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Where’s the water?

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while.

I’ve had so many things that I’ve wanted to share—thoughts, things that I love, stories about the kids—but I’ve second guessed everything.

I’ve psyched myself out, I think. Writing for SheKnows and allParenting has changed how I see writing, which is both good and bad.

When I sit down to write here on itsm, I stare at the computer, feeling all this weird pressure, like I need to write an article.

This blog started as a place to share the small moments and I’ve lost sight of that along the way.

I keep forgetting that I have the freedom to write anything I want here.

In this space, I can live in the moment.

So, I’m going to try that, because I love it here and I want to spend more time with you.

I’m going to start off my sharing this video because it brings me so much joy.

When your child is speech delayed, every word carries magic.

We had the fountain in our yard removed because it was a yellow jacket magnet.

Matthew came down after his nap and immediately noticed that it was gone…

(Also? Why can’t I ever remember to turn my iPhone on its side when I take video?)

Practicing what I preach

Last night, as I was trying to fall asleep, I had big plans to write a post today to recap the past year, my second year of blogging.

I thought that this afternoon I would sit down and share my thoughts with you, but today got away from me.

Craig, Katie, Matthew, and I ran a 5K this morning. Well, Craig ran a 5K, if I’m honest. I did more than my share of walking.

Then, our almost-five-year-old-not-a-baby-anymore girl ran her first race. I thought my heart might explode when I saw her face, beaming with pride, after she crossed the finish line. (Katie comes into view in this video about 46 seconds in.)

Once we got home and cleaned up, we tucked an exhausted Matthew in for his nap, swept Katie off to our bed and snuggled with her. We talked, tickled, and laughed and I’d be hard pressed to tell you which of us felt more joy in those stolen moments.

When Matthew woke up, we all piled onto the couch in a heap of pillows, blankets, and happiness.

So, instead of writing about the small moments over the past year, we were creating new ones.

And that’s what it’s all about.

Thank you so much for reading my words here. It’s been a lovely two years. xo

And a special thank you to my friend, Lizz, who left me a lovely blogiversary gift on her blog today. Please go stop by if you have a moment.

Dusting off the cobwebs

Okay, if you’ll excuse me for a minute, I’ll dust off these cobwebs.


The past few weeks have been a whirlwind and I’ve missed all of you and this little space of mine.

What have we been doing?

Well, I’ve been happily writing my tail off over at SheKnows and I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am to be a part of that amazing team.

I’ve had the chance to write about decluttering, getting kids started with gardening, and why it’s important to show our kids our joy.

I’ve also shared some suggestions for great photos to take of your kids this spring, raising compassionate children, and helping your daughter build strong self-esteem.

Katie has been thrilled to help me with some of the projects I’ve shared on SheKnows, like the bowl we made from buttons and the (light blue!) bath bombs.

And yesterday, I shared where things stand with us and our ongoing battle with infertility.

If you’d like to see what else I’ve been writing about, here’s my author page. :)

What else?

We’ve been navigating the kindergarten waters and we’ve found a school that we all love. We may not actually be able to let her go this fall, but theoretically, she’ll be starting this year. Gulp.

Matthew continues to charm me daily and I’m quite positive that I couldn’t possibly be more under his spell.

I mean, seriously, look at this kid…

Craig ran in a race on Sunday, then came home and signed us up for another in two short weeks. I’m having his sanity tested, don’t worry.

Katie will actually be running her first race that day and she’s so excited about it.

Speaking of Katie, she gets more outgoing and brave every day.

I never thought she’d willingly do something like this:

I just wrapped up a huge project on Saturday that I’ll be able to tell you more about in a couple of weeks, but what it means for right now is that I’ll have more time to spend here on itsm, which makes me giddy.

Thanks for your patience with me and for coming back to check in on me from time to time. xo

No Internet Connection, Ricky Martin, and an Amazing Offer

As I may have mentioned, we recently went camping for four days.

Now, the best part about camping is that we typically go off the grid.

And, the worst part about camping is that we typically go off the grid.

While I love getting away and having zero access to the Internet, there’s a part of me that wonders what will be waiting for me when we return.

Usually, it’s about 28 emails from Victoria’s Secret, filling me in on the latest bras that will make me irresistible, telling me that surely we’ve had enough dirty diapers that it’s time to reorder, or Piperlime, highlighting all of the fabulous shoes I’m missing out on.

We took a brief trip into town on the second day of our camping trip to buy warmer clothes (who would have thought we’d be so cold on the California Coast?) and I was hovering over my iPhone, like an internet junkie, hoping for my fix.

And, when I held my phone above my head with my right hand, stood on my left leg, held a piece of tin foil, and whistled Livin’ La Vida Loca, I was able to connect and download emails.

And amidst the bras, diapers, and platform sandals, was this note from Melissa, from Mom Comm:

“SITS and Mom Comm are teaming up for twice-a-month critiques on SITS…Well, you’re gonna be first, my dear!”

That was entirely too much awesome in one email for me to truly digest.

SITS and Mom Comm?

Holy smokes!

The thing that amazes me most often about blogging is the support and sense of community that exists. The SITS Girls have played a major role in fostering that community. Whether you’re new to blogging or you have years of experience, these brilliant women can teach you so much.

And Mom Comm? Well, Melissa is one of my blogging idols. She combines an insane amount of marketing communication knowledge, social media savvy, and an eye for great content and shares her knowledge with those of us who are aching to learn more.


While I was excited about having my blog reviewed by these talented and accomplished women, I was also a bit nervous.

While I love my blog, I know that there are areas that need to be spruced up (my outdated about page, for starters!).

But, without knowledge, there’s no growth, right?

So, with the tin foil in hand and a prayer for a solid Internet connection, I sent Melissa an email, accepting her gracious offer.

And I’ve been holding my breath ever since.

Won’t you follow me over to the SITS site to see what they have to say?

Thank you, Melissa and the lovely women over at SITS (specifically Kat and Fran), for your tremendous insight and for this amazing opportunity. Your critique has given me so much to think about and a super long, but exciting to do list!

And if you’re visiting me from SITS, welcome! I’m so happy to have you.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, too!

Yoo Hoo?!

A lovely reader, Chantelle, from Mom Went Crazy, left me a thoughtful comment last week.

She wrote, “I read your blog faithfully. I don’t always comment, but I always enjoy. A lot of times I’ll be cuddling with my girls and I’m thinking of a way to write it so beautifully that it will make it onto ‘Small Moments Mondays!'”

Chantelle’s comment left me wondering how many of you do the same.

I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on the opportunity to know you and to read your words if you don’t leave a note before you go.

So, if you read and don’t comment, please know that, if you’re comfortable, I would love for you to take a moment and say hello!

And for those of you lovely readers who visit and comment regularly, thank you! Maybe you could help me make the others feel more comfortable!?

Please don’t leave me listening to the crickets!

(Thank you, Chantelle!)

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