Casseroles for Christmas Morning

When the holidays roll around each year, I have these grandiose visions of cooking a big breakfast for everyone. (Just call me Clark!) It never really works out quite right, though. I end up a little more stressed than I wanted. The timing on our food is rarely right. And, somehow, the kitchen is messier than ever. But this year I finally figured out how to work smart, not hard.

Our 5th wedding anniversary in Durham, N.C.

Durham, N.C., is so close to Raleigh, N.C. I’ve loved Durham for years – mostly because of the time I’ve spent downtown for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival each spring. It’s one of my favorite places and times of the year. I lovingly call Full Frame my film school because it has taught me so much. (Random side note for out-of-towners: there’s no such thing as Raleigh-Durham. They’re very

2017 Year in Review

Whew, what a year. It was a pretty wild, life-altering year. To put it mildly. The Big News The year began with exciting news: Derek and I were going to have a baby! We spent the first few months sharing the news in person with family and friends. Eventually we had a gender reveal shindig so everyone could learn – at the same time – that we were having a

Two Months of Motherhood

My husband and I are two months in and we’re doing alright! The first month of motherhood was so lovely.* There was a lot of adrenaline, quality time with family and friends, and parenting things to discover. I was no longer pregnant so I could finally consume things like sushi, deli meats, and craft beer. I lost a lot of weight, too. Plus, there were so many baby cuddles! The

Photos from the hospital

I’m a mom. That’s still sinking in. It’s so new, in fact, that typing the words feels like I’m writing fiction. Becoming a mom has always felt like a far off idea; something that’d happen one day. Until it happened. Don’t get confused, though. Our daughter, Samantha, wasn’t a surprise. My husband and I were planning to have kids; it’s just wild when stuff like that actually becomes a reality.