It’s not an easy life, but it’s a pretty fun one.


So many things going on in that picture……I feel like I should explain:

1.  the lady behind me:  just another tourist

2. the pink gloves on the baby:  You know, hey, it was either my pink gloves or no gloves at all.  Sometimes I forget things.

3. the crying baby:  It was really cold.  Have no fear.  Nonna took him out into the sun, and then I wore him the rest of the time we were there, and he was very happy.  He even took an Ergo carrier nap.  The next day I went to the chiropractor.  I’m doing okay.

4. When I see this picture, it’s weird to me because in my head I’m much, much bigger than I look in this photo.  After being GIGANTICALLY pregnant 4 times, you never really feel small again.  I look at this and think, “But where’s my baby bump?”  The good news is that I have now lost 45 pounds, and I haven’t been quite this thin since 2008.  Hard work and breastfeeding.



“Cheeeese, but I can’t not look out this window!”  Arlington Cemetery is a thing of amazement.

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This is at the Arlington House, overlooking D.C.  I have a similar photo to this of Joshua, Caleb, and me.  Let me see if I can find it!


Okay, so not exact same spot, but it’s the same place anyway!


We haven’t just been galavanting about town as tourists. We have also been hard at work.  Here’s a sample of Joshua’s latest:



This was a movie pitch, by Joshua.

Now, back to the tourism fun:


My Aunt Ann has always said that my first word was ‘go’.  I believe this applies to Dan as well.  You cannot mention going anywhere without hearing Daniel shout, “Me!!  Me!!  Me go!!!”


We all know this is the winter that doesn’t want to go away.  I’m going to be optimistic and say that the snow is over.  It went out with a bang.  Matthew and Joshua created 5 snow men from that last snow storm:


Joshua made that one all by himself.

He also made this:


I just love this stuff.

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As you can see, they’ve been learning about story writing in school.  Joshua’s work is so cool to me because I love the way he adds so many details!!

Most of you already know it was a crazy week for us.  We had a lot of fun visiting with Nonna, Ellen, and Matthew.  The littles and I even got to join them for a day at Arlington.  Oh, and I can’t tell you how much I loved getting to go shopping yesterday!!!

Unfortunately, the week also had its trials, especially the nut allergy incident.  Joshua ate three pieces of candy from a trail mix that contained cashews.  It was the definition of anaphylaxis.  Scary stuff.  We had to use the epi pen, and then the hospital had to give him additional steroids, as the epi pen wasn’t even enough to clear up Joshua’s reaction.

This was a serious parenting fail.  I shouldn’t have even had that in the house, much less available to Joshua.  I really dropped the ball.

The thing is, you can’t change the past.  “Just keep moving forward.”  Lesson learned.  Big time.  I’m going to be serious nut free lady from now on.  You can just call me the nut allergy nazi.

There is nothing that is worth sending Joshua to the ER for.  We had not realized how severe his allergy is.  Now we know.


Our milder problem for this week:

Sleep deprivation.  I’ve started going to bed by 10, 11 at the latest.  JD went from angel baby that sleeps all night to BAAAAAAAGRRRAAAAAAA baby, up 3 times/night, on average.  It hurts.  It really does.  Something must be done.  Don’t say “let him cry at night.”  It will never happen.  Can’t do it.  I could have 20 babies, and I still will never be that tough.  I just can’t see how that could be the right thing to do.

For three weeks, I couldn’t even put him down for a nap without rocking him, which was also new.  I’ve always just gotten away with laying them down and popping a pacifier in their mouth.  Done!

THANKFULLY, the last couple of days, he is back to going to sleep on his own.  Maybe that’s a good sign.  Despite what people will tell you, that does not guarantee that your baby will sleep through the night, though.  We’ve had four babies to sufficiently disprove that theory.


Thanks for all the support and prayers!  Hopefully, this week will be an easier one.

I just try to remind myself, if an easy life was what I was after, I wouldn’t have four children.  Life is more fun lived.  Yes, there are problems, but eh….it’s just life, you know?


You have to look really closely to see all 5 snowmen.  There’s a tiny baby one between the lacrosse snowman and the snowman with a stick.  Then there’s a short one between the one with the stick and the one on the far left.  Matthew and Joshua had a fun time making these.


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