Why We Don’t Have Any Specific Holy Week Traditions


Most people with some knowledge of Christianity know that the week between Palm Sunday and Easter is Holy Week. It’s when we commemorate the Passion of Christ, and is intended to be somewhat somber and sorrowful (but looking forward in anticipation to the resurrection!) It’s also the last week of Lent, a season of penance. […]


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In 1996, Prince Charles and Diana divorced, Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics, Dolly the sheep became the first successfully cloned mammal, and Woody and Buzz were all the rage among the kid set because the original “Toy Story” had been released for the 1995 holiday season. Also in 1996? Mr. Andi and I got married. On […]

Seven Snippets: Four Christmases Edition


You’ve seen the movie, right? It’s not one of the best – not by a long shot! – but it is the most … ahem … relatable for Mr. Andi and me, because we’ve lived it.  Instead of visiting four families in one day, however, we’re having all four families visit us over a span […]

Why We’re Not Doing Santa Anymore


Mr. Andi and I have decided: it’s time for Santa to go. After nearly twelve years as parents, with one four-year-old and one preteen, you’d think we would have made this decision a lot sooner – or at least that we would feel some pressure to keep the ruse going for a few more years. […]

The Obligatory Blog Post About Halloween


As is our Halloween tradition, the kids dressed in coordinating costumes again this year. The original plan was for them to be Violet and Dash from The Incredibles, which would have been especially appropriate for the younger one (ahem), but we couldn’t find a Violet in Sarah Kate’s size and I wasn’t up for a DIY so […]

The Myth of the Fenced Backyard


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 […]

Our Ordinary Extraordinary Saturday


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 […]

Weekend Warriors


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 […]