I’ve decided that I’m just going to rename January and February, Sick-uary. I feel like every single year it is more of the same. We welcome the New Year with someone getting sick. The sickness makes it rounds only to be followed immediately by another illness that also has to make the rounds. It is ridiculous. This eventually stops right, when the kids are older and not putting stuff in their mouth as much or being sneezed and coughed all over by their little friends? Please tell me we won’t start every year like this forever and ever!

This past weekend was the climax of 2 weeks of endless illness. It started with Nora, of course, it always starts with the littlest one right!? She had a cold that she passed onto everyone else, except Lorne. He managed to avoid the first round. I feel like she barely got over the first cold and was onto something else. This second round has been the pits. Fevers, coughs, sore throats, and a lovely case of pink eye for Maya. Good times.

I spent this past weekend nursing 3 sick kiddos, making runs to the doctor and the pharmacist, administering all sorts of fun medication, including the ever fun eye drop! And my reward for playing nursemaid to 3 sick kids that are all on the mend now, you guessed it, my turn with the current crud 🙁 I spent last night all achy and feverish and woke this morning feeling like I hadn’t had any sleep at all. Hopefully I can kick this one quickly. I’m not a fan of being sick. I read an article once that said that women who exercise regularly get sick less frequently than those who don’t. I exercise every day, but it doesn’t seem to help me when Sick-uary rolls around. I guess the study didn’t take into account being covered in the disgusting splatter of coughing, sneezing children 24/7.

Hopefully once I kick this round we will be done with Sick-uary and can return to the land of the healthy once more. Fingers crossed.

Opening Our Hearts

On Friday we welcomed a new member into our family. We opened our hearts and our home to a new little kitten. Penny, the newest four legged member of our family if making herself right at home. Melting our hearts and mending them all at the same time.

Let me tell you, she is purrfect 😉 Her personality so far is super sweet. She loves attention, which is a good thing because she is getting lots of it so far. She is the perfect combination of playful and snuggly. The girls adore her already and she seems pretty taken with them as well. She even seems to like Nora even though we are still working with Nora on “being gentle”. After what we went through with Louis it has been so nice to see my girls able to interact, pet and love on a kitty without fear of bodily harm.

In true kitten fashion she plays hard and sleeps hard. One of my favorite moments so far happened the other day when she crashed hard on the couch after some rambunctious kitten play and Anna tried so hard to wake her up with no success. At one point she said “I think her died.” It was so cute 🙂 The girls and Penny are going to be such good friends. It will be so nice for them to have a kitty to grow up with.

We’ve opened are hearts and our arms to this sweet girl. In just a few short days she has already done wonders to heal our hearts. She has fit right in so perfectly it definitely feels like she was made for our family.

New Christmas Tradition

I love Christmas jammies. Maya loves Christmas jammies. Every year she gets super excited about the pajamas she gets to wear on Christmas Eve. I also love giving the girls new Christmas books. New books to add to our collection that we can read every year when the Christmas stuff gets brought out. However, giving the girls their Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve means they don’t get to wear them much. And, giving them a new Christmas book as one of their Christmas gifts means they don’t get to read it much before it all gets put away. So, I decided to remedy that.

This year I am starting a new Christmas tradition. Saturday morning, the first day of Maya’s Christmas break, the girls will come downstairs to find a very special present under the tree addressed to them. They will open a letter attached to that gift and find a special note from Santa saying that he sent one of his elves on a very special mission to deliver this package to them so they could begin Christmas break by getting cozy and reading Christmas stories as a family. Inside the girls will find a special pair of Christmas jammies for each of them along with a new Christmas book!

I can’t wait to see Maya and Anna’s faces when they see that gift under the tree. I can’t wait to curl up in our warm, cozy jammies and read them their new book. This is a new tradition I’m really looking forward to 🙂


As I enjoy this holiday weekend with my friends and family I have much to reflect on and be thankful for. My life is good and that in and of itself is something to be thankful for. Life is good, what more could I ask for.

When I sit down to enjoy a wonderful meal with our dear friends tomorrow I’ll quietly give thanks for many things in my life that help make it such a good life.

I’ll give thanks for my three beautiful, healthy girls. Through all the madness and chaos that comes with raising three young children they bring so much joy. My life is full of smiles, laughter and love thanks to my three girls and I’m so grateful to be their mom.

I’ll give thanks for the wonderful friends I have filled my life with. Whether near or far they mean so much to me and help make life so much more enjoyable. My daily doses of laughter thanks to my great friends help keep me sane.

Most of all I’ll give thanks for my dear husband. We’ve shared our life together for nearly 20 years now and there isn’t anyone I would rather be on this wild and crazy ride called life with.

Thanksgiving gives us all a chance to reflect on those things we are grateful for, those things that bring us joy in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope get to spend it with those who matter most in your life and between good food and good company you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Family Photos

Last weekend we finally had family photos taken.


In St. Louis we were so incredibly lucky to have a dear friend who also happened to be an amazing photographer. She captured our family so perfectly in family photos every year. She knew us, know our kids’ personalities and always managed to snap the perfect shots of them, shots I will always treasure. When we moved to Seattle I began to keep my eye out for a new photographer. I wasn’t searching incredibly hard, but I would ask around to see who others used for their family photos. Then one day, while talking with a friend, she mentioned that she had a good friend who was just starting a photography business. She showed me some of her work and I was sold. Her photos were beautiful, and I loved the idea of helping build the business of a stay at home mom who is just starting out. After a few failed attempts and some pretty crappy weather we finally had a gem of a day Saturday morning. We all donned our sweaters and headed to a Christmas tree farm. The weather was chilly but beautiful and Brenda did an amazing job capturing our little family. We ended up with some great photos, including a few perfect shots that I will cherish forever.

Thank you so much Brenda Joy Photograpy!