Thankful for a visit from my mother-in-law this week. She brought their dogs as well and I’m happy to say that all went smoothly in that regard 🙂 Family is so precious – I’m thankful that we’re back in the States, where we can easily see them and share our lives with them.
It’s a cool-ish morning here in Williamsburg. The sky is overcast and they’re predicting rain later this afternoon. I’m home with Joe and Jack and all 3 of us have some variation of a cold. Jack is – amazingly – taking a morning nap, a surefire sign that he’s not feeling 100% normal. Joe is… Read More Giving Your Children 5 Minutes
I’ve written before about how much I enjoy baking with my kids. It’s such a great activity for us to do together – perfect for days when we can’t get outdoors for one reason or another. Yesterday was one of those days. I’ve had a nasty cold since Saturday and it seems quite content to… Read More Baking with Kiddos
It’s 5:15am and I’m up at the computer on a Tuesday. I’ve been awake since just after 4am and, rather than fight it, decided to get out of bed and make a cup of tea. I’ve been waking up just after 4 o’clock for the last 2 – 3 weeks off and on and my… Read More Giving In to Internal Alarm Clocks and a Job Search Update
The official start to Autum was several days ago. It was cold, even here in Williamsburg, and I had to dig out some long pants for the boys and a sweatshirt for myself. But it didn’t feel like the true start to Fall. No, that day came a little bit later with the arrival of… Read More You know it’s Fall…
It’s been tricky to make the transition from a “New Zealand” blog to being a US-based blog once again. For starters, I still get Twitter mentions and am nominated for being a “top international blog”. I have to gently remind people that, alas, I am no longer in NZ and haven’t been for over a… Read More Making the transition… in more ways than one
Today was Joe’s second day of preschool and, since I was feeling pretty sick on his first day, it was almost like my “first day” of having a child in preschool. And you know something? It’s nice. Not gonna lie! Joe is full of energy. He is busy, inquisitive, a talker, a question-asker, and non-stop. … Read More An Overabundance of Energy!
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated the old blog. Those weeks have been full of activity – trips to Philadelphia, Joe starting school, William & Mary starting back up again – and illness, too, unfortunately. All 4 of us have been hit by a GI bug, one by one. First Chris, then Joe,… Read More First Days
One of our favorite Williamsburg grocery stores is Farm Fresh. Farm Fresh consistently offers quality products at prices within our family’s budget, and we shop there nearly every week. As a result, I was so excited to hear about their food drive in support of local food banks and thrilled that they ask me to… Read More Farm Fresh “Back-to-School Challenge” Food Drive + Gift Card Giveaway
I’ve been hearing this song several times a week for the last 6 weeks. It’s part of the cool-down routine at my Body + Soul workout classes (love these – click the link to find out if there’s one near you!), and I wanted to share it with you. I love the lyrics and love… Read More After all.
I finished a few little projects this weekend and wanted to share them with you, my lovely readers. Weekend Project #1: Painting and installing an above-the-commode cabinet in hallway bath I found the cabinet at World Market the weekend before. It was originally a dark brown with “whitewash” splotches. In other words, it was a… Read More Little Projects
I think my clothesline is amazing. Yes, that probably sounds silly, but I do. In the photo below, it’s holding 2 “super plus” sizes of laundry (per my washing machine’s measurements) as well as a day’s worth of Jack’s cloth diapers. Another way of looking at it: I hadn’t washed any clothing since Friday, and… Read More Clotheslined, but in a good way
Now that the toy room/den is mostly complete, I’m moving onto the dining room. I primed the walls and trim yesterday and have my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to apply the first coats of paint tomorrow. But before doing anything, there was first the issue of the old curtains hanging in there. Now,… Read More Phase Two Window Treatments
Poor Joe. This past weekend, he learned the hard way that gravity works :-/ Joe was riding his bicycle – a favorite gift of his from the grandparents – with his daddy running/walking close behind. As Joe put it, his feet stopped but the bicycle didn’t, and the end result was him and the bike… Read More Broken Bone and a Trip to Urgent Care
I’ve gotten into a jam-making, water-bath canning, blueberry and strawberry and blackberry craze. I grew up with a great big garden in our backyard. I will be honest with you – gardening and yard work are not my first loves. However, I grew (ha ha, “grew”, get it? bad pun, I know) to appreciate it… Read More Jam Ma’am
This morning dawned bright and beautiful without any rain clouds in sight. I know that the farmers need the rain and I’m very glad we’ve gotten some, but I was hoping for a dry day today so that the roof leak could be repaired. Prayers answered. The roof repairman arrived on time (hooray!) and surveyed… Read More Leaky Roof Update and the Benefits of Lists
It’s been over 3 weeks since my semi-intentional blog break. There were a few moments where I would head in the direction of the computer to work on a post, but then I’d either get distracted en route or sit down and feel exhausted. Too tired to write! We’ve been busy. I think that I… Read More Painting is the worst, and other thoughts on home ownership
We did our annual Tucker family vacation/reunion last week. This year’s destination was Florida. We spent a few days at the Marriott Grande Vista in Orlando, then drove down to stay at Marriott Crystal Shores in Marco Island. As an added bonus, both Chris and Joe celebrated their birthdays while we were with extended family. … Read More Vacation Recap: Orlando and Marco Island, FL
On vacation… …be back later 🙂
Ahh, weekends. That time of the week where Chris gets to experience the “craziness” that I live with day in, day out 🙂 Oh, and make breakfast for the boys so that I can sleep in a little. That’s always nice! Here’s what we had going on this weekend. Friday A pretty typical Friday. I… Read More Weekend Rewind