Stop, Drop and Blog

Writing & Photographing the Family Side of Fire Life


Last Thursday, the third grade put on a Christmas program at the elementary school. They did one during the day for the rest of the grades and one at night for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, neighbors, and so on. BigBrother told me a number of times how excited he felt to stand on stage and sing the songs.… Read More
How to Make a Wine Cork Christmas Tree

How to Make a Wine Cork Christmas Tree


Posted By on Dec 16, 2014

I originally started saving wine corks to make a shadow box of corks for our eventual basement bar renovation. Since that project won’t be started any time soon, I started thinking about making a wine cork heart to hang in the dining room.… Read More
Over the halfway point! I’m feeling much better this week, already having run my Day 19 run today as well. Last week brought some cold, windy runs—and one wardrobe malfunction. I will share about my wardrobe malfunction so you can avoid my stupidity mistake.… Read More
Updated Space

Updated Space


Posted By on Dec 14, 2014

Some readers noticed the changes I made on the blog last week. I installed a new theme, customized it to my liking, and tinkered with some new plugins. I feel pleased with the results, though I’m still learning how to maneuver my new space.… Read More
That I Would Be Good

That I Would Be Good


Posted By on Dec 13, 2014

It’s been over ten years since I last got a tattoo. The last tattoo I sat through featured a Celtic knot in honor of my daughter, to symbolize the various people all connected—forever—by her birth, her placement, her adoption. It makes sense that the next tattoo permanently etched into my skin took place on her birthday.… Read More
I fought labor for months, spent countless hours in the hospital on my side, medicine and fluids dripping into me via IV. I took medication that made me shake and shiver in the hopes it would stop the relentless contractions. I endured two surgeries on my kidney.… Read More
Quiet(ish) Nights

Quiet(ish) Nights


Posted By on Dec 11, 2014

These not-quite-winter nights—cold and dark—force us inside. Where we used to play football, take walks, and chase each other around the yard, we now huddle in the living room after dinner. We play games on some nights, but most nights we find ourselves curled up on the couch—together—reading, snoozing, and generally being in each other’s presence.… Read More
I don’t know why they look like that exactly. Our Advent Activity instructed us to play a game in front of the tree. They picked Twister. I told them to set it up, and they did. The camera happened to be out and sitting right next to where I planned on spinning the spinner—a job I chose so that I didn’t have to bend and contort my overly full belly into odd shapes.… Read More
My grownup Christmas list looks nothing like I imagined it would as a young girl. I imagined always asking for diamonds (my birthstone) and fancy things. My desires look a little different nowadays. Christmas changed for me over the years, and I love it even more now.… Read More
Are we done yet? Maybe Monday isn’t the best day of the week to write a RunStreak update. Maybe I should have written it yesterday. Yesterday we got home from church, I fed the boys, and immediately went out for my run.… Read More