First family trip to Florida~ October 2011

Hello and welcome!  Here’s the scoop on me, and the people I am lucky enough to call my family.

My name is Alison, and I’m a 30-something, Stay-At-Home Mom in Southeast Michigan.  I share my life with Ryan.  We met as sophomores in college (Fire Up, Chips!!) and have been married since ’04.  When we met, we had more hair and less weight, but we love each other just the same.  I’ll do a post on how we met, it’s a pretty cute story. 🙂

My first baby was born in August of 2007.  He is known as “C”, “C-Man” or “Fred” (don’t ask).  He’s super smart, fairly well-behaved and always lots of fun.  After 3 years of being parents to C, we thought we might be good enough at it to try for another one.  My little girl was born in December 2010.  She’s “K”, “K-Lo” or “Princess”.  She just started walking this week, and is developing quite the personality.  I still can’t believe that these two amazing, beautiful creatures are my children.  I’m not sure how I got so lucky.

The Mom thing pretty much takes up all of my time. When I have a chance to breathe, I enjoy cooking (and eating!) and reading.  If I’m not sitting on the lake during a Michigan summer, I’m dreaming of it.  It’s my happy place.

Why the Big Blue Van?  It seemed like the perfect mascot. The Minivan is the iconic symbol of parenthood.  It’s one of the biggest I’ll never‘s in all of parenting.  How many of us have said “I’ll never own a minivan’?  Then you have a 2nd (or 3rd) kid and are like “Holy shit, I need a bigger car!”  And there you are.  The Mom (or Dad) rockin; the minivan.

We first laid eyes on the Big Blue Van in an online classified ad in April 2011.  I knew I had to have it.  It was the necessity of a van, but a bright, cool ass color.  No blending in with this baby!! So, we test drove, haggled, got what we wanted and brought him home.  We love it.  Even if it is a stereotype. 🙂


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