living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

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...

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...

Party Like a Baby.

Cooper went to his first party last night! And mommy got to get dressed up, fix her hair and spend time with adult people. (And enjoy a margarita for the first time in ten months. It was darn good.) Our friend Coleen hosts a post-holiday mixer every year. Since we’re all crazy-busy in December, she has her holiday shindig in January, and it’s seriously the party of the year. Amazing food, tons of...

Merry Christmas.

It’s Christmas Day! Merry Christmas from our little family. Although it hasn’t felt much like Christmas, we’ve enjoyed spending our holiday weekend at home preparing for baby’s arrival. And, we’re grateful to our friends for helping us have a fun and different Christmas Eve last night. Jen and Scotty host a party every year, one we can never attend because we’re always out of...

A Different Christmas.

It doesn’t really feel like Christmas this year, and not just because of the mild weather. With all the baby and construction activity going on, we didn’t have the time or energy to hang Christmas lights on the house or even put up a tree. It’s sad, really— we’ll actually be at home during Christmas this year instead of traveling to visit family. But the thought of dragging all those boxes...

Go Ahead, Rub My Belly.

Pregnant women are cranky. I can say that, because I am one. Pregnant, that is, not cranky. I keep reading articles on pregnancy websites where pregnant women talk about all the things you shouldn’t say to a pregnant woman, or do to a pregnant woman, or buy for a pregnant woman. And I think it’s common knowledge that pregnant women hate it when people touch their belly, especially without asking....

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...

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...

Thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving! I have lots to be thankful for, every year and all the time, but this year is extra-special because of baby’s impending arrival next month. I am thankful that Dave and I are finally at the point in our lives where we can add to our little family. Thankful for my awesome husband. Obviously. It would take me a year to list all the reasons why. Thankful that we both have jobs. Jobs that we...

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