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Marriage … With Kids

Married with Kids

We always thought the jump from dating to marriage would be the ultimate test of a relationship. Even though many of the day-to-day things stayed the same as we moved from dating to (early) marriage, we knew we were in for a transition. Gone were the days of ignoring issues and sweeping them under the rug. Addressing problems head on and communicating directly forced this thing called “marriage” into a new reality and a new level of intimacy. The transition was welcomed with open...

When There’s Almost Two

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The thought of it brings tears to my eyes, so let’s see how far this pregnant mama can go without getting too sentimental. Ah, who are we kidding … Every morning, Mads and I pack up the car, wave our goodbyes to dad and head out for the day. On our way to school, we chat about the upcoming day, share random stories, tell jokes and sing songs. Do we ever sing songs. And every time she starts to sing,...

Podcasts for the Mamas in the Front Row

podcasts for moms

I’ve been on a podcast kick lately. I don’t remember the first podcast I listened to nor do I remember how I really found out about the first one I heard, but something that immediately captured me, and a reason why I really love many of the podcasts I listen to today, are the unique perspective on the subject matter. Granted, the majority of the podcasts I listen to focus around motherhood, parenting and family life, but that is a...

I Blinked.

I say the same thing every year: I don’t know how it happened. Somewhere between the nighttime feedings, scrapped knees, ice cream dates, daycare pick ups and potty training, my itty bitty baby turned into a three year old. Three years old. I know what happened … I blinked. Truly a mother’s curse. I’ve never been so scared and yet so anxious to blink. I remember when we were finally able to bring her home from the hospital. Those first few...

First Time Mom: 10 MORE Things They Don’t Tell You

The first installment of First Time Mom // Things They Don’t Tell You was definitely a very accurate summary of the first year of Madeline’s life and my first year as a first time mom. It focused on the itty-bitty of it all. The very beginning. Now, we’re winding down the second year. I have no idea where that year went {AND that is one thing they DO tell you – you blink and time vanishes}. So let’s jump in!...

5 Ways to Survive Kids’ Birthday Parties

To say we were blessed with Madeline’s daycare situation would be a very huge understatement. This place is just the tops. Bee’s knees, if you will. Wonderful yet sassy, up-beat and creative teachers always there to greet us in the morning, scooping up our little and readying her for the day. Rambunctious friends that call to her as they burst into the room. Sweet smiles and the occasional friendly short exchange between parents during the drop-off and pick-up. Pretty neat stuff. Anxiety...

First Time Mom: 17 Things They Don’t Tell You

I suppose I should start out with the whole mom disclaimer. You know how it goes: Before I go any further, I want you to know that I love my little beans to the moon and back. My little girl is my world and yadda yadda yadda. Okay, duh. We LOVE our kids. Of course we do. I never have a doubt in my mind about the immense amount of love and respect I have for my little being. It’s...