These are my co-worker’s kids. We did a photo shoot last night because she has a new baby. You might remember them from here. I’m hoping to have more to post by the end of the weekend. There are so many cute ones to pick from. This one is my favorite though… Say it with me, awww…


Iowa Girl

I’m an Iowa Girl through and through. I love being from the middle of nowhere. I need to take the time to get out in the country more. I snapped this from the car on our drive to Mason City last weekend. We took a winding scenic route which we never do. Kevin didn’t like it because it was long, but I enjoyed seeing some new places. Despite our lack of rain, everything is so green and lush right now. You can almost hear the corn growing…


Prozac Kitty

Our cat is crazy. Everyone knows this and most people who stop by our house are scared of her. They have good reason to be. She hisses and she has her claws and isn’t afraid to use them. So Kevin talked to our vet who suggested Prozac. Every night when I get home from work … Continue reading

Sonja Says

Sonja is going to “Grandma Camp” at Kevin’s parent’s house. This morning I said, “Sonja, if you feel homesick, just tell Grandma you want to call your dad or me. I’m sure she will let you.” And then she screamed at me, “I AM NOT GOING TO BE SICK!” Then I tried to explain what homesick meant and thought better of it. I don’t need to put that idea in her head. I just want her to be happy and have fun.

This Week

I always have the best laid plans of blog posts I’m going to write and pictures I’m going to post and then it’s 10:30 p.m. and I’m tired.Thirty minutes ago I made a list of lists I need to make. I’m hoping to feel more calm and organized by the end of the weekend. And maybe I’ll make a list of things for this blog as well. I have so many pictures I should put on here from the past few weeks.

You can read my two Real Moms post for the week here and here. Both are about being prego. Don’t worry I have plenty of Sonja content in the queue as well.

Today I worked from home for a couple hours before a doctor appointment and a dude showed up to start painting our house. Woo hoo!!! Kevin won’t die of crippling fear on the roof and our entire house will be painted in a week or so. We were hoping for one wall by the time the snow flies. I think I’m getting old because this excites me to no end.

And finally, here’s Sonja in her “sun hat.” Last weekend when it was 90+ in the shade she insisted on wearing this thing everywhere we went. Whatever…


This week

In Real Moms this week I have two posts up. Read them, love them. Danielle, my St. Luke’s blog boss (and the rest of us) would love the traffic. There’s my shameless self-promotion plug:

I made an official baby announcement on the Real Moms finally. You can read it here.

And I’m trying hard to teach Sonja some responsibility. I don’t know how well it’s going, but I’m trying. You can read that post here.

On the homefront:

Kevin and I are currently embroiled in a battle over exterior house painting. It’s not pretty, the partially scraped east wall of our house or the arguments we’re having. We’re getting some professional estimates today and I’m guessing the sticker shock will convince Kevin he really can do it himself or the non-sticker shock will convince me we can afford someone else painting our house. We shall see… It would be super nice to not paint part of the exterior of our house every summer. Normal people don’t seem to do that. Whoever said we were normal?

Sonja and I are hitting the pool for the first time tonight. Woot! Rumor has it the water is freezing. I’m hoping the walk over there helps me break a massive sweat and I won’t freeze to death.

We survived our first dance recital last weekend. It was quite lovely and I’m the proudest mom in the whole world. I rarely shed parent tears, but dance recital got me! I’ve never gotten on a stage to do anything but graduate (which gave me near panic attacks that I would trip and fall on my face) and my 4-year-old already has a performance under her belt. Go Sonja! Not that she’ll never have stage fright or anything but this has to be good life skills we’re teaching here. I have pictures I need to post. It’s on my list… which is my answer to everything these days.


Sonja Says

Sonja sleeps with about 20 stuffed animals. I try to limit the quantity but she gets out of bed after I leave the room and adds more. Currently she’s also sleeping with a shoe box. She puts her penguin to bed (the shoe box) then she covers up the box with a blanket and snuggles the whole package. So strange.

This morning she said, “Mommy, why don’t you sleep with animals?” And I said, “Well I slept with my one bear until I married your daddy.” This seemed to satisfy her and she said, “OK, he’s your animal.”