Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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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


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!


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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,


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