Personal Archive


I’m Afraid to Step Back on the Scale

I haven’t stepped on a scale in at least six months. It all trickled down. I abandoned a weight loss plan that was giving me results, I became more lax in tracking my indulgences, I abandoned Couch to 5k, and I stopped posting weight loss updates. Eventually I quit weighing myself too.


Dance With Me Daddy

Every time I hear the song “Summertime Blues” fond memories of dancing with my dad come to mind. The chink of the quarter dropping into the jukebox.  Pressing the familiar buttons, queuing up the song.  As the first notes hit the speakers he’d take my little hand in his, guiding me along.  Twisting,


How We Went From Friends to a Couple Part 1

I’m going to admit to you right now that the details of how Brian and I connected are starting to get fuzzy. It saddens me, but man! That was over 10 years ago! We are coming up on our 7th wedding anniversary and had been together for 4 years before that. Good


Because Prompts are Fun: An Introduction to My Life

“So, where do you want to start, Mrs. Za-Zaloo-” “Zalewski.” I watch as he unpacks his bag, clicking on a mini recording device. “I’m not sure. I mean, I always dreamed of a book about my life but not written … Like this.” I gesture at him. “Right, I could see that.


5 Random Family Facts

I’ve shared tidbits about me (and my family) all over his blog, there’s still more for you to learn about us. You already know the coolest fact which is Brian and I share the same birthday, but I have more fun things to share… Not that we are the most fascinating people


32 Candles

If there was a sequel to 16 Candles it’d be 32 Candles, right? Today Brian and I are celebrating our birthdays. I recently had someone ask if we take turns each year. Nope! When we started dating it became our birthday. We share it and sort of cancel each other out lol


Working Towards a New and Improved … Me in 2013

Before I can start listing out my personal goals for 2013 and develop my plan of attack… err action, I must first look at last year’s list.  What did I accomplish? What is still in progress? What needs to be revised?  It’s kind of sad, but I forgot about several of them


How My Kids Helped Change My View of Christmas

Do you remember how I shared last year that the holiday season has been tough for me emotionally over the years? Throughout my life I’ve lost several family members around this time of year and last year my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Not fun stuff, I assure you. (Though good


Please Welcome Our New Son!

In case you missed the announcement we put out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook…our son has arrived! Please welcome our newest family member – Xander! He was born on December 8th at 3:15pm; weighing 7 lbs 4 oz and measuring 21 inches. More information to come about our birth story, but for


WW: My Happy Little Helper

While she does her share of pushing my buttons, Rissa is also a pretty good helper for me. We know I need it right now!


Have You Met Our Kitties?

There are 3 more members of our family that I don’t talk a whole lot about on here.  Occasionally they get a little bit of love, but not nearly as much as the other children.  So…. let me introduce you to our furbabies! (Video) Freckles and Bella came to us from other


10 Things I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Throughout the year I do my fair share of complaining.  I do my best to keep in mind what I’m blessed with, but sometimes it helps to vent and blow off a little steam.  Still, there are things that slip between the cracks and I begin to take them for granted.  I’m


A Letter to Baby #2

Dear Baby Z, I’m sorry we haven’t gotten much time to just sit and chat.  It was something I was able to do with your sister each day as I drove to work, but you and I haven’t had much alone time.  It almost seems unfair that you’ll never get the experience


Taking Away Birthday Cake and Other Tough Mom Decisions

I had to take away birthday cake on my daughter’s birthday.  No amount of tears could make me change my mind, even as I silently doubted myself internally. Rissa just turned two years old.  I know there isn’t a magic switch that turns on the “terrible twos” and sometimes I question if


Rissa’s First Time Trick-or-Treating [Video] #Halloween

Being a Halloween baby, you might be surprised to know that this is Rissa’s first year actually going trick or treating.  Sure, I dressed her up as an adorable little pumpkin last year, but we didn’t go out and get candy.  This year though, she got all dressed up as her favorite


WW: Playing in the Leaves

I can no longer deny that it is fall with the leaves changing colors and falling to the ground.  This was the first year Rissa got to really enjoy playing in them!  She tried to rake them, threw them, and jumped in the pile.  She even tried to bury her daddy in


Random Life Update – October 2012

While I give you glimpses into my life all the time, sometimes it feels like there is just so much left out.  Sure, every week I give you an update on my pregnancy, but there’s more going on than just that!  Also with the September Sprinkles event there were a lot of


WW: Napping in the Ball Pit

This week’s featured caption is… This what it must be like in a gumball machine… – Tonya What would you caption this?  I can’t even think of anything witty! LOL


WW: Mail Me to Gramma!

I posted this picture on my Facebook fanpage and asked for captions… here are some of my favorites: There were several variations of “mail to gramma” which werejust too stinkin’ cute. Print out a shipping label, Mommy! I’m ready to visit Grandma! – Laurel Surprise! Special delivery! – Kathy So you mean


Confession: Breast Cancer Terrifies Me

There’s one thing in this world that scares me more than anything and that is cancer.  I don’t often talk about my fear of it, because I still have a slight sense of it can’t happen to me which is far from the truth.  I mean, that’s why it scares me – it could