My little soccer player

Soccer Star Zoe 2014

This fall, I am not just enjoying my newfound identity as a soccer mom - I'm reveling in it! When I signed Zoe up for her first-ever team sports experience, I did not know what to expect. She's a very active, physical girl who loves to run and play - but would she like soccer? I felt like I was taking a bit of a risk signing her up for a team and getting her equipment - would the money be wasted? I hated soccer as a kid - heck, I hated all sports. I was afraid of the ball. I was a flincher … [Read more...]

Staying connected as babies become kids

Fly my Little Butterfly

Each year of Zoe's life thus far has seemed like the BIGGEST year yet, with the MOST dramatic changes for her. From infant to sitting-up baby to crawling maniac to toddler, then from babbler to nonstop talker, and on up to almost-reading preschooler. Now she's evolving before our eyes from preschooler to a school-ager who can READ, and I can't help wondering when I'll stop feeling this amazed and blown away by it all. I love this mom's take on the phenomenon of watching our children grow and … [Read more...]

Five days of gratitude: day five

E & L

Day five of five days of gratitude! Some may have wondered why I haven't been grateful for my darling husband yet this week... well, that's because I've been saving the best for last. In honor of his birthday weekend, here are three reasons I'm grateful every day for the man, the myth, my E! 1. I'm grateful for the things we share in common, like our love for each other and Zoe, our love for our home and neighborhood, our mutual strong commitment to getting back to a life focused around … [Read more...]

Kill your TV habit

TV habit 2014

It's confession time: despite extra free time in the evenings, I haven't blogged much this month because I've rediscovered the TV habit and I've been binge-watching various series. First I devoured both seasons of Orange Is The New Black and now I am sprinting through all five seasons of Breaking Bad. The addiction has gotten bad enough that I've been suffering from sleep deprivation during the day, yet that still won't stop me from staying up late to watch one or two episodes at night. NOT … [Read more...]

Our cosleeping transition timeline

Solo Sleeper 2014

For my own memory-keeping, as well as for the benefit of any new parents who are breastfeeding and cosleeping and wondering how to eventually transition from family bed to independent sleep, I am sharing our personal timeline here. We've reached some exciting milestones this year and transitioning our sweet girl into her own bed, in her own room, for solo bedtime, was our crowning jewel! I hope I'm not jinxing us by writing about it, but I want to capture all the details. March 2010 - we … [Read more...]

Summer fun Wednesdays

Summer fun Wednesdays 2014

What mom doesn't wish she could be in two places at once?! I am fortunate to have a meaningful, interesting job that I love. I am happy to be a working mom most of the time. I know there are benefits to Zoe being in daycare, especially since she's an only child. And I certainly don't have the fortitude to stay at home with her full-time! But oh, sometimes I mourn the loss of my Wednesdays off with her. Working part-time, while it had its challenges, was pretty much living the dream. Our … [Read more...]

Mother-Daughter Tea delights

Mother Daughter Tea 2014

At the end of April, just when spring was finally peeking and blinking her winter-rested eyes at us in the form of early blooms, Zoe and I attended a delightful Mother-Daughter Tea hosted by the Westerville Community Center. It was one of the loveliest events we've attended together and will definitely make my 2014 list of the year's favorite Columbus family fun activities. The Mother-Daughter Tea took place at the Everal Barn and Homestead in Westerville, which is a gorgeous location on the … [Read more...]

A purple and yellow Mother’s Day

purple&yellow2014

When Zoe came home from school with faintly purple-stained palms a week or so ago, I smiled knowingly and inquired, "Oh, did you do handprint art in school today?" I was sure it was another awesome, Pinterest-inspired Mother's Day art gift. Her teachers knock them out of the ballpark each year, and I treasure each and every one. "Yep Mommy, I made you a purple flower, your favorite!" Zoe proudly replied. Then more recently, thanks to a sneak preview from another school mom on Facebook, I … [Read more...]

Our best Easter ever

Easter 2014

I'm going on record as saying that Easter 2014 was our best Easter ever. Warm sunny weather, a relaxed weekend, lots of time outdoors and some bunny-themed fun made for some super memories. But before I share the Zoe story that truly made this the best Easter weekend ever, I first have to take you back to last Easter and the sad tale of an egg hunt gone wrong. Revisiting 2013's tragic egg hunt You see, last year I had the bright idea to take her to the GIGANTIC community Easter egg hunt … [Read more...]

Hot or not: mom and me outfits

Zoe-Mommy-2013

So, it turns out I'm ahead of my time, fashion-wise. A real trendsetter! (Okay, anyone who knows me well can stop laughing now). Seriously though, I've been obsessed with "mom and me" coordinating outfits for at least a year, and now this appears to be a hot trend for spring. Last year, I cobbled together the outfits you see here so Zoe and I could have some gloriously coordinated mom and daughter photos taken between my birthday and Mother's Day. I got lucky and found a dress for her at Old … [Read more...]