Happy Mother’s Day!

I know so many wonderful mamas out there and am lucky enough to have some amazing mothers in my life! Happy Mother’s Day, you all deserve it! Hope you have a great day and get spoiled rotten 😉 And to my own mama…


Me as a baby with my mom



the best moms let you eat cookie dough on the beater

at a Genesis (Phil Collins) concert together

one of our

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My house: the wreck of the hesperus

Have you ever heard that saying? It was my grandpa, I think, that used to say that… when the house was a mess. “Looks like the wreck of the Hesperus in here!” Probably said quite often about my bedroom when I was little 🙂 “The Wreck of the Hesperus,” by the way, is a Longfellow poem.

Steve was out of town again the first half of this week–another business trip. I had grand plans to get things done around the house (trading out my winter clothes for summer clothes, cleaning up Rebecca’s

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Like mother, like daughter & son

I don’t have a picture handy of Steve as a baby otherwise I would have added him in here. Ryan definitely looked a lot like Steve when he was a baby, but now Ryan looks more like me (I think). What do you think???

This is why I’m a mom! {funny quotes}


and, of course…

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Ah, the summer life of a teacher

I’ve officially been a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) for just over a month now. I’m an instructor at our local college, but have the summers off. I remember my very first totally free day after school was over… I said, “what are we going to do?!?!” And by “we,” I meant me and Ryan!

I’m the type of person that totally needs structure and schedule. Otherwise I never do anything… it’s so easy for me to get in a rut and just want to sit. Especially when I’m totally exhausted all the time by my energetic-monster-toddler

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summer days

There’s an arboretum a few minutes from our house–it’s hidden away on a busy street, most people don’t even know it’s there. It’s nearly always empty when we go–a giant field of trees and grass and flowers–it’s beautiful and peaceful.

After the rain this morning, the sun came out and it was a really nice day so I decided to get out of the house and take Ryan to the arboretum so he could run free and I could take some photos.

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Before I was a Mom…

I got an email from my mom today about being an awesome mom (aww, thanks mom!). It made me think of my life before Ryan…. before I was a mom…

…picking someone else’s nose was DISGUSTING. Now, I hunt those boogies down.

…I showered every day and took my time (ya know, 20 minutes) getting ready and putting on makeup. Now I’m lucky if I brush my hair and leave the house without food stains on my pants.

…I rocked out to my favorites all the time (Aerosmith, The Who, Phil Collins, DMB, The

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