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Happy birthday, going west coastal!

Yay, this blog is three today!

I find that crazy. Mostly because that means in just a few short weeks, we will have lived here in Portland for THREE YEARS.

Wow.

I am sure I will blubber about the past three years in an upcoming Portland anniversary post, so let's get back to celebrating going west coastal's third birthday.

I thought it would be fun

September 29th, 2014 0 comments live

Ugh. It’s Packing School Lunch Season.

Every school year, Kenny and I start out thinking, "This year's gonna be different. We're going to go for wholesome, healthy lunches and minimal junk." (Ok, so it's only our third year going to this rodeo, but still, that's enough to try to successively better ourselves, right?) I imagine many parents think the same - no shortcuts, we'll just prepare and try to be healthy,

September 4th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

A Sweet Sentiment to Help Anxious Kids Deal

Well, here we are. The last hurrah of summer break is upon us, and the start of school is looming just around the corner.

My kids are pretty excited to go back to school. I am glad - this means they like it! As for Kenny and I, well...we both work full time so the kids are in camp every week during the summer, so

August 27th, 2014 0 comments our kids in portland

One of Those Shopping Trips

Ever have one of THOSE shopping trips with little ones? Where you know, just by the simple act of informing them you have to run an errand, you are doomed?

Yea, I had that trip to Target this afternoon.

I literally only needed handful of things, so I figured it'd be a quick in-and-out trip and I wouldn't have to venture out after the kids

August 6th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

19 Years – A Sweet Milestone

Nineteen years ago, I was 19 years old.

And right about this time, I was at a now defunct nightclub in Media, PA with some friends from my college basketball team. We were meeting up with a bunch of people two of them worked with, including a guy that one of my friends liked. I was just along for the ride. The original plan was to

July 19th, 2014 0 comments live, the fam

Stuffed Animal Storage

I mentioned a 'stuffed animal farm' in this blog entitled One Little Monkey, and I got a few (sarcastic) questions on whether we did, in fact, have a 'farm of stuffed animals.'

I guess technically, the answer is no. However, we do have a 'pen' of sorts...which we call a farm (sometimes). Haha.

In that same post, I mentioned that Grace loves all stuffed animals. They

June 24th, 2014 0 comments our house

This is What Happens When I Try to Be Fancy

One of my friends let me in on a hot tip: you can reserve library books online and they will pull them for you and have them waiting for you to pick up. This may not be a hot tip to some, but to me it is a new, life-changing discovery. It's probably been in existence since libraries have been around, but I don't go

June 20th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

End of a Momming Era…or The Start of a New One?

Ah, the last day of school has come and gone. Whoosh. It went that quickly.

And, as another school year passes, I again sit here reflecting on the year and the seemingly break-neck speed at which my children are growing - both in size and of mind.

This year is particularly poignant for me. It marks my full-on transition from being a "mom with young

June 16th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

One Little Monkey

...holds a lot of memories.

I am doing some cleaning up and cleaning out around the house. Admit it. You're jealous of my rockin' start to the unofficial kick off to summer, right? :)

With both kids occupied downstairs, I took the opportunity late this afternoon to sneakily clean out the 'stuffed animal' farm we have in our toy room. If you have kids and

May 23rd, 2014 0 comments after effects, live, the move

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