A Month of Gratitude: Naptime and Birthdays

It’s late, but I really want to post things that I’m grateful for today. This will be brief though (you can tell I’m tired because I’m not going to be wordy). Since I didn’t post yesterday, I wanted to post two things I’m grateful for today: naptime and birthdays.

Moms, you know what I’m talking about! We go through weeks or months of struggling with naps. Just when we think we get it figured out, your kids will decide not to nap on a day that you need rest. But when you get a good naptime, it’s sooooo glorious.

And as for birthdays, today is my awesome nephew’s birthday. I can’t believe that he is 8 today and going into 2nd grade. It seems like yesterday that my brother called and woke me up to let me know that I was going to be an aunt. We rushed in to our hometown so that we could hold L for the first time later that day. How lucky that we can celebrate something so wonderful as birthdays.

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We interrupt the recipe posts for a special birthday announcement…

Baby Tim

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TIM!!!!! 12 years ago, I walked in at the tail end of your birthday party, bringing an old (but still in the box) trash can basketball hoop. I’d like to think that it swept you off your feet and the rest is history.

I love you so much! Thank you for being the father of my children (and fur-children) and the most incredible husband we could ask for. You are my partner in everything.

May the next 2/3 of your life (and more) be as wonderful as the first 1/3!

And now for some breakfast cake!

Turning Thirty

Yesterday I celebrated my 30th birthday, and in the past year leading up to it, I was really excited to turn 30… in the past week I got a little more apprehensive. I don’t know why, but I was a little sad and nervous to turn the big 3-0. It made me want to start turning my frown upside-down and start focusing on all that I accomplished in my first thirty years:

  • went to 3 different preschools, 1 elementary school, 2 middle schools, 1 high school, 2 colleges, and 1 grad school
  • got an agent in New York City in elementary school
  • went on two Broadways auditions
  • met a TON of celebrities (and some semi-celebrities)
  • saw a handful of concerts
  • appeared in 70 plays, musicals, reviews, and other productions (not including recitals and talent shows)
  • went on over 10 cruises
  • traveled to England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany
  • graduated from high school in the top 10% of my class
  • graduated from college summa cum laude
  • received my master’s degree with a 4.0 a semester earlier than expected
  • taught for 5 years at a dream elementary school
  • named New Teacher of the Year at my school in my first year
  • won awards from my school district in multiple years for STEM lessons
  • married the love of my life (and high school sweetheart)
  • became a mommy to my twins
  • left my teaching job to be a stay at home mommy
  • mothered my fur babies Lucy and Toby
  • bought a house
  • owned 2 cars
  • planned fun parties
  • designed wonderful rooms
  • blogged for BrideSaver (my first blog), this blog, Supper Clubbing, my classroom blog, How Do You Do It?, and The Wise Baby
  • opened an Etsy business
  • rebranded the Etsy business
  • sold Thirty-One (bags and totes)
  • sold Rendi (personalized signs)
  • became a Young Living Distributor
  • started a business involving YL and essential oils (Healthier Oil the Thyme)
  • have amazing friends and family
  • look on the positive side (as much as possible)


Yes, I would say my first 30 years have been great. Here’s to an even better next 30 (and hopefully many many more than that)!


Birthdays and Memories

Today is March 24, the birthdays of my Papa Alan and his twin brother Marshall. This is the second March 24th that we have been without them, and I have to say that our families miss them so much still… a year after Marshall’s death and a year and a half after my papa’s. Yesterday was also the 10th anniversary of the death of their younger brother, Juddy, who passed away in 2004.


It seems so weird that we are without the Bedol brothers, as they are still so much a part of our lives. Still, when I look at Audrey and David and I see them clutch each others’ hands or grab their arms or smile with their eyes, I am reminded of Alan, Marshall, and Juddy. How lucky we were to have them for as long as we did. Happy 89th birthday, Papa and Marshall!





While we still grieve over our loss, March is also a time of great celebration: my brother, Josh, turned 19 yesterday as well! Josh, I’m so sorry I didn’t post anything yesterday! I love you. I am so proud of you. You amaze me all the time. Keep working hard and proving yourself over and over so that all those that come in contact with you see how truly outstanding you are! Never be anything less than your best. I am so proud of who you have become… even if I still picture you as that little 2nd grader that hid in the back of Tim’s car so that we would take you to prom too. Thank goodness you laughed and gave yourself away!



And thank you for being such a good uncle to Audy and David! I love you!

Happy Birthday, Tim (and changes at our house)!

Happiest of birthdays to my love, my best friend, and the daddy to my children! A year ago, who would have guessed where would we be? I’m so thrilled to take on this adventure with you. I love you so much!

Happy Birthday, Tim!



And, in case you don’t follow me on Instagram, here is a preview of some changes that are happening at our house:

Our dining room is getting taken apart to make room for our playroom! More on that to come!