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Iowa Arts Fest 2015

The weather was beautiful today – sunny, warm but not hot, and with a perfect breeze. We took the free city bus into town and enjoyed Kids’ Day at the Arts Fest. As a bonus, we met up with the Pudwill family and let Charlotte and Madeline keep each other entertained all afternoon.

I discovered a new-to-me online picture editor, piZap, and made these collages. Somehow a photo collage makes everything look even more fun. 



(*If you are a close reader, it seems that I’ve forgotten a few letters in Michaelangelo’s name…)

I was originally supposed to come home from my work conference in St. Louis tonight, but I’m so glad we decided to leave yesterday afternoon instead. It was a perfect Saturday!

Even better: Both kids were ASLEEP by 7 pm tonight. BOOM. 

(Thanks to Carla for some of these cute pics!) 


Four Years Ago Today….

I wrote this post and added this picture. Looks familiar!


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2012 Blogging Review

At the end of the year, WordPress compiles my blog stats into a nifty little presentation. Last year I shared with you my 2011 blog data. Check it out again if you’re bored. (And scroll down to the bottom for the 2012 report link.)

This year, my top-viewed post (again) was Playtime Smiles and Squeals. I knew this would happen because I can see that most days someone looks at it. But for the life of me, I cannot figure out why. It is simply two videos (of a three month-old Charlotte doing pretty much nothing) and essentially zero text. The only thing I can think of is that my title must be generating search engine hits (probably in some obscure and possibly perverted way), which prompts someone to click the link to the post, and then they quickly discover this was not what they were looking for and promptly leave. (At least I hope that’s what happens.) Anyway, I’m probably over-thinking things like always.

Thank you, again, to all my faithful and occasional readers! And a special thank you for leaving comments, especially my top five! I really love me some comments.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete 2012 report.

I’d like to thank The Academy…


I was nominated for a blogging award!

Rachel from Peace, Love, & Fabulous Things nominated me for this award earlier this week, and I was totally shocked: This means someone besides Charlotte’s grandparents read this blog. Astonishing. Thank you, Rachel, for reading and the nomination. Rachel is a fellow English teacher and mom of two little boys. She is also very crafty. You should check her out.

These are the rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
2. Include a link to their blog.
3. Select 15 excellent blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

I read a lot of blogs, but most of them are very fancy with paid advertisers and hundreds or thousands of followers. (I have twelve followers.) So I am going to nominate just good ones that I’ve found from WordPress recently as well as some blogs my friends have started.

1) Landlocked Beach Girl…My friend Carla’s blog. She happens to be an expert on baby carriers.

2) Happiest Baby in the World…A young family that spends half the year in Oregon and the other half in China! Their life is way cooler than mine.

3) MamaPlus…A great tip center for all things parenting.

4) Being the Best Dad…Parenting perspectives from a stay-at-home dad of a cute six month-old boy.

And seven things about me….

1) I can make a clover with my tongue.

2) I am preparing to try a dairy and gluten-free diet with the hope that this will help my skin because…

3) …I have bad eczema right now, and it sucks. Unfortunately, diary and gluten are my very favoritest food groups. This will be very hard.

4) Chris and I met at a party for Special Olympics at DePauw sophomore year. We were doing the limbo. I should tell that story some time.

5) Charlotte was born via emergency c-section after a long labor. I should tell that story some time, too.

6) When I was a kid, I wanted to be a farmer/artist/vet when I grew up. Yes, all three at the same time. This was back before I realized I fainted at the mere mentioning of a finger prick and when I thought farming simply involved milking the occasional cow and gathering some eggs from the chickens.

7) I wanted to go to Illinois-Wesleyan more than DePauw, but DePauw gave me a better scholarship. Then, I almost left DePauw after freshman year to transfer somewhere closer to home. I can’t imagine life now had I done that.

*Right now you might be thinking what’s the point of this? you don’t really win anything… True, but when you spend time writing a blog, it’s nice knowing someone is reading. This is just a fun way to spread some love to fellow bloggers.

2011 Blogging in Review

I received this in an email from WordPress around the new year and forgot to share. It’s pretty neat! Thanks to everyone who stops by to read, look at pictures, and watch pointless (yet undeniably cute) videos. And a big thank you to all my commenters – especially my top commenters of 2011 listed below! I love hearing from you!


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Little Shoes

I really don’t like shoes lying around my house. A pair or two out per person is okay (as long as they are somewhere shoes should be, like by the door), but more than that and I get annoyed. (Poor Chris.)

Not cute.

But these little shoes, these sweet, adorable, precious pink shoes, I never mind seeing tossed haphazardly on the floor.

(I may have arranged these a little bit.)

In fact, I love passing by them because they remind me how incredible this time in our lives is right now. They remind me that underneath any uncertainties or worry or sadness I may be experiencing on a given day, there is happiness. I am truly happy.

The time for little shoes is fleeting, and I am soaking it up.

First Birthday Girl

Well, The Big Day has come and gone, and we all survived Charlotte’s graduation from infancy to toddlerhood. (I only shed a little tear over lunch. Ok, a few little tears. She’s my baby!) Our special girl had a pretty typical day actually. She went to Tot Time in the morning, napped, spent time with the babysitter, then went to Walmart before bed. She might have been slathered with extra hugs and kisses, too, but she hardly notices that fanfare anymore. She got to open one present today and was much more impressed by the shiny paper and cardboard box than the boring clothes inside (an adorable sweater dress and leggings that she might debut this weekend). Since both Mommy and Daddy had to work today (boo!), we’re saving all the birthday excitement for this weekend. All of Charlotte’s grandparents will be here, including two great-grandmas and an uncle! There will be singing and cake and cute decorations that I’ve been slaving over and lot and lots of picture-taking. We are so excited to celebrate with Charlotte’s biggest fans.

I mentioned yesterday that I was considering writing Charlotte’s birth story. I started writing tonight and realized I wanted to begin her story a little before her birth – about nine months before. I’m trying to keep it brief, but I also want to record everything I remember. Time likes to steal the little random memories from us, and those are the memories I want to hold on to the most so I can share then with Charlotte one day. (You know when she’ll appreciate them. So, twenty five — thirty years?)

Here’s a flashback to one of Charlotte’s first days in the hospital:

The hat that started it all: Meet "Sprout"

When I scroll through all my pictures really fast, I can watch Charlotte “grow” before my eyes. That’s exactly what it’s like in real life. This past year has been a wonderful, perfect, and altogether too fast blur.

Happy Happy First Birthday, Sweet Girl! You have added so much joy, love, and laughter to our lives. Daddy and I love you with our whole hearts forever.

Really standing up for the first time, on Thanksgiving!

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