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Peaches & Cream Bars

Peaches & Cream Bars

This is the last summer we’ll spend as a family of three.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around this life-changing thing that’s happening in just a few short months. Sometime this fall, our three will become four and our whole family dynamic will change forever. And if we’re being brutally honest, that’s just as scary as it is exciting.

Peaches & Cream Bars

Two kids. Two boys, actually. Mother of two. Party of four.

With my first pregnancy, it was nine solid months of preparation. Shopping. Cleaning. Cooking. Decorating. Reading. Researching. More shopping. Daydreaming. More shopping. I was entering a whole new world, this world of parenting, and you better believe that I was going to be prepared. And not just prepared. Over-prepared.

Peaches & Cream BarsThen pregnancy number two comes along, and there’s just so much going on with raising a toddler and living in the city and potty training and swim lessons and playgroup and running a household and cooking and cleaning and laundry (so. much. laundry.) that there just isn’t a single moment left in the day to even think about preparing for another baby. And besides, how much preparation does the second baby really need, anyway? I’m thinking we buy some diapers, set up the rock ‘n’ play, and call it a day. Amiright?

Peaches & Cream Bars

But don’t believe for a second that I haven’t been thinking (and dreaming) about how life will be different this fall. How this new tiny human is going to impact our family, and our individual lives, in a big, big way. How my sweet, rambunctious toddler is finally going to have a playmate his own age to play with (read: boss around). How my husband will have two boys (boys!) to teach how to play baseball and to take on camping trips and to sporting events. And how my life is going to look drastically different as a mother of two.

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Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberry Crumb BarsOne of my favorite things about moving is that it gives me the chance to reorganize my life.

And by “reorganize,” I really mean “purge.”

And by “purge,” I mean “get rid of all of the crap we’ve been saving for years but have never actually needed/used.”

I’ll be honest with you. It makes me giddy. Like a-kid-in-the-candy-store kind of giddy.

Blueberry Crumb BarsI love getting rid of crap. You know the crap I’m talking about. The stuff that we hold onto for no apparent reason other than the fact that we already own it. Like the broken fishing pole in the garage that’s been moved twice. Or the seven million books that everyone in your home has already read (but seriously, why do we keep hard copies of books anymore?) Or the seventh corkscrew in your kitchen drawer (because the sixth one just wasn’t enough?) Not that I actually had any of those things…

This past move was particularly exhilarating because we purged a lot. I mean, a. lot.

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Red, White, & Blue Sugar Cookie Tart

Red, White, & Blue Sugar Cookie Tart

Independence Day has always been a pretty special day in my book. It’s a day to celebrate all of the things that make this country great: freedom, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. It’s a day to be thankful for the blessings we usually take for granted as Americans. And it’s a day to remember the sacrifices that have been made by others so that we can continue to live in the land of the free and the brave.

Red, White, & Blue Sugar Cookie Tart

I spent last July Fourth surrounded by my Marine Corps family in sunny North Carolina. And we had a fantastic celebration. Food. Friends. Fellowship. And lots of little kiddos running through sprinklers. A perfect all-American celebration.

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