Ah. There is almost nothing more blissful than the sound of sleeping babies. Especially when the sound before they were sleeping was wailing and gnashing of the teeth. No seriously. Jack was wailing and Evelyn uses her mouth to express her anger. So she was biting the steps on the porch.

It’s now so peaceful that I’m sorely tempted to join them in their blissful state but I’m instead drinking an iced coffee, eating a doughnut, blogging, then reading a book. Sounds pretty blissful as well.

So. I told you a few weeks ago we were planning on going to Lake Moomaw but we canceled due to weather. Wise move.

Last week, we looked at the forecast and decided to hop on over. Good move.

(Jack was excited to get on the road. He was also excited to get off the road. Kid has a voice that can cause the deaf to hear).

 Probably one of the better Moomaw experiences. Perfect, hot weather, no rain, water level was high and was the warmest I’ve felt it. Oh. And we got to stay at that bed and breakfast which was rather sublime. The kids slept better than us.

 And the kids just did well in general. Ev got to practice her swimming in the lake and made great progress with her armies. Jack took good naps. I got to swim. And at the coaxing of friends, leapt off the boat while Wes was wake surfing and tackled him. Oh it was funny. I couldn’t stop laughing.

Really stellar trip. We missed dearly the lovely folks with whom we have camped the past six (!) years but hoping for a moomaw reunion in some future year.

 Such a beautiful place. I told Wes that it almost makes me cry. He’s like ‘why? cause we live so far from it?’. No you nut. Because it’s beautiful. And it speaks to my soul.

hahaha. Such a guy/girl assessment of tears.

Anyways. Now off to my book.

Nice chatting.


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twenty and two.

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I mean really, what more can you say after these pictures? 

They are adorable, I love them, they love each other, and I’m really glad I got that chair off craigslist. 

Also. Jack two months stats…11.9 pounds (31%), 22.5 inches (24%). 

Hugs and love from a full heart. 

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morning and night.






 Two new things.

Every evening for the past few days, we’ve been taking a walk. Jack is often cranky and is lulled to sleep and Evelyn is losing steam but not quite ready for bed. And so out we go, down the road. Ev sings, stops at every driveway reflector, and is delighted with the neighborhood cats. We’ll walk to the church down the road that has a tiny play structure and Ev will get her slide on. Then back through the cemetery where she likes to stand on the alphabetical stones.

It really is a lovely evening practice. And makes me love summer. And dread winter. But I try not to think about that because that’s borrowing trouble from tomorrow and I never do that.


And every morning…I read a blog post that mentioned a mother rising at 4:45 in the morning to have her alone/quiet time before her children were up. And I thought to myself, hmm. That’s sounds like a wise idea. I should do that.

And so, for the past two mornings, I’ve set my alarm clock, and minus a snooze or two have risen before the kiddos, made a delicious breakfast and had some quiet time before they wake up.

My alarm clock is set for 9:30.


I’m so impressive. And I crack myself up.

Hugs and love and sleep to you!

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Summer days

Last night after Wes came back from putting Ev to bed I told him, ‘I seriously feel like melted butter every time she goes to bed.’

‘I know,’ he said, ‘I could cry every time.’

So it’s not just me and my hormones. Ev really is turning us into mush. We’ve been getting home late many summer nights and so bed time routine involves the four of us on our bed, changing diapers, brushing teeth and the more tired she is the funnier and more affectionate she is. There’s kisses for everyone, over and over, and as she comes in for the kiss she has this pleased look on her face and then after she makes her little kiss noise, she leans back with the biggest grin on her face. And then snuggles and talks about life in her little baby voice. And then does a little singing. After a few more goodnight kisses for me and Jack, Wes carries her off and she waves and smiles at me the whole way out of sight with her pig tails still happily perched on her head.

And I melt into a puddle and whisper, ‘thank you so much for our little girl’.


IMG_6039Such a goober head.

She’s coming to life in more ways and finally getting her explorer on. We have a good size field next to our house and she loves to hold your hand and run around with her head tilted back, laughing and gasping at the same time and then falling down and then getting up, throwing her head back, and laughing more. It’s the most beautiful visual of a carefree childhood and I adore watching it.

I’ll tell her to get the bug and she gets her chubby little foot out and stomps on the ground and then giggles uproariously when the ant appears from under her foot. I had the best time watching her and her aunt J catch fireflies together. She seemed to think that it was her job to blow on the firefly after it was caught and was rather delighted with the whole process.

I’m seeing more and more of me in her and it’s a mix of ‘oh boy’ and laughter. If she gets frustrated (i.e. can’t get her food on the fork), she squawks and bangs things and throws things. Kinda like me when I’m trying to put the refrigerator shelves back in and just want to chunk everything. We went over to a friends house and on the way told her, ‘Ev, it’s okay if Finn touches you, that’s her way of saying hi.’ Because often times, if her personal bubble is violated, more squawking  and pushing comes out. And once again, I see myself.

They did pretty well.
IMG_6037I love watching her interact more and more. For instance. With this guy. IMG_5984 Ev was very leery of him and his brother but eventually warmed up and found them pretty amusing. Imagine.

I tried to take pictures of her and Jack in outfits that Aunt Stace had purchased for them but mainly just got classic pictures of Ev in her, ‘Please. Just give me the phone!’ pose.

IMG_6010What a goober.


They turned out so well!

I braved the grocery store with the two of them and it went pretty well considering the last time I was in Walmart with Ev, she screamed her head off at me. So pleasant. She did quite well as she mowed on a banana this time and I played the pacifier game with Jack until he got quite fed up with it and burst everyone’s ear drums as we checked out. I tried not to wince through my smiles and thank you’s for the help loading the cart.


Little miss likes helping out, whether its stuffing Jack’s pacifier back in or her new love of dish washing. Also. Believe I’ve mentioned that it’s impossible to vacuum without her help. So you can basically vacuum in a straight line. So there’s a clean path in my house. And that’s it.

IMG_6036 IMG_5988Also. Who wears clothes in the summer? (I do). But summer babies are really where it’s at.

And Jack. People want to know how Jack’s doing.

When Ev was three months old, we were out in California and Davey let us know that he finally realized why parents talked about their babies poop so much. ‘Really, it’s about the most interesting thing they do all day.’ hahaha

And so goes it with Jack. Wes will come home and ask me how Jack’s been and I’ll be like, ‘good. He did have an epic diaper today.’ So he eats and sleeps (6-8 hours at night this week, party in the house) and yes, he poops.

He also adores visiting with you and gives the dreamiest, goofiest baby smiles at you.

Him and Ev are basically on the same schedule and at least this week, have been sleeping in to 9, 10,  or 11, and then napping together. It’s lovely.


So completely grateful for this life with my bebes.

Hugs and love to you.

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a couple of things.

1. Poor Jack is so misunderstood. The first week of his life, he smelled very unpleasant. And I’d heard that boys just stink in general but I was like this is a bit excessive and he’s a newborn! We sniffed him all over, wondered if it was the asparagus I was pounding and finally, Wes discovered it was his umbilical cord.

Fast forward to the past week. The kid has smelled like a cheese puff. And I bathe him and he still smells like one. And I’m like, well, Pioneer Woman’s dog smells like a Frito, maybe Jack just smells like a cheese puff. Finally, I figured it out. Two words. Neck rolls.

Poor Jack. Now he’s fresh as a daisy. Also. Slathered coconut oil on his head and cradle cap virtually disappeared. woot.

 2. For various reasons [including clenching my jaw at night as I fiercely concentrate on sleeping] I found my retainer and put it in for the first time in five years. I literally had to pry it in and then take a pain killer it hurt so bad. But a week later I can pop it in with my tongue and my smile has already changed. Crazy. And so not of general interest. Sorry.

3. After drinking iced americanos for a week, vanilla flavored almond milk finally made it’s way into my home. And oh the iced lattes are just amazing. The vanilla makes them taste like Starbucks caramel macchiatos. And Jack’s a fan.

4. And he slept seven hours on Saturday night. Angels sing.

5. We’re going to Lake Moomaw this weekend. And we’re staying at a cute little bed and breakfast. I can’t wait to hang out with my little family on the shore and watch Wes and Ev swim around. And then go back to my cute little bed and breakfast and sleep in a real bed and not have to cringe every time a child makes a noise.

6. The weather the past two days has made my heart sing.

7. Ev is really the sweetest. Watching her tote her little baby doll around and give it kiss after kiss after kiss kinda melts my heart. I’ve been teaching her ‘i love you’ in sign language and she grins and loves to sign it with me and it’s just adorable.

8. I sit on the couch and snuggle Jack and watch the other two play together and my heart fills and overflows.

So much love.

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Not really but sorta.

On Tuesday, both kids had doctor appointments. So at 3:30, I loaded them up, drove to Ace to fetch Wes and off we journeyed. Both kids are doing fabulously, Jacks gained three pounds and is 9 pounds 13 oz and Ev is 21 pounds. Jack was calm and collected during his visit, Evelyn was terrified.

Over an hour later, we finally got both kids back in the car and went across the street to the mall where we exchanged a gift for Jack and I hunted for some bargains for Wes and I. Lots of walking. Lots of kids wanting to be in and out of stroller. And lots of nothing in the buying department.

 So, slightly before everyone got hangry, we journeyed back to the car, changed more diapers, and loaded everyone up. To journey across the street to dinner and unload everyone.

Jack mercifully slept through dinner hour and Ev chowed down so it was all relatively smooth. And then I loaded Jack back up and sat in the car while Wes and Ev made their slow progress back to the car.

And I was like. I am exhausted. And I thought about my future ten children. And was exhausted again.

And then we came home and I fell asleep while Wes bought tickets for California. And I drifted off thinking about going to the airport with two kids, a double stroller, two car seats, one suit case, two back packs and a drone. And two lap infants.

Oh em gee.

Can’t wait!

Here’s to coming chaos!


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right now

Right now, Jack’s asleep and Evelyn’s asleep.

Right now, I want more kids.

I felt like such a mom this week. Not in a bad way, just in a, ‘I’m whipping up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, while wearing a baby, while trying not to watch my 19 month old shove oatmeal into her mouth,’ and then I’m loading babies in the car and unloading them and we’re going to mimi’s house and its just like wow. Suddenly I feel very momish.

But it all feels pretty manageable. I’ve sorta stopped eating dairy and Jack’s back to being a dream. He doesn’t quite get the sleeping in memo so we do generally get some quality time in the morning while sister dear snoozes. Seriously, we put her down the other night at 8 pm, and I finally went upstairs to check on her at 10:45 the next day. Conked out. Finally woke up at 11:08. That girl is related to me.

Jack takes good naps; the other day I went to the pool and he slept in his car seat the three hours I was there, just hanging out by the pool pump, oblivious to all the ruckus going on. It was bliss.

So yeah. I want more kids. And I like to make these decisions now in the peaceful times, when Wes and I look at each other and say, ‘ahh. Our house is quiet.’ Because pretty sure, the older they get, the louder it’ll get. And the more chaos. Ev hasn’t even reached the ‘terrible twos’ yet and sure, she already gives me the stink eye but its not chaotic yet. And since I do want more kids, I feel like I should maybe make the decision now before chaos strikes. And then, when it does strike, the decision will have been made and we’ll just deal with it.

How’s that for logic.

I suppose I could consult this guy.
DSC_0128Gosh he looks good with those kids. What’s a few more?

Happy Father’s day love. Marrying you was about the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

Hugs. Love. And a kiss.


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