monthly goals

The beginning of fall, or at least the end of summer, is such a welcome relief here. Last Sunday evening, as I finished cleaning the kitchen, I heard the sound I've been waiting for: Canada geese honking as they flew over our house. My heart fluttered and I smiled to myself: the first sign of early fall. Chris told me that he was telling the boys a bedtime story when they heard the honking. The boys looked at each other and said, "Fall!" I love that I've taught them to notice the signs of changing seasons. The light is changing... Read more →


matching pajamas from Hanna Andersson, my favorite brand of pjs Hi June. The year is nearly halfway over but so far 2020 is leaving me feeling heartbroken and exhausted. Maybe you too? I went into 2020 declaring it to be an auspicious year. A year for MAGIC. And there has been magic in the year. We welcomed the most perfect baby girl. We've enjoyed the extra time together as a family (although there are definitely some hard days!) and being unbusy as a family. I've also felt so proud of Chris and myself for rising to the occasion of handling... Read more →


May was our second full month of self-isolating at home, our second month of having Maeve/three kids, and the end of an unprecedented school year for the boys. In May I started to getting antsy to reclaim some time to myself and some predictability; that’s just what happens to me at about three weeks postpartum. As we head into June I’m happy to say that we’re seeing progress on both. I started this post during a few hours to myself at my parents’ house in Chandler. In the past couple of weeks Chris and I have both used the house... Read more →


April 1st – it's our ten year anniversary today! Even a year ago we didn't think we'd spend our ten year anniversary anticipating the birth of our third child (or maybe holding our new little baby?? Finishing this up on March 31st) and we certainly did not expect a global pandemic to be happening all around us. What a day to remember. My mom will keep the boys for a sleepover so we're planing to get breakfast take-out and coffee from a favorite place and will probably eat outside in our pretty backyard. Slow, quiet mornings are our favorites so... Read more →


Oh March, you were not what we expected at all. It all started well enough with great weather and a fun, laid-back spring break but by the end of spring break it was becoming apparent our world – the world – was changing very quickly and in very concerning ways. I was really looking forward to the boys returning to school and having a week or two of leisurely checking off a few last to-do items before the arrival of our baby girl. Instead there were days of anxiously reading the news, wrapping our heads around the boys not going... Read more →


March 2020: the month we (will most likely) meet our baby girl! My due date is March 26 so it's not out of the question that she could be an April baby but I hope it will be this month. The beginning of March brought spring to the desert. As much as I love the fall and winter, I love the fresh feeling of spring. What a lovely time for a baby. I'm writing this from our breakfast table, while eating oatmeal and drinking cinnamon tea, on the first day of the boys' spring break. The back door is open... Read more →


As the last week of February began I looked at my blog to see that I only posted once this month. I felt slightly annoyed at myself for a minute and then went to look at my calendar to see where all my time went last month: recording lots of podcasts so we're way ahead when the baby arrives, setting up two new rooms in the house (the boys' room and the baby room), and getting everything we need to welcome a baby. Looking through my pictures for the month also reminded me that it was a busy, fun, productive... Read more →


This week a friend said, "Now you can say you're having a baby next month!" February 2020 is presenting itself as a wonderfully normal month before the month I'll give birth. What a rare and magical place to be. So I'll be soaking up what normal life is life right now – soccer practice, writing sessions, Orange Theory, making second breakfasts and endless snacks, podcast recording, reading books aloud with one boy on each side of me, trips to Trader Joe's alone, bike riding with the boys to school, feeling a baby girl kick inside me, cooking dinner while the... Read more →


This year I'm excited to be using an It's Currently 2020 workbook from Tracy. I got started on it this month listing my intentions for the year and reflected on January. Grab yourself one if you want to join in. How was your January? The month felt really long to me but in a good way. There was time for so much. The boys went back to school, I settled back into my weekday routine. Erica and I started recording lots of podcast episodes so that we can work ahead. Dash's winter soccer season started. I even fit in a... Read more →


I love the way we started 2020: I went to bed at 8:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve and slept for eight hours (yes!), I went to a morning Orange Theory class, and then we spent the day at home organizing my office and the garage while the boys biked around with friends. I love starting the year with the habits I want to continue. I also potted new succulents for my office since I have a loose tradition of planting something new on New Year's Day. This is going to be a big year and I'm excited to get... Read more →