Category Archives: Gratefulness


Giving Thanks

November 23, 2016

img_2610I am so, so thankful for:

  • ↑ That hilarious goof, who is so much work but sooo worth it.
  • KC, who puts up with my pregnancy mood swings and always goes above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Babysitters, who give us a night out together when we so desperately need it.
  • My heavy Dutch bike, which is getting harder to ride by the day, but gets us where we need to go.
  • My dad’s Netflix account. 😉
  • European health insurance, which makes all my pregnancy and non-pregnancy complications ever so affordable.
  • Naptime.
  • Our ability to travel while we live abroad — it’s honestly one of the biggest pluses.
  • — my most favorite Dutch website which delivers so many things I need (and maybe a few things I don’t).
  • This little wiggly lady currently residing in my midsection. She’s certainly making 4am really interesting these days.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.  Hope you have the best holiday weekend ever.

(And in case you’re wondering what we’re doing for Thanksgiving this year, we’ve hired a babysitter to watch P after she goes to bed and are going out to dinner. I can’t wait.)

PS: That picture above was taken while walking around Waterlooplein. Prim decided she didn’t want to walk any farther, so we were telling her we were continuing on without her. She just stood there and yelled, “BYE!!” and then threw her head back and laughed because she’s obviously the funniest thing ever.

Gratefulness / Holidays

Giving Thanks

November 26, 2014

seuss and penny

I’m so, so thankful for:

  • Those two adorable sneaks who seem to find their way onto our bed as soon as we head out for the day.
  • KC, who puts up with my pregnancy brain (I can’t remember anything these days) and who is so sweet to me when I’m sick or uncomfortable.
  • This little baby bump, which is getting less little by the day.
  • All the delicious food that we will be eating tomorrow, including that giant bird sitting in our fridge right now, just waiting to be covered in BUTTER.
  • Leftover turkey sandwiches (even if I do have to reheat the meat in order to eat them.  Boo.)
  • The fact that our Christmas shopping is almost done (!)  I’ve never ever had my Christmas shopping even close to being done before Thanksgiving, so this is quite a feat.
  • Honeycrisp apples.
  • Beyond yoga high-waist workout pants (soooo comfy).
  • Rain being juuust around the corner.
  • And the fact that I get to start the holiday season off with endless amounts of Christmas music, movies, and cheer starting tomorrow!  I can’t wait.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.  Hope you have the best holiday weekend ever.

(And in case you’re wondering what I’m serving for Thanksgiving this year, it’s pretty much the same as last year.)


Friday Things

March 15, 2013

Given how this week has been going, I thought I should take a moment to reflect on a few things that made life this week a little happier:

  1. Thick socks on cold mornings.
  2. Warm days when you can have a drink outside with a friend.
  3. Watching Penny desperately try to befriend Seuss (paws down, tail up).
  4. Watching a movie in bed with Seuss and KC.
  5. When mine and KC’s life aligns on a random Tuesday so we can have a long dinner in our newly-finished dining room.
  6. Realizing that the upside to this fiasco is getting to buy new bedding.
  7. Weekday lunch dates with coworker friends.
  8. And on that note — the SF Soup Co. truck that comes down to our neck of the woods.
  9. Pizza.
  10. This cute scene, which now happens just about daily in our house:

penny & kcWorkin’ hard for the money.


A Confession

March 1, 2012

I have a confession to make, and it might just shock you.   It’s this deep, dark secret I’ve been keeping for years.  YEARS I tell you!  – deep breath – Ok, here goes:  I… don’t really know how to tweeze my eyebrows, and therefore almost never do it.  OMG, are you shocked??

I thought not.  But in all seriousness, I don’t.  I’ve read a thousand tutorials, tried all the “tricks,” and I still just can’t really figure out what I’m supposed to be doing.


Seriously, that looks like calculus to me. ↑

For awhile I was getting my eyebrows waxed by a professional (this was years ago though — like, pre-KC).  It was all fun and games until my regular lady was out of town and I saw her associate, who basically waxed both of my eyebrows entirely off.  Those of you who know me, know that I’m super-fair and don’t have really intense eyebrows to begin with, so without eyebrows?  Yeah, I looked a little like this:


Ok, maybe not exactly like that, but you catch my drift.  It wasn’t a good look for me.  After this little snafu, I decided to stop with the waxing (which basically meant I stopped doing anything to my eyebrows, maintenance-wise).  And this has continued until this day.

I thought about getting my eyebrows done before my wedding, but was so terrified that the woman might “take everything I’ve got” à la Sex and the City, leaving me to Sharpie-on my brows on my day of wedded bliss, that I just decided not to.

So what does this have to do with anything?  Well, today I realized that I’m grateful for my eyebrows.  They’re mostly blonde, which hides the fact that I possess zero skill in shaping and maintaining them.  Plus, I stumbled across the perfect eyebrow pencil years ago, which just happens to be a 99¢ Wet and Wild eyeliner (don’t judge me.  It’s hard to find the right shade when you’re a redhead.)  And, in a land where I have to worry about wearing sunscreen every day of my life due to my SPF-100 skin, it’s nice that there’s at least something that pretty much takes care of itself.

Whew, it feels good to get that off my chest!

So, what’s your secret?


This Weekend Was…

February 27, 2012

  1. An impromptu Friday night hangout at our place that involved homemade pizza (which I almost ruined, but Alexis saved), sushi, lots of people, and much more booze than originally planned…
  2. Giant mochas and girl-talk at La Boulange with Ashley on Saturday morning.  (#Love)
  3. Sibling brunch at Oakland Grill (because Braden finally made it out to the East Bay).
  4. A drive up into the hills to watch the sunset before heading to Walnut Creek because Highway 24 was a nightmare.
  5. A casual date night followed by the reunion of basically KC’s entire graduating high school class.
  6. Lunch at Sacred Wheel (grilled cheese and tomato soup — yum!)
  7. A random evening milkshake run, followed by a homemade happy hour (vodka-orange sparklers, fancy cheeses, and veggies with green goddess dressing) and Redbox movies.
  8. And a late, Sunday night facebook post from our wedding photographers:

And I was thankful for every minute of it.

How was your weekend?