The other night I tried to sneak away from Jody and the kids for a nice relaxing bubble bath. I didn’t fill anyone in on my plans, just quietly left the room and went to fill the tub, hoping they wouldn’t notice I was gone. Our bathroom has two doors – one from the hallway (which has a lock) and one from our bedroom (which does not have a lock). I filled the tub while pouring in some Juniper Breeze bath bubbles, and locked the hallway door, trying to pro-actively deter a potentially curious preschooler. Just as I stepped into the water, I heard curiousRead More →

I wrote last week about the sickies overtaking our house. Julian and I both had (and still have, unfortunately) some nasty colds. On Sunday night/early Monday morning, Julian’s junky cough started sounding like a barky seal (AKA croupy) cough and I began to get worried. Ava had a severe case of croup when she was just 13 months old and we ended up with a visit to the ER and a two-day hospital stay. I did NOT want to go down that road with Julian. The wee hours of Monday morning dragged on as I stayed up with him, sitting in the steamy bathroom (toRead More →

I’ve decided to start posting on Wordless Wednesday. I figure it will give me a chance to post some pics (of the kids and anything else my lil heart desires), but not have to worry so much about the technical merit of the photos (like I do for Best Shot Monday). AKA I can just throw together a pic or two from my point & shoot and call it good. Easy, peasy. :) Methinks that’s too many words for a Wordless Wednesday post. ;) See more Wordless Wednesday.

Updated: The winner is Living for God. Congrats! I’m joining in on the HUMONGOUS giveaway fun over at the Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway at Rocks In My Dryer!I’m giving away a cute Baby Photo Album (Bound Pocket Page) by C.R. Gibson. This brand new (in the box) photo album has been sitting around in my house since literally before Ava was born. I just never used it. It’s time it finds a new home and is filled with pictures. :) The cover frame hold a 4×6 photo 96 acid-free and PVC-free pages Holds 192 4×6 photos If you’d like to win it, leaveRead More →

Melody, a very sweet blogging friend of mine and fellow photographer, has organized a fund-raiser for a chronically-ill little boy named Parker. For a minimum donation of $2, you will be entered into a drawing to win some wonderful prizes including a digital camera, printer and accessories package; custom blog designs; jewelry; books and more.Please take a moment to read about Parker and then give him some love. The fund-raiser will run through July 27. Prize winners will be announced by July 31. This little boy has already been through a lot, and his family recently received some more not-so-good news. Prayers and positive thoughtsRead More →

The topic of the July Carnival of Breastfeeding is “The things they say.” — This refers to the funny, strange, uninformed, and otherwise interesting things that people (including our own kids) have said to us about breastfeeding. :) ——————————————————————————————————– A few months before Ava was born, my mom – who breast-fed all three of her children – asked me if I was going to start rubbing a towel on my nipples to toughen them up in preparation for breastfeeding. Yikes! I hadn’t thought of doing that! Is that the kind of advice they gave out in the ’70s? I’m glad I was taking a breastfeedingRead More →