Dying Eggs

Believe it or not, We’ve never dyed Easter eggs with Jude…in his whole 5 years. I’ve just never wanted to deal with the mess. Every year my mom gets Jude a dye kit in his basket, so I’ve just been saving them.

I figured it would be something fun to do with him tonight. I blew the yolks out of the eggs and made them hollow instead of boiling eggs. (We made some lemon bars with our eggs…that’s called minimizing waste deliciously). I accidentally broke one bust decided to write a secret message for Jude so he could still have fun with it. He had a lot of fun being my helper and preparing the dye and getting to see how his creations turned out.








26 Weeks

I got this awesome app that let’s you take pictures of yourself without having to hold the phone. It’s called CamMe. You actually use hand signals it recognizes to start the camera timer… and it’s free!

So I tested it out by taking my 26 week belly picture. Not bad. Although I feel like the front camera doesn’t have as good of resolution as the rear camera. But I was the only adult home, so I got my pic. Mission accomplished.



If you’ve ever been to our house, you might notice that our art niche is strangely empty. That’s because our wedding plate survived 10 years of marriage before succumbing to an inflated globe being thrown in the living room. Willow tree figurines were collateral damage, as they were in front of the plate. The plate is shattered, but I may be able to reattach the heads and hands of angels.


I must admit something…here it goes…we’ve never in five and half years taken a picture of Jude in the bluebonnets. To be honest, I just never wanted to deal with the hassle. I know it’s a right of passage for those that live in Central Texas. Apparently I’m just not big into “rite of passage photos” (case and point, ask me how many pictures Jude has with Santa).

But, I couldn’t resist. I was reading an article on Free Fun in Austin and someone else had pretty much done all the work of scouting a bluebonnet spot. So, we packed the photo gear, had lunch, and told Jude we were going on a bluebonnet adventure today. Here are out results.

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IMG_0259Jude’s gotta get into the fun.

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IMG_0268My two favorite guys in the whole world!

IMG_0283Clearly the ninja is strong in this one. I love Joe’s smirk.

Moving Right Along

Can we slow this whole thing down? I’m caught between diametrically opposed forces: I’m excited to meet this baby and I’m ready for my work school year to go quick but I want to enjoy this pregnancy (as it is most likely my last) and I’m in no rush for Jude to finish Kindergarten. It doesn’t really matter what I want; time is time, and I don’t control that.


21 weeks: Enjoying fair weather during Spring Break


22 weeks: A stop at the park after lunch. Saw this bridge in the distance and had to take a picture
Joe & Jude: Look at that smile on his face! Only in your Daddy’s arm can you feel that safe and happy. Jude’s shoes got muddy, so Joe to the rescue. He’s laughing also because they are “winning” and Mom is so slow and “losing.”

Jude’s Baptism

Sometimes you procrastinate on a task. Sometimes the procrastination is so bad, that the shame of not having done the task earlier, leads you to prolong the task even longer. Such was the case for Jude’s baptism. Joe and I finally got our acts together to take our classes this past fall and get Jude’s baptism scheduled. But, on the plus side, we are all set for the next baby.

It was a great day. We had lunch with the family before the ceremony. Not everyone could be with us, but a lot of our family members were able to attend. Jude did very well with all that was required of him. Joshua, Joe’s younger cousin, did a great job as the grandfather. When it was time to be baptised, he held Jude, who decided he would pretend to lay there like a baby. Even though Jude hates taking pictures, we managed to capture some at the end. So, only 5 years late, but hey, we got it done.


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Bump Watch

So, it’s been hard to keep up with the weekly belly pictures, like I did with my first pregnancy. I mean, they all tell you it is different with your second child, and it’s true. But, I want to be able to have the memories to share with this baby, so I am trying to make it happen. Plus, I think it’s funny to see how quickly this belly has popped out.


Official ultrasound. This is the picture I sent Joe from the Dr.’s office. So, not the best quality, but this was our confirmation that we were about to take a journey.


10 weeks: Wanted to document how I looked the day I went to the OB/GYN. See my little bump peeking out?


13 weeks: This was one of those late-at-night-remembering to take to belly picture. The lighting is a little scary, but you get the point.

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14 weeks: Selfie in the bathroom. A funny perspective from the top down. Trying to document my long hair before I cut it all off.


15 weeks


16 weeks: We were in Seattle, so I usually have so many layers on you can’t tell what my belly looks like.

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18 weeks: I was using the camera timer and Jude decided that he needed to be part of the action. These were the test shots to figure out how far back to set the camera.


In 2008, I went to Seattle for a work trip and I stood on the Nordstrom skywalk and took a picture with baby Jude in my belly.



Six years later, I returned to that same skywalk with Joe and Jude, and our 2nd baby.


We are so excited that the 2nd Baby Mitchy is due this July (close to big brother’s birthday). We are all over the moon, especially Jude who can’t wait to help take care of the baby.

The Emerald City

At the end of January, we took a trip to Seattle to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and to visit our favorite Pacific Coast Tia, Sara. We had such a fun time doing all the “touristy” stuff, eating the food, and letting Jude experience his first plane trip. (Oddly enough, we had a layover in Denver, so we got to see both Super Bowl cities, and left Seattle the day of their Super Bowl win.) I only wish we could have stayed longer, but it was a perfect long weekend trip.

Trying to stay entertained at the airport using EVERY available electronic we own.


Visiting the Pike Place Market and the original Starbucks. We love the market and actually went both morning.





Getting some Piroshky Piroshky


Sampling lots of cheese at Beecher’s Handmade CheeseIMG_2819

Enjoying some Daily Dozen Donuts. IMG_0029IMG_0042


Posing for pictures in Victor Steinbrueck Park

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Going up the Space Needle. What awesome views!

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10th Anniversary dinner at Elliot’s Oyster House.


Hanging out at the Seattle Center, playing at the Seattle Children’s Museum and riding the monorail.


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Final dinner at Blue C Sushi. All the food comes by on a conveyor belt and you pick what you want. Even Jude thought that was fun.

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After dinner ice cream at Molly Moon’s. I don’t care that it was 30 degrees. I wanted a scoop of balsamic strawberry.


Time to leave, but not before visiting the Fremont Troll that lives under the bridge. I was looking for the 3 billy goats gruff.


Getting into the Seahawk spirit at the airport.


Books of 2013

Whoa! When I take a look at this, I realized I read some really awesome books this past year. There really were a lot of winners in this group. So here are the books that I thought were standouts.

Adult Novel: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman, I love all your books. But this one had just the perfect mix of magical realism and creepiness that I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Adult Honorable Mention: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Age of Miracles
A coming of age story with a dystopian twist…the rotation of the earth is gradually slowing down with great and unexpected consequences. But, at the heart of this story is really about leaving childhood and those formative friendships (first loves?).

Young Adult Novel: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

This book was EVERYTHING! Rainbow Rowell so accurately captures the intensity of first love and what it’s like to be an outsider, and she does it all with the backdrop of the 80s. This book had me crying in public on a plane, staying up all night to read in bed, and calling my husband to ask if he remembered what it was like to fall in love. (Do you remember the phone calls, where you talked in the dark?!) Major swoon! Eleanor and Park are two truly unforgettable characters.

Young Adult Honorable Mentions:

Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

It takes skill to make a book about a school shooter funny, deep, painful, and hopeful. Don’t let the synopsis turn you off, this book is worth reading.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave

Yes, yes, yes! This book was awesome. Man, this book came out of leftfield. I thought I was getting a dystopian/alien/heroine 1st book of a trilogy, but I got so much more. Can he even write those next two books fast enough?

Middle Childhood Book: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan

The best middle childhood books have a story kids can relate to, but also inform us about life. Which is what makes such a satisfying read for adults. This book had memorable characters and a touching storyline. But don’t worry, no sap here…this is the real deal.

Christy’s 2013-challenge book montage

The Fault in Our StarsThe Snow ChildThe Raven Boys
The MagiciansThe Age of MiraclesThe Ask and the Answer
The Silver Linings PlaybookSweet ToothMonsters of Men
UnWhollyDreaming of Mr. DarcyThe Diviners
RequiemLevel 2Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College
The Scorpio RacesThe Round HouseLegend
SabrielShadow and BoneEvery Day

Eleanor & ParkThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianThe Peculiar

The InterestingsDead Ever AfterWhen God Was a Rabbit
Daddy-Long-LegsThrough the Ever NightAlmost Perfect

Going BovineThe 5th WaveCinder

The Death of BeesA Child Called "It"Scarlet

Sisters RedBefore I Go To SleepThe Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

The Light Between OceansA Game of ThronesSense and Sensibility

NeverwhereLife After LifeHow to Say Goodbye in Robot

Night FilmThe Dream ThievesMore Than This

Forgive Me, Leonard PeacockThe Ocean at the End of the LaneBeautiful Ruins

Hold Me Closer, NecromancerFourth ComingsThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
An Abundance of KatherinesHow to Save a LifeNight of Cake & Puppets
The One and Only IvanReady Player One

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