Taxi Cabs, Dolphins, and Office Jobs

Most parents just want their kids to be happy, whether that means driving a garbage truck or curing cancer. And most children have high aspirations for their future careers and goals. While my little kindergarten friends were presumably telling their parents of their dreams to become firefighters, police officers, astronauts, and doctors, I had a different idea…

Dear Sisters

Happy Siblings Day to my three beautiful sisters. I’m not gonna lie, I think the whole idea of “siblings day” is a bit lame, but you know what’s not lame? Having you three as siblings. You have enriched my life beyond belief and I pray that someday my children are blessed with siblings as wonderful…

Hailey Joins the Family

This post isn’t about food, health, or my skin!!- I can hear your simultaneous sighs of relief. No, this post is purely to show off the sweet baby girl who recently joined our quickly growing family of 9. Isaac and I got to meet Hailey two weeks ago (when she was just a few days old) and…

Do I Get a Cookie?

A problem I don’t typically suffer from is self esteem. I am often extremely proud of myself for doing completely normal and often necessary adult things like getting a pap smear, getting my oil changed, or vacuuming my house. I don’t think there is anything wrong with treating yourself to a new shiny electronic gadget or a…

Toddler Rules

“No matter how old you are, no matter how badass you think you are, if a toddler hands you a ringing toy phone, you answer it.” My dad happens to be a fantastic leader of military operations during the week, and toy phone answer-er on the weekends. Such a good grandpa 🙂 Thank you Char for the…

Rude Awakening

At 4am this morning I was rudely awakened by someone punching me in the jugular. That someone was me, assisted by my right fist. You know that stage of sleep where you are not quite awake and not quite asleep, where you often startle yourself completely awake? Well my “startling awake” was more of a…

Fired as the Family DJ

Teenagers are dumb. It’s not just my personal opinion, it’s science. The teenage brain has not yet fully developed, especially the part that deals with planning ahead, actions and consequences, and understanding mortality. See mom and dad, I DID learn something in college. This may be the only factoid that I remember from school but…

Family Animal Booklet

My two younger sisters are on their college breaks right now so they are at home with our parents doing normal college kid summer break stuff. Well, I take that back. Normal college kid break stuff is drinking, tanning, and short meaningless relationships with cute surfer boys. My sisters, on the other hand, woke up…