Thirteen. Fall Bucket List.


Given that we’re thisclose to Fall, I thought I might share a few things that I’d like to do this time of year, season specific or otherwise.

*(the ubiquitous) Apple picking: because it’s been a few years since Chris and I have gone, and because we’ve never taken Jacob and Libby.

* Dancing: because we’ll be celebrating my cousin and her soon-to-be husband at their wedding very soon!

*The zoo in the fall: because it’s so. darn. hot. in the summer.  I’m thinking it will be downright pleasant in the fall.  Maybe we’ll hit up Boo at the Zoo.  We’d love to go to Ottertoberfest, too, but we have other plans that day.


*Waking up before Jacob and Libby: not really a bucket list item per se, but it’s a habit that I’d really like to start cultivating.  I am not not NOT a morning person, but I’m also ready to actually finish a cup of coffee in the morning without microwaving it 987348 times.

This is basically me every morning.  Nope.

*Finishing this little kangaroo project: because I started it foreverrrrrr ago.  Seriously.  It’s nearly embarrassing how long she’s been half-formed.

*Moving the office downstairs: our radon problem should be handled once and for all next week.  Then, bring it, basement.

*Thinking like a child: because once the office is moved, the current office space is becoming a mudroom/playroom for the kiddos, and we’re starting from scratch.  I’m pretty excited to design an empty room.

*Using the library more: because even though we have a lot of books, we keep reading the same ones over and over and over and chicka chicka boom boom, goodnight moon and llama llama….

It’s a list that’s small and that doesn’t seem like much, but, well, in our house, getting those things done before we hit winter would be a miracle!

Hope you’re planning on finding some time this fall to share with the ones you love.



(first and last photos by the lovely and talented Alex)


Three. A Formal Introduction. 


Given the newness of this space, I thought a more formal introduction might be necessary.


Hi!  I’m Jessica, wife to Chris and mother to twins, Jacob and Elizabeth, who were born in April of 2015.  We also have two rescue pets, Anna Cat and Elly Dog.  B.C. (before children), I worked for nine years as a high school English teacher.  Today, I’m a project manager by day and a child manager by night.  I’ve always been a huge fan of sleeping, but even more so now since my kids (still) don’t reliably sleep through the night.  I love coffee, fresh laundry off the line, a clean house (especially when someone else does it!), and, occasionally, running, and I feel very seriously that a day without chocolate is a day wasted.  I used to be a voracious knitter, but carpal tunnel brought me to a screeching halt, and I’m still looking for a crafty something to take its place.

Chris and I are very fortunate in that we both work from home.  This means that, for the first year of their lives, our kids were home, all day every day, with us.  Now, they roll into day care two days a week, and my mom watches them at home with us three days a week.  It’s amazing to be with our littles so much, but soooometimes it’s a little too much!

I’ve opened this space as a way for me to explore my writing, so welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy this journey with me!