Archive for the Birthdays Category


Lucky #7

I started this blog five years ago, on Avery’s second birthday. In many ways it feels like an eternity has passed. An eternity that’s gone by in a blink of an eye. For years I wrote regularly, but as life took its twists and turns, blog posts became less frequent. But I’ll never miss a birthday post. It’s the way […]

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Eight is great

Today, my firstborn turns eight. I read recently that eight is the age that’s right in between early childhood and older childhood, and that scared the hell out of me. When kids are young, it’s so easy to wish time away, but you don’t realize how quickly that crazy, exhausting time goes by. When your […]

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She leaves a little sparkle…

A few weeks ago, I was shopping for decor for Avery’s room, and I came across a sign that said, “She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.” I smiled, knowing it was perfect for her. When Avery was a toddler, we joked that her expressions reminded us of a cartoon character. Every year, I “threaten” to take […]

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Clay and the lovable sevens

Seven years and eight months ago, I signed up for babycenter.com, excited to be pregnant with my first child. Each week, I’d get an email telling me the baby was the size of some food item, ranging from a poppyseed to a cantaloupe. Though picturing my baby as a “large shrimp” was gross, I loved reading what was […]

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Five and fabulous

I was woken early this morning with a loud whisper of, “I’m five today!” I smiled, rolled over and told Avery to get in the bed. She fell back asleep quickly while I laid my head on the pillow and remembered the early morning on this day five years ago, when I first became a […]

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The birthday husband

I always do blog posts on my kids’ birthdays, but for some reason haven’t ever done one on Chase’s. So today, on his 43rd birthday, I’m writing about him. We’ve all heard the saying that women marry someone like their dad, and as we get further into our marriage I see more of my dad […]

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Best part of my day? Seeing the birthday boy

Six years ago, we had burritos from our local taco shop to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, so when my 34-week pregnant body felt off on May 6, I blamed it on my overindulgence the night before. That is, until I realized my stomach felt weird every eight minutes. Never having been in labor before (and […]

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Four years of Avery Grace

At this time four years ago, I was in labor. Tonight, instead of timing contractions, we were putting together a princess bike and wrapping ballet slippers. In some ways it feels like just yesterday that Avery was born, but in others it seems like forever since it’s hard to remember what our lives were like […]

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Re-gifting gift bags

There is a lot of controversy around re-gifting, so much so that the Wall Street Journal and other major media outlets have written articles about it. Where you stand on the re-gifting issue is a personal choice, but one aspect of it that I’m totally for, is re-gifting not the gift, but the gift bag […]

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Clay turns five: “Welcome to the ‘big kid’ years!”

Today is Clay’s fifth birthday, and I just got an email from BabyCenter that nearly made me cry. “Welcome to the ‘big kid’ years!,” the first line said. I guess it’s better than “your baby is going to kindergarten this year, where does the time go?,” which is what I’ve been thinking a lot lately. I […]

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