First glimpse

10/17/2010 at 8:05 pm | Posted in About town, just plain fun, snap happy | Leave a comment


Happiness is: a sweet surprise

10/17/2010 at 3:12 pm | Posted in Happiness is, just plain fun | 2 Comments
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Look what arrived in the mail!

Small Fry and I were home together when the doorbell rang, and let me just say, she was ECSTATIC to discover that the little box sitting on our doorstep had her name on it.

And Mommy was equally ecstatic to discover what was inside: six delicious little brownies-on-a-stick. All decked out for Halloween.

We dug in immediately. Of course. So the little black cat (Small Fry’s favorite) didn’t make it to the photo shoot.

Thank you, Deputy, for the lovely treat! You are too good!

Happiness is: the fall farmers market

10/14/2010 at 9:47 am | Posted in About town, Small Fry, snap happy | 13 Comments
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Small Fry and I took a little outing to the state farmer’s market, and it was wonderful. She was totally fascinated by the huge inflatable pumpkins. And row after row of apples. She kept saying, “apples for me!”

I was transfixed by all of the beautiful color. Gourds. Mums. Produce too pretty to eat.

I just love this time of year! And, there’s nothing like a trip to the market to kick things off right.

Except for the State Fair, that is. Which starts TODAY!

Stay tuned …

Happiness is: a beautiful sunset

10/13/2010 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Happiness is | 6 Comments

Just found this shot from our rainy beach trip. What a blessing for the sun to peek through the clouds on the evening of Marc’s birthday! I took this from the top of a bridge over the intracoastal waterway. Without dropping my camera out the car window. Holla.

Monkey see, monkey do

10/12/2010 at 9:27 am | Posted in Belly to Butterfly, Small Fry, videos | 1 Comment


Small Fry loves her cousin. And Baby O thinks Small Fry is the bees’ knees. Despite the occasional toy-sharing scuffle, these two are thick as thieves. Laura caught an awesome moment at the beach, where a little game of imitating each other brought out big laughs. Do you not just want to bottle up O’s giggles and carry them with you all day? Too much!

Mom fail?

10/11/2010 at 11:13 am | Posted in Motherhood, Small Fry | 11 Comments
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Whenever I see someone on Twitter or Facebook use the phrase “mom fail,” I immediately think, “Oh, she’s being too hard on herself. We’re all doing the best we can.”

Fail is such a strong word.

But, right now?

I feel you.

No, this isn’t the first time I’ve felt like I deserved an F. My list of mommy confessions would take up much of this screen. But today, I just need to write about it. Blogging helps me process. And our little community helps me put one foot in front of the other. And the Halloween candy I’m eating right now doesn’t hurt either.

So, here goes.

This weekend, I decided that we needed to call on an old friend for some help: Crying It Out.

Small Fry has been sleeping badly … she’s difficult to put down (“just two more minutes, mommy”), she screams without fail about 15 minutes after we finally get her down, and she’s begun waking intermittently throughout the night and early morning. She’s tired. It’s our job to help, right?

Separation anxiety is my best guess. She has always been a mommy’s girl, but lately, she’s taken the clinginess to all new levels.

Although I debated if she was too old for crying it out, she’s still in a crib, so I figured we were safe for another try. Crying it out has worked like a charm since Small Fry was a baby. It helps re-set her little clock, and she always sleeps better after just a night or two of crying at bedtime.

The best part? She always wakes up refreshed without any memory of being abandoned by her mother.

Except for this time.

On Sunday morning, she said to me, “Mommy, I cried for you.”

Heart. Broken.

And, to top it off, she seems to have a cold. Brought on by the hoarseness from crying, or the fact that I forgot to turn off her ceiling fan that night?

So, even though she has slept better for the last two nights, and made it all the way to 7:15 this morning without interruption, and her cold seems to be minor, I still can only think of two words to describe how I feel:


Smitten with Hot Pink and Sequins

10/07/2010 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Bloggy, Swell Stuff | 2 Comments
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I am in love with Hot Pink and Sequins.

So it goes without saying that I’m over the moon about this lovely shop becoming a pretty*swell sponsor.

Erin, the artist behind Hot Pink and Sequins, uses upcycled and repurposed materials for all of her beautiful jewelry and accessories. She finds interesting cuts of leather and dyes them to make gorgeous, unique pieces in the most beautiful colors. Love those poppies!

Her collection is quirky and fun. And, best of all, it’s affordable.

The shop will unveil a bunch of new stuff soon, including headbands, baby leg warmers (eek!) and a new line of rings. So stop by Hot Pink and Sequins and take a peek, or say hello on on Facebook and Twitter. You’ll be glad you did!

Friendship, courage and why we all should just "roll with it"

10/05/2010 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Friends, Love, PPD | 7 Comments
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I missed the StrollerThon.

After months of planning, cajoling friends and family to support me, fundraising, writing and generally being excited, I missed it.

On the Friday morning before the event, when I could barely pull myself out of bed (thanks to a B-A-D stomach), I knew it wasn’t going to be realistic for me to walk three miles — much less stand up straight — without barfing.

Enter the Deputy.

With one phone call to my dear friend, so many of my worries dissolved. And within hours of our conversation, the newly appointed captain of Team Roll With It had designed a fabulous poster and rallied everyone on e-mail.

She is unflaggingly loyal. And just plain awesome. Believe me, I consider myself lucky. Everyone should have a Deputy in their lives.

Another phone call to my friend Anne, the inspiring woman who founded Postpartum Education and Support 10 years ago, and any remaining worries vanished.

But still. I was devastated.

From the moment I woke on Saturday morning, I thought about my team and willed myself to “walk” alongside them. I like to think I was there in spirit.

Aren’t they awesome?

Here is the adorable Keeley, my friend Alison’s daughter:

And, here’s Fadra, who won the sweet Bumbleride stroller raffle:

And here’s everyone.

Survivor mamas. Friends and family. Walking on a beautiful fall morning for a cause close to their hearts. Proudly.

Thank you, team, for rallying.

Thank you, Alisa, for being such an amazing friend.

And thank you to every single one of you who supported the StrollerThon. I am overwhelmed by the love that surrounds me.

Beach, I still love you

10/04/2010 at 9:54 pm | Posted in family, just plain fun, oh the places we go | 15 Comments
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Hi friends!

We haven’t disappeared. I promise.

Just busy getting back into the swing of things after one of the most eventful beach trips ever.

It started out just like all the others, with a smiling, sunblock-lathered toddler and all the fixins for a week of relaxing.

But the universe had other plans, and we woke up on our second day to this:

Which resulted in this:

And guess who left her brand-new birthday camera out on the porch during the monsoon?

Thank goodness for my trusty case. I still can’t believe (and am thanking my lucky stars) that it completely protected my camera from any damage.

Our cottage wasn’t so lucky.

The roof sprung about a bunch of  leaks, and the house shook so violently on a couple of nights that I curled up tight in bed praying that it wouldn’t topple over on its stilts. And checked on Small Fry every ten minutes.

Rain for a whole week. After one of our hottest, driest summers ever. It was nuts.

But we made the best of it. And snuck outside as often as possible.

Because you can’t not have fun at the beach, right?

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