living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

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...

Easter bucket.

Sunday was technically Cooper’s second Easter, but since he was only three months old for his first one and had no idea what was going on, I’m counting this as his first. We originally had plans to visit Grammie and Papa for the weekend, but a certain local basketball team and the NCAA tournament interfered. Win or lose, fans still drink–which means dad has to work. So we spent Easter weekend at...

Longest. Day. Ever.

So I should have never written about my “awful” morning the other day, because that’s just taunting fate. This weekend, in the midst of the basketball game (we were watching on TV, not at the game, thankfully!), my husband informed me that he needed to go to the emergency room. Hello again, kidney stones. After two emergency room visits, one overnight hospital stay and five trips to and from the...

Nine months and change.

I’m baaaaack. Three months and a few days later, and I finally found a few minutes to write something. The last three months have been busy. BUSY. Baby is growing and changing at a super-charged speed (and his crawling-around-the-floor speed is pretty fast, too), work is busier than ever and life just keeps moving forward. What have we been doing? Cooper and I went to Aquababy classes, a mommy-and-baby...

Six months later.

Six months ago, I had the craziest day of my life. It was a Tuesday, right after the strangest Christmas we’ll ever have. We woke up early, drove to Overland Park and calmly checked in to the hospital. “I’m here for a c-section.” It felt pretty weird to be walking in the hospital to have a baby as if it were any other random doctor’s appointment. No water breaking in the middle of a...

Spoiled.

Cooper and I took a quick trip to grandma and grandpa’s house this weekend. They haven’t seen him since Easter, and he’s grown so much since then! So we loaded up the exersaucer, a pile of diapers and clothes and hit the road. New toys. Everybody knows that grandma’s primary job is to spoil the grandkids, and my mom is no exception. We were barely in the door and she brought out a bag of...

My First Mother’s Day.

Yesterday was my first Mother’s Day. Well, technically I guess I could count last year, since I was pregnant at the time, but since it wasn’t public knowledge yet we didn’t celebrate it. KU hijacked Mother’s Day for many of us by scheduling Commencement on May 13. My first thought was “who wants to spend Mother’s Day with thousands of strangers in a hot stadium, competing for...

Like Father, Like Son. (Or, my kid is huge.)

Baby has been in a breech position for quite some time now. This has caused some consternation for his mother, because we haven’t been able to get decent ultrasound pictures of him and also because it complicates his delivery if he doesn’t change his position. Our doctor ordered yet another sonogram to see if he had changed positions yet. We’ve had like six sonograms now, which is about five more...

Black Friday Fun.

Every year, my mom and sister and I (and occasionally a sister-in-law or two) brave the crowds on the Friday after Thanksgiving for our annual shopping trip. We’ve been shopping on Black Friday for at least the last six or seven years, and it’s become a tradition that we all look forward to. But we’re not the crazy shoppers you read about in the newspaper; we’re not standing in line at...

Obligatory Maternity Pictures.

We had good intentions of documenting my growing belly in pictures, but we haven’t been very diligent nor are we good photographers. I started to think we needed professional help to document this important time in our lives— plus, good pictures would be easy Christmas gifts for our family! A few weeks ago, I scheduled an appointment for pictures with Casey Wright Photography. I’ve known Casey for a...

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