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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Mixing Play-Doh

Have you ever watched a Play-Doh commercial or seen the Play-Doh box front where all the colors are neatly organized?  I’m talking about the perfectly cut circle of fake red tomato paste that was set gently upon a golden brown play-doh crust followed by a play-doh crumble of mozzarella and finished off with a few tiny red circles that look just like pepperonis. (image via google image search) Now my wife and I are very similar in a lot of ways, but when we first introduced our kids to Play-Doh we discovered a BIG difference.  As a person who enjoys organization, perfection, and likes to keep my artistic projects “inside the lines,” my play-doh preference is to keep the colors separate.  My wife, however, (the person who enjoys artistic freedom, thinks outside the norm and has taught our boys the difference between green, blue, and teal), is on the other end of the play-doh spectrum. Let’s […]

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Things I Find Around My House | In the Dryer

Have you ever opened your dryer or washer to find something you didn’t expect?  You know those times you forget to check the pockets of your kids pants or maybe your own? Sometimes the surprise is good –  like money. Other times, the surprise is bad like a pen or chap-stick. But then sometimes, it is just plain random and weird – like today. While doing a task both my wife and I despise, I opened up the dryer and found several little tiny objects – several meaning A LOT! Seeds from who knows where. We don’t have these in our yard…maybe from our church, maybe from my in-laws. I honestly don’t even know where my kids find these things and why they feel the to collect them?! Then again, I shouldn’t put it past them because as I write this I recall just a couple months ago I found […]

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What Works for Us | Getting Kids to Try New Foods

Kids are weird. One day they eat something and like it and the next, they don’t. How is a mom supposed to know what they like on which day? I love trying new foods and eating exotic ethnic dishes, but my boys aren’t always to apt to be so adventurous. For my first installment of “What Works for Us,” I’m sharing a few tips to getting kids to try new and different foods. What do you do to get your kids to try new foods?

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Days With Dad | You Did What?

Sometimes my wife is watching the boys while I work, other times we are both with them, and then there are those OTHER times when it’s my turn.  I don’t claim to be like one of the dads from the movie, “Moms Night Out,” who have zero clue about how to take care of his kids and freak out when it’s game time. I know how to change a diaper, make a baby bottle, fill-up the dishwasher and my kids have never locked me up. I can tuck my kids into bed and even make a basic meal (notice how I said basic because I am nowhere near the cook my wife is).  BUT, there is something crazy that seems to always happen when I have the kids. For example… The other day, Paige had to leave town for some work stuff, we were out of milk, I had to run across […]

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