On first marriages

divorce-stats

It's no secret that both Eric and I had first marriages before we found each other. But Zoe doesn't know that yet, and I'm not sure when she'll think to ask. I know that when she does, I'll have to explain it to her - so I thought I'd practice here. Sometimes, when people get married and they are young and not quite fully grown up yet, they can make a bad choice and marry the wrong person. Or maybe the young people are fine together at first but then as they grow up a bit, they grow apart and … [Read more...]

Romantic gift ideas for him

Romance for Him 2015

I can't be the only one who struggles with what to get for my sweetheart when Christmas, Valentine's Day, our anniversary, his birthday and other gift-giving times roll around. I find that guys are just a lot harder to buy for than us women. I have so many interests, so many little obsessions - heck I even have an Amazon wish list and a Pinterest "I want" board. I couldn't be easier to buy for. But my beloved? Not so much. So I have to really rack my brain and get creative. Since Valentine's … [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...]

She’s moving out already?!

Zoe & Mommy 2013

It seems like just yesterday our little girl was turning three, and now... she's moving out. I just don't know that I'm ready! Okay, okay - she's just moving across the hall into her big girl bed in her own room. She won't be sleeping snuggled in between E and I anymore, like a baby bird in a nest, as she has since she was a tiny infant. And believe me, I'm ready for it - we all are. But it's still hard! There are so many transitions going on right now. 2014 is a really big year for Zoe … [Read more...]

25 random things – true love edition

Sweethearts forever.

I've noticed a trend recently - many bloggers are posting more personal "get to know me" posts as a way to further connect with readers. Well, this one you're about to read is a doozy - kudos to anyone who gets through the whole thing. You'll certainly end up knowing quite a bit about my honey and I! The story below was originally published as a Facebook Note on my personal page in February 2009 when E and I were celebrating our six year anniversary together. I decided to re-post it … [Read more...]

The year without travel

Mexico 2007

I love to travel. I crave adventure. It's in my blood - I grew up crisscrossing the Atlantic visiting my grandparents and other family members in the UK at least once each year until my 20s. I flew from JFK to Heathrow at the age of 12 as an unaccompanied minor. My childhood's family vacations consisted of sailing trips instead of road trips (and believe me, at the time I didn't appreciate that, but I definitely do now). You see, my parents are soulless gypsies who travel the world and … [Read more...]

Date day: my best invention ever

My beloved scrapping nook

Yesterday, for the first time in almost two years, my husband and I spent an entire day alone together. That’s crazy, right? How could we have gone that long without a day to ourselves? But we’re so in love with our daughter that we never really even considered it before. Anytime we had a day off from work, we wanted to spend it with her.  And we love our time together as a family – it’s the best! (Funny side note: before we had Zoe, I used to hear parents talk about going a year or … [Read more...]