Sweet Summertime.

We are finding “the new normal”. Natalie is 4 months old, everyone sleeps through the night 95% of the time, and most weeks have some sort of routine.



This big guy has figured out that Daddy’s call shifts means he can sometimes coerce Mama into letting him sleep in the big bed. Sometimes.


Andrew and I are loving the past few weeks, mainly because we haven’t been here! We spent last weekend in Asheville celebrating my good friend’s wedding. We made a pitstop at the church where we got married almost 6 years ago… Our anniversary is mid-June and we are actually headed out for another weekend getaway next weekend! Basically if you see any of the grandparents we claim, please buy them a cup of coffee.

Sidenote: I just had to jump up from my porch chair as I was writing this because my hound dog saw two skunks running across the backyard. WHAT. (Remember when she got sprayed the week we moved in last summer?!) I cannot handle the skunks. I mean really… We live in. the. city. And, it’s. daytime. What. is. happening. I’m starting a #skunkpocalypse as soon as I finish this post.

Anyways… It seems that just when the routine strikes, I do everything I can to screw it up. For example, we were having a perfectly lovely Tuesday… and then I decided we needed to paint the trim in the den. After about 30 minutes of watching me put blue painter’s tape up, Andrew decided I wasn’t going to change my mind. We are almost done, and I am so glad we started! It has brightened the room up dramatically.


We still have to do touch-ups and scrape the windows, but I am so happy with the change. We left the brown trim initially because I wasn’t sure if we could make it work and wanted to try. After choosing the hardwoods last week, it’s pretty clear that any orange tones will have to go. I still like the beams on the ceiling, so I’m hoping they can stay as is without having to be wrapped.



The white trim and gray painted paneling feels a bit coastal, and I like it.

It feels good to get started on the house again… Right now, it seems like nothing is in its place (ex: there is a baby swing in the foyer), but for some reason that feels good. Like progress. Our to-do list for the remainder of this year is:

  • Downstairs floors (hardwoods and tile)
  • Kitchen counters and backsplash
  • Redo powder bathroom (sink, toilet, floors)

Crossing these things off the list means I am one step closer to decorating. Like, really decorating. That is going to be a good day. Andrew started pulling up the floors to assess the situation… “Jesus, take the wheel” is all I have to say about this for the time being.


In other news, we are not just growing children. Our garden is doing really well!



Corn, okra, green peppers, squash, green beans, tomatoes, mixed greens, spinach, bibb lettuce, basil, and cilantro! I wanted to share one of our favorite summer recipes with you. We live and die by this simple bruschetta, and now that our basil plant is producing, I can’t get enough!



  • 5 roma tomatoes, chopped with all the juices and seeds
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 8-10 basil leaves, julienned
  • 1 tbs. minced garlic
  • Splash balsamic vinegar
  • Splash EVOO
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Italian bread loaf

Mix the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Slice the bread into 1/2 inch pieces and toast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 7-8 minutes. Spoon bruschetta mixture onto bread and serve/eat enough to embarrass yourself.

Fresh mozzarella is a great addition under the bruschetta mix. You can prepare this ahead of time too; just mix everything but the basil, and then refrigerate. Add basil shortly before serving to prevent wilting.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

Signing off,

Killer of All the Skunks





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