Great Expectations.

by katelin on February 11, 2020

If there is one thing that motherhood has taught me, it’s keeping my expectations in check. Sometimes I think I know exactly what my kids want or will like and I am just so far off it’s almost laughable.

For Riley’s birthday last week we took him to Disneyland and California Adventure. I was absolutely sure it was going to blow his little mind. We didn’t tell him anything about it. I would have bet money that he was going to get so excited when he saw Spider-Man or Captain America or Mickey or literally anyone.


I mean, he cared. He thought it was cool. But it was nothing like I remember being as a kid. He was barely phased. And I, admittedly, was upset. Why? I have no idea. Maybe because I see all these other kids go bananas over meeting Anna and Elsa or whatever other fictional person they like, and my kid was just like “meh.”

Now, I will say, Riley was also a bit sick and pretty exhausted. He literally coughed the entire day we were at Disney so I know he was tired. And not his regular self. But still.

I have to admit that I was a bit bummed.

Instead of a placated shock and awe and an attitude that basically tolerated me, I was hoping for more. But as the day wore on, I kept reminding myself that I was not my child. And he was not me. Matt even told me that as a kid, he didn’t really care. I, on the other hand, still have a book of autographs that all the characters signed for me.

Kids are different. People are different. And this trip was a great reminder. I have no idea how my kids will react in certain situations. I mean, I think Rhys, would go crazy. But then again, I have no idea. Clearly.

Basically what I’m saying is that, parenthood always comes with a learning curve. And a balance on expectations.

And also a great reminder that even if my kids don’t care about stuff, I can always act a fool and pose for photos, because that’s just what I do.

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On Turning Five.

by katelin on February 7, 2020

Dear Riley,

I tried writing this letter a few times and every time I started, I didn’t know what to say. More so, I didn’t know how to say it.

On Wednesday you turned FIVE.


Five seems so big. And yet, you’re still so small. You love superheroes and ABBA. You want to dress up like Ironman and dance to Newsies. You give your brother kisses and you also straight up do things to taunt him.

You love running around and playing every single sport. You are the most active kid I know, and yet, you could also spend the whole day watching movies and be totally fine.

I love that you love frozen peas and banana pancakes. I also love that when we were at Disneyland for your birthday, you asked if we really went to space after being on a ride. Every day you seem like such a big kid, but it’s moments like those that keep you small.

Riley Charles, I love being your mom, even on the hard days. Even on the sick days and the tantrum days. I love being your mom.

I hope this year brings you joy, brings you fun, brings you less coughs, more giggles, more first, lots of hugs, less fights with your brothers, more laughs with your brother and all of the love.

I love you sweet boy.

Happy 5th Birthday Riley!

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January 24, 2020

TweetWelp. The end of 2019 truly tested me. I feel bad whenever people ask me how the holidays were, because I’ve been pretty frank about it. Between December 21st and January 1st, four people that I know died. My cousin, my great aunt on my mom’s side, my great aunt on my dad’s side and […]

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Dear Santa.

December 19, 2019

TweetDear Santa, This has been A YEAR. Seriously. Can you just take note to whoever is in charge, that I’d like a nice and easy 2020? Please? Pretty please? I also decided that I’m not too old to write you letters and this year I have a few things on my list. So here goes: […]

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The Second Child Moment.

November 13, 2019

TweetA few weeks ago when Rhys was refusing to nap, I watched him dance around his crib and start to scream and make random noises. It was amusing. Until Matt and I noticed that he was starting to climb out. And not just attempt to climb, but get full on horizontal. Now, if you remember, […]

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October 15, 2019

TweetGuys, apparently I don’t do well with changes. WordPress changed its layout. Flickr changed its layout. And it really put a dent into my whole “let’s get back into writing” mojo. Seriously, trying to figure out all these new shenanigans and goodness, I feel old. So yeah, I’ve had a post in the queue for […]

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3,287 Days.

August 28, 2019

Tweet Nine years later and our wedding day is forever one of my favorite days. Nine years later and I would marry you all over again in a heartbeat. Nine years later and our wedding day is forever one of my favorite days. Nine years in and this has been one of our most challenging […]

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The Big Kid.

August 27, 2019

TweetThis summer, Riley turned into a big kid. I don’t know how it happened, but it did. Maybe it started with summer camp. He went for three weeks. I dropped him off and picked him up every day. And every day I felt like he was getting a little bit more confidence and just a […]

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