May Update

May has been full of hot days - sunshine, backyard, beach, and some ice cream! It's been fantastic. We started off the month with some time at the beach: It was Rose's first real introduction to the ocean and she loved it! Didn't even squawk when we dipped her in the sea. Pearl can happily… Continue reading May Update

A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of an epic tantrum, I picked Pearl up and carried her outside. Sometimes a simple change of scenery can help calm her down and give us a fresh start so I held her, thrashing and screaming, against my body and walked to the end of the driveway.… Continue reading

Reading with Pearl: Puppies Are Special Friends

Last summer, shortly after we bought our house, my parents also moved. Since we were moving into a larger place and they were down-sizing, they brought me a few boxes from my childhood, mostly books. Being in the middle of moving and having a newborn, those boxes went into our crawl space where I mostly… Continue reading Reading with Pearl: Puppies Are Special Friends

30 Day Dress Challenge 2016 – Day 12

I purchased this tunic style dress in the fall from Old Navy* as an easy item to wear around home or to work. I love the pattern and I often get compliments on it. Today I added a belt (thrifted) to wear this outfit to church. My cardigan was bought in Rome. *(90% of the… Continue reading 30 Day Dress Challenge 2016 – Day 12

30 Day Dress Challenge 2016 – Day 11

See it in 2013 here and in 2014 here. (Strangely enough, I also wore it on Day 11 in 2014.) Okay, so I'm aware that this is a bit of cheating. I would never wear this without leggings so does it actually count as a dress? I'm pushing the definition here because we had yet… Continue reading 30 Day Dress Challenge 2016 – Day 11

30 Day Dress Challenge 2016 – Day 8

(See this dress in 2014 here and in 2013 here.) After several days of heat and sun the weather has returned to a more familiar rain today, albeit a muggy and confusingly warm rain. It seemed like a good day for this dress, which is best worn with leggings. Especially when dealing with toddlers and… Continue reading 30 Day Dress Challenge 2016 – Day 8

30 Day Dress Challenge 2016 – Day 7

I'm clearly not here to impress anyone with my photography skills but I have to warn you that today is particularly unimpressive. Yeah. At least Pearl's head is mostly there. I took pictures (with a timer, obviously) early this morning before my parents came up from the big city to visit for the day. I… Continue reading 30 Day Dress Challenge 2016 – Day 7

30 Day Dress Challenge 2016 – Day 6

(See the dress in 2014 here and here and in 2013 here.) It is hot around here. Which is highly unusual for us so early in June. Who knows if it will last. Our grass probably won't. I've had this dress for years now (and pretty much just been wearing it the same way with… Continue reading 30 Day Dress Challenge 2016 – Day 6

Parenting Merit Badges

Since around the time Pearl turned one (i.e. hit the toddler stage), I have been awarding myself mental merit badges. Basically, when I do something as a parent that I feel a sense of accomplishment about, I give myself a merit badge to pin on my imaginary parenting sash. (I was never a Girl Guide… Continue reading Parenting Merit Badges

Sticks and Stones

I'm about six years late to the party but I'm on Instagram now! You can find me @karissareadsbooks if you're into that sort of thing. The weather around here has been so good! (Have I mentioned that? Are you tired of hearing it?) I feel like I take more photos when the weather is good.… Continue reading Sticks and Stones