Author Archives: Caitlin @ TOTE

State of the Family 2018, Part 1

February is a good time to stop and take stock, right? January is full of recovering from Christmas while simultaneously trying to reorganize and revamp stuff, life, food, exercise- ALL THE THINGS. By February all the pretend motivations have fallen … Continue reading

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Currently…

Life is busy. So, busy. But also, not. You know? There are times of the day where the minutes fly, and my temper flares, and we are always running late (mornings, evenings…). And then there are hours of quiet. Sleeping babies … Continue reading

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How We Remember

October 18th is the day we remember our Saint. It’s the feast day of St. Luke and the month that correlates with Lucas’ loss (and infant and pregnancy loss awareness month). There is providence even in the details. As a … Continue reading

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Moving Away but Keeping You Close…

Gosh, moving is hard. I’ve done it enough times that you would think I’d remember the physical and emotional strain of leaving the familiar for the unknown. I’m not sure what I expected to feel, apart from sadness… I’ve mostly … Continue reading

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The long road to…Tulip Festival 2017!

We recently took our annual trip to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. 6 years running now! Cue traditional two wooden shoes photo, which we seem to be completely filling up now: Here again are the last 6 years, just for … Continue reading

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Grandpa Labrie’s Eulogy

My paternal grandpa, my Dad’s Dad, passed away on March 16th. Baby G and I spent a whirlwind couple-a days down in the Bay Area attending his rosary, funeral and burial. The priest at his rosary and funeral knew him … Continue reading

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A Different Outcome

So, after waxing poetic this week about Monica losing her first tooth, today, during dinner, she lost her second! And accidentally swallowed it. For the record…. That tooth will not be in my jewelry box.

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Nostalgia and First Teeth

  Monica folds herself up like a grasshopper to play on the floor. She is all arms and legs with seemingly an extra limb in there, because goodness that’s a lot of skin! There is not an ounce of toddler … Continue reading

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My Intention to Wog

I ran my first race of 2017 today. Alright, I jogged it. And walked it. I jog/walked it. It’s called wogging. I wogged my first race of 2017 today! This is a 2017 intention I plan to keep: to run … Continue reading

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Embracing Real

“I don’t usually let people in here, but I don’t mind if you come in,” she said, as she looked for something in her office. In direct contrast to the rest of her organized home, this room had stacks of … Continue reading

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