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emily

  • It Took A Village

    I started writing this post back when Noah was this tiny – 9 months ago now! And now I can hardly believe he was ever this tiny! But once the shock of having a…

    May 10, 2018
  • Exploring Texas / Spring Bluebonnets and Fire Ants

    Let me tell you a funny story about a family of non-Texans trying to take photos with the Texas state flower in a field with 100 other people.  Our kids were characteristically not up…

    April 17, 2018
  • America Made Us Activists

    Despite the fact that I spent 2 years in college and almost two years after college working for political campaigns, I can’t say that I had been particularly politically active since then. Other than…

    April 10, 2018
  • No Take Backs, No Do Overs, Noah Edition

    Before Michael and I moved to Houston on this crazy adventure, he had this big family tree/tree of life tattooed on his back by a Latvian tattoo artist in Dublin who spoke no English.…

    April 5, 2018
  • Easter 2018

    Happy belated Easter! In lieu of words that explain why the dramatic pause in blog posts for the last month and a half, a billion photos of the most lovely and colorful Easter. Michael…

    April 3, 2018
  • Noah Michael: Adopted!

    Another amazing adoption day in the books for the Westbrooks family. It was a little more chaotic than Maya’s adoption day, in part because getting four people ready and wrangling a toddler in addition…

    February 18, 2018
  • Another Adoption Day!

    We have another adoption day coming up! This week! Before Christmas, we had our lawyer ask the court if we could maybe switch Noah’s adoption finalization day so that Michael’s parents could attend. They…

    February 12, 2018
  • 4 Toddler Activities We Love And One Total Fail

    I mentioned a few weeks ago that we took Maya out of daycare because we were worried about her immune system not being able to withstand the winter’s germs. I’m not going to lie,…

    February 9, 2018
  • How We Spend Our Days

    I couldn’t remember what the saying was, so for the last 24 hours or so I’ve been repeating in my head “How we spend our days is….how we spend our days?” I knew it…

    February 7, 2018
  • Happy Weekend

    My mom got this great new rug, so when we were there over Christmas I took a few photos of Noah laying on it and then attempted to get Maya to stop for a…

    February 3, 2018