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Josie’s Birth Story & 10 Things

IMG_4971We have two kids now. There are two car seats in the back of my car.

There are two sets of mouths to feed, although one can technically feed himself. Two little bodies to hug and hold and cherish and we feel like our cup is running over. Why did we only get a cup to contain all this goodness? Someone bring us a wheel barrel please.

We knew we wanted a second kid. We felt that it was time and we had not a second to lose. So we started trying in November before Joel left to prepare our new home and life in North Dakota. We found out literally two weeks into him moving that we were going to be parents again. Things progressed a lot quicker than we thought they would. Continue reading “Josie’s Birth Story & 10 Things”

Honestly: Parenting at 2am

Arguably, this isn’t the ideal time to write a blog post.

But, parenting is much like being a volunteer firefighter. You often don’t get the call, but when you do… you gotta put out the fire. Continue reading “Honestly: Parenting at 2am”

Our New Life in the North

We are super open people. I can’t deny that we would confess to you pretty much any old thing you wanted to know about us. I believe it’s a combination of our desire to connect with people and the lack of skeletons in our closets. We are about as transparent as they come. Continue reading “Our New Life in the North”

What 9/11 Means to Me | by Joel

September 11th is a day that will live in infamy forever.

  • For the U.S.A, it is one thing (9/11/2001)
  • For me, it has become two different things.
    • 9/11/2014 – Alyssa and I took the first unexpected turn in either of our lives
    • 9/11/2018 – Alyssa and I chose an unexpected turn for our lives

Continue reading “What 9/11 Means to Me | by Joel”

Sabbaticals and Cereal

I’ve known for the last couple of weeks that I need to be writing more. About what–I am not sure. But I long to iron out the wrinkled up thoughts in my head. An analogy I use often when I speak about the importance of writing in my life. It irons and straightens out all the chaos in my mind, making me feel like a newly starched white button down.  Continue reading “Sabbaticals and Cereal”

The only 6 makeup products I use | An UN-makeup tutorial

Hey you! Well look at you showing up to a post on how to wear LESS makeup. He he. Continue reading “The only 6 makeup products I use | An UN-makeup tutorial”

“Why I Waited” Part 1 |Our First Kiss

There is so much to say on this topic. This topic, of course, being why I waited to have sex until I was married to my husband, Joel Sexy-Pants Land. Continue reading ““Why I Waited” Part 1 |Our First Kiss”

An Ode to Domestic Balance

I just purchased dark chocolate because it’s healthier than milk chocolate, yet there is a huge jar of candy Olson got from Easter and it will most assuredly give him a cavity. But I can’t toss it cause that’s just wasteful.

Continue reading “An Ode to Domestic Balance”

Wine and Lays

I lead a busy life.

I’m not proud of that, but it has taught me things.

When I want to do something, it usually happens after work. Sometimes after dinner. Watching the Winter Olympics was a consistent highlight of our nights for a couple weeks. It was/is easy to sit on the couch and let the night fade away. But, the other night I wanted something different. So, while my sweet love made a delicious meal, the boys went for a run. Continue reading “Wine and Lays”

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