• Life
  • Struggling.

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    I’ve been a bit of a hot mess lately. The summer was kind of hard. Loss. Uncertainty. Change. These are a few of my least favorite things. My situation isn’t dire. I’m not in bed all day every day. I’m not in need of Prozac or Lithium. I’m just a bit more bummed/on edge than […]

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  • A Life Well Lived

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    July has been a tough month all around. Just before we lost our darling Loki, we found out that my grandma had terminal cancer. Seeing as she celebrated her 93rd birthday in January, this was not the tragedy it might’ve been, but you’re never ready to say goodbye. She was pretty matter-of-fact about her diagnosis. […]

  • Furry Friends
  • Happy Trails

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    A little over 11 years ago on a beautiful Easter morning, Matt and I made a decision that would forever alter our lives. We decided that it was time to adopt a dog named Groucho, if he was, in fact, still available. We had lost our first furry friend, May, a few months earlier. I […]

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  • Fab Dads

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        I’m pretty lucky to have my amazing dad and a bunch of father-types in my life. Strong men who value women have never been in short supply and I am old enough now to fully appreciate that. #1 of course is my own dad, who has always been there for my sister and […]

  • Benjamin
  • The Purple Belt

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    About a week ago, Ben finally go the OFFICIAL nod to test for his purple belt. For the uninitiated, belts and their corresponding tests come pretty quickly at first and then they get harder and harder. It’s been over a year since Ben got his orange belt. The fact that he took last summer off […]

  • Life
  • To Mom on Her 68th Birthday

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    Dear Mom, Today is your 68th birthday. I’m guessing you’re getting a pretty good look at the happenings from up in heaven, but it’s just not the a same as having you here to share it with us. We miss you, darnit. I want you here so I can give you a silly gift and we […]

  • Fitness/Outdoors
  • Memorial Day Weekend

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    We had a very nice Memorial Day Weekend. Matt’s mom came in from Nashville to spend a couple of days with us. So Friday night we had a bunch of friends over for burgers and brats and hot dogs and fun. The kids watched a movie outside and the adults hung out and chatted.

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  • Scouts and Hiking and Denver!

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    We had a wonderfully full weekend (again). We got things started off right by hosting a couple of our closest family friends (friend families?) for dinner and the planning of our EPIC road trip, scheduled for August. Matt cooked jerk chicken. We drank mint juleps and wine. The guys played around in the shop, the kids […]

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  • Family Meeting

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    A few weeks ago, I told Matt that I wanted to start having regular family meetings. I said I wanted to have an agenda and a family credo and snacks. This is exactly the variety of corny/cheesy stuff that Matt instinctively rolls his eyes at and internally GROANS. We’ve both been through way too many […]

  • Life
  • Thoughts on Blogging

    My life has changed a lot over the past few years. A few things have happened that mean for all intents and purposes, my life in 2016 doesn’t really closely resemble my life from 2012. I changed jobs. My  new job is much more demanding and demands much more of my creative energy than my […]