Stockton Christmas 2015

The Work of Christmas

I hope that each of you had a joyful and peaceful Christmas yesterday (and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a joyful and peaceful Friday!).  We experienced our little Christmas miracle by making what should have been an 18-hour drive home to Colorado in exactly 18 hours – with a toddler and…

Celebrating Our Resident Rocket Scientist

You may have spent the month celebrating with candy canes, light displays, and Santa hats.  Amongst all the festivities, we’ve spent the month celebrating the University of Cincinnati’s Engineer of the Month. UC’s College of Engineering & Applied Sciences (motto:  “WE ENGINEER BETTER”) has about 5,000 students.  Each month, they honor one of their top students…

Back off, Candy Cane!

(Or:  “Save the Pumpkin!”) It seems only yesterday that I wandered into the grocery store and was bombarded by a display of anything and everything “Pumpkin Spiced”.  Never mind that it was 85 degrees outside and people were still sitting by the poolside in sundresses while sipping their #PSL (pumpkin spice latte), Starbucks tumbler in hand, bidding…

Off to Neverland! (Halloween 2015)

I won’t grow up.  I don’t want to go to school.  Just to learn to be a parrot, And recite a silly rule. If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree…  I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up –  Not me! I won’t grow up. Not…

Lessons Learned on Day 1 Back at Work

Just because you’re leaving something really, really great doesn’t mean that what you’re going to is bad.  It may not be quite as great, but it can still be really good.  And if you can’t be with the really, really great thing, being with something really good ain’t bad. And if that’s the “hard” part…

“Watch, Mommy!”

We went to the park today.  I wanted to take advantage of the perfect weather God gave us (tender mercy!) on my last day of maternity leave before going back to work tomorrow. We have this great park a little over a mile from our home.  It’s brand new, and features a very creative, modern…