Archives for November 2014

Welcome to Doubtville!

::  Greetings from Doubtville, USA!  ::

Population: Every parent in America… err, the entire world.

I write this as my daughter naps on the floor next to her Minnie Mouse bed.  The same Minnie Mouse bed that she loved just a mere two weeks ago but now despises.  I write this after a 30-minute battle which involved tears and running out of her room multiple times before she finally fell asleep after I laid down next to her (also on the floor).

Here we are again… smack dab in the middle of Doubtville.  Denny and I visit here often so we should be familiar with all the uncertainty that comes when we enter city limits, but every single visit reminds us of how humbling it is to be a parent.

green uncertainty sign

In life we regularly face challenges.  It starts at birth and lasts until our very last breath.  Whether it’s how to tie our shoes, how to solve algebraic equations, how and when to buy a house, or how to be an adult, the questions don’t stop.  But with kids, it seems more challenging because the stakes are a lot higher.

In reality I know that Makenzie won’t go to college sleeping on the floor next to her Minnie Mouse bed, but right now I am questioning every little thing that has happened that led us from the Goes to bed like Champion every night Route to the Abandoned Highway of Terrible Bed and Nap times.  Was is the lack of schedule from the snow storm, the traveling due to the holidays, the removal of the crib from her room, the new knowledge of how to open the door, a combination of all of the above, or perhaps, none of the above.

We don’t know how we got here, so now we are trying desperately how to find the fastest road out of Doubtville.  Do we travel east past the Cry it out Canyon, stay south on the Sleep next to her skyway, or just continue down the path of Bad Parent Boulevard and hope it gets us back on the Sleep Superhighway?  There’s just not a clear pathway.

Concept image of a lost and confused signpost against a blue cloudy sky.

I’m sure we’ll be back on track in no time, but until then I’ll settle for a roadside restaurant as long as it serves hot coffee.  I think the only answer is that we stay the course, we try to be patient and we do it all with love and patience.  After all, our goal as parents is to be the best and most supportive tour guides we can be, even if we don’t have a clue what the journey will entail.

Safe travels to you.  Perhaps we’ll see you around the Doubtville Cafe.  The coffee is good, but the company is amazing!

The truth behind Mother Nature’s cold front

::  Buffalo, NY  ::

Many of you are cringing right now thinking about the snow and blustery weather.  I did the same thing about 9 years ago.  That was before I moved here.   I picked up and moved to the 716 area code because of a boy I loved.  And fortunately that move turned out to be a good thing because that boy I love is now my husband I love.  But enough of the mushy stuff, let me tell you about my city.

During our eight years here in Buffalo, we’ve come to call this town home. Buffalo, NY is a big city with an even bigger heart.  Buffalo is a place where you celebrate when the skyline has a new crane (or five) because it means new opportunities and new jobs.  Buffalo is a place where the owner of your favorite pizza not only knows your favorite toppings but also knows your daughter’s name.  Buffalo is a place where you can rely on your neighbors as if they’re family.  Buffalo is a place that is nice to call home.

Buffalo is also a place that gets some occasional snow and blustery weather.  Okay, by occasional snow I mean a LOT of snow.  In fact, this week we’ve made headlines because of the 84″ inches that fell in the suburbs of the city.  One of the suburbs hit hardest is the place that we call home… cute little Lancaster, NY.



Lots of the white stuff!


Downtown Lancaster

Lancaster, NY, a good place to call home.

Thank you to all of our friends and family for your texts and messages but we’re doing okay.  In fact we’re doing better than okay.

There’s no doubt that this storm has caused some very serious situations, but overall, this cold has made life quite warm and cozy.  Here is how this natural disaster has affected our little family…  We’ve had some unexpected weekdays of not setting our alarms.  We’ve had lots of games of hide n seek.  We’ve had story time, nap time and bed time together.  We’ve had fun times with our neighbors.  Sure, we’ve been trying to balance two careers from the confines of our house, and yes, we’ll probably have some long workdays to compensate for this BUT it’s hard to be upset with an unexpected little chance to just slow down and be with your family.

In this stressful world we live in, a four-day staycation rarely happens.  Aside from some shoveling of snow, some juggling of schedules and some thawing of food from our freezer, we’ve been very grateful to make some memories that could have otherwise been lost in the shuffle.


Some snow day crafting

Perhaps Mother Nature isn’t really as cruel as she seems.   She’s a mom after all, and it turns out that Moms are pretty smart ladies.  And after this week I’m fairly certain that behind Mother Nature’s cold front is a warm heart.

Bumpdate – Thirty, flirty & thriving!

Thirty weeks… Whoa!!
Thank you Jennifer Garner for the brilliance of ’13 Going on 30′ to help me come up with a crafty little blog title… but I don’t exactly fit that description.


Does this blogger lady think she’s flirty and thriving?!?  Not even close.

More like:
Thirty, burpy and waddling?
Or perhaps
Thirty, sleepy and swelling?

You get the point.  Somehow we’ve reached the 75% mark with this pregnancy.  I have been terrible with bumpdates, so now is a great time to share about this little guy who is close to joining our family:


Nursery – It’s going to be a golf/sports theme and it’s in process. And by in process I mean that I put a few hangers in the closet.  All we need to do now is remove the current furniture, add a crib, add a dresser, fill the closet with some blue clothes, figure out some wall decorations, and a add sweet baby boy.  Bam, Easy peasy!

Names – The name game is as far along as the nursery.  But even if we had a name we want to meet him first and make sure he likes it. We try to be considerate parents.

Big Sis – Makenzie is already gearing up to be my little helper!  She loves rubbing my belly while yelling Hi Baby.  And she loves reading the I’m a Big Sister book every night before bed too. We think that’s a good sign!

How I’m feeling – Overall good.  We’re getting really excited to meet this sweet boy!   This pregnancy is a much harder pregnancy than with Makenzie but I think it’s because we’re busy with an active Big Sis to be.   The little guy is kicking a lot and moving around like a little wild man. Our biggest concern right now is that I have a partial previa. I’m trying to take it easy to avoid the terrifying word of bedrest, but it’s challenging to do with a busy little girl.  There’s still time for this to correct itself, otherwise we’ll be headed for a c-section around 39 weeks. We’ll be fine however he arrives as long as he stays healthy.  Keep your fingers and toes crossed!


Denny and I aren’t sure how we’ve arrived at the 30 week mark, but we’re really excited to meet our son!  The next ten weeks include a huge To Do List along with the fun of the holidays but luckily we work well under pressure.  The countdown is on to meet Daddy’s little caddy.  Game on!

daddys golf buddy



Makenzie just turned TWO (well it’s more like 4 weeks ago) but yet it feels like she is more independent than ever.  In the past few weeks she’s been talking more, helping more and reminding us how quickly she is growing up!

But I just couldn’t miss this chance to do a recap of how much has happened in 12 (okay 13) months since she had her last Birthday cake.

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Where did the time go?   October 2013 – Happy 1st Birthday Makenzie! She looks like such a baby.

I’m doing this partly because the blog is as close as my kiddos will get to a baby book, but mostly because time goes so quickly that I feel like it is important to document each passing milestone. This year has mostly good, some not-so-good, but all filled with our best intentions to have fun as a family.

With a little help from one of my favorite apps, I pulled a dozen of my favorite pictures.  We’ll call this post the InstaYear!


October 2013

::  Birthday fun :: Running everywhere!  :: Final days of warm weather & playing outside ::  Peanut allergy   ::  Pumpkin picking  ::  Happy & healthy one-year check up and weighing 21 pounds  ::  Trick-or-treating as a little bumblebee ::



Getting ready to buzzzzz around the neighborhood

November 2013

::  First classes at Rolly Pollies  ::  First visit to ER for a bump on head  ::  First UGG boots (knock-offs of course)  ::  Turkey Day spent in Pittsburgh feeling thankful for fun cousins, awesome grandparents, semi-cool parents & a happy life  ::  Favorite toys include legos & the iPad  ::  First trip to Light up Lancaster  ::


Makenzie & Cousin Connor!

December 2013

::  First haircut  ::  New found love for running around the house naked  ::  2nd visit to meet Santa Claus  ::  Mommy’s little helper for everything Christmas – decorating, shopping & making treats  ::  A Christmas morning spent with Ryan & Jack (Santa listened when we reminded him we would be in Ohio)  ::  A new trike from Santa  ::  Baby’s first shopping cart from Nana & Papa  ::  A new battery-powered car from Mamaw & PapPap  ::  A rockin’ New Year’s Eve spent on Signal Drive (until about 8:15)  ::  Welcome 2014!  ::


Being a good girl for Santa

January 2014

::  First snow day  ::  Frst trip down big slide at Rollie Pollies by herself  ::  Favorite game includes riding on Daddy’s shoulders and running around family room  ::  Found her belly button  ::  A new love of coloring  ::  Lots of fun play dates  ::


Snow Day hide & seek

February 2014

::  Favorite places include the Erie Kid’s Museum and Explore & More Museum in Buffalo  ::  Winter sickness strikes  ::  First dentist trip & first meltdown at a dentist’s office  ::  First trip to airport to greet Daddy after his week away  ::  New pink shoes & pink sippy cup from the Valentine Fairy  ::  Favorite foods are chili and ice cream (not together)  ::


When dads away, the girls will play!

March 2014

::  Discovered a love of bathtime bubbles  ::  Favorite book is ShoeLaLa  ::  Another snow day, which included an indoor picnic  ::  A trip to Ohio to celebrate cousin Jack’s 1st Birthday  ::  A trip to Frank’s Bar for St. Patty’s Day (don’t worry she drank O’Doul’s)  ::


Belly up to the bar for some green drinks on St. Patty’s Day!

April 2014

::  First music class  ::  A terrifying trip to see the Easter Bunny  ::  A not so scary Easter morning  ::  Lots of Easter egg hunts  ::  First zoo trip for the season  ::  A new found obsession with the Chicken Dance, which has continued to this day  ::  Happiness with the warm weather  :: A love of outside bubbles  ::  Enough hair for pigtails  ::


Loving the Easter egg hunt

May 2014

::  Big news on Mother’s Day weekend… Big Sis!!  ::  Trip to Ohio to celebrate cousin Ryan’s 3rd Birthday  ::  A fun Memorial Day weekend in Canada  ::  Awesome neighborhood picnic  ::  Favorite activity includes riding the swings at the playground  ::


Makenzie & Ryan checking out the ducks while in Canada

June 2014

::  Swim time in the neighbor’s pool  ::  Lots of trips to the playground and loving the swings  ::  Roadtrip to PA  ::  Favorite food is guacamole  ::  First trip around the block on her trike (with help from Dad)  ::  Loves chalk  ::


Summer baby

July 2014

::  Waving the flag to say Happy Birthday America!  ::  Loving the beep beep cars at Fantasy Island  ::  Trip to Strong Museum of Play ::  Helper for Auntie Sara at her baby shower  ::  Loves the iPad and all technology  ::  Officially told the world that she’s going to be a Big Sis  ::


Proud little American

August 2014

::  Hot summer days spent in the baby pool  ::  Family staycation  ::  Fun weekend with Daddy while Mom spent first weekend away with her cousins in NYC  ::  Trip to Sunset Bay Beach ::  Erie County Fair  ::  Loves Olcott Beach Carousel Park  ::  Play dates & visits from friends  ::   Transition to a big girl bed  :: Favorite book is Pigs in Hiding  ::



September 2014

::  First pair of tap shoes  ::  Loves to help Mom in the kitchen  ::  Lots of learning – Kenzie can count to 10 and recognize most of her letters  ::  Excited to be TWO  ::  Favorite color is purple  ::  Fall family photos


A little window shopping with Minnie


October 2014

:: Hello TWO!!  ::  Big sister-to-be of a Baby BOY  ::  First tap class  ::  Great birthday party!  ::  Pumpkin farm trips  ::  Trick or treating as Minnie Mouse  ::  Ready to take on the world as a Big Girl!  ::


Make a Wish!



Makenzie might be TWO but it was a pretty ONEderful year leading up to it.  Looking forward to the fun the next twelve months will bring!