Love & Marriage

Saying Goodbye to Motorcycle Mom for Good

by Jessie K on September 2, 2014

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Jake and I used to ride motorcycles together. It was something fun we did together, each of us astride our own Kawasaki and Suzuki 500 ccs, racing up and down the twisty back roads of our rural county. I bought a motorbike first as a hedge against moving […]


What to wear when the Internet hates you

by Jessie K on June 26, 2014


Married seven years today

by Jessie K on June 23, 2014

Eleven years together, seven of them married today, Three deployments, two moves, four dogs, two little girls, the occasional deer neck tacos and hundreds of chickens later we’re still going strong. I wouldn’t want to live this crazy life without you. (And it wouldn’t be nearly as crazy without you.) I love you, Jake.


Family vacations

by Jessie K on April 10, 2014

I read something recently about how our memories of the day-to-day become one big blur as we age: work, school, obligations — it’s hard to recall the particulars of those events because we did them all the time. It’s actually the break-from-routine experiences we remember the longest, according to researchers. I needed to hear this […]


Playing in the mud

by Jessie K on February 24, 2014

How do you feel about kids getting dirty? Obviously, I would prefer June didn’t besmirch her pretty dresses, but I’m not going to stop her from playing in the mud. What’s the fun of living in the country if you’re not going to get dirty? I would much rather have a dirty kid than an […]


I can already taste that ratatouille

by Jessie K on February 20, 2014

Have you started your spring seeds yet? Jake and June started a bunch the other night. They did the same thing around this time last year. Chopsticks make great seed inserters (“seed inserters?”). Jake erected a bunch of grow lights in the bathroom. June checks on the seedlings when she gets home from school. No […]


Fun in the snow

by Jessie K on February 18, 2014

When I think of building a snowman, I think of a long, cold, drawn-out engineering project. I think of fingers with no feeling. But Jake got out there with June and built two snowmen in less than 10 minutes. He didn’t even wear gloves. (Side note: June wears a tutu over her snowsuit.) And he […]


6 reasons I’m glad June is obsessed with Dora

by Jessie K on January 15, 2014

June recently discovered Dora the Explorer and has been in a full-on Dora fever for a few months now. It all started when I rented a couple of DVDs for her at the local library over Christmas break. (For those of you who don’t know, Dora is a popular Nickelodeon Latina character who goes on adventures with her buddy, […]


One of the quirks of our new house — and the reason why we got a good deal on the price — is that the master bedroom lacks any sort of heat or cooling. It doesn’t even have any duct work. As these Polar winds start to bear down on our little corner of Virginia, […]


Getting on baby time

by Jessie K on January 6, 2014

I’m spending the next foreseeable future at home alone with Katie (June’s at Montessori) and I forgot how much of the day is spent cuddling, holding, cradling and rocking an infant. Katie and I have spent the morning pacing the house, me rocking her in my arms, listening to NPR. Every time I try to […]