Seasons.

It’s been six months since I’ve hit “publish” on anything here. Six months since my brain or body has had the time, energy, or mental capacity to complete a piece I deem worthy of the “publish” button. Things that stop me from writing: Toddler life Work Commitments (working on a post RIGHT NOW about the…

Life After Pro Cheer: Bailey Streicher

It was such an honor to be part of Danetha Doe’s first episode of Life After Pro Cheer. She had the brilliant idea to spark conversations with former pro dancers not only about where we are now, but what lessons we’ve carried with us from our pro cheer days. We dive into discussion on self…

1 Minivan, 2 Kids, 12 Hours: A Captain’s Log

We woke before the sun. Twelve hours between us and the ocean. For weeks leading up to this trip, I would panic and ask my husband if he’d like to reconsider flying. His reply? “Making memories on long road trips is part of it, it’s a right of passage.” (insert skeptical side eye) The day…

The “Soccer Mom” Thing

Long before I donned the name “Mom”, I spent time picturing who that woman would be. I think it’s natural for young girls to watch the mothers in their world, on TV and in movies, and ponder which mold they’ll fit into someday.  Will I be the cool mom laughing and letting things slide or…

We Visited Smiley Indoor Ocean Playground!

From the minute I showed pictures of the anticipated Smiley Indoor Ocean Playground to the kids, their excitement has been building! Mason would reference it randomly at dinner, in the car, over the monitor WAY past his bedtime. They were ready to get in there. Yesterday, we made our first visit! Note: This is not…

Nice Mommy, Mean Mommy

Hundreds of peas and carrots cascaded across the kitchen…Onto the floor. Over the freshly baked cupcakes. Into our dog’s fur. I. Lost. My. Mind.

The 21 Month Gap

“How far apart are they?” We get the question everywhere we go. Most often when we’re using the double stroller and you see two pairs of long toddler legs dangling there side by side. Mason and Georgia are 21 months apart… 21 months and 27 days to be exact. After being married for 5 years,…

Published Pieces: Indianapolis Moms Blog

I’m honored to share my thoughts on all things MOTHERHOOD with the Indianapolis Moms Blog community. Click here to see the collection of my published pieces for IMB.

“Medium Mason”

“Mommy, when will I be big? Probably in 9 or 10 days? I’ll probably be in high school in 9 or 10 days…” His little mind races the most at bedtime, and I try my very best to oblige tonight. “No, no. You won’t be big for 10 or 15 more years. You’ll be big…

The “Kitchen Island” Dream

Growing up, my brother and I would sit at the kitchen island a lot. We’d sit there as we ate a rushed breakfast on school days. We’d huddle there together on snowy winter mornings watching the local school closings one by one, praying for a snow day. That kitchen island stool was the first place…