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In addition to two cherry trees and a plum tree, we have an apricot tree in our backyard. Fun, except the apricots don’t ripen until, like, never, and the tree just keeps dropping these things into the yard. It looks like it hailed apricots in our backyard all the time. Even worse? Only the Mormons [...]


I don’t know why, but this is one of my favorite parts of the house. All the bedrooms are on one floor, and this is looking down the hallway from the master bedroom. Marlo’s bedroom is the first one on the right, Leta’s is the second. This hallway just screams HOME to me, and I [...]

Wherein I return to my roots

Marlo’s favorite thing to do now, after having been taught by her evil grandmother, is to climb stairs. Great. Because this new house is basically four stories, three above and one below ground. Lots of stairs to climb! No problem for an almost thirteen-month-old who routinely dives off of our bed head-first and loves the [...]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

He has already found every hot spot in the house. Can’t find Chuck? If it’s before noon, in the office. Afternoon? The formal living room. He’s like a living sun dial.

I personally would have fainted

Just in case you are one of the only people in the world who hasn’t seen this, I just had to post it here because I cannot stop watching it. Here is Iker Casillas, the goalkeeper and captain for Spain’s World Cup team. That’s his girlfriend Sara Carbonero, a reporter for Spanish network Telecinco. Spain [...]

Master bedroom

This is part of the master bedroom suite (not shown: closet and bathroom and fireplace). Somewhere up in that turret lived a family of animals. Critter Catcher Dude assures us that “they have been taken care of,” and I think Jon made him promise to lie and tell me that nothing was hurt in the [...]

La Vie en Janice

This is Sarah’s next guest post — yes, I’m still having her do a few guest posts here and there because everything in our lives is in such disarray that I need some time to hunker down and get things organized. I’m not kidding, just yesterday I found soap. I’ve been using Jon’s male body [...]

The new digs

One of the best things about this new house is the giant backyard. ONE THAT IS ENTIRELY FENCED IN. Chuck cannot escape, although he will linger all the way up as far as he can get and ignore our calls to come. Because he is a douchebag. A trapped douchebag, now!

Main living space

This is the living space off the kitchen looking out into the backyard. Plenty of space to host our huge Mormon families, which is one of the main reasons we wanted this house. It takes the pressure off my mother who has been hosting most gatherings in her home, and then she has to deal [...]

The usual bumps in the road

We’ve been in the house for about a week, and of course like any other move this one has not been without its total mind-blowing freak-outs, starting the second day we were here. A day that coincided with the start of my period. BAD BAD PLANNING. I do not suggest this kind of scheduling at [...]