Ten Ways to Make the Most Out of Difficult Bedtimes

I have notoriously and stubbornly bad sleepers. On a good night, everyone sleeps through the night. On an average night, I’m up three times. We have issues falling asleep, staying asleep, putting ourselves back to sleep, and sleeping to a reasonable hour. Anyway, here are some ways I’ve imagined being able to capitalize on the time I spend with them, in the dark.

  1. Use the trips to and from non-sleeper’s bedroom to totally defeat FitBit goals.
  2. Catch up on reading while sitting in the dark and discuss books with friends, instead of failed sleep training methods.
  3. Unwind by playing countless games of Spider Solitare or other addicting games.
  4. Join the ranks of authors who capitalized on killer bedtime stories and make a fortune.
  5. Sneakily put away folded laundry while responding to non-sleeper’s beckoning.
  6. Boost creativity by imagining what image and phrase would make the best meme for this moment.
  7. Increase brain power by reciting picture books from memory, instead of turning on the light.
  8. Cut back on alcohol consumption by being too tired to wrestle the cork out of the bottle after non-sleeper finally succumbs.
  9. Practice ninja skills by avoiding noise-making toys and trip hazards.
  10. Enjoy the moment. They look so gosh-darn cute when they close those eyes. Take a picture for Instagram—without the flash!



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New Year, New House! Part I – The Outside

When we bought our house, it was an adorable, light green Cape Cod. (Read about our house story here.) Here’s a nice shot of our house from October, 2011, before we bought it. It looks like a warm, sunny autumn, and if memory serves me correctly–as it usually does–it was a mild winter.

October 2011

The collage directly below shows the original house from various angles, front, side, and back. Overkill? Probably. (November, 2011)

Since those early, 2011 shots above we purchased the house, replaced the downstairs windows, converted the patio into a screened-in porch, and cut down a ton of trees. We did a lot of work on the inside too, but that’s old news. The pictures below are from March, 2015. They were taken after signing a contract to do major renovations on the second story, before the work started, and after we had arrived home from Florida to find a substantial amount of snow! Take one last glance at our house before it was demolished; appreciate the snow’s romanticization of our little green home.

In April, they showed up and dug out the foundation for our garage. Very quickly, our garage had a frame. The back of our house, and the back of our yard, looked suddenly and drastically different! To read a goofy post about the necessities of a garage, click here.

On May 18, our garage had a framed roof. But, besides the roof peak beyond the porch and the permit displayed in our window, the front of our house looked pretty much the same. Until May 20th, and then I made a meme!


My mother and I took my boys to their 9:15am music class. When we were driving back to my parents house (since we weren’t living in ours), we saw this. Ben was a little upset and wanted to know who broke his house. Luckily, progress went quickly, check out what they did over the next month. Thank goodness for the warm and dry weather that was our spring.

There was a slight hold up with the siding, apparently we ran out twice, but the end result looks really nice!

I have these pictures because I tried to take pictures of the boys and the house for our Christmas card. It didn’t work out, but I guess I was able to recycle them!

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New Year, New House! Introduction

Over the past several years, my friends have moved and moved again. They have painted, remodeled, arranged furniture, decorated. Each time they’ve moved, I’ve asked for pictures. “I can’t wait to see what your new place/baby nursery/paint job looks like! Take pictures!” To date, the only way I’ve been able to seen any of it is when I’ve shown up in person. (Except for maybe one friend, who has definitely asked me to keep up my share of the picture taking in return—enabling me to have the pictures needed to start this update.) Nobody takes pictures, because nobody has time! This might be projection based on personal experience, but making a room look presentable, taking a decent picture, and uploading said picture takes a lot of effort and isn’t something I’ve been able to keep up with, thus the deterioration of my blog. However, since it is almost 2016, and since we are “on vacation” for the next week, I am going to put forth some serious effort and see if I can’t get something done.

Part I – The Outside

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