surviving

surviving

Some days, it seems like parenthood is about survival. And not in the “my kids are driving me crazy; please let me get to bedtime” kind of survival.  I mean the “this is hard and my heart can’t take any more” kind of survival. And I have a fairly normal parenting life. No major problems … Continue reading

new orleans…with kids

new orleans…with kids

There was a moment earlier this year when I sat down and tried to figure out what I wanted most for our family.  I tried to see into the future, ten years down the road, and divine what would be my biggest regret. It’s a tough thing to do, right? How do we truly know … Continue reading

the light at the end of the tunnel

the light at the end of the tunnel

We have survived demo and drywall, electrical and plumbing, all the inspections. And finally, we are starting to see the light at the end of the remodeling tunnel.  Will I jinx myself if I say that the worst of it is over? Day Twelve – Hardwoods replaced.  You can see where the walls used to … Continue reading

it’s still a mess, but that’s okay

it’s still a mess, but that’s okay

Here’s the progression of the kitchen remodel, so far. It’s still a big mess, but it won’t be for much longer. Everything is taken from pretty much the same angle. Before: Day One Day Two – Demo done Day Three – New walls being framed Day Four – More framing Day Six – Electric and … Continue reading

six things: finding happiness

six things: finding happiness

Sometimes, the things that are making you happy are easy to find – hot beignets on vacation, a glass of wine with a seldom-seen friend, getting lost in a book. But other weeks, we have to remind ourselves to see what’s good in our everyday lives.  Last week was a really good week.  I want … Continue reading

and so it begins

and so it begins

We have packed and packed and packed. And done laundry and cleaned and rearranged. And mentally prepared ourselves for living for (at least) six weeks without a kitchen or laundry room. We baked the last cake, cooked the last pizza, and said our goodbyes to our kitchen. And then, yesterday, the big day finally arrived. … Continue reading

remodeling our life

remodeling our life

I started packing up the kitchen today, putting away preschool lunch boxes (unused for three years, now) and the small appliances that have barely been touched since being tucked far away in a cupboard nine years ago. There’s so much that goes in to making a kitchen — the heart of the home. It isn’t … Continue reading

signs of spring/leaps of faith

signs of spring/leaps of faith

The remaking of our home has begun in earnest. I have convinced my family to take a leap of faith with me this year, and this is our second step on that path.  (The first? Not signing the contract for our kids to return to private school in the fall. That decision is a whole … Continue reading

working on the house

working on the house

So, our life has been full of big changes lately.  Our daughter was accepted to a new school — a really great public school, in fact — and that has changed so much for us. Instead of sacrificing and saving our pennies, we have some financial breathing room again. Instead of moving to the suburbs … Continue reading

six things: the round house

six things: the round house

I recently finished Louise Erdrich’s The Round House and was blown away by the story and the emotions she was able to convey on the page.  Here are six things that I loved about it: 1.  The pain of the characters was evident in the words. So frequently, we are told how the characters feel, … Continue reading