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I Believe She Can’t Fly

CRASH!!!! (pause) Crying! My almost 4 year old twin daughter comes down to the kitchen with a blanket wrapped around her shoulders. She stands at the kitchen table where we are finishing a family dinner with Nana and Papa and smiles. She proceeds to have the following conversation with me with a completely shocked tone in her voice. Abby: “she … Continue reading

11 years ago, today, he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

Hawaii December 2010

Happy Valentines Day to my Wife

Oh, didn’t I tell you? Yes, it’s true, I have a wife and I couldn’t live without her. Questions? I thought so. I haven’t taken up religion or joined a compound (although that’s not a bad idea) and I don’t share my husband with another woman. I have simply found that with 4 children, an entrepreneur husband and a jam … Continue reading

3 Pillars

When my husband and I started having kids back in 2003 we thought long and hard, over the following years, about what “things” were important to us as parents. The “things” we wanted to ensure our kids learned and valued. My husband was an athlete his whole life. He was a diver from the age of 10 until the age … Continue reading

The game of “firsts”

Ah parenthood, no matter how many kids you have and how old they are, you are never immune to the game of “firsts”. The first time your kid gets a cold, the first time your kid has a broken bone, the first time your daughter comes home and says she’s pregna…wait, I’m not even going to finish that thought. I … Continue reading

Meet the Dirty Girl

I am a list expert. I have lists for my lists for my lists and I keep track of them all. So it’s only fitting that I introduce myself to you in list form… I like lists. I’ve been married to the most wonderful man for over 10 years. I have 4 smart assed daughters who are going to rule … Continue reading

Dirty Dishes: Candy Cane Fudge

I’ve made this recipe for family and friends and it’s a hit all over. So easy and great to put in a tin and give as a gift. 3-4 regular size candy canes 2/3 cup evaporated milk 1 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips 15 large marshmallows (1 large = 10 mini) 1 tsp vanilla 2 tbsp unsalted … Continue reading

Christmas Eve is a KD night

I really should learn by now that I still NEED to feed my 4 kids on Christmas Eve. I have been planning and shopping and prepping and cutting and mixing and chilling and baking. I can’t be expected to also have to remember to make dinner on Christmas Eve, am I? So in my flurry of flour and icing sugar … Continue reading

Wilton to the rescue!

I do love a great product and this is one that we seek out at this time of year! The Wilton (not sponsored) pre-assembled ginger bread kit. The house  comes in a box like a blank canvas. Brown walls and roof with icing holding the whole thing together. For a busy family of 6, we love pulling this craft out … Continue reading

Hello world!

Hello and Welcome to my brand spanking new blog! This blog has been a plan in the works for 3 long years. I struggled with fear and stumbled thru the unknown to get it built and I am pleased to announce that it’s here! Big thanks to Mike at for building and beautifying this space for me to start … Continue reading

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