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This fall when I was at the Springfield Antique Market my snack of choice was the delicious homemade pretzels that the amish were making on a folding table under the tent. They were hot, soft and doughy, covered in delicious crunchy salt and served with a rich cheese sauce. There were no tables available so […]

Homemade Pretzels with Pimento Cheese

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Staying home making Pimento Cheese and Homemade Pretzels

it’s been a while since i did an update on otto’s feeding progress. he has grown leaps and bounds over my last update so much so that many of my newer followers had no idea he was primarily g tube fed. which based on where we were last year is an absolute blessing. about two […]

otto feeding update

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Otto wearing janie and jack on the farm

i was working in my flower garden last night before dinner and it was HOT. i mean two bottles of water guzzled, dripping with sweat hot. I thought to myself, thanks a lot michigan, you went from being 50F and rainy for two months to 90F and blazing heat. regardless, plants are resilient and with […]

How to start a garden at Robins Flower Garden

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starting a garden

i should be done being surprised about the twists and turns of motherhood but still, somehow everything seems to still take me by surprise. i feel like each time i mourn the passing of one stage the excitement of the next takes over. however as otto is becoming more and more like a toddler which […]

Toddler Stuff

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Toddler in the tulips

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend and this year is going to be so so good. I feel like there has been some pretty dark Mother’s Days in previous years for both myself and some dear friends but this year there is just so much to celebrate. A few friends that have been struggling […]

Mothers Day Gift Guide

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Mothers Day Gift Guide

This post has been sponsored by American Greetings. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Mother’s Day is the first day it really feels like summer in Michigan. There is typically a breeze that feels warm on the skin, letting you know that it is chasing away the last remnants of snow and cold. It’s […]

An Extra Special Mother’s Day with American Greetings

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Mother's Day with American Greetings

this weekend actually felt like spring. so close in fact that I think we are justified in saying that we did some spring cleaning at the cottage on saturday. we’ve been wanting to head up north but not only has it been a little cold, the cottage has not been completely finished. we bought this […]

cottage spring cleaning

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otto weekend spring cleaning

christmas is approaching and it’s december. the last month of 2017. woah that came fast! with the holidays coming we have christmas movies on repeat non stop. don’t hate but the christmas movie i cannot stand is charlie brown christmas. i don’t know why maybe it’s because i think the kids are snotty? but i […]

good grief

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i love the way that otto wakes up in the morning. there are two distinct ways he wakes up. one is on his own. this weekend he really had no place to be and was able to just wake up at his leisure. for the record we are lucky. the wee man sleeps all night […]

first snow of the season

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what a gorgeous fall weekend to have together for the first time in three weeks. i feel like we missed most of october so this warm fall weather was much welcomed. we are adjusting to what we call “the slower life’. in fact im typing this with one hand because otto is finally sleeping in […]

weekend recap the slow life

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yesterday was a big long day at the hospital for us. we got a full in depth tour and explanation of how our otto’s heart surgery day is going to go. i hope that through all of this if anyone else is going through what we are going through they get a chance to read […]

how heart surgery day is going to go

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it’s an odd feeling having the weekend knowing that monday is going to be pretty much the same schedule as friday, saturday and sunday was. feed, pump, change diaper, break, repeat. i keep thinking that the weekends i’ll have “off” nope. little otter here is the boss and demands our full attention and schedules at […]

weekend recap rested edition

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