Sunday night gifts.

Sunday nights are bittersweet. Sometimes I love them, when I feel caught up, squeaky clean and prepped for the week. Scrubbed house, stocked fridge, steamed wardrobe, bathed babe, refreshed mind. There’s beauty in brand new weeks. Other times, I’m too easily sucked into the Sunday doldrums. This usually happens when I scrambling to get it…

Happy morning traditions.

Lately, it occurred to me: our little family loves breakfast. I’ve never, ever, ever considered myself a morning person. Before we had Annistyn, I could sleep in most of the morning, and, when given the opportunity, I would. Nowadays sleeping in is making it to 7:30 or 8 a.m. without a wake-up cry. And, I’ve…

Christmas dress photo shoot.

Yesterday I wanted to play dress up make sure that Annistyn’s Christmas outfit fit. A modeling session just seemed like the right thing to do. “Mom, you do realize that it’s not Christmas yet, right?” “Excuse me. I need to call daddy. Maybe he’ll save me from this photo shoot.” “Seriously, mom. I was just…

My cup runneth over.

It has been too long since I’ve counted His gifts. Every once in a while, usually when things are going well, I count in my head and give thanks. But writing them down is even more fulfilling. His gifts are all around me this lovely Saturday morning. They include: 1. the start of a three-day…

So much to do, so much to enjoy.

Honestly, I hardly even remember what weekending was like before baby. (Oh, that’s right, I used to make pasta from scratch.) I did all the same homemaker-y things I do now. Back then, it felt leisurely and almost–dare I say it?–fun. Nowadays, as a mama and full-time professional, my weekends often feel like┬ánever-ending┬áto-do lists. Simply…

Oh happy Saturday.

Even though I’m still on leave (for a little while, anyway!), weekends are precious. We love having a couple of carefree days with daddy. Today was an especially good Saturday. Anni-boo was a happy little gal, and the sun was shining brightly. March 10 and 48 degrees! In North Dakota, that’s a treat. These are…

Weekend Recap.

This weekend I… Held my cousin’s new babe in my arms. Watched The Pioneer Woman. Didn’t clean my house. (Done before the weekend!) Fried up some garden fresh veggies. Gathered and loaded baby photos of Kelby and I onto our digital photo frame for the nursery. Strolled through the neighborhood, enjoying the autumn air. Borrowed…

Garage sale success!

Yesterday we did something I haven’t done since childhood. We had a garage sale! It was hard work. But, considering the profit we made, I’d definitely do it again. (Not to mention–I feel like our house has “lost weight” from decluttering. ‘Gotta love that.) Plus, I got to hang out with my mom and my…

Weekend Recap.

This weekend I… 1. Found these simple treasures for $1 at a garage sale. 2. Organized my pantry. It went from this chaotic mess: to this functional awesomeness: 3. Made pasta from scratch (for the first time ever!). It was messy. But completely fun. And I’m totally going to do it again. Oh, and once…

Saturday Smiles.

5 presents in the present: 1. Sweet new kicks. ‘Nuff said. 2. Mixing two of the best foods ever created: homemade mac ‘n cheese and (wait for it…) bacon. Kaboom! {Perhaps a good reason to break in the new sneakers?!} 3. This amazing salad today, to counteract the “mistake” above. 4. My husband, who spent…