First Thanksgiving 2014

First Thanksgiving 2014

For the first time in a very long time, we were able to spend an entire day with my parents and my brother and his family.  And it was AWESOME!  We chose to celebrate Thanksgiving a bit early to make sure that we’d have plenty of time for cooking, eating, and enjoying each other without having […]

Magnificent Meatloaf

Magnificent Meatloaf

For the last few weeks, our small group has been working through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (which I highly recommend).  During our monthly Budget Committee meetings, Ryan and I have learned that giving each dollar a job involves a lot more than just writing down numbers.  It also means talking about our plans for […]

Homework Station = Creative Inspiration

Homework Station = Creative Inspiration

Technically, I’m still a credentialed teacher in the state of California.  So you’d think that I would have created a dedicated space for my boys to do homework long before Ryder was halfway through first grade.  Buuuuuuut you’d be wrong. After enduring yet another “Mooooooom, Evan’s distracting me!” argument, I’d had it.  It was the straw that […]

Happy Hallow-IN

Happy Hallow-IN

The last few months have rolled through our lives like a runaway freight train.  We’ve been surprised by one strange event after another, and at times it seemed as if there was barely enough time or space to take a breath. Amidst the chaos I began asking the boys what they wanted to be for Halloween. […]

Keeping Us in Stitches... And Staples

Keeping Us in Stitches… And Staples

I didn’t even realize it had happened at first because he didn’t fight back. As he often does, Lobo got a case of the “zoomies,” running back and forth and ’round and ’round and up and over – something Nikki haaaaaaaated.  Most of the time, puppy zoomies are entertaining.  But giant puppy zoomies can be dangerous, and […]

Another Sad Goodbye

Another Sad Goodbye

Just a few months after we got married, Ryan and I welcomed our first “baby” – who just happened to have four legs and a long tail.  (Read more about Toby here.)  He was only six weeks old when we brought him home, and clearly hadn’t been with his littermates long enough to learn proper […]

Success!

Success!

When Ryder started preschool, I had no doubt he would be confident and tear-free.  But I wasn’t so sure about how Evan would react this morning on his first day.  We’ve been talking it up, big time… about how much fun it is and how he’ll get to play on the playground, make new friends, […]

It Works for Me: School Lunch Edition

It Works for Me: School Lunch Edition

Now that I’m a seasoned lunch-packing professional, I figured it might be a good time to share my knowledge.  NOT!!!  We’re only two days into this new adventure, and I’m totally making it up as I we go along.  But I’m hoping that by recording this new strategy, it’ll stick in my brain and actually continue to […]

Diary of a First-Grade Mama

Diary of a First-Grade Mama

T-minus Two Days and Counting: As a former first grade teacher, I know the drill.  I know the fun these kids are about to discover.  I know the incredible growth that will take place for them this year. But as a mom, I wanna skip right past the first day… and maybe even the second day. […]

West Nile Virus – It CAN Happen to You!

Many of this summer’s news headlines are focused on the discovery of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, aerial spraying to help prevent it, and confirmed cases for those who contracted it.  If you’re anything like me, you tend to read these stories and move on with your day without giving it much thought.  You’ve been […]