Stop, Drop and Blog

Writing & Photographing the Family Side of Fire Life


When our Bradford Pear fell down two years ago, the boys felt devastated. The tree provided hours of entertainment, from climbing to hiding to a place to read. While they’ve found a new place to build a fort, the lack of a tree still has them down.… Read More
A Look at the Future

A Look at the Future


Posted By on May 5, 2015

On the way home from baseball practice yesterday, the boys stared at the sky. When we left the field, the sky hung dark and heavy. The boys, recently infatuated with the weather app on my old phone, have been waiting for a predicted thunderstorm to actually arrive.… Read More
My Pittsburgh Half Marathon experience didn’t go quite as expected. While I never stated a goal other than wanting to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, I hoped to run well. I didn’t think I would PR and beat my 2014 Columbus Half Marathon time, but I thought I might come in between my 2013 Columbus Half Marathon and my 2013 Cleveland Half Marathon.… Read More
Both boys are present in that picture. We hung out at home on Sunday, enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine. I walked around the front and back yard barefoot, looking at the growth on plants and my weeping cherry tree, while the boys played ball and swords and all variety of games.… Read More
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