Your dogs are only your babies until you have actual babies

“My dogs are just like my kids” I used to say. I loved them like I thought one loves a child. I spoiled them, cuddled them, babied them, missed them… they were my world for 4 years.

Until he came.

Now they are just one more obstacle in my way throughout the day, like the dishes or work or um, finding time to take a shower.They shed, they whine and they bark. I can’t tell you how many countless times they have woke the baby up.  I swore it would never happen but my first loves have switched from sweet babies to animals.

I am always angry with one of them.  I mean, do they not see this baby resting over here on my lap?  Why would you want to wake him? And have I mentioned that Brady’s cries send Mosley into a total panic, complete with high pitched howls? That noise is one I could live my whole life never hearing again.

Your dogs are only your babies until you have actual babiesBut not to worry, they are not neglected thanks to the man in the house. If not for him I don’t know that I would ever remember to feed them or let them use the bathroom. Same goes for the cat in the house, but he already had the shaft long before Brady arrived.

We love our dogs though and I want our kids to grow up with animals and learn to appreciate them and be respectful of them, so the dogs aren’t going anywhere. They are still part of the family and still bring a little something to this place… even though sometimes I can’t quite remember what.

First published in October 2010.

Vanilla is In, Boring is Out

I look forward to my Saturday mornings almost every hour of the work week.  It is my time I spend snuggling up with my still half asleep babies before their energy kicks in, while I drink my coffee and the world waits.  I have nowhere to be and nothing to do but just be present with them.  In these moments is where I find my peace.

My Vanilla Moment

It appears so simple, so mundane, so vanilla – but it makes my heart soar.  My most favorite part of my entire week is this very hour.

I like my life the way I like my coffee, really.  Not a whole lot of embellishment or extravagances on the exterior but rich and vibrant and incredibly fulfilling.

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10 Awesome Things You Can’t Do While You’re Pregnant

When I got pregnant with my first kiddo I knew all the obvious things to stay away from.  We’re all aware we can’t drink, smoke, do illegal drugs or change the cat box and that’s totally cool.  But as the months went on I started to learn more and more things I wasn’t “allowed” to do and the list got pretty long.

It seemed like every week there was something new I wanted to do and was instantly hit with, “you can’t do that while you’re pregnant” from a friend or the internet.  I remember telling my mom I should write a book solely about the things you can’t do while you’re baking a baby – the list was THAT long.

The funny thing is, like with most things you are told you can’t do, you don’t really want to do it, you just don’t like being told no.  I got pregnant and suddenly wanted to ride bumper cars and eat sushi.  Well, I never wrote that book, but here is what would have graced a few of the pages.

10 Awesome Things You Can't Do While You're Pregnant
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10 Mason Jar Crafts for Kids

Who isn’t in love with mason jars right now?  I don’t think anyone could have dreamed how popular they would become!

I really love mason jar crafts for kids because I think you can turn them into the cutest creations.  Last year Brady and I made a mason jar pumpkin and it was by far our most favorite Halloween decoration.  It totally brought fall into our house.

10 Mason Jar Crafts for Kids
These adorable mason jar crafts are just right for the kids.  I can’t wait to get started making a few more with Brady and I think the keepsake jar below is so cute!

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