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Living the fairy tale

on Jul 17, 2013

My hubby and I have been together a long time.  Eighteen years now, to be exact, which is longer than a lot of marriages last. (Our marriage will mark half of that time this September when we celebrate our 9th anniversary.)  When we started dating, I was 14 and he was 16, which I realize now was oh-so young.  I remember hearing the old Beach Boys song “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” and daydreaming about what our future would be like.  You know, just like everyone daydreams about their high school sweethearts, only my high school sweetheart ended up actually being THE one. And now suddenly here we are, right in the middle of this amazing future that used to be a hazy promise of what could be.  We are married and (95% of the time at least) happy.  We have a small, but cozy house.  And we have these two incredible children that WE MADE, that are part me and part him and yet...

5 Minute Friday: In Between

on Jun 28, 2013

This is my first 5 Minute Friday post.  Deep breath, and go! There have been so many times I’ve felt like I’m in this limbo place of life.  Stuck in the in between what came before and what’s about to come.  I wrote a post about it in the final days of my first pregnancy with Carter and never had it been more obvious that I was on the precipice of something so huge, so different. Another major in between moment for me was dealing with Carter’s sleep drama as a baby.  I would read a book about a new technique for magically making your child sleep through the night and I would hold my breath and think, “Maybe this will be the one that will work for me!  Maybe I will finally get more than 5 hours of sleep in a chunk.”  But alas, there was no magic bullet for the sleep problem, unless you count co-sleeping, which…wait, I changed my mind, it was our...

Welcome to Growing a Person

on Jun 23, 2013

Hello! I’m Carter, Collin, Rory and Owen’s Mama, known to some as Jenni. I started this blog when I was, quite literally, growing our first person in my belly, and now that I have grown four kids and continue to “grow” them every day, it’s where I record the thoughts and moments I want to make sure I remember someday when these crazy kiddos of mine are all grown up. In my spare time I run Perceptivity Studio, a small graphic design firm, from my home, with the four most demanding “bosses” I’ve ever had. Life is all balls up in the air, all the time, but it’s always interesting, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Acceptance

on Jun 19, 2013

I’ve never been big on self confidence.  First it was the glasses, then the braces, then puberty and the pimples and big hips that came along with it, and oh yeah, the boobs that didn’t get anywhere near as big as a girl and society in general hope they will be.  I’ve always compared my body to my friends’, most of them beautiful and skinny, with sidelong glances…which while I don’t resent them for their beauty, I couldn’t help but wish my exterior was a little more that and a little less this.  In fact, for the first four years we were dating, I wouldn’t even let Glenn see me wearing my glasses…I insisted on putting my contacts in before I would let him see me.  That’s one insecure little girl, folks. And I grew up before the advent of social media and cyberbullying, sheesh. I wish I could say all of that has changed.  That I...

Tint Jeans

on Feb 1, 2012

Today I’m wearing one of my two treasured pairs of size 12 Tint jeans. When I first put them on many years ago, I had no idea how long they would remain my favorite jeans. When I bought them I was miserably unhappy at my last job, and I weighed the most I’ve ever weighed in my life (yes, that includes both pregnancies). I assume they fit me like normal jeans at that point, and I remember them being so comfortable that I went out and bought another pair in the exact same size and style so I would have two. When I quit my job and lost a lot of weight they grew looser and looser until they were eventually folded and put in the back of my closet, my “fat jeans” that I didn’t anticipate ever wearing again. But I just couldn’t get rid of them because I loved them so much. In December of 2008 I was pregnant for the first time, but literally days after...

The Millionaire Roller Coaster

on Sep 13, 2009

It’s been months since my last post, I know!  But Tater Tot and I have been riding the Millionaire Roller Coaster since my last post in June, and we’ve just now slowed down enough to stop and breathe for a few minutes!  If you haven’t heard the news, both my friend Liz and I both made it into the contestant pool for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and we both made it onto the prime time 10th anniversary episodes with Regis Philbin!  They flew Glenn and me up to New York, all expenses paid, and we filmed my episode on August 4th, so Tater Tot and I officially had our television debut on August 19th when the episode aired.  Millionaire was such a fun experience!  I hung out in the green room all day, had my makeup done professionally, and got to play the “fastest finger” on national television. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite quick enough (I was .88...