Best Mother’s Day Card Ever

He could not have picked a better card this year.

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Even more charming is the fact that he forgot to write “Day” and and just wrote “Happy Mother’s Love, Gideon”.

I love that kid.

Brought to You by the Letter E

This week’s Weekly Winners set just happens to be of two subjects both beginning with the letter E—Easter and my husband’s band the Eight Fifteens.


IMG_1542Dye Job

IMG_1547Color Mixing

IMG_1562Exploring His Basket of Goodies


IMG_1574Egg Hunt Excitement

IMG_1579My Guys



IMG_1602The Eight Fifteens

Spring Seductress


Deconstruction of a Tulip

A rogue ball went flying into one of my flower beds the other day while we were playing in the backyard and snapped one of my yet-to-bloom tulips in half. Instead of tossing it into the compost pile right away I decided to take a closer look at the tiny bud. This is what I discovered.







Something to Consider


Found at the top of the stairs on the way to floor two at Artomatic419! 2001.

A Boy and His Buddy

A few weeks ago we adopted a kitten from the Toledo Animal Shelter. G-tot had been asking for a kitten for a long time. We even went to the Humane Society in January but were told it wasn’t “kitten season” and to come back between April and November for kittens. We just couldn’t wait that long. G-tot has never had a pet of his own—besides Sea Monkeys which don’t really count—and it had been years since JQ and I had a pet. One morning about a month ago I saw three kittens on the Toledo Animal Shelter website and that afternoon we went to take a look at them. They were all adorable but there was one in particular that we were totally drawn to. He was having surgery later that week so we couldn’t take him home that day but before we left we went through our interview process and put a reserve on that sweet little kitty.


A week later he was ours.


I got the call that we could pick him up while I was at the doctor’s and as soon as I left my appointment I called JQ to let him know we could pick the kitten up that day and I would be home to pick him and G-tot up right away. We could not get him quick enough.


We named him Buddy.


To say we adore him is an understatement.


G-tot loves his Buddy and everybody that encounters him has to pet him or hold him. He has quickly become a part of this family.


Now if I could just get him to stay of the table.


Narcissistic Tendencies

Quite possibly my most favorite picture taken of JQ and I in a long time. Never mind the fact that I took the picture. It isn’t my mad photographer skills. It’s just that we look HOT. This one totally deserves a frame.


Growing Up—Four Years

Dear Gideon,

Today you turned four years old. Which kind of seems impossible because I swear it was just the other day that I was in labor with you wondering what motherhood would be like. I can honestly say that thanks to you, motherhood has been fantastic.

DSC01576March 27, 2007—One Hour Old

You are an incredible human and every single day I get to spend with you makes my life more fulfilling. I cannot imagine it any other way. Day after day, month after month, year after year you keep getting more amazing and I am so proud to be able to say that YOU are MY son.

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You are the best thing that has ever happened to me and I love spending my days, afternoons, and nights with you. I feel so blessed that my job permits me to work just two really long days most weeks of the year so I have the other five days to hang out with you.

You are so smart. So handsome—strangers still stop me on a regular basis to tell me how beautiful your red hair is when they see you. You are funny—especially with your new found appreciation for knock knock jokes. And your laugh? Completely infectious.


As fast as you are growing up you will always be my baby. And you will forever be the one that made me a mother. I hope you always remember that you made me something that nobody else had ever done and nobody else will ever be able to do. You changed who I was to my very core in the most remarkable way. Nothing can ever change that fact and I am so very thankful for that you gave me that opportunity.

DSC01847April 3, 2007—One Week Old

IMG_1415March 24, 2011—Four Years Old

Love and a million kisses,


Bubbles and Bikes and Parks, Oh My

We are finally starting to see temperatures in Toledo that allow us to hit the parks without having to layer on heavy coats, scarves, hats, and gloves. It is glorious. Spring is one of my favorite times of year—the renewal of life and the awakening of all that was under that heavy slumber of snow and cold for so long. So when we saw temps in the 50s and above we were outside basking in the sun.

shadowbikeFirst ride of the year.

windyIt was a little windy.

leglinesAnd I was wearing a dress.

colalakeHalf the playground was under water.

gbubbleBut that didn’t stop us from having fun.

bikeawayIt’s just the beginning.

Alien Life Form

Yesterday I hit the 12 week mark. Do you know what that means? It means I’m almost out of my first trimester. Almost sort of a third of the way there! Wowsers.

I haven’t thrown up in a week and a half—which is good even if hovering over the toilet had been incredibly reassuring to me. I do have the occasional twinge of nausea and an ever increasing sensitivity to smells but the nothing like past 7 or so weeks. My boobs however have decided to go from tender to OH MY GOD super sore. If JQ looks at them the wrong way they swell with pain. Pregnancy is so weird.

Oh…and there is this.



Pictures from the 11.5 week ultrasound that I had done this past Friday. My little 3-dimensional alien. The one G-tot has taken to calling his baby. “Dad, I’m going to save some of my toys for my baby.” “Mom, since I’ve outgrown this shirt we can save it for my baby.” LOVE.