Stop, Drop and Blog

Writing & Photographing the Family Side of Fire Life


The Pittsburgh Marathon is on Sunday. Today is Monday. I’m in part-planning, part-panic mode, as is par for the course. Of course, we have some added complexities with our weekend festivities as Little League kicks off on Saturday. So we won’t be hitting the Expo until nearly closing time.… Read More
As the Sun Sets on 33

As the Sun Sets on 33


Posted By on Apr 24, 2015

Today is the last day of 33. It’s been a year. Most years are, of course. But today… I worked with great people. I ran three miles in the sunshine. I took a long, hot, uninterrupted shower. I brushed the dog and threw her ball.… Read More
What I Want for My 34th Birthday

What I Want for My 34th Birthday


Posted By on Apr 23, 2015

My birthday is in two days. As per usual, my husband, parents, and close friends keep asking me what I want to celebrate another turn around the sun. As per usual, I don’t really know. So here’s my best guess as to what I want for my 34th birthday.… Read More
Every spring, shortly after Little League starts, the ice cream shop in the City Park opens. It’s one of the highlights of the season. It’s filled with hard dip ice cream in tons of flavors, milkshakes galore, and other yummy treats.… Read More
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