Mom, wife, friend, cook, photographer, writer, DIYer, food-lover, neat freak, entertainer, party-planner, problem-solver, wanna-be-graphic-designer, and reader. I currently live in St. Louis, Missouri and Love. This. City.
I spent my childhood riding horses, singing, playing the piano and flute, acting, swimming, stirring up trouble with my friends, and traveling the world. While I grew up many places, the one I claim is Scottsbluff, Nebraska. I have a fear of belly buttons and have never eaten a Twinkie.
I smile a lot. I’m sarcastic. And I don’t take myself too seriously.
Something I do take seriously is my family. I will never claim to be a perfect parent, but I will never stop trying to be the best mom I can be. As long as my boys are happy and healthy, my efforts are successful!
I also take my marriage seriously. I snagged a pretty darn amazing dude and we’ve been happily hitched for over 11 years. I think the secrets to a happy marriage are 1. honesty and 2. doing laundry separately. Love means never having to fold your spouse’s underwear. Love definitely means acting like morons together on a regular basis.
My full time job is taking care of the kids, technically I’m a SAHM, a title to which I cringe since we are rarely at home. Ethan and Finn, AKA “The Peanuts”, are always up for an adventure, making the days just fly by.
Did I always know I’d stay home with my wee babe? No. I actually didn’t have any interest in having kids until I was 28. But then we got the baby bug, big time, and under two years later I was prego. Due to Ethan’s preemie-status and our move across the country, this full-time mom situation just kind of happened. Would I have it any other way? Not a chance.
My perfect world? One where I could travel the world with my family…I want to go everywhere. Eating new foods, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures every day. How the heck can I make that happen?!
The blog. Yeah yeah, another “Mom Blog”. But you know what? Before starting Preparing for Peanuts, I’d never read a mom blog in my life. I just wanted to document my first pregnancy, thinking it would be a great way to share our baby adventures with our family which is spread all over the country. I posted semi-sporadically.
Then Ethan was born at 31 weeks and I posted EVERY DAY, usually twice. It was a lifeline to our family and friends, a way to keep everyone in the loop without me having to repeat everything over and over. Little did I know how much I’d appreciate having this written account, every single detail of our boy’s journey into the world. Once we were released from the hospital, I didn’t want to stop. What started as a super personal-family-only communication device was suddenly being read by hundreds of people from all walks of life. I was hooked.
I also love that the blog keeps me accountable—I carry my camera everywhere to capture pictures of Ethan, Finn, Stu, our house, our life. Knowing I need content for my posts keeps that fire under my butt to not fall behind editing photos or writing down adventures. I can’t quite shake that work-bug, the one that tells me I need a schedule and deadlines.
At the end of the day, this blog is for Stu, Ethan, Finn and me.
But it’s also for our families and friends…we don’t see them anywhere near enough so the blog lets them know exactly what’s going on with us all the time.
The icing on the cake is each and every reader that finds Preparing for Peanuts along the way. It will never cease to be humbling when I find out someone across the country (or the world!) is reading what I write and enjoying my stories. I’ve loved meeting “blog friends” and learning about this wide world of moms out there sharing information and opening up their lives to each other. It’s this kind of sharing that will make us all better parents.
That’s me! Thanks for reading.