That Circus Life

by katherine on May 25, 2016

Life is a circus, guys.

Yes, of course I love my kiddos. And of course I wouldn’t trade them for the world. And of course I can’t imagine my life without them. Full hands, full heart. Yada, yada, yada.

I know they mean well, but when people say “cherish every moment” I can’t help but be all…

And sometimes I’m even like…

Mostly because…

One is always crying.

One is always whining.

One is always tattling.

The laundry. Oh the laundry.

6 AM weekend wake-ups.

We basically bought a car with third row seating just so they can’t touch each other.

If I hear “mom watch” one… more… time…

Seriously… if I had a dollar for every time I heard “Mom, watch!”

It’s impossible to make a dinner everyone is happy about.

Unless it’s pizza night.

Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.

So, just remember, next time you tell me to “cherish every moment,” I may look like this on the outside…

But inside I’m probably doing this…


Reese Said What? – Bath Time Edition

by katherine on May 23, 2016

Scene: Standing next to the bathtub, waiting for the water to warm up so she can take a bath.

Reese: ::while holding up her arm:: “Mom, you want to smell my armpit?”
Me: “Nope”
Reese: ::Tries to smell it herself::
Me: “How does it smell?”
Reese: “Pretty good.” ::pauses…:: “want to smell it now?”
Me: “No thank you”
Reese: “Well, how about my elbow then. You want to smell that?”


The Circus Meets Their Cousin

by katherine on May 20, 2016

So, back in January my sister, K1, had a baby! It’s the first cousin on my side. My first niece or nephew. This last Saturday I took the kiddos up to meet their sweet cousin George! Yes, he is 4 months old and I just now took the kids up to meet him. And even though there’s really no excuse for how long it took me to make that happen, I’m going to try and make some excuses. 1. My children are disgusting and germ filled and have been passing around the same cold since November. 2. Ever since February, I’ve been going to Portland for work on a weekly basis. I didn’t want to make the trip again on a weekend. 3. I’ve kinda liked having him all to myself on those trips.

Ok, truth be told, reason 3 is pretty much the main reason. 

Anyway, back to Saturday. Andy was off with a friend for the entire day so K1 and I made plans to make the meeting happen! Then Lincoln ended up with a fever Friday afternoon/night. And it turned out that George had an ear infection. So we had decided we’d reschedule. Then Saturday morning by 10:30 I was already feeling myself going crazy being cooped up in the house solo with the 3 kiddos. So I texted K1 and we decided plans were back on! I hadn’t told the kids yet what we were going to be doing, so when plans were back on I shared the news.

There was jumping. There was cheering. There was MUCH excitement.

Within 30 minutes we were hitting the road!

The drive up? Was terrible. I’ve made that drive more than a dozen times in the last 3 months and this was the worst one yet! It was pouring down rain the entire way. There was a ton of traffic. We were stopped because of a wreck at one point. Multiple instances of people slamming on their brakes. I expected Lincoln and Reese to sleep most of the way. Lincoln only slept 1/2 of the drive and Reese slept less than that. Good times.

We made it up in time for a late lunch. George was sleeping so K1 took Rylee and Reese in to peek in on him. Reese had her first I-never-want-to-forget-this-moment one-liner of the day: “Oh auntie he’s cute. You picked a good one.”

When he woke up and was fed and changed it was time for the “official” cousin meeting! Rylee got to hold him for a hot second before it turned into the Reese show.

Reese was obsesssssed with her cousin. Honestly, I should have known that was going to happen. She’s been obsessed with him ever since K1′s baby shower, where she would ask every few days if Baby George had “popped out of Auntie’s tummy yet?”. She got to feed him a bottle, then insisted on burping him. She brought books from home to read to him. She had him giggling at one point. She told me she didn’t want to leave. Her and my sister are already planning a sleepover for sometime this summer.

“Mom move. I got him.” (Brushing my hand away)

“Mom, I’m a good cousin to Baby George.”“Mom, Baby George really loves me.”

They all loved on him. Lincoln was so sweet with him too… bringing me his binkie, rubbing his back and head, sticking his binkie back in his mouth whenever it fell out. The girls took turns reading him books while he hung out in the cradle our grandfather made for my sister.

All in all? Such an amazing day I don’t ever want to forget. I love this little man as much as I love my own kiddos so it made my heart full to see them all together. I’m so looking forward to watching our kiddos grow up together.


Fashion Police Friday – 5.13.16

May 17, 2016

Oh my sweet, sweet Reesie Bug! You guys remember that little weekly installment I used to do called “Friday Fashion Police” where I would highlight one of Rylee’s AWESOME outfits from the week? Well my friends, Reese is prime age for picking out her own outfits and figuring out her unique style. I hadn’t been […]

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How I Whole30′d

April 14, 2016

Background: I have 3 kids, at the time of my first Whole30 they were 7, almost 3 and 9 months I was still breastfeeding at the time of my first Whole30. I worked full time, outside of the home I worked out 4-ish times a week I was the only one in my house to do […]

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12 Months of Lincoln

April 9, 2016

I was going to call out which of these are my favorites, but as it turns out they all are. I love all of them for slightly different reasons from newborn squish, old man sweaters, to discovering feet, to gummy smiles, to toothy grins, to so.much.personality. I know I’ve said it before but this boy… […]

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Lincoln at 18 Months

April 9, 2016

How is my little man 18 months old!? We had his well check this morning, so I thought it’d be fun to do a quick update! This boy is super laid back and so happy… Unless you’re doing something he doesn’t want you to do or he’s doing something you don’t want him to. Ha. […]

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Adventures in Breastfeeding

August 7, 2015

Nothing like coming out of semi-blog retirement and being all, “HEY GUYS! MISS ME? LET’S TALK ABOUT BOOBS!” What can I say? I like to keep people on their toes. It’s World Breastfeeding Week here on the good ole’ interwebs and something inside me has been calling me to write about this. There’s always talk […]

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Wouldn’t change a thing. Love 12 years later.

July 23, 2015

{Note: I just found this in my drafts folder… from more than 2 years ago. So, why not just his publish, right?} At this point I’m not even sure how the conversation came about, but Saturday morning Andy was telling me about a conversation he and some coworkers were having about regrets they had/things in […]

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Life Update

February 7, 2015

I think it’s time to get back to the basics. When I first started this blog (over SIX years ago!) the whole point was to keep friends and family, near and far, up to date on the life and times of Little Miss Rylee. Then people other than friends and family started reading the blog, […]

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