Sneaky Nighttime Cuddlers #52Project

twins sleeping together

Is there anything more precious than a child sleeping? Madeline and Emily shared the same womb for nine months and the same crib for 12 months. We just recently transitioned them from cribs to real, big-girl beds. They took to their new beds pretty well. But we started to notice that sometime in the middle of the night they would both end up in Madeline's bed. Being that she is the more outgoing … [Read more...]

Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes

pasta and italian sausage-super easy weeknight mea

Plenty of zesty flavor and crazy twisty pasta noodles make this go-to quick weeknight meal a family favorite at our house. Pasta with Sausage and tomatoes is a good choice for those weeknights at any time of the year. If you are pressed for time you could cut the prep down even more by using jarred minced garlic and frozen diced onions. For families with small children, I recommend omitting the … [Read more...]

Today We Are Three


Three years ago today, we became parents of twins. I remember that first 24 hours in the hospital and how much pressure we felt to do everything right. Our eyes constantly on the clock, we tried so hard to make sure that they ate for the correct number of minutes and at the correct interval of hours. We changed diapers and scrubbed little bodies with such care.  We took our two … [Read more...]

Adios, Summer! #52Project


We had a blast the last few weeks of summer. There were some free days in between John's last day of summer school and the first day of school for Logan and I. It is ALWAYS hot in San Diego, so the little guys spent most of these in bathing suits or nudie-kazoodie in our backyard kiddie pool, making all the pics for this #52Project look like they were shot in one day! Well... Some were. … [Read more...]

Dressing Twins: To Match or Not To Match?

alike easter

Early on, I didn't give a lot of thought as to whether or not I would be dressing the twins alike. As it turned out, two relatives gave us (no joke) and attic full of hand-me-down girls clothes. We had way more clothing then our two girls were going to need-praise the Lord! So, out of necessity, most of the outfits the girls weren't matching because the hand-me-downs hadn't come from … [Read more...]

Ground Beef and Zucchini Casserole

zucchini beef casserole

'Tis the season for... An abundance of squash! This time of year I always end up with more squash than I know what to do with, and we don't even have a garden! But when my ground-tilling friends have a surplus of crops, I'm not one to refuse free, fresh produce!Enter the ground beef and zucchini casserole. I love it because it's easy. My kids love it because it's cheesy. I call that a … [Read more...]

Keep Your Chins Up #52Project


My husband was on the phone yesterday telling someone about my new job. He talked about how supportive the staff is, how neat the environment is... And then, in response to something the other person said, I heard him say, "Well, she's gone a lot more now than she was with her other job". "She's gone" He wasn't being offensive, he was just telling the truth. But the truth cut me deep. I'm gone a … [Read more...]

28 Ways to Lower Stress in 10 Minutes or Less

28 ways to lower stress in 10 minutes or less

Let me tell you a story about how I got totally carried away on a tangent: About 5 years ago I was working at a school that was taking its toll on me mentally and I joined an online support group for stress management. It ended up being the case that the best thing for my mental health was to leave that job, but in the meanwhile I got pretty good at recognizing when I was stressed and finding … [Read more...]

Hanging out at Home #52Project

widely spaced siblings

  We've been having such a lazy summer. Well, the kiddos have. I got caught up in online classes, which kept me pretty busy on top of caring for 3 little ones! Like I said before, we make several trips to the park a week. Here's a Vine of me and Baby JP in the shade while his sisters enjoy the play structure.We had a play date at my sister’s. She has a trampoline!   … Which gave the … [Read more...]

First Day of School Preparedness

first day photo ideas

Not much can rival the excitement of a fresh box of pointy crayons or a college-ruled notebook with hundreds of crisp pages just waiting to be filled. But you don’t want to overdo it and end up with a bunch of school supplies that aren’t going to get used, do you? So what do you really need to do to get your kids ready for their big day? If Frugality is your goal, I suggest you consider the … [Read more...]