Stop, Drop and Blog

Writing & Photographing the Family Side of Fire Life


Nothing like starting your taper on Boston Marathon Day, right? Watching the amazing athletes run their hearts out to get across the finish line is nothing short of The Most Inspiring Running Thing Ever. And now those of us running the Pittsburgh Marathon get to… relax?… Read More
Last week the rain came down. And down. And down. And the creek went up. And up. And up. Every night after dinner, the boys asked if we could take a walk out the country road and down the big hill to see how deep the water was that day.… Read More
Sometimes the boys get me on a weak day and I end up at the checkout counter with a totally unnecessary purchase. Like today’s Magic 8 Ball. I said yes, because, well, I kinda wanted it too. The boys nearly skipped out of the store, so filled with glee.… Read More
On Saturday, we celebrated my husband’s Granna’s 90th birthday. We spent the day with his family, and my boys spent the day playing with (and being chased by) their cousin; the youngest cousin spent time being passed around the family members.… Read More
It Already Matters

It Already Matters


Posted By on Apr 7, 2015

Just when you wonder if you’re doing parenting wrong, when you worry that every choice is the wrong one, something happens to alleviate all that worry, all that fear, all that self-doubt. Sometimes it’s as simple as a kiss or a hug.… Read More
Spring seems like it might actually stick around as the 14-day forecast shows temps in the 60s and 70s. It’s spring in Ohio, of course, so anything could change in the blink of an eye. Additionally, it’s raining one minute and blindingly sunny the next; crazy windy one second followed by nothing which causes you to nearly fall forward.… Read More
Easter Traditions, Now Mine

Easter Traditions, Now Mine


Posted By on Apr 2, 2015

As a small child, we lived directly across the driveway from my beloved grandparents. On Easter Sunday, after we attended church in our Sunday best, consumed too much food, and changed into comfortable spring clothes, my mother would help me fix up a small basket of Easter treats.… Read More
If you need the boys, you can find them sitting here—next to the chicks. Sometimes they read to them. Sometimes they sit in complete silence, just watching them move around and do chick-like things. Mostly they talk a lot while sitting next to the chicks.… Read More
Our Family Just Grew… By Six!

Our Family Just Grew… By Six!


Posted By on Mar 31, 2015

We added six new family members yesterday. Here are three of our new little loves. On the left we have a Barred Rock, in the center a Buff Orpington, and on the right a Golden Comet. One more of each peeps around in the brooder, but they each look exactly alike right now so we haven’t named them or bothered telling them apart just yet.… Read More