A Cross Country Move…with 3 kids

Tyler and I are definitely west coast-ish people – he grew up in Colorado and I grew up in Arizona. We’ve spent most of our marriage living in Arizona as well. I am a desert dweller; I love the heat, swimming all summer and wearing sandals in December. So when the opportunity came up for us to move to Virginia for a year-long internship program, it seemed about as far away as moving to a different country. We decided to take it as an adventure and went ahead and made the jump to relocate to Charlottesville, Virginia in July. We loaded up a very small trailer with necessities and our 2 vehicles and embarked on a 2,200 mile drive to our new home. It was definitely an adventure with 5 days worth of blown tires, broken trailer axles, countless potty breaks and LOTS of driving. Our biggest worry before the […]

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When writing about real life sucks.

Real lifeish. That’s what we named this blog. When we did it, I intended to share the real parts of our life. You know, dirty dishes, funny kid anecdotes, even home renovation mistakes. The really real stuff. I thought, “We won’t filter our life and make it seem like Pinterest.” We’ll be authentic and honest. Never did I think that it might mean sharing tragedy and really hard things. I struggled with whether to even write this. But, it didn’t feel right to have a blog about real life and then leave out one of the most impacting experiences of our life. So, here it is. Life after a Miscarriage – Part 1 Well, at least I can go eat sushi. That was one of my first thoughts when it finally sunk in that we had lost our 18 week old baby. Sushi. Really? I’m not sure why this popped […]

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when you don’t write a blog for almost two months

I wish I had a great excuse for why there has been nothing new on our blog for almost two months. But, I don’t. The truth is (and this blog is all about sharing the truth) that it has been the busiest few months of our entire life – literally. We’ve had event after event after event and are just beginning to dig out from the mess that has accumulated in our lives. And the sad thing is, we love this blog. It’s something we’ve been dreaming about doing together for years, but somehow it was easy to put on the shelf. A blog doesn’t beg you to fill it’s sippy cup. A blog doesn’t need you to wipe its bottom every. single. day. A blog can be ignored for days upon days without whining or complaining. And so, here we are – finally getting back to writing and excited […]

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Learning Calligraphy

I love beautiful typography. As a graphic designer, I love great fonts and often feel like I can’t find the exact font I am looking for. I have nice handwriting, but not anything I’d want to use on a design project, so I mentioned to my husband that as a New Year’s resolution, I’d like to learn calligraphy. I sent him some websites with details on supplies, books and tutorials that I checked out. For Valentine’s Day, (we get to our resolutions a little late around this house. ) he surprised me at brunch with a bag full of all of the supplies I might need to start. I’m a super newbie, so I’m writing this post after only spending a few hours practicing, but I can give you some items that have been really helpful to me so far. The Postman’s Knock This website has the best basic tutorials […]

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Why I Canceled My Wired Magazine Subscription

Tyler and I both tend to love nerdy things. We love computers, technology, gadgets and Wired Magazine has always been something we both enjoy. Now, in reality, we rarely find the time to read an entire issue, but usually one of us reads the best bits of it and fills the other in on all of the interesting stuff. If you’ve never read Wired, it’s a techy-type magazine. Their website tagline is: Business meets Technology. Culture Meets Design. Science Meets Tomorrow. It’s always been edgy and I don’t always agree with their opinions about all things, but this month’s issue had me floored. Sitting down with my cup of coffee this morning, I didn’t happen to see the incredibly small type on the front that said “Mature Content. Reader Discretion Advised.” I proceeded to peruse the magazine. I usually skip the beginning where there are more opinions and head to […]

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making mistakes | the demise of my favorite mug

I do not like making mistakes. I don’t know if anyone really does, but I hate it. I kick myself over and over again. This is something I’m working on – accepting that I can’t do it all. I’m in the process of thinning out some things and not putting so much pressure on myself. It’s part perfectionism and part that I want to do everything! It’s always been my desire to be a “Renaissance woman” – you know, someone who can manage to do it all – and do it all well. Of course, that’s unrealistic and I’m slowly learning that fact. Nothing ruins my perceptions of my own self-sufficiency more than when I do something that is just a really bonehead mistake. Last week was one of those days. I had the boys at home all day on Tuesday while Tyler was at ASU meeting students and getting […]

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