Life

Big Families Big Smiles

  My favorite thing about these all room pictures that handsome takes is. The smiles. If you look it's just the great smiles of being surrounded by family and being happy.   It's my…


I Smile More

Dear Handsome, Since I've met you. Since we've been together. Since we've been married. I've smiled more. It's because you're always in the background taking pictures so I can blog, so we can look…


Dad

Dear Dad, This face you've taken to using ever since I met handsome is my favorite. It's clearly your "You're taking a picture of me so I'll smile" face. And I like it. Thanks for that. It reminds…


It's Nice When You Don't Fight With In-Laws

That is my mother-in-law and me. Laughing. I can't really explain how nice it is to get along with your in-laws. Mostly because I'm not quite sure what it's like to fight with your in-laws. I'll…


Christmas Card Outtakes

Not everyone has puppets of themselves. That hold hands. Or have a pink beard and no eyebrows. It's the small details. You see these puppets have been in our family Christmas card for the past two…


Dear Nephews

Dear Nephews, It's your auntie Jen here. I want you to know a few things. First I'll read to you every day of your life if I could. I hope you find a love of reading like I have. In fact, when I…


Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

I grew up adamant that my family get a real tree and that we open Christmas gifts on Christmas. I'm a traditionalist what can I say. Really it's just that I like to take Christmas to the max. I'm…


Christmas Party 1

It has barely been December and already I have been to a Christmas party. These two really know how to throw a party. Some might say that parties in the past have been real "barn burners." This…


Oh Hey

We didn't see you walk in. You're still here. Perfect. Let's catch up. First. I chopped off all my hair. We carved pumpkins for Halloween. Indy loves pumpkin. No really we feed it to her out of a…


Birthday

Recently it was this woman's birthday. Which meant a 3 month surprise in the waiting. Naturally. You see this man lives hours away in the Virgin Islands (rough life). And it had been a year since…


Roommates

Here's the deal I never thought I'd have that college friend where I can say, "we're old roommates" Or when people get back together because for a short while in college they lived together. In fact…


I Made That

No I didn't make that adorable kid (I'm not that crafty). I made what he was wearing! You may know by now that I am an Aunt to two wonderful Nephews. My mother-in-law was planning a baby shower for…


Minnesota

We almost didn't make it to Minnesota this sunny season. Except after looking at our schedules and our amazing new nephews - we managed to find time. We loaded up the car and headed out. We helped…


Cooking with Grandma

That would be me, tomato, and handsome's amazing grandma, Margaret. You see this woman makes a mad jelly. It's amazing. It's so amazing that my sister-in-law gave it as a favor for the wedding. I…


Poetry and Snuggles

I have to read a lot of poetry for my thesis. There's a lot of great advice out there that if you want to write you have to read. Which means I've been trying a lot of both. Indy likes to help. I…


Prepare

Sometimes you have to put everything on and make sure it fits. Make sure your prepared for what ever comes your way. Sometimes you have to just layer it on and hope the elements don't get you.…


Notre-Dame-Game

Here's the deal handsome thinks that when I say Notre Dame Game that it's one word. I think this is because I am so excited to say anything about the game or anything about the Irish that it all kind…


Overwhelmed?

Feeling overwhelmed? Don't worry I've been there before. So has indy. When you just feel like the world is on your shoulders. Here's some of the things I do / use when I'm feeling like I don't want…


Goodbye Car!!

You might remember that we already said goodbye to a car this year. Well. We said goodbye to another! This awesome van brought us to some great places. More importantly it brought us to our new…


The Story Behind This Clock

Here's the deal. That clock was my parents. And then I stole it. Okay well the truth is my parents are going through this odd "get rid of ALL THE THINGS" phase. So my house is quickly becoming…