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Right Now I Am… [4.20.2017]

Posted 20 April, 2017 by Trish in Life / 28 Comments

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Right Now I Am...


Has it really been since JANUARY when my last post published? Seriously? Another three months gone? I was chatting with some friends on twitter this morning about how I miss blogging and catching up. Sometimes blogging/chatting/etc feels so frivolous when compared to everything else that’s going in the country and the world, but I think frivolous is just what I need right now.

What’s been going on since my last update? The biggest is a major home remodel. For years we’ve talked about moving to a new home, but with house prices soaring in the DFW area (and our love for our current house/location), we decided to just put the money into where we currently are.

A three week home renovation project turned into two plus months. We’ve been put out of the house a lot and most of our stuff is in boxes or the garage–neither of which has been easy with three little kids. We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and fingers crossed we’ll have most of our furniture back in the house by the end of this week. To say that this has uprooted our lives is a bit of an understatement.

Home Reno


What else? My little Cara Bo-Beara needs ear tubes, scheduled for today, and I have to have half my thyroid removed. Not a big deal…when I went in for my annual gyn visit, my midwife found a lump on my throat. Turns out it’s a thyroid nodule, which is fairly common. I’ve been putting off the surgery until our remodel is finished.

And to keep from writing an entire novel of a post, here’s what I’ve been up to:

Reading: In February I did my usual #ComicsFebruary reading. I had a lot of fun with Princeless, Captain Marvel, Lumberjanes, and of course Saga. Most recently I finally made it through Lonesome Dove and flew through The Hate U Give. It’s been a great reading year so far! (links are affiliate)

Hate U Give


Listening To: Moana! Make way, make way. I can’t seem to get enough of the Moana soundtrack. On the bookish front, I spent weeeeeeks listening to Lonesome Dove and am almost finished the Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (see article from The New Yorker for a taste).

Watching: Since we haven’t had a couch, I haven’t watched anything in months. Makes for more reading time, though! Any suggestions on a show to binge watch? I prefer older shows so that we don’t have to wait for new episodes!

Good Enough Picture


Eating: Wayyyyyyyyy too much take-out and junk food! Although I just had my first ear of corn for the season and it was pretty tasty!

Making: I am thisclose to finishing Cara’s baby quilt. Technically it IS finished, but I need to add the tag. Before the home reno I was also working on her Christmas stocking, and I also started another quilt top. Lately if I’m not reading, I’m in the craft room.

Quilting Progress


Planning: Summer trips! We are definitely headed to Moab and Zion (in Utah). Hopefully with a camper.

Feeling: Incredibly unsettled. Honestly ever since the election. I really need to find some familiar footing and focus on getting back into a groove with life. I was telling my husband this morning that I’ve almost forgotten what normal life feels like.

Elle P


Loving: Cara kisses, Evie hugs, and Elle hand-holding. It’s amazing how restorative a good snuggle can be.


Wanting: To wean Cara. It’s been 16 months. I am beyond done. And the guilt is ridiculous, considering it’s been 16 months. But ugh my baby! I have mentioned she’s my last baby, right? Kills me.

Bo Bear


Thinking: It’s about high time I dust off this blogging space and get back to it. Thankfully my bullet journal has given me some space to keep track of my life, but blogging is one way that I make time for myself and I need to honor that!

Looking Forward To: Order. And a little time to KonMari the crap out of my house. :)

I would love to hear what YOU are listening to, reading, watching, eating, making, planning, feeling, loving, wanting, thinking, and looking forward to.

Ok–I think I need to keep up the momentum. What do you want to hear more about? What I’ve been reading? What I’ve been crafting? Thoughts on my mommy body? And update on the girls? How my Once a Month Cooking went (six months ago…ha!)? Anything else?

Thanks for listening. xoxo



Happy October!

Posted 1 October, 2015 by Trish in Life / 22 Comments

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I didn’t really mean to go all MIA on everyone. Life has been crazy lately–mostly at work, but since I work with my husband that sometimes leaks into our home life as well. Especially as Scott has been traveling a bit more than normal and this has been hard on my almost third-trimester self (I’m 27 weeks and feeling large and tired with 13 weeks to go). I went from looking for work to do during the day to being so inundated that been tempted to just mentally shut down.


As I hit a wall of desperation last week, Scott suggested that I meet him for the weekend after his trip that week. After securing help for the girls, we cashed in our long-saved credit card points and took a little escape to Atlantis in the Bahamas. Perhaps the best part of the trip was that I left two days before Scott was able to meet me and so spent hours and hours just reading and staring into space–not having to care for anyone else but myself. I can’t tell you how much I needed that little mental break.


Atlantis itself was amazing. The food was ridiculously expensive (lots of shared meals for the two of us), but everything was also delicious and wonderful. The first two days that I was there were during the week and the resort was a ghosttown–it was really quite eery actually to feel so alone while being so alone. I had a bit of rain–sometimes a lot–but sometimes I hung out on the beach while the drops peppered my legs. The resort felt very kid friendly and I’m looking forward to going back in a few years with the girls. I know that they’d have a blast with all those pools and beaches!


Other than the aches and pains of pregnancy, I can’t really complain. Actually, the other day I was reading this post I wrote from my third trimester with Evie and I could have rewritten the post word for word. Baby is doing well–she moves all the time. All the time. Sometimes I just want to tell her to be calm for a minute so mama can think.

We have done zero planning for this baby. So sad! We don’t have a name yet either. Everyone asks if we’ll use an E name, but I don’t think so. “But she’ll feel so left out!” Really? However, what I am more tied to is having a longer more formal name with a shortened nickname (Elizabeth = Elle, Olivia = Evie). I have two contenders but I’m not sold on the nickname parts, so I’m not sure. Well…Scott doesn’t love one of my contenders but he picked Elle and Evie, so I told him he doesn’t have much of a say this time. Except…that puts all the pressure on me and he reminds me of it all the time.

Until due date (Christmas), baby will continue to be called Baby Billy Bobbette.


Speaking of holidays, Halloween is right around the corner! Well, I guess since I can see Halloween on this month’s calendar, I’m staring right at the corner! I hope to pull out all of our Halloween decorations out of storage this weekend and may even set up the village this year. I think it’s been three years since I’ve put it up, but since I probably won’t decorate much for Christmas I thought we’d go all out for Halloween.

We’re still binge watching The X-Files. We’re knee deep into the conspiracy theories right now (Season 4) but we’re both enjoying the show. Are you watching anything fun?


I’ve absolutely been adoring Hozier’s album (Hozier) lately. It’s rare that I buy an entire album these days, but I’m so glad I clicked that purchase all button for this one after loving From Eden so much. All the S words come to mind when I think about his music–soulful, seductive, smooth, Do you ever buy albums in full? Which have you been loving on lately?

I feel like I’ve been reading a lot but none of it is terribly memorable. I finished The Girl on the Train and The Redbreast over the past week. I was looking for books that would keep me turning the pages without having to do much thinking (though The Redbreast was more complicated that I expected!). Both were entertaining but won’t make my best of list. I did completely love Everything I Never Told You on audio earlier last month and have had troubles settling on an audio since then!



I’m sure October is going to fly past! Scott has a couple more trips ahead of him and I’ve already marked off October 17th on the calendar for the Readathon (Whoop!). Have you signed up yet?? I’m hoping to actually do some cooking this month (I made bowtie pasta with jarred sauce several times last month and cringe everytime Elle requests it!). I’d like to baste my unfinished quilts and start sewing them together–anyone want to come over and help me pin? Hard when you have a basketball on your lap. I’m also going to try to make the girls little Halloween outfits–as in dresses, not costumes. We’ll see! Oh, and don’t forget about Pin it and Do it on the 19th.

I don’t want to keep rambling on too much, but I thought I’d check in since I virtually disappeared last week. I am hoping to get back into the swing of posting but all those posts I have in Feedly are going to be marked as read. I hate that. But tell me what I’ve missed the past two weeks or so!!

No really–what’s going on in your corner of the world??



Evie Right Now | Two Years

Posted 3 September, 2015 by Trish in Life, Mommyhood / 22 Comments

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The other day I looked at Evie and very seriously told her that she needs to stop growing so quickly. She got a mischievous little grin on her face and said Noooo! She has a habit of dropping her tone and bringing it back up on a high note when a word ends in the oh sound. Twooooo! I’ve been trying to mentally make note of all the things I want to remember about Evie right now, and of course I feel guilty for not having kept a better record over the second year. (Last update of the girls was about six months ago)

This year has flown so incredibly fast and I can’t believe we’re here at two. Evie is still a little tiny peanut–while her height has shot up to the 30%, her weight is around 5%. She might be a bit lower than normal since she also has double ear infections (yay!) and isn’t eating quite as enthusiastically. Though I just checked Elle’s stats for two years and she was at 48% with just three pounds more than Evie has now (I have friends with babies who weigh more than Evie!). Because she’s so small, though, she still feels very much like my baby. I admit I love that.

Evie is a flat out funny child. She has such a spunky spirit to her and loves to smile and laugh and get into all the fun. I love nothing more than hearing Elle and Evie giggling away while they play. She loves to be tickled, though she’s started saying “sop it! sop it!” but then asks for mooooore! if we stop. She loves being chased and her little smile is so devilish–she just looks like she’s up to all the trouble in the world.

She loves playing with Elle but also plays very well independently. Even if it’s just the two of us at home, she’ll go into another room and fully occupy herself. Usually with filling up bags with toys or shopping carts, or bins, or plastic baggies, or Tupperware, but lately she’s also been into stickers. They’re on every surface of my house. I’ve kind of given up tidying them up as I’ll clean up a dozen while two dozen more appear somewhere else. She is a busy child!

Sometimes, though, she is very clingy. A lot of times this comes during dinner prep where she just wants to be held. If Evie does get upset over something, it can be very hard to bring her back out of it. She doesn’t throw a ton of tantrums (thankyouthankyou), but if she gets going we know that it’ll be for the long-haul. Dinnertime has been a tricky time as well since she’s testing out her independence and doesn’t always want to eat dinner. Sometimes we try to make it a fun little contest “everyone take a bite on one, two, three!” and we’ll all take an enthusiastic bite (Elle loves to play along), but sometimes she won’t budge at all. Of course this mama has very little patience for the picky eater stage.

While Evie can be a bit hesitant around others at first, she also has no problem going off on her own. In July we attended a very large family reunion (130 people) and during our dinners with everyone she would just get down from the table and wander around–find other cousins her age to play with or just explore. But even still, when we go out to dinner with my family (who we see several times a month), she will not go to any of them willingly until about halfway through the dinner. She is such a little contradiction!

Evie loves to give hugs (but just with her head) and kisses (though she’ll be more likely to offer a cheek at first) and blows little smacking kisses with her mouth (no hand used to blow). She does not want to cuddle at bedtime or in the morning anymore (SOB) and loves to run to Elle’s bed for storytime before she goes off to her own crib. Goodnight Moon is her favorite and she loves finding the little mouse on each page “Mommy mommy mommy, maus” and saying ‘shhhhh’ when the old lady goes hush.

Her words have exploded over the past month. For the longest time she wasn’t talking at all but now it’s nonstop. Much of it is very difficult to understand, but we’re learning her little minion language (that’s what she sounds like and will sometimes call her). She’s recently been parroting everything and if she wants something she asks nonstop. Or if she sees something that she’s interested in. On our roadtrip in July we heard a lot of “Daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy…choo choo!” “Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy…snow!” “Elle (sounds like Ow), Elle, Elle, Elle, Elle…sticker!” Over and over and over and over. And over. She only counts two and three (twooooo! freeeee!) but if I count with her then she’ll take over every other number. The other day I caught her singing her ABCs along with a recording.

She doesn’t like to be dirty and during dinner always asks for a bappin (napkin) to clean off her hands. She does great with a poon and fuh and she always surprises me with what she’ll eat and what she won’t. Vegetables are often her favorite part of dinner, though, so we must be doing something right. She still signs please (pees) and says tay-too (thank you). All animals still say ruff ruff (sometimes the cow will actually say moo).

Evie’s current favorite things are choo choos (her favorite show is Chuggington), minnie mouse (mee-mau), and her Elsa doll (Selsa). I cannot open the fridge with her around because she’ll go straight for the cheese or yogurt. She loves raisins (saysin), but loves even more to put them into baggies. I’ve had to hide the baggies from her. She adores balloons and when she says balloon she rolls her Ls. When it’s time to say goodbye she’ll stick her little hand up in the air and so matter of factly yell “Byeeeee!” Drop off at school is a breeze with her, though if I’m leaving the house I have to be sneaky about it otherwise she’ll break down. Every morning when she gets up she immediately asks for Elle.

She is such a monkey.









She’s a little monkey and I just love her so.

PS–I could kick myself for not actually writing down Elle’s two year update (skipped right to 28 months for her), but I did take pictures if you’re interested.



Right Now I Am… [4.28.2015]

Posted 28 April, 2015 by Trish in Life / 26 Comments


Right Now I Am...


I’m totally cheating. I’m a much more organized blogger when I have something in the hopper, but I’ve been busy and tired lately and thus not much has stayed in the hopper. I do plan to write up a post for Elle’s fourth birthday, but those posts always take a lot of time to write. Anything picture heavy takes me a long time to write. Ok, kind of anything takes me a long time to write. Do you just whip out posts or do they take you longer than they should?

A friend recently asked when I make the time to write up posts. Just like anything else I do, here and there. When an idea sparks, I try to fit it into the schedule. Ideally I would love a Sunday book post, a Tuesday book post, a Thursday personal post, and a Saturday cooking post. Obviously I follow this willy nilly! I will work on bits and pieces of a post as I find moments–especially during naptimes on Saturday and Sunday, but the rest is just filled in here and there–usually during quiet time at work or lunch. I hate to work on the computer in the evening, but this is usually when I add any pictures to a post I’ve been working on throughout the day. I always schedule my posts. If it doesn’t get written the day before (or ideally two or three days before), it doesn’t get posted.

Smiley Girls_1

two of my nieces with the birthday girl

Anyway, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these…

Listening To: Ever since the Superbowl, Elle has been obsessed with Katy Perry. We’ve been listening to a lot of Roar lately (she calls this the “Superbowl Song”) and she thinks the words are “I’ve got the eye of the tiyo, into the fiyo…because I am a camper…”  I’ve told her the real words but she refuses to listen to me. Otherwise I’m listening to Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer.

Reading: I’m halfway through An Untamed State by Roxane Gay and a quarter of the way through The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Both are page turners in their own right and I wish I could binge read them both in one night!

Currently Reading_1

Watching: Scott and I are currently on Season 4 of Alias. I’m really enjoying the show except we are suffering from “one more episode” syndrome and more times than not I fall asleep during the last episode. Wondering what we should binge next. The Sopranos? What are you currently binge watching?

Eating: Haha! Remember the sugar reset? Well, I’m trying to continue to be mindful of what goes in my mouth. I’ve been very good about bread and pasta…except for pizza. Though I will note that I have NOT added sweetener back to my coffee! Scott is as shocked about this as I am.

Making: My craft room has been in a state of disorder lately. I’m nearly finished with one quilt top for the girls and have started on another, but I need more fabric, have to plan and do quilt math, and I’ve been avoiding it like the plague! I really need to get back to that.

Planning: Camping this weekend! It’ll be our first trip of the season and the weather looks like it’ll be perfect.


Feeling: Unfocused and all over the place. I think I just need to allow myself live on whimsy for a little while. That makes sense more in my head than it does typed out.

Loving: The green everywhere! We’ve had SO much rain lately. After being in drought conditions for a few years, our lakes are mostly all full and everything looks so lush.


Wanting: Can you guess? I bet you can guess.

Looking Forward To: Is it too early to start planning for the October readathon? Because I’m super bummed to have missed last week’s event. And I can’t wait to use my new Readathon Mug!

Would love to hear what YOU are listening to, reading, watching, eating, making, planning, feeling, loving, wanting, thinking, and looking forward to.

I’m also curious what your blogging process looks like. Do you write in the moment or draft ahead? Do you schedule time to write or just write when you can?



The Girls Right Now | Winter 2015

The Girls Right Now | Winter 2015

  I’ve decided it’s impossible for me to photograph both girls at the same time where they’re both looking at the camera. Here they’re sitting between the blinds and the window and the lighting was so sweet that I had to run to get my camera and pray that neither had moved when I got back. Those girls. My heart. Elle Right Now About 6 weeks shy of 4 years old. I look at her […]

Posted 19 February, 2015 by Trish in Life, Mommyhood / 26 Comments

Right Now I Am… [10.7.2014]

Right Now I Am… [10.7.2014]

  Well well well! We are back from our trip to San Francisco/Anderson Valley for my little sister’s wedding. It was a fun fun trip and so good to see so many family members and friends, but it’s also nice to be back home. I can’t believe we’re already a week into October and I so so wish we had five weekends in this month. I’m not ready for November to be here! There’s just […]

Posted 7 October, 2014 by Trish in Life, Road Trip / 27 Comments

Right Now I Am… [7.20.2014]

Right Now I Am… [7.20.2014]

  Hi Hi Hi! Today’s Sunday Post is brought to you from Pennsylvania! We’re up here visiting Scott’s family for the week and enjoying a bit of a break from the Dallas heat–except it’s been usually cool in Dallas the past week. We even had some rain! We don’t have a lot planned for our week up here but I hope to enjoy lots of outdoor activities with the girls and maybe even some solo […]

Posted 20 July, 2014 by Trish in Life / 17 Comments

Right Now I Am… [6.2.2014]

Right Now I Am… [6.2.2014]

First! If you’re new here from Armchair BEA–Hi! Just jump right in and follow along.  Second! Um, there’s a possibility that there is a problem with my feed since the move. If you do not see this post in your feedreader, you might have to update your subscription. I had hoped this wasn’t going to be a problem, but it appears it is for some people. Blargity. Alright! Moving on! Listening To: OMG Nothing. Seriously. […]

Posted 2 June, 2014 by Trish in Life / 20 Comments

Right Now I Am… [3.30.14]

Right Now I Am… [3.30.14]

Is April really in two days? Sheesh!!! The nap gods have not been good to me the past few weeks and now this month has passed in a blur. Though I am loving the bits of rain and warmer weather March brought. Listening To: I’ve mentioned how much I miss listening to audiobooks, right? I’ve been trying to listen to Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones but it’s been slow going. Other than that […]

Posted 30 March, 2014 by Trish in Life / 26 Comments

Right Now I Am… [2.24.14]

Right Now I Am… [2.24.14]

Listening To: “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel from the movie Frozen. Elle is utterly obsessed with the song (which is weird because she has never taken an interest in the radio before). I’m thinking I’m going to use this as an opportunity to introduce her to all the musicals ever. Reading: Graphic Novels! I devoted February to reading graphic novels and so far I’ve read eight!! My favorite so far is Relish with Castle Waiting as a […]

Posted 24 February, 2014 by Trish in Life / 18 Comments