Sunday Snippets

  • Wow! It’s been a whole month since I last blogged – I don’t think I’ve ever lapsed that long. And when I came in to do these snippets I thought it had been two weeks…

    playing in a hidey hole
    playing in a hidey hole
  • We’ve been exceptionally busy. There has been some behind the scenes things (in our family, not this blog) that have resulted in a no screen time when children are awake Monday – Friday, for any of us. This means no more blogging after school while they play. But overall we are a week in and I think it is a good change.
  • Along with the rest of the world we’ve had fun with the MSQRD app. This one hasn’t been deleted from my phone yet. Lot’s were deleted in the above mentioned screen reduction. Caleb loves it.IMG_5555
  • Caleb had the flu a couple of weeks ago. Poor sad boy. But he bounced back in time for Easter.
  • We totally slacked on Easter this year. Grandmas sent some small things, so that was it. I’m giving myself grace that there are some seasons of life I will be able to go all out, and others where I just can’t.


    • Boys in hats. That is all.IMG_5583
    • Simon is still playing chess on Fridays. We need to practice more at home. He’s struggling a bit because the teacher “asks him too many questions”. In order to understand that there is a strategy beyond knowing how to move the pieces Simon has to explain the consequences of each move. It’s mentally exhausting, but I think we’ve come to an agreement that there are questions for 20-30 minutes, then only playing. He earned a gold star. Last time the teacher told him he’d get a gold star, then at the end Simon asked for his star – only to find it was a symbolic star. So this week the teacher had brought a sheet of stars just for Simon. I thought that was sweet of him.IMG_5587
    • I have a full preliminary dissertation file. Meaning I have a file with everything that is coded so far and can start analysis. But I still need to code about 20 questions and have about seven hours of audio to transcribe. So far nothing is significant.
    • And just for fun Caleb singing. He only sings two songs. Jingle Bells and Let it Go.

    • And Simon, practicing for Pre-K graduation. Which I will miss for work travel. But this video is everything.


Video: 11 Questions

My friend Hannah tagged me for the Liebster award for bloggers with under 1,000 followers. Since she did a video I decided to do one too. It’s only taken me a month to record and export. If you watch Hannah, she is funny, I am not. Also it’s blurry because the only time Rob and I are both home when he can help the children are loud – or sleeping, but then I’d be in pjs…so I made this when home alone, and it’s blurry. Here it is anyhow.

Questions with short answers and tagging MellowMidwestMama and Fiona as a nudge to help them blog more. Video is optional, but I think you should do it.

1. How did you come up with your blog name?

My blog name is a play on my last name and it’s what I changed my blog to when I got married.

The tagline “small town meets big city” is because I grew up on a farm in a tiny town in Indiana. Now I live in New York City.

2. Why did you start your blog?

My blog started as a way to keep family in Indiana updated on my life in New York City.

3. What do you love most about blogging?

It’s a tie between the record of my life and the people I’ve met.

4. What was the most ridiculous but very cool fashion trend you followed?

Bodysuits. With tights and shorts. I don’t know why this was cool but feel like it must have been because why else would I have followed it.

5. One goal you wish to accomplish this year?


6. What is your favorite social media site?

It’s a tie between Instagram and Twitter.

7. If you could travel to only one place this year where would it be and why?

Maine. We are going. It’s not optional.

8. How would you describe your personal style?

Classic and comfortable.

9. Spring or Fall fashion?

Fall. Scarves and fingerless gloves.

10. If you could choose one store to shop at, your entire life, which store would you choose?

For clothes: Banana Republic. It’s where I get my jeans. I live for good jeans.

11. What is one fear you would like to conquer?

The fear of failure (or of not being good enough). I am capable. Most of the time I know this.

Birth Days

Fifty-two weeks ago today I woke up on a Sunday morning to Simon yelling and went to lay in his bed with him. My water broke. I was in denial. I called my doula and had a nice breakfast. Our last as a family of three. Then we all went to church. I called my doula again. Then my doctor. We left church and went to the hospital with no bags. I was convinced they’d send us home. That didn’t happen. At 4:31 am Monday morning Caleb joined our family. It was one of the most wonderful and intense experiences of my life. Twelve hours later Simon came to the hospital to meet his brother.

These videos are of that meeting. It’s only taken me a year to post them… Some key phrases: “He came out, he came out of your belly!” “He’s so tiny.” “Look at the baby toesies.” *the second video is long and mostly for grandparent gratification.