May 22, 2016

Jamaica, Spring Break 2016

Our trip to Jamaica was everything and then some. Three kids feels intimidating when it comes to travel (how many rooms do we need? how much is airfare for everyone? what do we pack? how do we manage schedules? and so on), but spring break was approaching, the weather was cold and naturally, I saw an instagram post that made me want to GO. A family from NYC had traveled to Jamaica's Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay. I did some quick internet research, got Jim's okay, and booked it. Two weeks later, we flew down.

I can't say enough good things about this place. The service was top-notch, the rooms comfortable & roomy, the water safe & beautiful, the weather ammmazing, good food, and best of all, the kids did AMAZING. Like, 100%. This is our place. We can't wait to go back.

Apr 11, 2016

what does feminism mean to you?

Rachel Eubanks is a young talent in Athens, smart and interesting, making magic with her camera and making you think, too. Get in front of her camera, and she will make you feel like a goddess. I'm reminded of myself as I graduated college, confident and yearning to explore the world, yet uncertain of the unknowns. She's graduating from Grady with a photojournalism degree in May, then heading to Costa Rica. At this point in my child-laden life, that seems like the ultimate luxury. I want to live through her. 

She has a blog "about women who rock their shit in Athens, Georgia" called Boss Bitches of Athens. Part photo series, part interview, I know a lot of the women she's featured but have never had the conversations she's had with them. The arc many of her interviews take is one of "women can do anything," and it's made me think. Yes, we can do (almost) anything and what a glorious thing that is. But as a stay-at-home-mama by luck and by choice, I have often felt the need to defend myself. Does being able to do anything mean that we should do it all? Does society think we're wasting our career potential if we stay home, or conversely depriving our kids of that precious time home with them if we choose to work? 

I made peace with this around the time Leo was born; I want to stay home and would be doing myself and my family a disservice if I tried to do it "all." I'm happy and my family is happy and the real freedom in the women's movement is found there- we have the freedom to do whatever we want, and that is a glorious thing indeed.

Here is the interview Rachel did with me, with photos below.

photos by Rachel Eubanks

Sep 25, 2015

(spicy) chicken and rice soup

(Spicy) Chicken and Rice Soup (adapted from this recipe)
8 cups cold water
2 tsp "Better Than Bouillon" chicken base
3 chicken breasts  (I used a small pack of TJ's chicken tenders)
2 bay leaves
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup diced celery
1.5 cup brown rice
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes 

topping options:
cream cheese
cheddar cheese

1. Whisk chicken stock base into water.
2. Combine chicken stock with all ingredients except brown rice in a large, heavy pot. Bring to a boil.
3. Reduce to simmer, then cook uncovered for 45 min. Remove chicken from pot and continue cooking broth for an additional 30 min or so. Shred chicken.
4. Raise heat and return to boil, then add rice. Reduce to simmer and cook, covered, for 20 min.
5. Stir chicken into soup, remove bay leaves, and serve - ideally with bread and salad.

Aug 25, 2015

a sleeping baby

Is there anything sweeter? Leo James, one day shy of four weeks old, napping on Luca's bed (while she naps in ours)...