Summer Stages of Life

I love summer. Some of my fondest childhood memories are summer days filled with early morning swim practice, tennis camp then more swim practice. When I became a high schooler, summers were spent at the barn and horse shows¬†until I moved away to college and summers became a blur of moving back in with my parents and catching up with old friends. I was a nanny to twins in the morning while their … [Read more...]

Life Hurts {My Gaga’s Sunset} – My Messy Beautiful

Life hurts. No matter how many inspirational and uplifting stories you read and surround yourself with, there will always be unavoidable pain. I have always tried to look at the bright side. When God closed one door, He always opened a window to a better place. I've always trusted that there is a reason for everything. Right now though, I'm struggling. I'm struggling to deal with normal … [Read more...]

The Differences Between my First and Second Child

Our first child was coddled. He attended"baby gym" at 3 months old and wore cloth diapers (none of which ever saw my daughter's bum, because LAUNDRY). I spent every day working on baby sign language with him and making his organic baby food from scratch. I spent hours every week setting up a photo shoot and documented every little milestone: first smile, first laugh, I have video evidence of them … [Read more...]

On Independence and Alzheimer’s

I have always looked up to my "Gaga." My mother's mother moved to Florida from Vermont after meeting my grandfather at a company picnic she attended with her cousin while on vacation. ¬†She bravely moved away from her large family and settled in St. Petersburg, Florida. She continued her career as a registered nurse and started a family with my Grandpa Barney. She had three boys followed by my … [Read more...]

Ways I’ve Changed Since Becoming a Mother

Next week, I will have been a mother for 4 years. The best 4 years of my life have transformed me in ways I've never imagined, here are a few of the more memorable ways: Sleep. I never appreciated sleep before becoming a mother. I could now bury my head under my pillow and sleep for days if my kids wouldn't rip the covers off me and demand chocolate milk and an iPad. I wish I could time … [Read more...]