one life stand

I posted this last November ’09.  And this morning, September ’10 is the first time this has happened again.  It’s 4:45am.  Everyone is still sleeping (but there are 3 babies instead of 2). It’s a cool morning and my office window was left open. I’m enjoying a warm cup of coffee.  It’s peaceful and Heavenly, and I still love this song so, very, very much.  I truly love my One Life Stand.  Life may get challenging. The kids may throw me for a loop on any given day.  There are loads of times I think “Wow, will it ever get easier?”.  But in the end, I’m married to an amazing person.  One who stands by me, supports me, and loves me and our children.  He is truly my One Life Stand.


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How fabulous is that title, “One Life Stand”. I’ve never been known as the music guru, but I know when I really like a song or when music really hits me…

Picture this moment with me.  When I was in the midst of VERY early mornings working on this blog, I had one morning in particular that I just couldn’t sleep.  So at 2:30 I left my husband sleeping contently and headed off to my computer.  It was the first cool fall morning and I had left the office window open, so the room was particularly cold.

Petes Coffee

I made a warm cup of coffee  (Peet’s Major Dickason’s – is there any other kind???).

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Poured it in my favorite Juliska coffee mug, (mug of the CENTURY see more info in the Favorite’s Gallery), wrapped up in a cozy blanket and sat down to work.

About an hour later my east coast emails started arriving and I clicked on a link in a good friends email to see a video that had just been released.


I kid you not, it was one of those moments that grabbed at my heart strings.  Although my husband and I did not start out as a one night stand (both of our parents just stopped breathing for a solid 60 seconds reading that line…) listening to Damon Castillo’s, “One Life Stand”, on that cold morning, holding that warm cup of coffee in my hand… with the whole house so peaceful and quiet, it just gave me that sweet, sweet ride down memory lane.  The early start of my husband’s and my relationship, how much fun it was getting to know each other, all those moments that bring you so quickly to the present.  We have been together 6 1/2 years, and married 3 years this Wednesday.  I am married to an amazing person and we have 2 of of the most darling baby girls.  I feel so fortunate to be sharing in this One Life Stand.

Take a minute to enjoy, grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or get in your car and open your sun roof ALL THE WAY… listen to “One Life Stand”, download it from Damon Castillo Band - Laurel Lane - One Life Stand, share it with your friends, and appreciate your One Life Stand.  I promise, the song will become a new favorite!

the need for getting back to basics

Last week was a meet your maker week for me.  I had hit a wall and needed to regroup. I love my family, my husband, my Littles.  But I was struggling to make it all work for us and for me.  My sweet husband and suggested I take some time off, maybe get a massage.  The problem with this is that I would still come back to the problem.  My closets would still be a mess, my extra baby weight would still be there, and I would still be getting zippo sleep, not because of our newborn, but because of our 2 year old that no longer wants to go to bed, let alone sleep.  So as kind as the offer was, what I needed to do was step back and get my home base functional again.

I said this last week and truly meant it, everyone has their own way of dealing with things, but for me,  I need to get myself fixed and in gear and then I can give 100% to my family. I want the cobwebs out of my closets, I want the 3 years of baby weight gone, and I want my wonderful Littles to sleep again.

To give you an idea of why my brain was exploding,

I forgot to take a photo of my closet before we attacked it, but these are the 9 bags of clothes that went to the Goodwill.  3 years of maternity clothes, and waayyyyy too many clothes from pre-pregnancies that would NEVER be worn again even if I DO get that small again.

Moving onto my office

(AKA – the utility room/laundry room/”what else can we squeeze into this 8′ x 9′ space” room).

Oh joy…

What do you think?  Extra pantry space on top of the dryer??

Or how about a magnetic board on the side??

(I actually like this part, but it is still crazy).

This doesn’t look so bad, until you find out that the phone is BEHIND the printer.  And that the boxes no longer have a rhyme and reason.  I had started moving things to a new wrapping space my husband had set up for me in the garage, but became overwhelmed with life in general and stopped mid move….now that’s helpful.

My actual desk.  Chaos.

Even more chaos.

But wait.

Check out this goodness.

My hall “catch it all” closet.

Toys, pool towels, candles, rainy day toys, birthday gifts, table cloths, napkins, games, kitchen sinks

(OK, maybe not the last one, but I was truly surprised not to see one in there).

Now this last one.

I still can’t believe I’m going to show this to everyone reading.

This is me pre-babies.  I refuse to show you a swim suit photo as that would be entirely too embarrassing.  Well that and the fact I would never allow one to be taken in the first place.  So this is as close as I can get to showing you where I’ve come from.  Being pregnant so soon after each pregnancy means I was never able to get rid off ALL the baby weight from each baby.

Piper was different.  All of her weight was gone in the first 4 weeks.

But I now have 40 lbs, I didn’t have before, leftover from 2 earlier pregnancies.

Fun huh!?!  I still look COMPLETELY pregnant.

I do a pretty good job of hiding it (obviously not in this photo),

but I would much rather just have the old me back.

So we’re going to tackle some things over the next few weeks and I would love for you to join me. I set out to write this blog to pass on tips and tricks, sharing my favorite ways to make your life brighter.  And I plan on doing just that, through the yuck as well as the fun.  The next few weeks we will tackle closets, laundry, office spaces, cleaning tips, beauty tips and DIET.  It doesn’t matter if your post prego, have an 18 year old, or no kids at all.  ANY of what I hope to share could be helpful for your life too.

I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.

Please jump in, comment, and share any tips you have as well!!

Here’s to getting back to basics, and putting Mama (Humpty Dumpty) back together again!!