Christmas Traditions: A follow up

One last Christmas post as I will not be blogging tomorrow or the next day as I celebrate Christmas and then the second day of Christmas with the two sides of my family. I talked earlier this month about traditions and how I’m excited to see what traditions we create as the years go on. Here’s an update on a few more we’ve got this year: Continue reading

The Weary World Rejoices…

I’ve noticed that this year many people don’t seem to be feeling the “Christmas spirit” and I’ve noticed that many more just seem downright exhausted. There are countless articles and posts out there about how we should be slowing down for the holidays and make them less stressful, and I completely agree. However, I’m getting the sense that we aren’t all just exhausted from the holidays, we’re exhausted from the whole year. Continue reading

15 Books That Have Impacted My Life

I relate very much with the Cinderella character Drew Barrymore played  in Ever After (Danielle was the name I believe?) who explains to the prince that she can’t choose a favorite book any more than she could choose a favorite star in the heavens. But I wanted to write a post on some of my favorites and was still having a hard time narrowing those down when I came upon an old note I’d written on Facebook several years ago. I wrote it at the request of a friend and the note was basically titled the same thing as this blog post. This discovery made my life infinitely easier because not only did it give me a guideline or cut off point, it also turns out that I would still keep most of the books on there in my top 15 (though not necessarily in a particular order and including plays as books) : Continue reading

A Baker’s Half-Dozen YA Books I can’t wait to Read to My Boy

So I already wrote about the books my son is currently reading… here are my (current, I’m sure it will grow and change) list of 7 books or series I can’t wait for us to read together. A fun and potentially frivolous post… These are just a sampling of what I look forward to… there are SO MANY I could name but it would take much more time than I have to write about them. I can’t rank them either, they are just listed in the order that seemed to flow for me. Continue reading

Fall In LOVE: with BOOKS

So… aside from this first paragraph, I wrote this post on Thursday… but then the news of yet another mass shooting happened and I was distracted and then too depressed to post. It grieves me that we would rather enact new routines for students to prepare for shooters, to make this the norm, than to try and regulate guns in any way. I have enough worries about sending my child to school one day and wondering if he will get an adequate education. I shouldn’t have to worry about his safety being compromised because any crazy can go get a gun. Please, PLEASE research and add your voice to the changes that need to happen on this issue. It has certainly been weighing heavy on my heart and I feel like I would be remiss to post this without addressing this crossroads our nation is at (and honestly should have been at years ago. I remember when Sandy Hook happened I called my husband crying telling him I wasn’t so sure that I wanted to have kids anymore… we didn’t let fear keep us from doing that but we also hope that you won’t let fear of swinging to the other extreme on firearms keep you from working towards reasonable gun control and licensing laws.) Continue reading

Follow up: Exciting News! What we’ve been budgeting for…

So… you may have noticed that I’ve been extra busy/distracted/a bit stressed recently. I’ve wanted to write about why for the last month or so, but for some reason have been anxious about sharing this news with too many people before it became official, but now I can finally share (No, we are not expecting baby #2… sorry to disappoint those of you who have been asking…): We are going to be homeowners!! Continue reading