Baby C: Month 18


Likes: reading, climbing, helping in the kitchen, Elmo

Dislikes: hearing no, quick transitions, missed or late meals (I feel ya, buddy)

Who You Saw: Baby Griffin! And darn near everyone for Christmas

Where You Went: San Antonio, Texas (Mama went to both Detroit and Chicago without you)

Milestones: climbing, brushing your own teeth, sliding down the ‘big’ slide at the playground without help (more like, refusing help!),

2017: Year in Review

Books Read: 50 books, for a total of 14,448 pages

Best in Fiction: Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Best in Non-Fiction: The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker


Best Movie: LOL What’s a movie?!  We did see Star Wars: A New Hope with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra playing the sound track and that was amazing.


Best In Show: Not only did I improve on my third place showing in 2015 with a second place last year; I got that coveted blue ribbon this year. Even better – my entry was Best in Show for the whole cookie class!


Favorite Podcast: History of English, One Bad Mother

Number of Flights: 16 (for just me!)

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Favorite Trip: Our family vacation to Chikaming Township and Lake Michigan. It was just so easy since we had no expectations and stayed in a house (hotels are awful with a toddler!).


This year has been a constant dumpster fire of bad news and it feels impossible to put together a cheery “look how great 2017 was!” post because the macro has been the opposite of great. I’ve started volunteering more and that feels good. Our micro is so, so good and I’m incredibly grateful for our first year in our house, for that perfect lovebug who came to live with us.



Weekending Dec 16 & 17

Another incredibly full weekend. I kicked things off with a quick 4 miler with my running partner in her neck of the woods and then spent nap time getting sugar cookie and gingerbread dough together. After nap time, we headed over to a friend’s daughter’s third birthday party. They hosted it at a rec center (so genius) and booked the tumbling gym for the kiddos to run around and get their sillies out (double genius). C had an absolute blast and it was so much fun to celebrate with friends.

Sunday, my running partner come over and we baked up nearly 10 dozen cookies. She took some home to her boys and I boxed up some for M’s coworkers and our neighbors (really forcing my cooking on others since I haven’t have an office to send baked goods to in ages! haha). We had meant to go to A Dickens of a Christmas after nap time but we had a house full of grumpy feelings and so we decided to call off additional merriment. Instead, we headed to our favorite park and went for a hike. C is able to hang with a whole mile loop! We then popped him in the hiking backpack and did a different, more difficult hike.

Weekending – Dec 9 & 10

We went to the OSU v Minnesota Men’s hockey game on Friday night and C did so good! He loves hockey and basically screams whenever the sirens go off or the crowd shouts. There were no non-blurry shots. And, it’s heaven.

Saturday, we drove down to the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad for a trip on the Santa Express. It was an incredible hit with C!

On Sunday, we’d meant to go the A Dickens of a Christmas but deferred to go next weekend with friends so spent the morning. We got SNOW over night and M and C spent a good hour playing outside, enjoying the inch of snow before it got up to 35 and it was all gone.

Weekending – Dec 2 & 3

This weekend was such a doozy and I want to remember it (especially since M thinks my Project Life stuff is too pricy to keep up all the time). I was gone for work Thursday/Friday and we managed to kick of December with a bang!

We started off with a family friendly 5k in our town – we walked to the start line! M pushed C in the stroller and we had such a blast. So many of my runner mama friends were there as well and it’s always a great time to catch up with them. After walking home, we had a bunch of boring house stuff to attend to during nap time.
After C woke up, we headed to the Columbus Zoo for WildLights. It was so much fun and C loved watching the light show on the lake. We also hung out with the water monitor (not pictured below, there were too many other kids in my water monitor pictures for me to feel comfortable sharing) for many actual minutes. I love our zoo membership! 

On Sunday morning, I had another 5k, the Run Santa Run with one of my running partners. We didn’t PR but it was such a blast and there was a free beer at Bar Louie afterwards 🙂  We closed out the day with C ‘signing’ some of our holiday cards and catching up on our advent calendar (yes, we were already behind). 

Dispatches from Suburbia, Vol. 3

2016 was the year of just surviving, just barely keeping my head above water. Of calling two mile walks and bagged salad self care, of swallowing myself whole and coming out on the other side shellshocked and mourning. Of building a soft, safe nest and ignoring the storm that raged without.

2017 was the year of hustling, running around, running in cirlces and trying to keep it all together. We moved in our house, working from home got so so much harder with a kiddo who can and wants to play all day. Of giving myself grace, maybe too much grace. It was the year of sitting on the couch, watching the news, of hunkering down. Of joining new groups, of being able to watch the storm from the cave door.

2018 needs to be the year operating at a higher frequency. I know I do better when I have a full to do list that is just enough to challenge me but not feel insurmountable. I do best when I expect more of myself. I’m not sure what my One Little Word will be for 2018, but I know what kind of year I’m ready for. One where I shoot bullets into the hurricane if it’s all I have.

What I Read: Nov ’17

It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Break Ups in History by Jennifer Wright: This was a very fast read and really lighthearted history romp. Highly recommend.

French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon: When will I learn that I don’t enjoy ‘white woman goes somewhere exotic and Learns Something’ books? The food lessons contained within are great (and are better articulated in It’s Not About The Broccoli) but it’s highly mired in commentary on how Americans and French see life eating So! Differently!

The 18 Pans of 2018

I know it’s early but the best time to start is now. I’ve decided to tackle an actual project pan in 2018 and I’m going to get started on moving out these products ASAP. I might have placed an order from Sephora for my birthday and I have some new skincare and a new lipstick headed my way.

The makeup!

  1. Dr. Jart+ BB cream + Rimmel Stay Matte foundation + Andalou Naturals – The Dr. Jart+ is a half oz sample. I regularly mix the Rimmel and the Andalou and both are getting up there in age and need used up.
  2. Sephora lip oil – I don’t know why I bought this. It’s just OK.
  3. Stile Smudgestick in Lionfish – I swear, this is the only eyeliner I used in 2017 and ITS STILL GOING. I have two more that need used too!
  4. NYX lip liner – I don’t really use this/these so I’m just trying to use them out and get it out.
  5. BITE double ended lipstick – again, this is old and I LOVE these bright colors. These lipsticks are made with food grade ingredient so they can go off fairly quickly.
  6. Sleek Blush x 3 in Lace – I’ve hit major pan on this and I want to use it up! I have another blush in basically the same color (clearly, I like what I like!)
  7. & 8. & 9. & 10. I want to hit pan on four more pans in my franken-pallet.

11. all my sheets masks
12. Briogo Leave In Mask
13. Sephora Brush Cleaner (this is a total gimme and I’m OK with that)
14. Pacifica Future Youth Mask
15. Freeman Peel Off Mask
16. Vitamin C serum- oh man, I do not like this. I’m going to use it up mixing it into my body lotion.
17. Dr. Jart+ Water Drop
18. Dr. Jart+ Micro Water

Wish me luck!