Cheers for a new year

CoffeeCatDogKid | recap of 2016

This year the Down family bit off a little more than we could chew. 2016 delivered several big life changes, from buying a house to bringing home a baby and everything in between. Somehow we managed to survive—just barely—but we've dedicated the twelve months ahead of us to just living life instead of introducing more … Continue reading Cheers for a new year

3 IVs, 2 x-rays, an echocardiogram & a partridge in a pear tree

CoffeeCatDogKid | My daughter's birth story

When you reach the third trimester of pregnancy, everyone primes you for the day that you'll head to the hospital. They walk you through the differences between false labor and active labor. You tell yourself that you won't be that person who shows up at the hospital every two days convinced that your Braxton-Hicks contractions … Continue reading 3 IVs, 2 x-rays, an echocardiogram & a partridge in a pear tree

2015 in review: What was hot and what was not

CoffeeCatDogKid | 2015 recap: what was hot & what was not

You see, you get married and you feel like you have to start doing all these "family" things, like sending out family Christmas cards, or buying a real, life-size Christmas tree. It's all about appearances, right? If you had asked me a couple of years ago what it would be like to be married, I … Continue reading 2015 in review: What was hot and what was not

How we threw a wedding for under $5,000: cutting costs on clothes

CoffeeCatDogKid | How we threw a wedding for under $5,000: cutting costs on clothes

Because your choices will concern not only bride + groom, but bride + groom + the entire wedding party, determining what everyone will wear at the wedding carries a lot of weight. But don't let that scare you into eloping! The bride Alec will probably have nightmares all his life about the price of my wedding dress. Granted, … Continue reading How we threw a wedding for under $5,000: cutting costs on clothes