She Came in Like a Wrecking Ball: The Birth Story of Magnolia Patton

How’s that for a title? I can’t believe my baby girl is over 6 months old and I’m just now writing this.  As I mentioned before with Henry’s birth story, there’s something biologically altering in a woman’s memory that happens after she has a baby.  Over time, the negative things are mostly forgotten and what’s…

Henry is TWO!

Henry is TWO today!! Where has the time gone?  It seems like yesterday I was nervously awaiting his arrival at the base hospital in Japan.  And now he’s a wild little fire-loving caveman; a walking, talking, soon-to-be big brother!  I absolutely love this age (challenging as it is)- in my opinion, it doesn’t get much cuter…

TOP 10 THINGS I MISS ABOUT JAPAN

Holy Moses it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged!  Things got a little crazy after I got pregnant.  Twenty weeks of severe morning sickness (and a husband that was gone through most of it), followed by a big move back to the states has knocked me out of the blogosphere and everything else. I’m…

A Very Unorthodox Easter

This Easter you won’t see any cutesy family photos from the Patton family.  You know the sort- everybody dressed in their Sunday best Springtime attire, beautifully posed near a patch of flowers or under a tree.  I love these kinds of pictures, and of course it was the plan.  Had it all laid out- Henry was supposed…

Bali with a Baby

Like most hot-blooded, wanderlusty girls who have been influenced by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love in their 20s, I had Bali at the top of my Asia to-do list for years.  For the uninitiated into this cult classic chick lit, Bali was the Love portion of the three part memoir set in Italy, India and…

Happy NY Japan

It’s that time of year again where we join the crowds in Ome (a country village on the far end of Tokyo with a disproportionate amount of vintage American Western movie billboards) to let go of our Daruma dolls of yesteryear and buy new ones. For an explanation on this fun and superstitious Japanese tradition,…

DIY Boogie Wipes

Let me start by saying this is not a regular blog post for me. I am not crafty (creative maybe but there’s a difference). I don’t cloth diaper. Yes, “Cloth” is a verb here- and something I don’t do because I suck at laundry already. (My husband and I secretly laugh at the fact that…

Hong Kong + Macau

For Memorial Day weekend, we decided at the last minute to check HK + Macau off our Asia to-do list.  This hastily planned trip was also Prince Henry the Navigator’s maiden voyage (outside Japan, that is) and a BIG learning experience for all of us 🙂 If we flew by the seat of our pants…

My first Mother’s Day

I almost forgot that I’m part of the club this year!  It’s kind of like suddenly realizing you get to celebrate another birthday, only sweeter.  All I really wanted to do was sleep in, which I did (until 11:30).  The boys and I brunched at the Officer’s Club on base.  I’m starting to love Officer’s…

Grandparents, Square Dancing, + Cherry Blossom Season

Mexican-ish holidays must run in the fam.  Well, kind of.  My birthday is Nov 2/ Day of the Dead.  Trav’s is 4/20.  And Henry’s half birthday was Cinco-de-Mayo!  I can’t believe my sweet babe is already half a year old, eating some big boy food, speaking fluent Tasmanian Devil (a bllghh–da-da-{fart noise}-ga-ma-{fart noise} raaaa!), crawling…

Journey to Parenthood + Our birth story

As an early New Year’s resolution, I’ve made a difficult decision to stop editing myself on my blog!  A) because I don’t have the time anyway, and B) because I’ll never post anything anymore unless I just write and hit publish!  So if my writing seems not as good, I guess it’s a sacrifice to…

Babymoon in Thailand

Travis and I finally made it to Thailand!   We’ve been wanting to go forever and already had one failed attempt last February.  We took a risk going during monsoon season but wanted to get in a good babymoon before I’m too puffed up to travel.  This was a risk that paid off nicely- cheaper…