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January 22, 2016

Parenting as an introvert. It’s hard! Two cool new photo apps I’ve discovered: A Color Story (awesome for easy editing) and Retype (for adding type). What kind of books do you not read, categorically? Personally, I avoid anything that is depressing without a glimmer of hope, that contains evil without redemption, or gratuitous violence. (Also, if I know it contains child loss, I’ll be very, very wary.) Same goes for what I watch. A father built his daughter a fairy tree in her bedroom. Um, this is amazing. And also, I’d be telling her she’d better love it WELL into her teenage years (either that, or hoping I have more daughters come along). Now THIS is a birth story. I…
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2016 goals, after all

January 20, 2016

I said I wasn’t going to make goals for this year, but I changed my mind. I’m allowed to do that, right? I already knew this, but I was reminded recently that my personality thrives on detailed goals. And since I’m really hoping that this is the year we get out of survival mode, I went ahead and wrote out some ideas. The idea is that by writing them out (and making them visible) I’ll make some sort of forward progress, even if I don’t complete everything. So here are my 2016 goals: Financial Pay off our USAA credit card Continue debt snowball Make monthly budgets Home Declutter/KonMari the entire house Fully decorate & set up the master bedroom Family Have the…
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liam is two

January 18, 2016

On Sunday Liam turned two. To celebrate, we took the family to Chuck E. Cheese and the kids had a blast. Of course it was crazy, but I stressed less about this party than any other I’ve ever thrown. All I did was make a cake (in the shape of the easiest ball I could think of). His actual birthday was a regular Sunday, but I did make chocolate chip pancakes and made sure to take him to the park. It was a good day. Liam turning two isn’t too big of a deal, but it does feel momentous in that two is the age where kids really start to seem more like kids and less like babies or even…
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link roundup / 43

January 15, 2016

Wow, these embroidered tennis rackets are amazing! (see above photo) 19 books to read before the movie comes out in 2016. Which ones have you read? What movies look good? I’m seriously considering trying out Capsules. I want to be more intentional with my clothes shopping but I think I need help! I laughed through this toddler interview. You’re not a bad mom. I probably need to read this every day! What are you up to this weekend? I have the day off today and am taking care of a bunch of nagging tasks! Also, Liam turns two on Sunday, so we are having his family birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Whatever you’re up to, have a good one! 0…
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meredith lately

January 11, 2016

I tried to get her to wear something cute for these photos. She resists. Meredith: Mommy, why are you in the bed? Me: because I’m exhausted, you guys have worn me out today. I just want to hide for awhile. Meredith: you want to play hide and seek? Me: no I just want to play hide. Meredith: how do you play hide? Me: I go hide and you two leave me alone for awhile. How about that? Meredith: no. at the dinner table… Meredith: look Mommy! Me: please get your hand out of your milk. Meredith: but I like it there! Me: stop, that’s messy. You’re supposed to be drinking it. Meredith: (a moment later, as the milk drips down…
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