Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The thing about kids...

... Is that they keep growing - whether you want them to or not. Thankfully parents keep growing, too. Whether we want to or not.

Over the last 5 years, we've settled into life as a family of four. Miraculously, Richard and I have successfully parented two little girls through pre-school, and apparently did a good enough job for them to enter elementary school.

We're now firmly in a new Season of Life: the School Years. I'd like to think that we're 5 years wiser, and that's probably true, but we are far from wise. One of life's great secrets – and one that I perpetuate by keeping from my girls just as parents have done for centuries – is that We're All Winging It. I really wish nurses handed this detail out with discharge instructions from L&D.

We're. All. Winging. It.

It's liberating, isn't it? To know you're not alone in the parenting sea? Everyone is rowing their boat just as quickly as they can. Everyone has times when their boat takes on water, and it takes a team to help bail water and stay afloat. Everyone's arms get tired and sometimes we need to float for a while and recharge. And, just maybe, we all want to throw our kids overboard from time to time. But we don't. We row harder and find calmer seas. We anchor ourselves near our village, ask for advice, make a decision, and keep rowing.

 Onward and upward!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Welcome Sweet Caroline!

Our new little bundle of joy arrived June 16 - and we're tired! She is an amazingly sweet little girl and we're all completely in love.

So far, she looks like her Daddy!

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Pullen All Nighters... Again.

Just as we get one little girl sleeping through the night, we'll be welcoming another one and starting the process all over again.

Say hello to Caroline Elizabeth!

She will join our little family on or before June 27. Ella Kate was convinced we were having a boy, so after the initial shock and denial wore off, she decided that she's excited about being a big sister. She tells us that she's most excited about teaching Caroline to brush her teeth and that she'll have someone to ride in the back seat with her!

So... Life Got in the Way of Blogging...

I'm terribly ashamed that I haven't added a single entry since November, and even that post was a recap of Halloween. Much has happened in the past 6 months and I will eventually get it all on the World Wide Web. I can't promise it'll be in sequential order, because my mind is currently operating in "Stream of Conciousness" mode.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Snow White ruled her kingdom of Cavalcade Circle! Poppi and Gigi came up to help pass out candy and serve in Snow White's prestigious entourage.

2010 Blessing of the Animals

Ponies, turtles, and chickens, OH MY!

Blessing of the Animals is one of my favorite parts of being an Episcopalian family. EK adores visiting all of God's creatures and amazingly enough, is usually well behaved during the service since there's so much to look at.

EK and Daddy reviewing the words to the opening hymn.

Her favorite animal: PONY!

Giving her own two animals a little love.

Not sure what this puppy's name is, but EK loved him!

Chickens, birds, kittens, hedgehogs, bunnies and SO MUCH more! Too cold for fish, though.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Full Time Academia

Here are a few pictures from the past two months. She really is only 2 and a half, even though she's the size of an average 4 year old!

Now that Ella Kate is going to school every day, we don't have nearly as much time to take photos of her escapades. And believe me, they are plentiful. I understand that she keeps her class entertained.