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September 2012

Update:  Monday, October 1, 2012

And the winner of the Mobi GloMate and the copy of my book that they may or may not choose to re-gift to their third cousin is…

Kendra “Such a great blog! My Avery would love that (we just PCS to Oceanside CA so she has had lots of changes). Mobi are great products we have and love their video baby monitor. My husband is active duty USMC. Thanks for the laughs and honesty in your blogs!”

Congratulations, Kendra! Please contact me here to claim your prizes!


Happy Friday, everyone! I sure hope your week has been as productive and fun-filled as mine. I’m pretty sure I wore makeup AT LEAST once this week.

Yes, I remember now. It was on Wednesday (date night). We went to Target to buy baby food and chalk. And then to Barnes & Noble to return something.

Kids, it doesn’t get any wilder than this.

Buck. Wild.

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Both of our kids were breastfed until about 2.08 seconds after they bit the ever loving CRAP out of me.

And then we switched to formula.

I’m no wimp, but both of our kids had mouths FULL of teeth by six months.

(Exhibit A: Averi with two teeth on bottom and at least two on top by six months old.)

My breasts were basically giant chew toys. Ok, so “giant” is a gross misrepresentation of the truth.

(Aaaaaaaand, I think we just lost my dad.)
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You know what’s way more fun than Disney World and costs almost as much?

A trip to the dentist.

Recently, I bit the bullet (no pun intended) and made an appointment for an oral cleaning/pressure washing. It had literally been years since I’d been to the dentist.

I know, I know. But let me explain:  we just moved back from England.


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Welcome back to another How-to Tuesday! (Tuesday has officially become my favorite day.)

As you’ll see in today’s video, we decided to step things up a notch. We went and bought ourselves one of those teeny tiny cameras so small we can even spy on ourselves. So, what you’re about to witness is a real, honest glimpse into our everyday lives.

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Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by my bladder and not the company mentioned below or by Apple. But hey, Apple, if you want to sponsor this nonsense, by all means get in touch.

Date night has changed since we had kids.

Before JJ was born in 2010, Brian and I went to concerts, ate expensive meals and stayed out until at least 11 p.m. We didn’t have a set day or time for our dates; we just went when and where the mood led us.

I know, we party hard.

Like the Puritans.

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You probably think this post is about you.

I dare you to try and NOT sing that song the rest of the day.

But, seriously, check out what showed up on my computer today.

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I firmly believe that there is a direct correlation between my extreme hotel phobia and the amount of Dateline NBC episodes I have seen in my lifetime.

But just hear me out.

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This photo is brought to you by that mini panic attack that happens to women (and men sometimes?) when you sit down on the toilet in a public, one-stall restroom.

It’s that moment when you are most vulnerable, doing your private business, glance over at the door, and then PANIC because you can’t tell if you locked it!

That panic attack.

Does this happen to anyone else?

(This one’s for you, Uncle Julius. Me with “Touchdown Jesus” at the heart of the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana.)

Grief is not something every family does well.

Some families grow apart.

Some families curse God.

Some curse each other.

Some families wallow in self-pity.

Some allow greed to overcome them.

But this weekend I had the humbling opportunity to witness a family that grieves well.

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