I have so much to be thankful for, but this picture really captures the essence of it all. I’m so thankful for my little family and that we are all healthy. Yes, most of the time our house is chaotic, toys are everywhere and I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in 6 months, but I know these moments are only temporary and they’ll be gone before I know it. Happy Thanksgiving!

first sickness strikes


It’s been a very rough week and a half around here. Kressa’s first cold hit with a vengeance. It started off with a fever, but then turned into a horrific cough. The worst part of it all (besides the lack of sleep) has been that she will often cough after drinking a bottle, which then results in her vomiting everything back up. After 5 days of the cough, I took her back in to see the doctor and they diagnosed her with bronchiolitis, so we started breathing treatments.

I don’t think there is any worse feeling than when your child is miserable and there’s not much you can do about it.

There’s been a few times this last week when I was on the brink of losing it all. One particular night, Scott was gone at a work function so I was home alone with the kids. I fed Kressa and then she threw up all over me. I finally got her to sleep and was pre-heating the oven to cook a pizza when the smoke alarms went off and she woke up crying. The only solace in all of this is that Decker has been such a good boy lately and he was quietly entertaining himself while I was tending to cleaning up vomit.



I’m glad to say that she is finally on the mend, just in time for Thanksgiving!

november 2014 / taking stock


  1. Cooking : Mostly frozen things these days.
  2. Drinking : Coffee…lots of coffee. But I have yet to grab a Starbucks red cup drink. May have to change that this weekend.
  3. Reading: Tons of blogs that are really helping to get my creative juices flowing.
  4. Wanting: Kressa to sleep through the night.
  5. Looking: Forward to a date night with Scott tonight…the first one we’ve had since Kressa was born in May!
  6. Deciding: The best way to keep myself organized at work.
  7. Wishing: Kressa would sleep through the night (notice a theme here?)
  8. Enjoying: Watching Decker interact with Kressa. He adores her so much and it’s starting to become evident that she adores him just as much.
  9. Waiting: For my new law firm website to be completed and launch. I finally decided to hire a professional to design it.
  10. Liking: The rainy, gloomier fall weather.
  11. Wondering: When my hair will finally grow back from falling out after Kressa’s birth.
  12. Loving: Kressa’s sweet smiles and chubby cheeks.
  13. Pondering: If we should start trying to night wean Kressa.
  14. Watching: The Walking Dead and Homeland. So good.
  15. Hoping: That one of these days I will feel somewhat caught up in at least one area of my life.
  16. Marvelling: At how Decker surprises me every single day with something he tells me. It’s hard to believe how much he catches onto and absorbs.
  17. Needing: A full night’s sleep.
  18. Wearing: My maternity jeans still. They’re just so comfy!
  19. Thinking: About how I need to start taking more pictures of Kressa and documenting her life more. It’s true, baby #2 gets the short end of the picture stick.
  20. Admiring: People who manage to stay caught up with their Project Life albums.
  21. Sorting: Clothes that the kids have outgrown. They grow up so fast.
  22. Disliking: Feeling disorganized.
  23. Feeling: Tired, but grateful for two beautiful, healthy children.
  24. Coveting: This camera.

If you’d like to Take Stock, you can find the list here.

44/52 halloween wrap-up

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”**

Halloween has come and gone and it was a good one, although I realized it is a lot more exhausting when you have 2 kids, even when one of them is an infant. Getting both of them ready in the morning and dropped off at daycare is a big enough challenge, but then adding the costumes, 2 parties, trick-or-treating, and the fact that it was at the end of the week this year…well, let’s just say that I was pretty much done by the end of the night.

Decker is obsessed with Spider-Man, so his costume was no surprise. And Kressa was absolutely adorable in her owl costume, although at times I felt like she was probably wondering “why am I wearing this thing?”








**With a few weeks missed here and there.

Linking up with Jodi


We didn’t make it to the pumpkin patch this year, but did find some time to carve a pumpkin, albeit the night before Halloween. Unfortunately, I am a horrible carver, so Scott did most of the work and we ended up with a somewhat decent-looking pumpkin!






I set the tripod up and we had some fun with the interval timer. As you can see, Scott was doing most of the hard labor.


Can you see the little hairs growing back from my post-partum baldness? It’s crazy how much hair fell out!




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