photo credit: my 10-year-old daughter :)
Welcome to my blog! I'm so grateful you stopped by!
As you can probably guess, I'm a Harvard graduate who's living (and loving!) the domestic life. (For more on the title of this blog, please read this post where I open up a bit. I think all women might pause for a moment or two when reading it.) I grew up a small-town Midwestern girl in some seriously cold weather, and I now live in the suburban south with my husband and four young daughters where the winters are much kinder. I'll admit that I've turned into a bit of a weather wimp at this stage in my life. I used to be so tough!
I am an eternal optimist, and I try to teach my girls by example--we look to find the positive in everything at our house, as hard as that may be at times. I grew up playing sports (with two older brothers, I had to keep up!), and now in my spare time, I'm still very active--I work as a fitness instructor, play tennis and golf, and enjoy photography. I also love "projects" of all kinds, and I would bake every day if I had the time (and if calories didn't count). I don't claim to be a wizard in the kitchen, but I can follow a recipe, and I promise not to share any here with you that I haven't tried--and had luck with--myself. We're all short on time these days, so most recipes will be quick and easy--and more will be healthy than not.
While I love party-planning and details, I am far from Martha Stewart. Life is short, and I try not to obsess over the little things. Unless we're having people over, my house is typically scattered with piles of papers and half-finished projects that I will eventually get to. I will be knee-deep in something, and then one of my girls will need me (or my family has to eat!), so that project is forced to wait--and then it taunts me until I can carve out time for it again!! But I will eventually get to it. :) Despite my piles, I do love to organize, and I'm always striving for a better "system" so that our family has less chaos in our lives--which means more time to enjoy one another!
While I like a neat home because I find that I'm less stressed out when I can actually find everything (!), I'm the first to abandon the dirty dishes so I can play on the floor with the baby, and I'm certainly not in the my-kitchen-has-to-be-spotless-before-I-can-go-to-bed club. My house is rarely (as in basically never) squeaky clean (despite what this post may imply!), and I vacuum only when I can't stand it anymore. I'd rather be baking, editing pictures, working on projects, kicking the soccer ball around with my kids--and now, blogging! Somehow, life manages to go on even when things aren't "perfect"... so cut yourself some slack, too!! That's a message I hope my daughters embody themselves as they watch their mom who tries never to sweat the small stuff--because in the end, it really is all small stuff.
Since I have four daughters across a 10-year span, looking at them is a like a snapshot in time for me. My oldest is a reminder of where they're all going much too quickly. My youngest is a reminder of where they all once were not so long ago. And the middle two remind me of all the fun steps along the way. All together, they teach me to live in the moment because time is going much faster than I'd like. This blog will serve not only as a creative outlet for me and a way to share my ideas with all of you, but I also want my girls to have this as a resource for themselves. One day I hope they'll appreciate all of this and think their mother had some good things to say. :)
Thanks for reading!
Until next time,
P.S. That's us below... this is the picture I used to create the header for this site! Thanks to Aubri from Pink Sky Photography for capturing this moment. I could just about cry when I look at it! I love this picture so much--it sums up my life. They are my life. :)
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