Archive for February, 2017


Today is Fat Tuesday, which means Lent begins tomorrow. I’m not Catholic, but I am married to one, which means we all observe a lot of the Catholic traditions. Lent is one of the most important, demonstrating a solemn period before Christ is crucified and rises from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Since we started dating, I’ve followed along with the idea of giving something up for Lent. I’ve given up Facebook, meat and even coffee once. All of those have been good decisions and a test of what’s a high priority in my life. The Facebook experiment last year was a great reset on my social media use. I even deleted it from my phone and only use it from a computer, which is a great thing for my concentration.

I also gave up drinking as an experiment and liked it enough to keep it going. I haven’t had a drink in over a year! It wasn’t that I had a problem with it, but it just created enough complications to not be worth the hassle. Read On…

Toddler Language

Every time I see Sully, he has a new word or two that he is using a lot. His language learning is going through the roof at the moment and it’s a lot of fun to watch.

He repeats the last 2-3 words of whatever you say to him, as a kind of practice speaking. It’s awesome.  He also calls back to phrases from before. He kept repeating “stuck carwash” from the time he and my mom got stuck in a carwash when her car wouldn’t shift. It was probably a traumatic, or at least a bit odd, and it imprinted on him. That’ll be one I have to ask him about when he’s older, if he remembers it.

I am having a lot of fun watching him take in the world around him, learning words for things and seeing him enjoying the whole process. He loves to know that he can control situations with his words or actions.

Great Day

We had a great Saturday. We took the kids out shopping, their aunt came over to play and hang out, I went to the basketball game where Michigan crushed Purdue and we watched a movie and had brownies. Can’t ask for much more than that.

Baby Girl

We found out yesterday that my brother and sister-in-law are having a girl at their gender reveal party. I’m excited for them! I can wait to meet her. Sully and Cece will have a little cousin to play with!

Home-buying Home Stretch

We are almost ready to close on our new house and we have an offer accepted on our house – we are ready! There’s a lot to do between now and when we actually move, but it feels like the stressful part is over.

We had our home inspected yesterday and I don’t think there were any glaring issues – we’ll know about that soon.

We are scheduling contractors to come and do work on the new house during the time we are owners of both houses.

These next few weekends will consist of packing, cleaning and getting everything ready to move. Of course, that requires careful planning to make sure we don’t pack up something we’ll need over the next month. For example, we just signed Sully up for swim lessons, but my bathing suit is packed up since we didn’t think we’d need it before moving.

It’s an exciting time and hopefully all will go relatively smoothly.

Fitbit Challenges

On a semi-regular basis, I get invited to Fitbit challenges and I think they are stressful, but effective.

I have a natural desire to win them, so I incorporate walking in ways I wouldn’t normally – that’s a win, right? Maybe.

My walking does go up but I find myself thinking about it and whether or not someone is catching up with me. That doesn’t feel healthy. Maybe it’s just the way I perceive it, but maybe others feel the same way.  Read On…

Quick Reset

I’ve learned dozens of lessons from my kids in the 2+ years since having Sully. From being present, to staying calm, to not worrying about the little things and on and on. The one lesson that has stuck with me recently is the ‘quick reset’.

My son gets stubborn about doing things that need to get done, like putting on pajamas or brushing his teeth. I try my best to allow him the space and time to do things on his own, but sometimes I have to force the issue. This causes him to be mad and lash out usually. I haven’t found a way around this yet, but I hope to minimize it. Read On…

Sold in 6 Hours

Our listing was up at 3pm and we accepted an offer at 9pm! Hooray!

The offer was actually drafted the day before, but so was the listing. We didn’t even really need to post the listing, but at least then the MLS would have accurate records of what happened.

We are excited. Now we wait for the appraisal and inspection before really celebrating, but now all of the major steps are complete. Now it’s just time to get the actual work done of preparing to move and then moving!

Exciting day. We made our new house offer on 2/2 and accepted an offer for our house on 2/20. What a big month!

The Home Illusion

When we were seeing houses, I always walked into them without thinking that “someone lives here and had to get out of our way to make this happen”. There was some point during our walkthrough that the thought came to me, like noticing a crockpot going that smelled delicious, or finding a car in a garage or seeing pill bottles on a countertop in the bathroom.

That feeling is distracting and feels a little bit invasive, like I’m seeing behind the curtain.

We are currently listing our home and going through the preparations to show it to people. I didn’t realize how much effort it takes to prepare a home to look that way. Taking down personal effects like photos, putting clutter away, keeping the laundry at 100% done (which is impossible) and not ever using a single dish or the stove or the blender or… Read On…

One Child Family

Having Sully go to my mom’s for the weekend has been really strange. It was helpful because we needed to deep clean the house in a short period of time. But going about our day with only one kid feels really weird.

I miss the craziness and the energy. I know he’s having fun without us but we miss him. Of course, it will be a trick to keep the house clean after he comes back, but we need him back.