March 20, 2014


It’s spring today. Some of you are seriously still buried in snow and I just can’t even. We’ve had spring since like – early January so today is name only.

Bella found the first dandelion of the season today. She was so excited, running up to tell me she’d picked a yellow flower. Hair in tangles. Remains of nail polish on her hands. A bit of breakfast on her face. Then she picked the petals off and gave it to me. 😉

4 is a difficult age in some ways, but it holds a lot of magic as well.

We have a lot going on the next two months. Sam is going away for work again part (all?) of next week. We’re still waiting to find out if/when he’ll leave for a month. I’m flying to Austin for Bridgestone Tires New Product Event in April. I’ll be there three days as their guest to test drive some of their new stuff and explore Austin more.

To say I’m kind of geeking out about this is an understatement. An all expenses paid, media trip to Austin? I’m in. The email saying look for the driver holding WELCOME BRIDGESTONE GUESTS at the airport totally did me in.


My sister is getting married at the end of May, so we’re also planning to head to Colorado for that. I’m her maid of honor. I can’t believe my little sister is getting married. In my mind she’s still 8, helping me raise the billion gerbils in our room from the original two the seller promised my mom were both females.


In family news: we’ve sent off hair follicles to be tested for HHV-6. It won’t mean anything besides we’ll know who has it, if Bella is a carrier, and that’s about it. We still don’t know what activated it inside of me or Kaden, and no idea how it caused cardiomyopathy. There is a lot more detail to it than that, but it’s the basic overview. It’s all just very complicated and awful.

Also – this isn’t an active kind of HHV-6 so any kind of “cure” (because we had a lot of those fun emails after he passed away) isn’t relevant to our situation.

To end with, I’ve opened up my blog to ads. If you’re interested, head over to my media page. I’ll have a media kit soon with more details, but for now you can find pricing and info here. If you’d like screenshots of statistics, please email me. If you know a business (any size) that might want to advertise, feel free to share this page with them.

It’s almost Friday. Hang in there. xo



  • Jess

    March 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Can’t wait to see you!

  • Megan

    March 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I have a question about your post about cloth diapering. What exactly is a ‘blow out’? I see this term used by moms fairly often, but I don’t know what it means. I don’t have kids yet, but we are in the information gathering/learning stage.

    1. Anne-Marie Lindsey (@DoNotFaint)

      March 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      This wins some kind of Cutest Comment award. Mostly because the answer is so not cute. Correct me if I’m wrong, Diana, but I believe the a blowout is always when the baby suddenly releases its body weight in poop, and the poop goes outside the diaper, and it’s everywhere and you’re thinking “How is this even possible?!” Tell-tale sign: liquid-y infant poo starts to seep up the back of the onesie. Cloth is so much better at containing this; we switched from disposables to cloth when we finally had our own washer/dryer to use, and after always having to carry 2 changes for the baby, we haven’t had poo leakage since.

      1. Megan

        March 21, 2014 at 8:14 am

        Oh wow. Well, that makes sense now I guess. I thought all diapers were leak, spill, waterproof etc. I think I just moved leakage protection up to the top of the potential diaper priority list. I just had no idea that was a concern. Thanks for your help.

  • Stormy Seaworthy

    March 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I found your blog awhile back when I was looking up El Paso. My hubby and I are heading to Fort Bliss (from Fort Meade Maryland) early fall or late summer if he is approved for early assignment. I stumbled on here for some El Paso entry or two you had made that showed up on google search and have followed you since. Anyway, random but I wasn't sure if I have ever posted to you before.

  • Courtney (@courtneysplza)

    March 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    We greeted Spring with a midnight ice storm and morning flurries. I’m ready for the real thing.

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