I only took my big camera out of the room safe once.
The rest of the trip we were toddler chasing, hole digging and splashing in the ocean.

I wondered why I even brought it...
 but I am so glad I did.


vacation catch-up


For our tenth anniversary, we headed to Punta Cana.
Guaranteed sunshine and blue skies.
It was the first international travel for the little guys.

We stayed in a resort.
It was all-inclusive and we never left.
There was a lot of high SPF for us pale folks,
but we still managed to add a few freckles and get a peachy hue.

Our days went like this...
breakfast, beach, pool
lunch, relax, nap
back to the beach and pool
bath, dinner and fall into bed

It was a really good time.



Facetime with daddy
the science museum
cars inside on a rainy day
playing vet
indoor playdate
pizza making with grandpa
grandma bunny and grandpa horsey
Frozen Frozen Frozen!

This last week just been one of just surviving.

With fresh vacation hangovers and loads and loads of sand filled laundry...
we had one day home together before Michael took off on another plane.

A week away in Guyana on a medical mission.
Internet was spotty, but we got some Facetime.

I made playdate plans, fled to the grandparents and bought Frozen.
Theo came down with a cold and I counted down the days.

But we made it.
We survived.
Michael comes home late tonight...
and I am so glad.

SO I will be back...
to catch up on vacation
(it was amazing)
and life in general.



almost 5 zip codes
2 apartments
1 little blue house 
1 brick townhouse
1 new house hunt
15 states 
3 continents
5 countries
1 baby girl
1 baby boy

and so much more

10 years as your wife

forever and always my love




swimsuit and oatmeal
swimsuit morning

Sometimes we eat our oatmeal in our swimsuits.



woods house
the quarters

controlled chaos

muddy theo
muddy Theo

new friends
Eva and her buddy Charlie.

Theo and Daddy exploring.

maple syrup
Maple syrup beginnings.

old man's cave
Icy caves.

the crew
The normal scene.

A few weeks ago we went to the woods.
We met a bunch of friends.
There were a lot of babies and little ones.
It was good for the soul.

Tag team parenting and zone defense.
Big meals and good food.
Losing kids in the huge cabin.
Staying up late and hilarious games of skill.
Being "forced" to take naps when the kids nap.
Hikes in the mud and snow.
Sasquatch calling and sightings.
Fresh maple syrup.
Laying around and catching up.


the good when it's bad

Friends who drop everything to rush over and Eva sit and bring pink paint to make fun art projects.
Thank you Carri and Jesse.
Thank you mom and dad for scooping her up that evening...
I know she is in the best hands with Goggy and Poppy.
A wonderful gift that arrived at just the perfect time...
Right when I was holding my little man for the first time in a few days.
Thank you Adrienne.
Visitors and grandparents.
Keeping our minds occupied and let us run and eat, shower and rush back.
Thank you family and friends.
Yummy treats delivered to your front door to celebrate being home.
Sugar butter and strawberries... comfort in a bite.
Thank you Amy.

It seems with things go bad, the good somehow always rises to the top.
Little bits at a time, that lift you up and carry you.

I know it has been a few weeks, 
but things finally feel like they are getting back to normal.

Thank you to everyone.
There were so many well wishes and prayers.
Cards and meals.
Emails and internet love.
Phone calls and text messages.
Visitors and hugs.

Every single word, thought and gesture meant more than you know.
All in all, we ended the mess with a healthy Theodore...
and the feeling that there is so much love in this world.