Eight months.

Today is my parents’ 31st wedding anniversary. It’s my baptism. And Annistyn turned eight months old.¬†Happy day all around!

Summer 2012 bucket list.

I’ve always operated under the theory, “Work first, play later.” But, in the five months Annistyn’s been in my life, she’s taught me something else: Play comes first. Fold laundry or play with baby? Play. Wash dishes or play with baby? Play. Scrub toilets or play with baby? Definitely play. Play always wins. As a…

Meet Willow Annistyn.

After 17 long hours of labor, Willow Annistyn made her appearance at 9:51 p.m. December 28, weighing 7 lbs. 2 oz. and measuring 19.25″ long. She already has us wrapped around her finger. We left the hospital Friday morning. Here she is all buckled and bundled up. Mommy’s feeling awesome. And daddy’s completely in love….

Joys of pregnancy slumber.

There’s a new man in my life. Meet Roberto: Well, at least that’s what my husband calls him. Roberto is my new, curvy maternity body pillow. And he is currently making my slumber so much more enjoyable. I’m naturally a back sleeper. Think coffin-like: flat on my back, hands folded at chest, sleeping through absolutely…

Breaking the silent treatment.

I promise I haven’t been giving you the silent treatment. I’ve just been a lazy blogger with a crazy, fast-moving, wonderful life. It’s about darn time that I share an update. Over the past month, I… 1. Traveled to New York City and took part in Blog World. My hubby and sisters tagged along, so…

Amazed.

My husband’s generosity never ceases to amaze me. He’ll spend hours snowblowing our disabled neighbor’s driveway. He’ll go out of his way to hold open a door for a stranger. And don’t even get me started on all the random acts of kindness he does for me and me alone. Tonight he came home from…

Love it!

Love! Love it! Lovely! These words and phrases are so popular lately. I, too, use them all the time. In fact, last time I wrote “Love it!” in an email, I realized just how old that phrase is getting. These words are great, but do we really love so many things? Has love, in a…

In-Venn-ting myself in 2011.

2011 is almost 1/12th over. Oh my! Where did the month go? I feel like I need a little more focus in my life; you know, something to keep me accountable. So, I made this handy little Venn diagram to remind me of what the remaining 11/12ths of 2011 should consist of. The meanings are…

TwentyEleven wishes.

move more. sit less. taste more. eat less. love more. hate less. do more. dream less. laugh more. cry less. listen more. talk less. calm more. crazy less. save more. spend less. read more. watch less. pray more. worry less. cherish more. nag less. trust more. question less. face-to-face more. screen less. write more. be…

Cozy new year!

Oh, North Dakota. You’ve got a mind of your own, don’t cha? It’s snowing. The wind’s howling. Interstate’s closed. There was a 100-car pileup. Let’s just say, we’ll be ringing in 2011 from the couch. (Okay okay, we didn’t have fancy plans anyway.) And since I’m halfway through reading One Thousand Gifts (book review to…