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Surviving a Toddler Road Trip

Let me be the first to say, I’m not what you’d call tech savvy. It’s a little embarrassing considering our office is prime with innovators, forward thinkers and straight up geniuses when it comes to getting things done better, faster and cooler.  My response when someone says, ‘have you tried this app yet?’ is often, ‘nope.’ It’s not that I don’t love technology or use it to my full advantage in the workplace, it’s more that when I’m home, I’m unplugging and just living a …

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Hey Dads, Don’t Forget To Write

As I write this blog post there are 3,348 pictures on my phone – all taken in 2018. The vast majority of the pics are of my kids, my wife, my pets, and if I must be honest, the occasional selfie. Heck, in just the ten days since our fourth child was born, I alone have taken over 200 pictures of him in various states of adorableness. Add in the pics my wife and our extended families have taken of him and the total has …

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New to Country

When J was born I started listening to country music.  It was something I’d listened to before, but never regularly.  I had the stations in my car tuned to Top 40, Oldies and a Local Station that played just about everything.  As I crossed the threshold into motherhood, there was just something instinctive about making the change to country.  Even if the lyrics were about partying or a woman’s revenge, the melody was calm and the chorus always seemed sunny. One thing I noticed though, …

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Banana Baking Round Up

It’s been a long time since I’ve baked.  Cooked? Sure, almost on the daily. But baking, probably not since Christmas (scones and brownies don’t count).  There’s not a ton of time in my hustle to bake especially now that it’s summer and it feels like we’ve had something every Saturday or Sunday for the last month. Today all of that changes!  We get bananas delivered to the office every week and this week with it being short because of the holiday we had a surplus …

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Kitchen Confessions, Part I

This is likely the first of many parts.  It’s not easy, but I will confess – I didn’t used to wash my fruits and vegetables before eating them.  Saying it sounds dirty. Because it was. We’re beyond it now, but with that comes lessons learned. Before J was born our idea of a nice Saturday morning was waking up, whenever the mood struck us (can anyone remember how glorious that was?!) making coffee and breakfast together and then shuffling to our family room to watch …

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Becoming My Mother

It’s fun to joke that with time we all become our mothers, but as time passes for me I am looking forward to the transition.  I have a little over a year’s worth of my own momming under my belt and in that time my admiration for everything my mother has done has swelled to new heights. Sure there are the obvious ways I’m already her – trying to overfeed everyone at parties and in general, panicking last minute and adding another side to the …

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Brunching like a Mother

When C and I bought our first house five years ago one of the things we were most looking forward to was hosting holidays.  We love to entertain and the idea of filling our home with delicious food and the people we loved seemed exactly what home ownership should be.  Over the years we’ve added a few holidays, but the first big event we’d hosted in our new home was Mother’s Day Brunch.   I am a sucker for brunch.  Sweet, savory, gooey, crunchy, fruit, …

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Being Mama

As a hustling mom, I’m constantly trying to be at least three things at once.  J’s mama, C’s wife and what you might consider a mama bear to over 400 employees at the office.  All said, maybe it’s more like 460 things? Some weeks it feels like a million. This was one of those weeks.  For those that hustle and work hard, you know what I mean.  Things crashing in on all sides, treading fast and furious to keep your head above water and all …

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Family Picture Day

Today is the day, family picture day!  It’s funny how big a deal it was for me to get professional pictures when J was first born.  My amazing co-workers got me a gift certificate for Three Loves Photography and I couldn’t wait to get pictures of my precious little boo.  Fast forward 18-months later and I’m like…o.m.g. Why are the only nice pictures we have hanging of J the ones from his newborn shoot?  Life happens. I have plenty of baby selfies and blurry pics …

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When Feeling the Strain

What got me through J’s first year was remembering that no one actually knows what we’re doing.  We’re all just making it work.  Sometimes you’re feeling like Martha Stewart with crisp corners and other days you’re rolling it in a ball.  Either way, its motherhood.  Messy. Crazy. Amazing. Motherhood.  Remind a new mom when you see her, no judgement, we’re all just doing the best we can.