“Heeeeeyyyyyyy, Mom!”

That’s how it usually starts.

The morning.

Once one kid is up so is the other.

Once the kids are up the dogs are dancing around us to go outside and be fed.

Once the dogs get fed the cat starts meowing for his breakfast.

Once the dogs and cats are fed the kids start asking for hot chocolate.

Once I start the hot chocolate Ben barks at the back door to be let in.

Once I let Ben in Reece is in the kitchen asking when his hot chocolate will be ready.

Once I tell Reece that I am working on it Lorelai yells from the playroom asking if she can watch a show.

Once I turn a show on Reece is asking, again, when his hot chocolate will be ready.

Once I get them their hot chocolate and finally pour my coffee they are yelling for more.

Once I get a few sips of coffee I ask them what they would like for breakfast.

Once I get them their breakfast they are asking for more, or a fork, or a napkin, or something else.

Once I get them what they need I sit down to check my e-mail, read a blog post.

Once I start I realize I don’t have time and need to make Reece’s lunch, get myself dressed, get the kids dressed, and get to school.

And, so it goes.

home is…the life of a mom.

how do you take your coffee?

We had an emergency this morning.

Of course, we try to avoid them, but sometimes they happen.

The good news is that nobody was hurt.

I threw on my boots, grabbed a bra and put it on as I ran down the stairs.

I was in the car by 8:03.

Within 15 minutes I was home.

I burst in the door and raised my hand up in the air…I had what we needed to solve the crisis.

1/2 & 1/2

It was a “creamer emergency”.



Both Ryan and I take our coffee “with cream”.

Not. Milk.

We actually use 1/2 & 1/2, but we both cringe at the thought of putting milk in our coffee.

There was enough for each of us to have a first cup, but beyond that we were in coffee crisis mode.

Ryan had to be on a call at 8:30, the dogs still needed to be fed, and both of the kids were still eating their breakfast.

I elected myself to run out and save the day.

Thank goodness Trader Joe’s opened at 8.

Thank goodness it is only a 3 minute drive from our house.

Thank goodness I know the store like the back of my hand and was also able to throw a couple of other necessities into my basket.

Seriously, I was in and out in less than 9 minutes…

1/2 & 1/2.

2 bunches of bananas.

2 boxes of breakfast bars.


2 packages of frozen Mac & Cheese.

2 packages of pumpkin bread mix.

Chocolate chips.


1 gallon of milk.

1 bag of white cheddar corn puffs.

10 chocolate chip z-bars.

I pulled into the driveway at 8:18.

Crisis averted.

Ryan got on his call.

I poured another cup of coffee…with cream.

How do you take your coffee?

home is…funny little quirks.

good mornings

This summer I am trying to spend as much time as I can in my happy place…our backyard.

After I feed the dogs, I head out to what I call “the best seat in the house” and drink my coffee.

Sometimes it is just minutes before one of the kids wakes up, or yells from the house in need of something.

Others, I have had nice chunks of time to sit and watch hummingbirds, read, catch up on blogs or blogging, and just soak it all in.

Each of those mornings I have a friend join me for coffee…

Odyssey LOVES coffee.

If I leave my cup unattended he will drink it all!

I love these summer mornings in my happy place with my special coffee loving friend.

home is…sharing my coffee.

summer solstice

I was going to write a big post about our yard and how it has changed and grown since my last post, but I am tired and I didn’t take photos with my good camera today.

This morning was beautiful and I enjoyed our backyard…sipping coffee while the kids watched a show inside (it was a bit cold out).

After that, I organized, crafted, and cleaned inside while the kids ate breakfast and played.

Once it warmed up, we moved outside where we organized, played, cleaned (think car wash) outside, and made rainbows.

Summer definitely made an appearance here in the Pacific Northwest today…

I hope you all had a great day, too!

*all photos taken on my iPhone with Instagram…you can follow me @homeisablog

home is…summer.


Today was a good day in my book.

I got up before the sun.

I rode public transportation.

I explored downtown Portland before daybreak.

I saw some of my favorite mommy friends.

I exercised.

I accomplished a big goal.

I celebrated.

I relaxed.

I spent time with my family.

I got domestic things done.

I ate well.

I drank enough water.

I drank coffee.

I drank beer.

I drank milk and ate cookies.

home is…a good day in the books.