idle hands are the devil’s playthings

The title of this post is something Richard Gilmore says to Lorelai and Rory. Lorelai thinks five classes is too many for Rory to take as a freshman in college. Richard obviously disagrees. And I cry because the idea of only having five classes to take and no other responsibilities sounds so beautiful. I managed to update this little blog almost every month in the first year of Evie and Liv. And then.. and then..? I don’t.. what?? Well, I started my …

18 weeks

18 weeks is a big deal for me. It’s halfway. I was spot on with my prediction last week, first you worry about miscarriage, then genetic testing, then labor.  And that is what started.  My OB is the one that will be delivering and we started the delivery convo at my appointment last Wednesday.  I love my OB maybe a little too much, but he tends to only remember the really important details. Every time I go to an appointment alone he …

Emptying

by toothpaste for dinner Rob and I are doing a new study together with a group on campus reading this book.  It focuses on spiritual practices in the day-to-day.  This week, the focus was on emptying.  The need to give things up and let things go.  To learn to hold on loosely. Each of us was asked to give something up over this week.  To quit something.  I spent a long time thinking about this.  Last year I gave up …

Organized Chaos

This has been my life the past few days.  I have started my final year of law school and have been running in a dozen different directions.  But for now, I have a story for you. I have been bothering the hell out of my dad for the past… year?? to help me network for jobs for post graduation.  Being cut from the same cloth as I am, he has been on it like white on rice, but somehow… things …

I Couldn’t Love You More

Evelyn and Olivia will be a year old on October 4th. And while I miss the teeny tiny age, I love the changes and growth I am seeing. Every day they seem more and more like little people. Today Olivia practiced walking back and forth between Jill and I while holding onto our hands. Her face was beaming the entire time. She was so proud of herself. I think they will both be walking within the next few weeks and …

Evelyn & Olivia, 10 and 11

I failed epically and just never wrote about month 10. It turns out, just when I thought my life couldn’t get more hectic.. it could! I am a teacher. I teach 11th grade US History and AP US History, APUSH for those in the know. I am a first year teacher with twin babies. I wish people wouldn’t look at me like I’m insane when I say that. Some days, I am barely staying afloat. Some days, I am kicking …

Evelyn & Olivia, Nine Months

There are teeth! We have teeth! Three teeth total. Evelyn has two and Olivia has one. They both look like little crazy pirates and I love it. I do not love teething. Rob loves it even less. Rob takes Evie overnight and her response to teething is OMG I AM DYYYYIIING. Liv is a little more mellow and she is mine overnight. If this is how Eve responds to a front tooth I am very nervous for molars. Evie and Liv both …

Teach for America, Story of Self

One of my assignments for Teach for America is to write my “Story of Self.” This is a story about my educational trajectory. What happened in my education to make me who I am. What happened in my history to make me committed to TFA’s cause of educational equity. Well after a few failed attempts, I’ve got it down… “I’m not paying for college,” he said. I sat there, thinking I should be stunned, but I wasn’t. Of course my dad …

Evelyn & Olivia, Seven Months

And we have… HAIR!! I was pretty much bald until I was two and I was really hoping to not bless my daughters with that trait. So far, so good. They both have Rob’s hairline and their hair is starting to come in. Fluffy and dark. Win! Because Evelyn and Olivia were five weeks early their checkups are a bit delayed. They are seven months but we just had their six month appointment. Olivia is just over 16 lbs and …

where I go from here, part IV

part I, part II, part III In just a few weeks I leave for Arizona for five weeks for intensive teacher training. When I come back I will start work at whichever school I have been placed with. Evelyn and Olivia will be about 8 months when I start teacher training, 10 months when I go back to work full time. Somewhere in the middle of that I am hoping to fit in swim lessons. Decisions about work and family …

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