Jason Deanisms

May 21, 2015

For my husbands big birthday – yes, he’s the big 3-8 today – I thought it would only be appropriate to share a couple lesser known facts about my better half.  And yes, if you’re wondering, he is the better half in our marriage. He’s the patient one. The first to forgive. The steady rock. He’s the go-with-the-flow personality. And the one who will drop anything to take care of me, the kids, family, etc.  Yes, I caught one of the best!

1. His calendar is jam packed with sports team schedules.  If you were to open up any month, it will be filled to the brim with color-coded time slots for the Orioles, Ravens, Maryland (the University) games, golf events, Nascar events, etc.

2. Me leaving extremely long voice messages is one of my husbands biggest pet peeves. Sometimes when I’m leaving a message for someone else, I’ll wrap up and say, “call me back when you get this” and he’ll start laughing because he realizes the last three minutes he heard me talking, no one was on the other line.

3. While he is super athletic, he has terrible knees and can’t run anymore.  It’s still sweet to see him half-chase the boys around the yard though!

4. He drinks coffee every day.  When we first met he never drank coffee, but he’s since been converted.  (Not by me, I hate the stuff!)

5. He always has his cell phone with him.  While I’ve been known to leave mine at home or leave it on the charger all day, he always has his and rarely misses my call.

6. Dean doesn’t wear his wedding ring at night or in the shower.  (I don’t either. Something about having any sort of jewelry on in bed drives me crazy.)

7. Dean’s current favorite food snack is wasabi flavored almonds.  Spicy!

8. He always drives when the two of us are in the car.  I’d say that since we’ve known each other, I’ve driven less than 3% of the time we ride together.  Even on road trips, he always drives the whole way.  (I offer to switch but I don’t fight him for it.)

9. His favorite kind of donut is either apple filled, or blueberry cake.

10.  He’s pretty handy around the house. If he doesn’t know how to fix it, he’ll YouTube it and then try to figure it out.

Happy birthday to my favorite Esposo! Life with you keeps getting better and better.  I love you, P!


Flashback… Photoshoots.

May 20, 2015

Most of you know that my sister and I ended up preggers with our firstborns at the same time (unplanned!). In fact, while our due dates were three weeks apart – mine in mid-Feb, hers in early March, Heidi ended up having Harleigh just 3 days before I had Landon.  Crazy how that works out – cousins three days apart in the same hospital at the same time.

Their first picture together was when Landon was just hours old – through the nursery window.

We took a TON of pictures of our first babies. Since we had them at the same time, we spent many of our maternity leave days together. With connecting neighborhoods, we’d meet up for walks or just hang out while the babies did what they did best  – sleeeeeeep!

I was recently going through old pictures and laughed at our “first baby-isms”.  One being how many staged photoshoots we put our kids through.

Here’s just one example:


Yes – all four of these pictures were taken in the same afternoon. We did outfit changes, background/setting changes, props, the works, etc.  Hilarious I tell you.

I think any mom would tell you that by the time the second one rolls around, there’s no time for regular 4 outfit photoshoots. You’re lucky to just get both kids looking at the camera and in clean clothes!

I semi-realized it at the time, but definitely realize now what a unique experience Heidi and I got to share. Not many sisters get to go through their first pregnancy together (let alone both pregnancies – yes our second kids were born only 6 weeks apart! Also not planned!), who lived less than a mile apart in connected neighborhoods, who got to share tears/struggles/accomplishments/milestones that come with being a first time parent.  I guess because we’ve always done so many of the same things – same college, same sports team, same degrees, regularly roommates, etc, that it just seemed normal to have another thing to do together.

So a cheers to these sweet babies who made us moms and a great little walk down memory lane – 5 years later.



May 18, 2015

I have more appreciation for my mom (now that I’m a mom), than I ever did growing up.

I love my husband more now than I did on our wedding day.

I understand more of what God wants for my life now than I did when I first started walking with Him.

I appreciate the little things more now than ever.  Holding hands with my little boys as we walk through the neighborhood.  A few minutes of conversation with my husband after a long day.

My future is more important to me now than it was in college.  I care more about where our family is headed.

It is more important for me to get a few minutes of snuggles than another episode of _____ (whatever my latest favorite tv show is).

I am more confident in who I am than I was in my teens and twenties.



May 15, 2015


Did you do a double take for the picture on the left like we did?  Nope, that’s not Brooks, both pictures are Landon.  Dean and I both saw the proofs and thought the left picture was Brooks at first glance.

It’s no wonder we get asked all the time (when the boys are sitting down and don’t have a significant height difference) whether they are twins.


Doesn’t Brooks look like Landon’s picture on the left?!

P.S. Yes, insert tear, we just ordered Landon’s preschool graduation pictures.  I can’t believe we’re already in a cap and gown (I’m sure the first of many – kindergarten graduation, high school graduation, college graduation) Eeekk!


A Mothers Day Kick in the Pants

May 13, 2015

I had a very relaxing Mother’s Day.  A low key day was needed. We’ve been full blast around here lately with the kids birthday party – which was rescheduled so we kinda prepared for it twice, then a lot at work and a lot with kids extracurriculars lately.  A day of nothing on the agenda was what I asked for and it was great.

The day started with my little boys (and big boy ;) ) making waffles for breakfast, then I got to go on a run (big deal if you knew how long it’s been since I’ve exercised!) and finally it was time for gifts.  The sweet homemade gifts that my kiddos bring home each year from school.

Brooksie went first and gave me a sweet potholder, which is actually perfect because if you saw my blog earlier in the week, you know how much he loves helping me in the kitchen and that includes him trying on all of my potholders!  Now I have my own personalized Brooksie one!


Landon was next to give his gift.  It was a purse shaped personalized story about all the things he loves about his mom:


When I got to the first page, I got a little teary-eyed.  And not in a good way. In an, “OUCH – this is what he thinks” way.


Wow – my favorite places to be are at work and working on my phone.  Ouch! I mean it’s great that he sees that I enjoy what I do and where I work, but I want answers like – “my mom likes to tickle me to death” or “read me bible stories in crazy voices” or “watching me hit home runs in the backyard”.  I wanted the great ‘you’re a present/engaged mom’ answer and not that he sees me as someone who can’t turn off their work.  It also was a reminder to me that when he sees me on my phone – whether it’s texting a friend or family, coordinating a birthday event or just playing solitaire, he perceives that time as mom working and I need to a better job of being present.  Funny thing is I thought, I’d been doing a better job of being phone-free over the past few months, but I need to make sure that I work even harder at it.

Page two definitely got better:


Yes, all true statements.  And I love all these things with my firstborn too. Note that two of the three answers revolve around food – yep, he’s his mother’s son! :)

Landon’s honest answers really got me thinking about how my kids see me. I want them to see me as more than the answers that were on his paper.  I want them to see the best mom who loves being with them and engaged with them instead of always trying to get the next thing done and off the list.

I am so thankful for these boys and the fun they add to my life. I love that I get to be their mom.  And I am eternally grateful for another day to work at being an even better mom.

Muffins with Mom at school.

mom day2

Family pic after church on Mother’s Day weekend.

mom day1



Recipe: Asian Slaw

May 12, 2015

I love a fresh salad in the spring.  Especially when I can pull ingredients from my garden.  This recipe only uses one ingredient from my garden – which is ok because my garden is still early and is only producing cilantro and basil.  :)

asian salad

Asian Slaw

1 package broccoli slaw
3 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
3 tablespoons craisins
3 tablespoons thin sliced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Sesame Ginger Asian Dressing

Mix all ingredients together and serve.


The Next Great Baker

May 11, 2015

This little boy is loving being mom’s sous chef lately.

I walk into the kitchen to start cooking and the telltale screech of a chair being dragged across the floor soon follows.  He pours, sprinkles and mixes.

And when we take the final product out of the oven, the pride on his face is evident.



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