Dear John: A Letter to My Son on His Birthday

To my little prince, It’s hard to believe you came into our lives 1 year ago. At times it feels like I have known you a lifetime and at others it seems you just arrived. Having a son – where to even begin? People warned me it would be different but before you were here I… read more

House Update: The Playroom

Since we moved in in July we have been chipping away at small projects. We have a few rooms that are 50% finished but nothing that is ready for a true “before and after” here on the blog. Ironically the only room that is ready for its debut is the playroom. The walls still need… read more

Great Business: Candyshop Photography

If you have been following along for some time you know that I am obsessed with photos. Especially those of children. By far one of my favorite photographers in the area is Charisse Czaja. Her photos are stunning! Add that pure talent on top of her being a spectacular person (Superhero Among us ALERT!) and I’m… read more

For the Love of Trees

I’m having a real tree moment. For 6 years we lived on a small piece of property with not one tree on it. A large rhododendron was the extent of our arboreal existence. Since moving to a bigger piece of land with many huge trees on the property I have been completely inspired by them…. read more

Just For Laughs

This is one for the ages. “Dad, you just don’t understand weddings. At all.” I mean really. Even though this is not my child – I ADORE her. This one had me laughing. Enjoy. x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6ZojleXMn4&feature=player_embedded

Making Crayons

This might go down in history as my younger daughter’s favorite craft project EVER. You see when she was little if left to her own devices she would peel and snap every crayon she got her hands on. After doing this crayon project I kind of understand the impulse. When we moved into our new… read more

Best Books: Scratch and Sketch Books

We have been getting very craftsy over at our place. Both my girls just spent a week at “art camp” with one of their favorite teachers and they have been completely inspired ever since. They especially love when I draw or paint things that they then try to replicate. We’ve also recently had a lot… read more

Opinion: Change & Letting Go

This post is longer than I had intended for it to be but I wanted to share some thoughts I’ve been ruminating on for the last few weeks. Once I finally sat down to start typing I realized I had more to say on this topic than I thought. Sometimes the words that describe my feelings… read more

Parenting: A Fearless Moment

x https://youtu.be/bzTNdBue1I4 My Brave Little Sophie Dancing to The Beat of Her Own Drum Earlier this week I drove my older daughter’s class on a field trip. After dropping my four charges back at school I drove by the playground and saw my younger 4-year-old daughter on the playground with her classmates so I stopped… read more

Parenting: The Things I Know

Living is learning and as you’d expect I have added many new “tips and tid bits” to my arsenal of knowledge since my third baby arrived 5 months ago. It is amazing that parenting never ceases to present us with opportunities to learn, grow, and gape in awe at the sheer wonder of it all. Being a… read more