I need a new Caribbean island.

When I met Steve, he HATED flying. Just like he hated roller coasters and anything else adventurous. How did we end up together, again?! That’s the complete opposite of me: adventure defined by a mom.

So when we got engaged and started discussing honeymoon plans, let’s just say he was NOT happy about my idea to go to the Caribbean. I, however, won that argument, and off we went to St. Lucia!

Sooo, I’d like to take credit for Steve’s new love of travel and adventure 🙂 He’s always talking about

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Family vacations?

Growing up, we took a family vacation every summer. When we were younger, it was to a cabin in Wisconsin… fishing, hiking, relaxing. Of course there were a couple trips to Disney World and as we got older, we traveled farther away: Canada, Norway, Bahamas, Aruba. No matter where we were, we went as a family and planned fun activities to do together.

Steve and I have daydreamed about where we’ll take Ryan. What do we want him to see? Ya know, besides EVERYTHING! And at what age should we start? I mean, we

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So… my husband lost his job

Last week on Tuesday, February 8th, I was sitting at my desk when I heard the front door open. Steve wasn’t supposed to be home from work for hours so my jaw was dropped before I even heard the news.

“I was sent home. I think I just lost my job.”

To say we were shocked is an understatement. There wasn’t even the slightest bit of a clue that this was going to happen.

So here we are… I work part-time and we have savings… Steve’s searching for a new job. We’ll be okay

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Someone must have taught my husband that long ago. He completely surprised me this Valentine’s Day with an unbelievably gorgeous diamond necklace.

The pictures don’t even do it justice. Obviously purchased before he lost his job (the morning of, actually!) <–oops, that post is coming tomorrow (surprise?), it made me a little sick to my stomach to think about, but it’s beautiful and I adore it (and my hubby)!

We celebrated early, the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. Ryan spent the

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Valentine’s Survey

1) What is your favorite romantic comedy?



2) What are your favorites flowers?

Lilacs! And lilies.

3) What is your favorite Valentine’s Day treat to eat?

Chocolate! Fannie May. Fondue.

4) Describe your best Valentine’s Day.

Probably my first one with Steve when we were dating. He brought me downstairs and their were candles all over the basement. The table had roses

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My [short] stint as a SAHM [stay at home mom]

I went back to work 6 weeks after Ryan was born. I quit when he was 7 months old and started a new job immediately after. But something that’s more than a little awesome? I teach [college] so I have a super long winter break…. about 5 weeks off! Granted, my winter “break” was jam packed with activities, but I was absolutely a SAHM for a month.

It was tough, not gonna lie.

It was so easy to get stuck in a rut–I blame this nasty cold thing we call winter–but my energy to

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Simple changes for the new year

One of the main things I told myself I needed to work on this year was time management. I want to spend more time with my family (Ryan’s 1st year went by WAY too fast). That means I need to be more effective at getting my WOHM duties done during naps or at night and I also need to spend less time online–or at least use my time online more wisely.

So what have I done so far?

I’ve carved out certain times in the day to spend on my classes [my WOHM duties–I’m

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