Christmas Tree Farm 2014

I love this time of year. It’s taken a couple years for me to get back into the holiday spirit, but boy am I lovin’ it this time around. My two lumber jacks The obligatory family shot at the farm And this smile? Gahhh too much, love love love Like this:Like Loading…

ABC’s

It’s amazing how fast kids grow, true. But lately, we’ve been just astonished with a toddler’s capacity to absorb and learn. When Ollie was 21 months old,  he started gaining interest in the alphabet, with no prodding from us, which frankly took us by surprise. And now, with a month and a half of practice, he can say …

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Hawaii 2014

For the first time, I came back from a trip feeling relaxed and refreshed instead of overwhelmed and exhausted. And I can’t tell you if it was because the destination was a low key place versus big cities like Hong Kong and New York. Or maybe it’s because Ollie is much bigger and more independent, at …

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Beef Stroganoff

Let me just preface by saying that if I can make this when I’m sick, I can’t think of an easier weekday recipe. And since I do this in the slow cooker, it’s a super fast recipe to prep too. The beef stew meat is perfect bc it breaks down in the slow cooker and …

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Pillow

This is his newest favorite sleeping arrangement. I guess I can’t blame him. If you’ve never been taught, it’s not exactly obvious what you’re supposed to do with a pillow. For now, burrowing underneath is his apparent position du jour. Like this:Like Loading…

Oh Boy, Here We Go Again!

It took the entire weekend. But I’m starting to accept that we’re having another boy. It was a hard hit finding out that our first child was a boy, so I wasn’t expecting that this happening a second time would be so hard. But it was harder in fact than the first. Part of it …

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Having a child because you’re bored

Although my coworker has been married for ten plus years, he and his wife have decided not to start a family. The other day, he shared his views on families and parenthood. He argues that people have kids because they are bored in their relationship. And, not just that, they are being lazy, because when you have kids, you don’t have …

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Curious George

Ollie likes to go through drawers of all kinds, in the kitchen, in his room, everywhere. But his favorites are the ones in our bedroom. There are often tell tale signs that he’s been around, like a stray pen or lotion on the table instead of inside. But this was a new one. CS opened …

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Yaaaaaay!

I read recently that the terrible twos don’t actually refer to when they turn two but instead to their second year of development (i.e., age 0 is the first year of development, age 1 is the second year). This was a huge relief because I’ve been quite dreading the onset of the terrible twos. The brief glimpse I …

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