1. sitting in my quiet house.
  2. cleaning my surprisingly dirty dishwasher.
  3. getting through my entire morning routine without the interference of children.
  4. not having to share my bacon with anyone.
  5. having time for “my” things.


  1. the pleasant surprise of the accidental rainbow inside of the dishwasher.
  2. brand new baking sheets, completely unscathed by culinary misadventures.
  3. using up a $10 gift card that has been in my wallet for 2 years.
  4. toddlers that can pee in the toilet without having a panic attack.
  5. striking a balance between getting shit done and being good to myself.


  1. being able to comfort my daughter in the moment that she truly comprehended what it means when something, even her friend the bumblebee, dies.
  2. the genuine emotions that come pouring out of young kids.
  3. feeling my heart fill with love and aching at the same time.
  4. giant bear hugs.
  5. our amazing kids.