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Return from Vacation

Last month we took a nine day, eight night vacation. We went to Ann Arbor, Michigan, visited family just outside of Madison, Wisconsin and on the way home stopped in Elkhart, Indiana. We had so much fun! It was a lot of driving, which Lennon didn’t love. (But he must not have been too scarred because the kids have been playing “road trip” for the past two days which means I open all the doors in the van and they run around inside it and pretend to go to castles and zoos and such.) And if I was doing it again I’d maybe plan it just one day shorter, because by the last day we were just too tired to think of things to do. But honestly, it was one of the best times of my life.

My mom came with us. Besides enjoying her company, having her along is great because she takes constant pictures. I thought I’d post some… it’s so hard to pick, but I’ll try to limit myself.

We loved the Hands on Museum in Ann Arbor!

Hotel pools were one of the highlights of our trip for the kids

Farmers market in Madison. Lulu loved Wisconsin cheese!

The capital building in Madison is GORGEOUS!

Madison has a great zoo!!! And it’s free!

Beautiful Botanical Gardens in Elkhart!

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens in Elkhart was so fun, pretty and HUGE!

My uncle and aunt have lived in Wisconsin for 14 years, so for half my life I’ve only gotten to see them once or twice a year when they come back this way. Though I’ve always loved them, I now feel closer to them than ever before. And I feel like my kids finally know them. I am so grateful for them for allowing us to stay with them for 4 days, they were great hosts. And the kids loved their dog, Gracie.

Lulu and Gracie

Besides having so much fun, being on vacation helped me to refocus my priorities. My kids have always been my top priority, but it’s so easy throughout the day to get sidetracked doing house work and work for the radio station. At the end of too many days I’ve forgotten to take the time to enjoy them. I’ve told them to wait far too often while I sent an email or folded laundry. Being on vacation I didn’t have those distractions. And since coming back I’ve become better at not giving into them.

Yes, my station work still needs to be done, and my house work does too. But I’ve learned that if I hang out with my kids when they want me too, they do eventually get sick of me. And I slip away when they’re playing together or independently without requesting me to join in. I actually get everything done quicker when I wait for them to allow me to do it. I’m not going back and forth between momming and working, and my mind is focused on my work not feeling guilty about the screaming child in the background.

Some days they want to play with me all day and those days the house only gets dirtier and I fall behind at my job. But sometime over the course of the next couple days, I catch up!

I hope I can keep this vacation mind set going. Right before vacation I also read two parenting books that I think helped me realize the need to live in the moment. (I think I’ll do another post soon with book recommendations. Both parenting books and books for pleasure.) The combination of these books and vacation was the medicine I needed. Now bring on summer, because this family is enjoying life to the fullest!!

Best friends, on vacation, and wherever they go!!

When Life Gets In The Way

For a few months I was proud of myself for consistently┬ádoing 2 posts a week. And as soon as I let it slide one week, I seemed to have just stopped! So, I’m admitting defeat the past month or so and we’re starting all over again.

With the nice weather the kids and I have been more active, going on lots of play dates, taking walks, etc. It’s the busy time of year for the radio station too. And I started selling perfectly posh products. I expect things will remain quite busy for several months but I want to make sure I continue to share our journey. Here are a few developments since I last wrote:

Lucille has a new favorite food. Cheese top. This is a term she coined meaning the cheese melted on top of other food. The other day she kept demanding cheese top and our dinner plan didn’t involve any melted cheese. Peter made her an open faced cheese quesadilla. She was so excited!! Hopefully we can keep this as an occasional treat.


Lucille has been showing interest in potty training for a while. The other day we all spent about half an hour in the bathroom while she peed. Once we came back down stairs she kept screaming potty. Her toilet seat looks like a ducky and I figured she just wanted to play with it. So I brought it down and figured her sitting in it while she watches a show would be good practice and get her used to the seat. Well, my dog had to go potty as well. I took her out for 3 minutes… I came in and found Lucille peed in her potty again. Great, right? Not so much. Her and Lennon were splashing in it! This led to their first ever bath together. Lucille is very playful in the tub so it was a bit overwhelming for Lennon but they had fun!


My beautiful and talented cousin Jenny owns whimsy roots photography and did our family picture Monday. I mentioned we’re working on potty training… well, when mommy and daddy weren’t watching Lucille took her diaper off. 10 minutes into our photo shoot Peter realized our daughter was going commando… it would have been a very embarrassing moment had the photographer not been my cousin! Also, she stole my pearls and I had to pick out a new necklace to wear… I had to admit my pearls looked adorable with her dress!


Lennon is moving and talking and getting so big! He is the most stubborn little momma’s boy I’ve ever met. When he wants something in particular, nothing else will do. And usually that particular thing is mommy’s attention. Huge, exciting news regarding sleep progress though!! Last night, for the first time EVER┬áhe slept through the night in his crib!! I am really hoping this is a new trend! Wish us luck!

This is Lennon’s first spring and he loves it. He loves crawling in the grass, picking dandelions and pulling himself up on anything he can find. His mood typically improves as soon as I can get some sunshine on his face. Mommy’s mood does too.