living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

Happy valentine.

It’s hard to believe that one year ago today, I was trying to take pictures of a baby boy who wouldn’t stay propped up very well on the couch. Today, I was trying to take pictures of a toddler who wouldn’t stay still. The real valentine surprise was yesterday. I sent Big Jay to daycare! It took the toddlers a little while to warm up to the bird, and Cooper was way more interested in the candy...

Back from the Blogging Break.

It’s been almost two months since I posted here. A whole pile of things contributed to the break: taking care of a baby, returning to work after maternity leave, adjusting to a new schedule and, especially, frustration at the repeated hacks on this blog. Fortunately, my friends at Philsquare fixed the blog problem. If you have website drama, call them. They’ll help. Unfortunately, Philsquare...

A Mysterious Baby Bonnet.

Shortly after we brought Cooper home from the hospital, a small package arrived in our mailbox. It was addressed to “Master Cooper” which I thought was cute and very old-fashioned sounding in a charming kind of way, and it didn’t have a return address on it. I opened it to find this:   It’s a sweet little handmade baby bonnet accompanied by a poem that reads: I’m just a little...

Fun Things on Our Porch.

Our front porch has been a lot more active the past month. Between daily insurance statements and medical bills, boxes from Amazon with baby paraphernalia and the inexplicable multiple copies of phone books, I never know whether to be excited or scared when I venture outside. The best days, though, are when surprise gifts show up! One day, I went out to get the mail and found a box, a bag and a note from our friend...

Baby Shower for Boys.

Co-ed baby showers are increasingly common, though the boys in my world don’t seem to realize it. Our good friends Heather and Michelle offered to host a co-ed baby shower for us that included Dave’s bar staff and friends. We thought this was a great idea, since many of our friends happen to be male and it would also be an opportunity for Dave to be involved in a shower. After all, it’s fun to...

Baby Gifts from the Bar.

It’s probably expected that our baby would have pint-sized attire from our own bar (and he does, and there will be more), but we didn’t expect to receive baby clothes from other bars. A few weeks ago, a package arrived at the bar addressed to Dave. Inside we found a note from bartender Red at Kelly’s Westport Inn in Kansas City, along with a Kelly’s-logo’d baby T-shirt and a onesie...

Baby’s First Gifts.

Baby’s room is starting to overflow with clothes, toys, blankets and other baby stuff, thanks to the generosity of our friends and family and my inability to stay away from baby clothes. There really are cute baby boy clothes— who knew?! Some of the very first gifts the little pickle received last summer are very special to us. We spend a lot of time and money at our favorite hardware store, the local...

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