Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Davey. Thanks for the following things, among others:

Still thinking my jokes are funny. Making me breakfast every single morning. That cute way you chew your gum when you’re focused on something. Making yourself into a lacrosse guy from the ground up, in service of your son. Getting up last night to […]

    Kids’ Room Carnival

    Dave has been working hard on the kids’ bedrooms. It’s been probably 5-6 years since we did anything in their rooms, besides repaint and throw new comforters on the beds. (Side note: I let the girls choose their own wall colors last time. Gabby chose two shades of “I Have a Bad Cold” green, and […]

      In which Dave and I have a mature discussion about a large purchase.

      Actual conversation I had yesterday: DAVE: Take a look at those mattresses I pulled up online. JULIE: ….You want to get a new mattress? DAVE: What do you think about the memory foam? JULIE: Well, you know how I hate the memory foam pillows. DAVE: Right, but remember how much we liked that […]

        How Gabby handles Dave.

        [Background info: earlier this week, Gabby left a Post-It note that she had an after-school activity and needed a pickup. Dave read her the riot act about not planning ahead. I wasn’t home to witness, but from what I heard later, it was apparently quite the riot.]

        GABBY: Mom, when Dad gets off the phone, […]

          Happy birthday, Gravy!

          Dave had to leave the house at 4:30 this morning to be at a job site. It’s his birthday today, so that triple-sucks. My girls had this covered, though. Look:


          Those are a series of birthday notes (where’s Cam, you’re wondering. Well, last night was his lacrosse team banquet, at which he […]

            Presented Without Comment

            JULIE: Ow, look at my hand from the gym.

            DAVE: What did you do?

            JULIE: I don’t know, I think it’s like a burst blood vessel or something. How am I doing this to myself?

            DAVE [loftily]: How would I know? I’ve never had a problem. [Holding out hands] See? I have perfect weightlifting technique.



              Earlier this week, it was almost dinnertime, I was just finishing making soup, and I turned around and Dave had left the house. I said, “Where’s Dad?” and Gabby replied, “He went to the grocery store.” I said, “Really? For milk or something? Did he tell me?”

              “Milk, but also some stuff for dinner […]

                Addie’s Thanksgiving letter

                You know how I always say that Addie is just a ray of sunshine and love? Below is the text from the J’s school Thanksgiving project. This is the light we are fortunate enough to have in our lives. Enjoy!

                Thanksgiving is near and I have people I’m thankful for. The first person I’m […]

                  Thank you, Baby Jesus, for teenage boys and preteen girls. (Really!)

                  Cammy was out of state for his tournament this weekend. First of all, I am proud to say that the parents who accompanied the kids have been thanking us all for how well-behaved our boys are, and what fun it was to spend time with that group. Which frankly I might have inscribed on […]


                    Dave, smiling gingerly.

                    Gingerly was one of Addie J’s spelling words last week. When we were going over them, I asked her to tell me what they meant as well as how to spell them; when she got to “gingerly” she said, “To do something like the way Dad would do it. Gingerly. […]

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