energy. and my most reliable charger.

LOVETAZA sept1518-15

the last several days, i’ve felt like the exhaustion from life these past few months and the changes we’ve experienced have slowly been catching up with me. mama is tired. there is this never ending cycle over here of someone always hungry and needing to eat, dirty clothes into the wash and clean clothes needing folded, putting toys away and then still stepping on toys, trying to be attentive to each of my 5 babies while also trying to put out their little fires and keep the peace in a loving way....

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raising twin girls.

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LOVETAZA sept1118-2

yes, it’s true. having newborn twin girls is terribly cute. like, all day long.  two babies. two girls! cue the cuteness! even when they are both screaming at me at the very same time, it’s kind of adorable. “twins!” they’ll all say as we pass by. “twin girls!” the pitch in which they express it almost goes an entire octave higher....

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ending summer at the lake.

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LOVE TAZA MOHONK TRIP2974-2

so many photos from our lake trip! can’t believe this place is less than a two hour drive from the city. it was the perfect send off to summer, as we crossed a few last things off our family’s summer bucket list while there. first and foremost, josh’s only item he contributed to said bucket list… to “jump in a lake.” i sat on the little sand beach beside the lake with both babies one afternoon watching him swim out into the middle of the lake, and swim freely, occasionally diving off the diving board and jumping, cannon balling and diving into the lake so many times....

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making a cheese plate!

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Love Taza Cheese Board-12

last month, when my three sisters and i were all in the same city, we made a cheese plate together (and then devoured said cheese plate in a matter of maybe 20 minutes, HA!). during my pregnancy with the twins, all i craved were cheeses that i wasn’t allowed to eat those nine months, so i’ve pretty much been making up for lost time the past three months since beatrice and madalena’s arrivals....

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to punish or reward?

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josh and i read a new york times article the other day and we haven’t been able to stop talking about it since! the one all about what is better for children, rewards or punishments? (the author, psychotherapist heather turgeon, argues neither.) anyway, it’s a short article and definitely worth the read. we keep going back to it in our conversations the past several days and i basically started copying and paste-ing large chunks of the authors advice into the notes section on my phone so i could try to apply some of the ways she articulated talking with children into my everyday conversations with all of mine....

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