My husband. The man I never saw coming. My Lee. My first baby. The boy I begged God for. The boy who stared straight into my eyes after I brought him into the world. The boy who fills my world with Disney songs and Transformer fight sequences. The boy whose sweet tooth is as deep … Continue reading My three humans
My baby sister got married this past Saturday. For whatever reason (ha!), my emotions were running high when it came time for me to toast the bride and groom. As my voice caught and I started stumbling over my words, I cut it short. But, Dakota, this is what I wanted to say: "The love … Continue reading For my sister
When you think about raising a little girl, you think you'll need pastel-colored everything and loads of barbie dolls. You think you'll be seeing a sweet little thing setting up her stuffed animals for a tea party and wanting to play dress-up all of the time. I mean, at least, that's what I thought it … Continue reading Almost 18 months of Evie
For the first time since February, we brought our children into a restaurant. While navigating the bumpy and pitted road that has been parenting during a worldwide pandemic thus far, D and I have gone out of our way not to bring our children into public places. The weekend before last was their first time … Continue reading Taco… Wednesday??!
I was late for work this morning.... It was 6:40 A.M. Both children were clean and dressed. We should have been heading out to the car to leave for school. But, we weren't. Lee was on my right, laying on the couch with his head in my lap. My right hand in his hair, gently … Continue reading Grace
Evie is at that fun age where it seems like we are at the doctors office every few months just to keep her properly vaccinated. It literally seems as if they are due for one or two shots every three months from the time your child is born until they hit 2. Not that I'm … Continue reading 15 months and fabulous
So.... I work. I work my happy little butt off. And my husband still brings home more bacon than me. Rightfully so.Everything that man calculates, he does in his head, standing on the side of a busy highway, cars zooming past him, while arguing with someone else who thinks they know better than he does. Every decision … Continue reading I’m a cool mom
I have become obsessed with the color green. I want it everywhere in our house. Everywhere..... Let me start by saying, I love our kitchen. There are countertops as far as the eye can see. But, in recent weeks, the island has started to bother me. There's just so much darkness. Black and brown, … Continue reading Take me away… to a green island!
Lee Thomas has not been to the grocery store since March. And my boy LOVES the grocery store. Or, "the blue store," as he calls it. This morning, with D already gone for work and Evie still snoozing, I plopped down on the couch beside Lee with my laptop and started building a grocery pick-up … Continue reading Groceries, groceries, groceries
As we were walking up the sidewalk towards the front door of the kids Daycare this morning, my kids were on a whole other level of crazy. Evie was holding my hand and trying to keep up with her brother, who was a few steps ahead of us. A Daycare Dad, Will, had just walked … Continue reading A LITTLE CRAZY
Scene: Pulling into the Daycare parking lot. The building beside the daycare was having a new roof installed. Lee: Hello up there! Lee: (Louder this time) I said, hello up there! Man on roof: Hey down there! Lee: What are you doing up there, my man? Scene: D, Lee and I are laying in bed … Continue reading Talking to a Toddler (Pt. 2)
I know, I know.. it's been a while. But ya'll, I'm tired. Evie is absolutely crazy right now. In the mornings before school and in the afternoons until dinner is served she wants to be on your hip. Lee is going through some type of regression (probably because of Evie) and has just completely lost … Continue reading The Crazy Days
Due to a teething fever of 100.4 on Monday afternoon, sweet Evie got herself and her brother kicked out of daycare for 48 hours (per the new COVID guidelines for daycares in our state). In an effort to get the munchkins out of the house (and ready for naptime) I brought them to the park … Continue reading The Great Outdoors
There's something raw about having children that no one ever warns you about. People will tell you that you won't sleep for the next twenty years and you won't be able to go to the restroom by yourself ever again. You'll be warned about how much food toddlers and teenagers consume and how much pee … Continue reading My Wild One
I yelled at Lee this morning. I had Evie on my hip, a spare change of clothes for Lee’s cubby in one hand, a cup of coffee in the other and my purse and work bag on my shoulder. Evie and I were standing in front of the door, waiting on Lee so that we … Continue reading Just a lot
I love my job. But, some mornings, I feel like I'm making a choice and it isn't an easy one. Every single working parent alive has felt this way, so I know that I'm not alone. But that doesn't make it sting any less. Normally, when I drop my kids off at school, they both … Continue reading What a Wednesday
Happy Birthday to babe! Happy Birthday to babe! Happy Birthday to baaaaaaaaaaaabbbbbbbbbeeeeee... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BABE! In honor of D's 28th birthday, here are a few fun facts you might want to know about the man who has chosen, of his own free will, to be married to me for eternity: He is the biggest … Continue reading Happy birthday to babe!
Evie is 9 months old now. Though, actually, she is closer to 10 months at this point. A friend of mine came into my workplace last week and mentioned that I would be planning a first birthday party soon. The tears were stinging my eyes before I realized they were there. My Evie. My sweet … Continue reading 9 Months of Evie
Kids. They keep you on your toes, don't they? Lee is in a little phase right now where he is afraid of everything. He heard a sound in the bathroom last night and wouldn't go in until D went and checked it out. He randomly tells me that there are monsters in his closet, behind … Continue reading One-man swat team
"I have another friend who has a Video Blog and she did a decade roundup, you should do one of those!" said my only friend who gives me blog post ideas. I mean, I don't remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but sure, let's see how this goes. 2010: Junior in high school, I … Continue reading Decade Roundup
I'm alone in my car on my lunch break. I just picked up my favorite smoothie. I was planning on walking around a store to stretch my legs, but I can't make myself get out. The song "Drowning" by Chris Young came on the radio on my drive to the shopping center from Juva and … Continue reading Through smiles and tears
We have a three year old! Lee turned three on Saturday. This is a fact. This is a fact that I did not accept until a few days later. How could he be three? How is that possible? My little nugget. The itty bitty seven pound and thirteen ounce baby man I met on a … Continue reading Ladies and Gentlemen..
Mom brain. You hear about it. You make fun of your fellow moms about it. But then.. then, it happens to you. D was duck hunting this morning, so Lee and I were on our own getting the household up and running. Lee joined us in our bed pretty early this morning. He is starting … Continue reading Mom brain on a Thursday
We need to give Dads more credit. The good Dads. The hands on Dads. The Dads who get in there and change the diaper. The Dads who nudge you out of the way and take over the dishes. I was standing in the front hallway of the kids daycare this morning, quite possibly asleep on … Continue reading Let’s hear it for the Dads
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Actually, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Here are a few of the highlights: 1. New carseats!! Lee got a new carseat and Evie inherited Lee's old carseat in each vehicle. We had quite the operation going on. Also, on the same day, we had gravel delivered and D made … Continue reading Thanksgiving Week in review
I was "that mom" this morning. I was the mom in the Daycare parking lot trying to teach her kid a lesson. You see, Lee has this new thing that he likes to do... not listen to me in public. Like this morning, when I got him out of his carseat, I told him to … Continue reading Parking lot panic
(**UPDATE 11/22: It was just a bout of food poisoning. Back to normal now!) I'm tired, I'm so tired. Its 1:30 A.M. and I'm sitting on my bathroom floor, waiting to see if I am about to get sick again. I've been here for a while. Trying not to make too much noise, trying not … Continue reading Midnight Musings
Evelyn is six months old today. And I am not okay. I mean, okay, that's dramatic, but I'm just so... surprised. I feel like only two weeks ago I was waving positive pregnancy tests in D's face, dumbfounded. For about a year, I did not think I would be able to have children. But then … Continue reading Six months of Evie
Scene: Walking down the front path at Daycare, towards the parking lot. A middle-aged man is walking towards us, coming from the opposite direction. Lee stops and puts a hand on his hip. Lee: Are you Catherine's dad? Man: Yes, I am. Lee: Hmm. (walks away) Me: That's Lee. Man: Oh, I know who that … Continue reading Talking to a Toddler (Pt. 1)
Evie will be 6 months old on the 30th. Now, I know what you're thinking.. how can this be? How did this happen? And I honestly don't have an answer because I feel as if: a.) I literally gave birth to her two days ago and also b.) She has been a part of our … Continue reading The girl of my dreams
On a typical weekday, our morning routine is simple and relatively smooth. Lee will wake up between 4:00 and 5:00 A.M. and crawl between D and I. D's alarm will go off at 5:00. He gets up and goes to the bathroom to get ready. I get up, grab Lee a cup of milk from … Continue reading Sweet Morningtime
Yesterday afternoon, I walked into daycare to pick up Lee & Evie. As I'm signing them out, a teacher tells me that Lee is in the restroom, but she was going to help him gather his things and bring him to the front. I tell her thank you and head to the other end of … Continue reading A Bad Day