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Writing this one down before I forget it. Last Saturday, I told Cooper we were going downtown to the library to pick out another movie. We’d checked out “Lion King” a few weeks before, and he loved it so much I think we’re going to have to buy it. He talks about Simba all the time. “Simba sad”- it’s really cute. The plan was to go to the library first and then stop by the...

A story for future prom dates.

Potty training. Two words that strike fear in the hearts of parents everywhere. Two words I’ve been ignoring and doing my best to pretend don’t exist. Cooper’s been wearing size six diapers for months now. Probably close to a year, actually. I remember when I first bought size sixes at the store and realized they were the largest size available. I had a mild panic attack. “What happens if he...

The kitchen remodel is closer to done.

We upgraded our kitchen sink this week. In the grand scheme of the ongoing saga of the home renovation that is our life, this is pretty minor. But sometimes, it’s amazing what a big difference such a minor change can make. Our old sink– the white one on the top in the picture, if you couldn’t tell– worked fine. It held up well over the past twelve or so years. Can I tell you where we got it?...

Thirteen years ago, I broke into a hotel room.

Well, sort of. Thirteen years ago today, I married my dear husband. Two years ago, I wrote a little bit about some of our favorite memories here, but there’s certainly many more. Like how we had to scale walls to get into our room that night. A little background first: I hired a wedding coordinator while I was planning our wedding. Not the kind of coordinator who plans everything for you and does all the...

When life gives you mint, make mojitos.

Every year, I plant mint. And every year, I swear I’m going to figure out what else to do with it besides make mojitos– and every year, I fail. I’ve changed my attitude and decided to embrace this so-called failure. I may be married to the best bartender in Lawrence (it’s true!), but I dare say I’ve got him beat when it comes to mojitos. I found this recipe somewhere– I...

I promise I’m not a bad parent.

We hit a major milestone this weekend in the adventure that is raising a child: the milestone where the baby becomes a superhuman and hoists himself up and over the crib. I knew it was coming. The crib mattress has been fully lowered for months, and my determined child has been trying to lift his leg up over the edge of the crib for some time. He fought naptime this weekend, again– I don’t know how they...

How many college girls does it take to wash a car?

More than three, apparently. I noticed a gaggle of girls standing around an SUV at the car wash when I pulled into the bay next to them–I only noticed, I think, because it seemed a little odd that all the passengers would get out of the car to watch, but whatever. A few minutes later, as I was spraying down the front bumper of my car, I turned to find three young girls watching me. “Oh, we’re just...

Family fiesta.

Last weekend, we loaded up the car and headed south to visit my in-laws’ house for a family reunion. And when I say loaded, I mean loaded- we’ve never traveled light, and adding a toddler to the mix means adding even more stuff. Diapers, eight changes of clothes for two days because toddlers are messy, swim gear, the boards for our bags games, extra basil and mint and oregano from my garden because I...

Clearly, you people need advice.

I started this blog with two goals: one, to keep some sort of a diary of our lives, since I don’t have time for my formerly-favorite hobby of scrapbooking and it might be nice for our child to know something about our crazy lives (at our ages, we won’t be able to remember all the stories by the time he’s old enough to ask). And second, kind of jokingly, I thought it would be fun and possibly...

Mojitos for everyone. Really.

There’s a lot of reasons to be happy about a boy who is obsessed with the outdoors– he prefers running around the yard and chasing the dog to sitting on the couch watching cartoons– but my friends and co-workers will soon benefit, too. See, I decided early on to find an outdoor hobby, and gardening seemed a good fit even though I’ve had questionable luck with it in the past. This year,...

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