A Couple of Catholics

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Back From Radio Silence

Hello again. I know what you’re thinking…it’s been WAY. TOO. LONG.

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I wish I could tell you that this virtual sabbatical was an intentional decision full of meaning and reflection, but let’s be real it wasn’t. Nope, truthfully our lives have just been full. Full of big life transitions and full of ordinary mundane tasks. Full with all the sorts of comings and goings that inevitably make up a life.

However, stepping away from the blogging scene for a while gave us time to reevaluate why we began blogging in the first place as well as a new sense of determination to get back to the things that once brought us so much joy. So here we are…back from radio silence. 

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Let me catch you up on a few of the major highlights….

As many of you know the last time we chatted we were in the midst of welcoming home our second sweet lil babe, M. And then in a blink, she turned one!

While our adjustment to a growing family has been joyful, it did not come without its fair share of upheaval. Two months before M’s birth we opted to go “heads down” on saving for a house and were graciously welcomed into my in-law’s basement, making ourselves quite cozy there.

With the new, adorable little addition to our family came the expected readjustment to our routine, but once the dust began to settle and I began to emerge from the sleep-deprived zombie state that is postpartum we found that most days were spent trying to savor every minute.

Nothing reminds you quite how quickly the babies grow up like looking at your rambunctious toddler thinking… ”wait weren’t you just the baby I was losing sleep over?”

Look how our babies have grown! Photo by Mel Watson

Summer turned to fall and with the change of seasons so also came yet another change in residence.

On my 31st birthday, Pat and I placed an offer on our very first house. That’s right, my husband bought me a house for my birthday! So to all the fellas out there, you’d best be stepping up your gift game for the ladies in your life. 😉

A short six weeks after our initial offer, on the first snowy day of the season and precisely one week before Christmas, we moved out of my oh-so gracious in-law’s basement into a real-life, pay the mortgage, shovel the snow off the driveway, replace the heater within a month house. It’s all so wonderfully responsible.

Truly though, we have been so blessed. As the dust begins to settle we look forward to sharing more with you. Thanks for your patience with us during this season of life when the things we want to get to don’t always get done.

Y’all are awesome!

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We’re Now a Family of 4 – Watch Our Second a Day Video

We are thrilled to announce that just over a week ago we became a family of four 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧‍‍‍ ! Although we are exhausted, we are delighted to have a new little blessing!

When J was born, Nicole and I were inspired by other second a day videos. Of course, once we captured our nine-month journey of prepping for our first child we had no choice but to continue this tradition with our second.

(BTW, J is now a crazy toddler, amazing how time flies!)

Adjusting to life with baby M has been a whirlwind and the journey is only beginning. We couldn’t be more in love with her. The Lord has truly outdone Himself, overwhelming us with His Goodness.

So far toddler J seems to be warming up to her nicely, rushing to M’s side with a pacifier in hand at the sound of every whimper.

Thank God for all the beautiful women in my life… now I’m a dad to divas and am slowly getting used to having so much estrogen around. Cheers 🍻 to all the great moments to come.

Our Daughter Turns One (The EPIC Party in GIFs)

Oh my gosh, how time flies…everyone said it would, but you just really don’t understand until you are trying to intricately place sprinkles into the shape of a one on your eldest child’s birthday cake. That’s right…we recently celebrated Johanna’s first birthday party and like all first-time mommies I made sure to take extra time to make this event special.

Johanna does love her brandy.

It began with a vision…

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Work-Life Balance: Finding Harmony As a New Father

When I found out I was going to be a dad it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was exciting and nerve-racking all at once. My mind went a million miles a minute. How can we afford this? Are we going to have to move? Is my wife going to have to quit her job? Where will we put our child? I hope he/she turns out healthy.

Of course worrying is a natural tendency, and something every parent-to-be does.

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Be Brave Young Mama (Handling Meltdowns in Public)

We’ve all been there before…trying to quickly finish grocery shopping before nap time, exchanging some clothes at a nearby department store or in my case aiming to squeeze in some much-needed mommy time at a local coffeehouse. And then it happens their bottom lip starts to quiver, the little eyebrows begin to furrow and suddenly a loud indignant screech is heard around the room. Surely, this will only result in a full on cringe-worthy meltdown.

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Having a Baby [Video]

Before becoming a dad I had a lot of ambitions…in fact, I still do. It’s no secret that becoming a parent is a life-changing event, and with it come new challenges and a lot of questions. Even though it feels like my daughter has been a part of my life forever, I’ve only been on the job for seven months. Lets be real, I’m still a newbie.

To offer some guidance to new moms and dads and parents-to-be, Extra Space Storage put together a video called “10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Having a Baby.”

Not only is this video fantastic advertising (I should know), but all of their advice is 100% true…

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This Pregnancy Announcement Parody is AMAZING

In a world where it’s frowned upon to have more than two kids, Chad and Andrea Chapman rub their not-so-traditional family choices in everyone’s face, and I ADORE IT! They are expecting baby number four, and they want everyone to know: “It’s our family; we can do what we want to.”

The couple created this hilarious Miley Cyrus parody video, called “We Can’t Stop . . . Having Babies.” And the subtle, (or not so subtle line) “It’s my body I can grow who I want to” is genius! This lyric turns the typical pro-choice argument of “it’s my body” and “my choice” on its head.

Congrats to you, Chad and Andrea. Bring on those babies!

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