family life

Inner Beauty Beach: The Return

July 29, 2014

A month ago, I stated that we wouldn’t go to the beach this summer. I was sure the only time my toes would sink in the white-sand beaches and my clothes would smell like the salt air would be the day that my friend Leigh Ann eloped on our favorite beach. Mr. Andi was only slightly more […]

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We Survived #ICEPOCALYPSE 2014!

January 30, 2014

A week ago, a forecast of 49 degrees would have been considered a cold day – now it sounds downright balmy! I am not making light of the madness that went on in Birmingham and Atlanta this week (okay, I sorta am, but I really do appreciate how bad it was). My sister spent seven […]

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A Bittersweet Symphony of Tattoos, Tigers, and Retro Nachos – Part 2

October 31, 2013

Did you miss part 1 on Tuesday? Go here to get caught up. Do you know what’s on the other side of that concrete rail? That’s right. NOTHING. I’m not going to sugarcoat things and claim that once we got to our seats I wasn’t nervous anymore. I was scared witless. Mr. Andi tried very […]

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A Bittersweet Symphony of Tattoos, Tigers, and Retro Nachos – Part 1

October 29, 2013

Mr. Andi and I are both graduates of Auburn University, and back in the day when we didn’t have kids and lived two hours away (instead of three and a half) we had season football tickets. But a little over a decade ago we had Sarah Kate and moved and gave up those tickets. We’ve […]

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A Day in the Life: Insta-Sunshine Style!

September 12, 2013

Trying something new today.  I wondered if I could take a photo during each one-hour time block of a typical-ish day to document the day in snapshots. Following are the results. 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Sarah Kate’s standard morning fare: Eggo waffle with peanut butter and syrup and a Tervis tumbler of milk. Breakfast of […]

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A Weekend Without Labor

September 3, 2013

The magical four-day weekend. It’s one of those events, scattered a few times throughout each year, that working folks (and their stay-at-home spouses) anticipate. No gifts to buy, no elaborate decorations to hang, and no required office parties or traditional cooking required. Lots of families head out for their favorite weekend vacation spot, but we […]

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A Day Two Hours in the Life

August 1, 2013

6:10 a.m. Wake to the pitter patter of little feet. See a small shadow dart into my bedroom, snatch Mr. Andi’s Kindle Fire off the nightstand, and make a break for the living room. Weigh the possible ramifications of ignoring the thief and going back to sleep. Drag myself out of bed and recapture the […]

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A (Not) Picture Perfect Easter Egg Hunt

April 4, 2013

I take it back. I’m not posting about what I said I’d post about in the comment I left in reply to k on Tuesday. But I will post about it later…probably next week. Instead I’m in a mood to be a little bit more lighthearted. Hope that’s okay. Until last Saturday, Nathan had never […]

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One Month Later: The Unintended Consequences of the Big Boy Bed

November 15, 2012

Remember a few weeks ago when I talked in the Snippets about how “well” nap time was going, now that Nathan has moved to a big boy bed? No? Well, never fear, because today you’re getting the play-by-play. I am happy to announce, however, that bedtime at night is going swimmingly. No more three strikes […]

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Loving the Beach, Without Hesitation

May 31, 2012

We moved to Mayberry, near the gulf coast beaches, four years ago, and we vacationed on these same beaches for over a decade before that. During that previous decade-plus, we had often talked about moving near the coast, and after a beach trip in late August of 2007, we decided to do it. I love […]

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