The Pitter Patter of Little Feet at 5:07am

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not nice when I get woken up early.

I’m just not.

You know those people that are sweet and loving and say things like “oh honey you had a nightmare? Let’s cuddle.”

I’m basically the opposite of those people. Continue reading “The Pitter Patter of Little Feet at 5:07am”


Faux Fur: A Must Have in Any Girl’s Wardrobe?


Forget princess dresses, she’s a superhero… also we don’t own any princess clothes.

Can we take a few minutes and chat about girl clothes?

When we found out that the Princess was in fact a girl (I can’t tell you how many times Mr. Spreadsheets made the ultrasound tech check and then recheck that she was actually a girl), I was stoked.

I was thrilled for a lot of reasons, but I have to admit that I thought girl clothes would be so fun.

And girl clothes are so fun… but… well there are some things that just frustrate me. Continue reading “Faux Fur: A Must Have in Any Girl’s Wardrobe?”

Thriving Thirties

a-special-birthday-cakeI have to take a quick minute and admit that I LOVE being in my thirties.

I was a little bit worried as my 30th birthday approached, but now that I’m several years into this, I can whole heartedly admit that I love my thirties.

My twenties were a time of transition.

My twenties were great, my tummy was nice and flat,  my smile lines weren’t permanent, but let’s be honest, there was a lot of figuring life out.

Sure I’m still figuring life out one hour at a time, but I feel more equipped to handle things.  Continue reading “Thriving Thirties”

The Secret to Being a Good Friend is Being a Hufflepuff


I’m a boring person.

I don’t like to do crazy things.

I am also not a fun and exciting friend.

But I’ve decided that while “fun” is… well fun, it isn’t the only thing I want in a friend, or the kind of friend I aspire to be.

I want to be the dependable, dedicated, and loyal friend.

I want to be the friend that you can count on to respond, to show up, and to help.

I’m convinced that 90% of being a good friend is just showing up.

That’s it.

I may feel this way because I’m not fun, I am a Hufflepuff after all. Continue reading “The Secret to Being a Good Friend is Being a Hufflepuff”

The Best Time of the Year


Don’t let his cute grumpy face fool you, he was THRILLED for school, ready to head out by 7:30am… it starts at 9am. 

I LOVE the start of school.

I mean I may like it even more than I like Christmas… which as a former professional gift wrapper is a lot.

I loved the start of school as a kid and I love it even MORE as a parent.

The start of school is the beginning of something new and fresh.

I know that spring is a time for new beginnings, but I’m going to be honest, spring is actually just a slow allergy ridden countdown to summer.

The start of school on the other hand is the beginning of fall, the beginning of college football (of which I’m only a casual observer), and the beginning of the the holiday season (yes it starts the day after Labor Day).  Continue reading “The Best Time of the Year”

Some Exclusions May Apply: Finding Friends as an Adult

Can we start off by admitting that finding friends at any age is rough?

I’d venture to say that finding friends as an adult is even harder than finding friends as a teenager.

Can we also agree that this is one of the funniest prom pictures out there? There are so many great things about this picture. Please say you’re laughing.


I was one of those kids lucky enough to find good friends young. I had many of the same friends throughout elementary, middle, and high school.

There’s something about being friends from the time you learn to tie your shoes until the time you leave for college that just makes life easier.

I knew there were mean kids out there, especially mean girls, but because we spent so much time in our insulated band friend bubble, the mean girls played a smaller role.

I mistakenly thought that mean girls were limited to middle and high school… you know what?

They aren’t. Continue reading “Some Exclusions May Apply: Finding Friends as an Adult”

Putting Down Roots

Texas-Oak-With-Bluebonnets-300x161I am one of the those people that likes to put down roots. I don’t like change and I don’t like surprises. I like to be prepared for the future.

We’ve been in Austin for 3.5 years, and I know that change is coming eventually.

When we left school in Utah, we agreed that we would follow Mr. Spreadsheet’s job wherever it took us. We knew that life would be an adventure!

But the uncertainty of not knowing where we will go next gets to me.  I want to know what comes next, I want to control the future. And I want to stay here.

Continue reading “Putting Down Roots”