Markers are a huge part of our lives right now. I never imagined that would be the case, or that I would ever give markers much thought, but they (along with Play Doh) are pretty important in the world of my three year old. And they are everywhere- intentionally. A bucket of markers rests under our coffee table, a pack in the drawer, an extra pack in the cabinet, a pack in my daughter’s room and a box in the… Read more »

Choosing what to prepare for dinner can be challenging for me. Often, I stick to our favorites and find myself catering to the likes of a precious and picky three-year-old in our home. This means that we sometimes get into a rut with the same old meals over and over.  For Mother’s Day, my mother-in-law purchased me a week of meals from Blue Apron. I was excited to try out this meal delivery service and see what it was like…. Read more »

In my former life (this means life before children and becoming a stay-at-home mom), I was a teacher. Though it seems like ages ago now, my years as a teacher were some of the best and the worst years of my life. I had years that make me smile to think back on, and years that still make me shiver. The best years of my teaching career took place in the special education classroom. For several years and two different… Read more »

I am watching it happen right before my eyes. It hasn’t snuck up on me, but I haven’t been able to stop it either. I knew it would eventually happen. And now, it is.  Though I am not sure exactly what point in time the hugs got a bit shorter, the playtime didn’t require me from beginning to end, and my assistance in getting dressed was no longer needed, but it happened. Slowly and surely, days to weeks to months… Read more »

Celebrating the 4th of July is one of the highlights of summer. And while each year we say “Happy Birthday” to America in slightly different ways, things are also kind of the same. One thing is for sure, for us, the 4th of July is made of family, food, fun and fireworks.     Growing up, celebrating the 4th of July meant going down to the river for a fish fry with family and friends. We are in the South after… Read more »