loaf of garlic bread. By the time dinner was over, the bread was gone and that made me so happy. As I took the bread dish from the table I giggled and said to Ray, "Isn't this dreamy?! A whole loaf of bread eaten. One day we'll have that." God willing.

^^Emmett loved it too. :)

Thankful for: Comments from readers. Just when i was beginning to doubt my love for this space, kind comments started pouring in from readers old and new. Uplifting, reassuring comments from friends-in-the-making that really made me feel good about opening my life up on this blog. So thank you!

Watching: Everything on HBO Go. Game of Thrones is back! And Veep! That show is so hilarious. There's also a new show called Silicon Valley that hooked us with the first episode. I found myself wanting to watch more during the week, so I'm hoping that lasts.

Last night I put Emmett to bed and came into the living room where my husband was perched on the couch, remote in hand with an excited smile on his face. "Ready to watch some awesome tv?!" he said, and it was hard to let him down, but it was nearly 8 and I was tired. So to bed I went, leaving him less-than-broken-hearted with his other favorite show, Vikings. Have any of you seen that yet? Ray started it without me so I haven't watched it, but he wants me to catch up with him.

Pondering: My husband told me the other day that I'm dramatic (read:crazy) 25% of the month (read:period.) I was just glad to hear he thinks I'm normal the other 75% of the time. The older I get, the more I realize that my hormones control me. Okay, control is a strong word. They influence my life more than ever before. I feel the ups and downs throughout the month in a big way. Since having Emmett, but even more since Oliver. I need to figure out how to get a handle on that. Or maybe it's just a mother's lot?

Making up for: I sent Emmett to pre-school this morning in dirty shorts. I boycotted housework this weekend (Do you ever do that? Please tell me you do...), so I made myself clean the kitchen before I could have my coffee this morning. Next I plan to sweep and vacuum, do all the laundry, and pick up the back yard. And work, because I am superwoman. (NOT.)

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  1. I love bloggy friends! Its crazy how this online community can bring together and encourage a person!

    1. Me. Too! People are so great and supportive. I'm so glad, because putting yourself out there is scary! If people weren't kind it would be so much harder.

  2. This statement above about hormones couldn't be MORE true for me.
    "They influence my life more than ever before. I feel the ups and downs throughout the month in a big way. Since having Emmett, but even more since Oliver. I need to figure out how to get a handle on that. Or maybe it's just a mother's lot?"

    WOW. I thought it was just me lately. It seems like my hormones since having children have just went nuts. I had my second child over 3 years ago and it seems like the last 6-9 months, my hormones are NUTS!

    1. Ahhh I'm so glad you said that! I wondered if it was just me. I feel like such a roller coaster, up and down all the time. Thank God my husband is so level- he somehow manages to keep me normal.. I think? Ha!

      I think it must be totally normal. And easy to overlook. We forget that underneath all of the chaos and non-stop go go go of motherhood, our bodies are often struggling to keep up. That's a good reminder that we should cut ourselves some slack now and then. :)

  3. It's the simple things that make life so dreamy! and I get that - "a whole lot of bread eaten!' ...since I have four children, I know what you mean! and it is wonderful!

    I love your clear photos! Precious.

    1. Such a dream! One day we hope to be there. :)

  4. I want to boycott housework but I never follow through! I give myself a break on Saturday mornings every once in a while (because I'm tired from the work week and want to just snuggle with my babies!) but by the afternoon it's driving me crazy that my house isn't clean & in order and I end up wearing myself out making it look "good" again. Pass along some tips on how to successfully boycott housework, please. ;)

    1. Kelly, that's how I am too. I might take a break for a day or a morning, okay, even a weekend now and then, but then first thing Monday morning I tear through the house like a maniac until everything is clean again.
      My tip- just let it go! I know, easier said than done, but sometimes I just need to relax and not worry about keeping things clean. I just tell myself I can clean it later. :)

  5. Your blog seems so refreshingly simple & sincere. Love the post.

  6. I boycott house work all. the. time. and then I go on a cleaning spree and feel SO accomplished that I wonder why I boycotted housework. and THEN I remember why I boycotted it in the first place. repeat vicious cycle.

    1. Good for you! Sound just like me. I take a break for a while, then I can't take it any more and clean furiously until it's spotless. Then I get tired of cleaning again and take another break. :) The breaks are nice though.

  7. You're amazing. And yes, you're Supermom. Don't forget it. Love you friend. ~Jenna

  8. Love this post, love your blog, and glad you got the encouragement you needed from comments. I'm always reading - your blog is really one of my favorites. And thanks for being my facebook friend ;) I'm really enjoying getting to know you and call you a friend, even if it's long-distance and via technology! Crazy world we live in where that's even possible.

    You are beautiful, my dear!

    1. Thank you Amy!!! You are so dear. I really appreciate your words! Thank you for reading and yes, I love that we can be friends, even though we live so far apart!



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