The Sweet Moments.

by katelin on January 19, 2017

On Sunday we went to Travel Town. And then Riley took a THREE HOUR nap. It was damn glorious. And I had the audacity to talk about it. And share it. And bask in it. Because Monday rolled around and Riley woke up at the crack of 4:30AM. And did not go back to sleep.


He was loud and so very awake and just, no. We were not ready for that madness.

And when nap time rolled around I thought he would be tired. I thought wrong. He battled me for TWO solid hours. It was treacherous. I texted friends venting. I texted Matt. I stared at the monitor and willed my child to sleep. I willed it so hard. I silently screamed profanities. I couldn’t do anything but stare at the monitor because I had to make sure he wouldn’t try to climb out of his crib (because that’s a thing he can do now).

It was in short, THE WORST.

However, after two hours of back and forth he finally fell asleep.

Only to wake up an hour later.

I almost cried. I definitely sent a text to a friend saying “Toddlers are assholes sometimes.” I was fried.

So I went to pick Riley up and he was groggy. I took him out of his sleep sack and put him down. We came out into the front room and he immediately ran over to me and reached his hands up and said “Up Mama, UP! Pleaaaase”

So I picked him up. And he immediately curled up into me and put his head on my shoulder. All he wanted was to be held. And to snuggle. And he kept his head on my shoulder. He didn’t sleep but he also wasn’t crying, wasn’t laughing, wasn’t really doing anything.

And it was perfect.

It was the kind of moment we hadn’t had in a long time. It was almost like I had a baby again, instead of an almost-two-year-old.

And as sweet as it was, it was also hilarious. Because good lord my child played me. He may have driven me crazy for the whole morning and afternoon but the minute he curled up into me, it was over. I was over it and essentially melted into a mom puddle.

So what I’m saying is that these moments, the good moments, they make the terrible moments a little less terrible.

Well played toddler, well played.


happy thursday!

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Outlander Obsessed.

by katelin on January 17, 2017

I have a confession to make.

Remember how I talked about my new found love for Outlander?

Yes, well it’s still going strong.

So much so that I just rewatched season one and restarted season two. For Christmas Matt bought me the Outlander TV show companion book so I wouldn’t have to keep checking it out of the library. Matt also bought me the Outlander cookbook. And my friend Virginia bought me the Outlander coloring book.

So you know. There’s a thing happening over here.

A mild obsession thing.

You’d think the next step would be to read the actual books, but I just can’t bring myself to do it yet. I just love this show so much. I love Jamie and Claire. Their chemistry is magic on the screen.

And I just can’t look away.

I know that once I delve into the books I’ll love it even more. But for now this show makes me want to empty my savings, buy Matt a kilt, drop Riley off at my parents’ house and book us a flight to Scotland. I just, I don’t even know you guys.

This show has gripped me.

So don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here watching the show and reading the companion book. Or you know, baking Scottish things or coloring. So many options, so little time.


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Cry Babies.

January 11, 2017

Tweet Lately we’ve been experienced all the ups and downs of toddlerhood. Or I should say the twosomes. Because Riley turns two in a month. SWEET MERCY. And with that has come a whole lot of tantrums and meltdowns and inexplicable crying fits, it’s been real fun. And because I’m the sharing type I figured […]

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Hello, It’s Me.

January 5, 2017

Tweet It’s taken me five days into the new year to start to find my footing. I feel like the last three weeks have been a total whirlwind. The holidays have always been fun for me, but they’re also exhausting and leave me feeling like I’m constantly playing catch up. Despite the fact that Christmas is […]

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The Holidays vs. The Holidays

December 20, 2016

TweetLast week when I was putting up our Christmas decorations, I made an offhanded comment to Matt about how different it was to decorate this year. Usually I kick Matt out and would get everything up and decorated in one afternoon. This year, it was a couple days process to get everything and I still […]

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Holiday Carded.

December 16, 2016

TweetA few months ago a representative from Basic Invite reached out to me about promoting their site. And I instantly jumped at the chance. Every year I love making photo holiday cards and I’m always open to try something new. Once we took our mini photo session with my sister, I was ready to get cracking […]

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December 8, 2016

TweetPretty sure that once Thanksgiving happens the rest of the year just moves in warp speed. It’s insanity. I feel like I have to remind myself to take a step back every now and then, breathe and sit down. At the same time, there are SO MANY thing I’m looking forward to in the next […]

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Thanksgiving by the Numbers.

November 30, 2016

TweetLast week we went on an adventure. We packed up the car and made the trek up to Aptos, California to spend the week with a whole lot of family. Every year my extended family gets together to celebrate Thanksgiving and every three years my family joins them. Instead of giving a play by play of […]

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