Stop, Drop and Blog

Writing & Photographing the Family Side of Fire Life


Sometime around late fall, I realized I hadn’t read a book aloud to the boys in a hot minute. Lots of reading still took place daily in the house, but no one brought me a book and asked, “Will you read this to me?” Neither had I pulled one off the shelf and asked the boys to sit with me to listen to a story.… Read More
Second Month Goal Check-In

Second Month Goal Check-In


Posted By on Mar 1, 2015

March is here! It’s time to look back at my 2015 goals and see how I’m plodding along. 1. Submit Once Per Month I did. And got my first rejection of the year. That’s cool. But really, it is, as I got some good feedback and made a new contact.… Read More
She’s Not Very Scary

She’s Not Very Scary


Posted By on Feb 28, 2015

When I looked back at the pictures I took of our fun in the snow last week, I finally understood why people feel afraid of Callie. I mean, yeah. Those teeth look pretty vicious. And she barked really loud while biting all of the snow; really, she was biting at snow in these pictures.… Read More
February Stitch Fix: Nailed It

February Stitch Fix: Nailed It


Posted By on Feb 26, 2015

I’ve been receiving my Stitch Fixes regularly, but not blogging them regularly. Sometimes I even photograph them but then refuse to post them because “my face looks chunky in that photo” or “I couldn’t get the shirt to lay properly and it makes me look lumpy.” Body issues are stupid.… Read More
The heavy snow on Saturday made for perfect playtime for the brothers. And the dog, apparently, who went absolutely giddy with dog-glee. The boys headed outside first. They built a fort. They made a tunnel by building snow around a giant bouncy ball and then digging it back out.… Read More
The Never-Ending Snow Day

The Never-Ending Snow Day


Posted By on Feb 20, 2015

My children haven’t attended a full week of school since the week of December 8, 2014. Granted, the week of December 15th had nothing to do with winter and everything to do with The Sickness that caused 150 children to miss school in one day.… Read More
In the Blood

In the Blood


Posted By on Feb 19, 2015

Taken February 15, 2010. We pulled our jackets around ourselves as we exited the library. “Mommy, will you call Daddy and see if we can say hi on the way home?” I nodded, my teeth chattering in the wind. I waited to call until the doors shut around us, blocking the wind and blowing snow, and then I picked up my phone.… Read More