Slowing Down

I made a new year’s resolution for the first time in years: Slow down. I am rarely without a to-do list, and feel ill at ease unless everything on that list is done or in the process of getting done. “Relaxing” in the evenings is acceptable, as long as it’s done after Piopio is putContinue reading “Slowing Down”

2018 Intention Review: A Letter to Myself

new year’s resolutions, future letter to yourself, 2018 resolutions I recently shared my 2019 sort-of resolutions, and now I’m sharing the outcomes of my 2018 Future Letter to Myself — my sixth and final such letter. How much “came true”? I experienced the happiest and most transformational life event in 2018: the birth of myContinue reading “2018 Intention Review: A Letter to Myself”

2019 Resolutions

Bullet journal, dot journal, leuchtturm1917, journaling, planner, calendar, diary, tracker I’m taking a different approach to New Year’s resolutions for 2019. In fact, I’m not making New Year’s resolutions at all. Instead of writing a “Future Letter to Myself,” as I have done for the past six years, I’m simply going to keep up withContinue reading “2019 Resolutions”

Babies: The Anti-Homebody

The Citadel, July 2018.One of the myriad ways my life has changed (for the better) thanks to Piopio is that I’m out and about more. To say my daily routine has changed since Piopio came around is an understatement. Kail and I are both introverts and homebodies, and our preferred way to to spend aContinue reading “Babies: The Anti-Homebody”

10 Tips for the Introverted SAHM

I was dreading returning to Amman after Piopio was born. For probably the last two weeks we were in the U.S., any time I would think about leaving, I would cry.Part of it was knowing I would really miss my family. We lived with my sister and brother-in-law for three-and-a-half months; their house in VirginiaContinue reading “10 Tips for the Introverted SAHM”

Project Life: Baby Book | Volume I

I’m kind of obsessed with my baby. Being a first time parent, that pretty much comes with the territory. I’m also, as you know, quite fond of memory-keeping, specifically Project Life “pocket scrapbooking.”Combine those two things and, well, you have a 12-inch by 12-inch baby book that’s full when said baby is only three monthsContinue reading “Project Life: Baby Book | Volume I”

My First Lesson in Parenting

My first lesson in parenting happened before Piopio was even born. It happened before I went into labor, during my 38-week doctor’s appointment, when I was told labor would be induced the following week. My birth plan — along with months and months of reading about natural pain relief techniques, learning about the best positionsContinue reading “My First Lesson in Parenting”

The Saddest Children’s Book Ever

Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve tried to regularly read aloud to Piopio. Sometimes it’s the news or whatever book I happened to be reading that day. We also received a few children’s books as gifts and have purchased additional ones.Kail bought “The Little Prince” as a Christmas gift for Piopio and me. I had read itContinue reading “The Saddest Children’s Book Ever”

Home Leave | Virginia Beach

Post-5k race.After a few days apart in Michigan and California, Kail and I spent the last portion of our home leave visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Virginia Beach. Kail stayed for a week before heading back to Amman, but I was able to enjoy an extra two and a half weeks with my family.

Home Leave | Michigan

From Fredericksburg, we headed to Michigan to spend a couple weeks with Kail’s family. At this point, we were two weeks into our home leave. On the agenda: a trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan State football, our niece’s and nephew’s soccer and football games, Jordanian cooking, and lots of relaxing and spending time with family.Perhaps most ofContinue reading “Home Leave | Michigan”