family life

The Myth of the Fenced Backyard

October 23, 2014

Three years ago, Mr. Andi, with the help of a neighbor, built our backyard fence. Back then, he was in a race against time before Nathan started walking (which would lead to escaping). We opted for a wooden picket fence because we had grown used to the vast expanse across our yard and our back-door […]

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Our Ordinary Extraordinary Saturday

September 30, 2014

Last fall, we took the kids to their first Auburn football game. I stressed about navigating Game Day in the days leading up to it, and parts of it were, without a doubt, a challenge. It was bittersweet and strange, but I was glad that we took them – so glad that we decided to […]

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Weekend Warriors

September 23, 2014

On Saturday night, I was sitting on the couch with a traumatized Stella in my lap (we shaved her – it wasn’t fun) and I got to thinking: this blog used to be all about our daily life, with much (most?) of it in photos, but over the past several months it really hasn’t been. I think […]

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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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