living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

Everybody! Field trip.

Cooper’s Caterpillar class went on their spring field trip last month to one of our favorite places in Lawrence: PetWorld. Oh my goodness does this boy love that place. So many things to see- hamsters and fish and bunnies and giant tortoises and even a Chinese water dragon! We’ve gone to PetWorld many times on Saturdays for Storytime Live!, where a staff member reads a story about an animal to the kids...

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...

Happy birthday to me, parts two and three.

It’s been weeks since my birthday, and at my advanced age I can’t remember half of what I was going to say about the other two parts of my celebration, but I guess that just means that the stuff I do remember must have really been great. Right? The actual day of my birth– a Friday– started off pretty great, even though I couldn’t sleep in (toddlers don’t get the memo that mommies...

Happy birthday to me, part one.

Another year, another year older. It’s funny how I don’t feel any older than I did when I was 25. Except I can’t go out and party into the wee hours three nights in a row anymore without needing a full day week to recover in between. My birthday was last Friday, and I took the day off work. My old friend Chad– not old as in old, although he’s older than me, but old as in we met in...

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...

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...

Birthday book of cards.

My obsession with Pinterest is finally paying off. Thanks to pinners ’round the world, I’ve found some ways to start organizing things that I can never bring myself to throw away, yet I could never figure out what to do with them besides toss them in a manila envelope and shove them on a shelf, never to be looked at again. Yes, I’m talking about cards. I’ve been a compulsive card-and-letter...

My awesome husband.

Being married to a bartender has its perks. Last night, some of my college girlfriends came over to catch up over drinks. One lives in Seattle and I never see her anymore, and the others are in Kansas City and I still don’t see them as often as I’d like. We planned on sitting by the pool, eating dinner and drinking margaritas all night. What did my awesome husband do to help me out? What didn’t he...

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...

Water Baby.

I think we have a little fish on our hands. Cooper got his first taste of the pool last night with daddy, in preparation for today’s Aquababy class. Decked out in a swim diaper and one of the gazillion pairs of swim trunks he has (all of which will come in handy this summer, for sure), he tried out his new inflatable turtle. He LOVED it. Of course, I think all he really wanted to do was eat the turtle....

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