Family Time

Happy Birthday!!

My husband *finally* turned 30 this weekend! I entered this decade four months ago, so he’s been teasing me about being married to “an older woman” ever since. Now we’re finally even! To celebrate his big day, I made a nice dinner for our family. Since I gave birth to our son Mack four weeks [...]


Baby Blanket for Baby #2

Last week my grandma, mom, and sisters hosted a special party in honor of my second baby (due two days ago!). As I already have more than I need to take care of a newborn, they decided to invite the ladies of my family to a knitting shower. We all had to knit an 8″x8″ [...]


A Mayan Morning

We just returned from a nice long trip to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Getting away from a Chicago winter – if only for a little while – gave us the strength to make it to spring! We were fortunate enough to visit Chichen Itza, a true wonder of the world, where we introduced little Evelyn to [...]


Homemade Fathering!

I recently celebrated my birthday! 30! Yikes! I always thought turning 30 would be a very difficult birthday — I was pretty content being a 20-something and I didn’t like the idea of entering a new decade. I can be a very sentimental person and I try so hard to be grateful for every day, [...]


Christmas!

Its hard to believe Christmas is over! I love the holiday season, and I’m always a little sad when it ends. Sometimes I wish Christmas came later in the winter so we’d have something warm and cozy to look forward to during the year’s bitter months. While we spent Christmas Eve with my very large [...]


My Favorite Soldier

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Veteran’s Day is a very special day in our household. My husband was a captain in the Army and deployed to Iraq. Although he is no longer active duty military, I treat November 11 as another birthday. He worked hard to serve our country with honor, and during his deployment he never complained once. He [...]


Happy Halloween!

When I was growing up, which really wasn’t all that long ago, Halloween seemed to have more of a homemade aspect to it. I don’t remember my mom ever buying my siblings and me costumes. Rather, we were left to our own resourcefulness to come up with a suitable and entertaining outfit for the day. [...]


Apple Picking and Apple Muffins!

We took a family trip to a charming apple orchard in Indiana the other day. It was Evie’s first taste of fall tradition and I think she loved every minute of it! The weather was perfect — sunny and high 70s, but the smell of fall was certainly in the air. Bees were furiously gathering [...]


Picnic for a Concert

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We took Evelyn to her first concert the other night! The show was at an outdoor venue that encourages concertgoers to bring along picnics. I asked my mom and sisters for some picnic menu ideas, and my mom’s suggestion was the winner. It all came together and we had a great time! Fried Chicken I [...]


My Baby is One!

Yesterday we celebrated Evelyn’s first birthday. I can’t believe my precious bundle of joy is now a big girl! We started off her special day with chocolate chip pancakes made from scratch. Its a tradition I grew up with, and I plan to continue it as my little family grows. She ate three pancakes (I [...]


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