The Race

Erik and I won't be at the race tomorrow. We have had some child care issues. I am so disappointed. Thank you ALL for your support for St. Jude. And thank you most of all for your LOVE of Lucy. I am blessed by you all and will be cheering you on from home! Go Lucy Go!!!

MRI Results

Praise God! Praise God! Clean scans. We were told that they actually saw improvements in some areas they were watching. There was a build up of fluid that may need to be addressed but our sweet baby remains cancer FREE!!!

Have a fun weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We're going out for pasta tonight (I already decided on this) and tomorrow my friend is having a baby shower. I'm excited to share the rest of the 2012 gift guide, coming up next week! Have a good one, and if you're in a blog-reading mood, here are 15 fun links from around the web...

Woody Allen answers 12 unusual questions.

Why you should tell your children you're beautiful.

Cool tape.

New York in a nutshell.

Cupboards: Don't forget the inside!

What a pretty skirt.

Blueberry breakfast cake.

An airplane school? Toby would flip.

Let's bring back the dinner party.

Would you wear reflexology sandals?

10 blog posts every new mom should read. (Thank you, Stroller Traffic.)

This guy's a cutie.

An inspiring 103-year-old grandmother.

A cute snowflake diaper for the holidays.

After I wrote about being happy to see your children, one reader pointed out that your eyes should light up for everyone you love, which was a great point. Sometimes when Alex gets home, I'm harried and toss a quick hello over my shoulder. I'm going to change that asap!

Also, after the enthusiastic response to COATT morse code jewelry, the designer is offering 20% off to Cup of Jo readers until December 7th. Just email her at with CUP OF JO in the subject line.

Girls Season 2: Trailer

Yes! Can't wait until January 13th. (Also, I have the biggest girl crush on Marnie.)

Tomorrow Is A Big Day

Lucy and I spent 8 hours at St. Jude today. She had a wonderful day...amazing all the doctors and therapists along the way. She really has come so far in the past 2 years.

Tomorrow she has a full MRI (brain and spine). It will last about 2.5 hours total. To clear up any confusion, what she had before Thanksgiving was an emergency 2 minute head CT to rule out a shunt problem when she was so tired. We thank you in advance for your prayers tomorrow.

Tonight is the dreaded "night before scans." In the past you might have found one of us knee deep in a bottle of Xanax (joke). But tonight was different. After two long years we are learning to breathe. Tonight it was no TV, no iPads or iPods. Just us. A family.

God has carried us this far, we have faith He will continue to do so.

Thursday giveaway!

Today's giveaway is a big one! The jewelry studio COATT makes beautiful Morse Code necklaces and bracelets. They spell words like "friend," "mom," "love" or "kiss me," or you can get them personalized with your name. I love how they feel like secret messages.

Today one lucky reader will win a 14K gold necklace or bracelet with the name of her choice (worth $400). Whose name would you get?

For a chance to win, please visit COATT and leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow. Good luck! Update: Ashley M. is our winner. Thanks for playing.

Gift Guide Part #1: Your Beautiful Mom Who Adopts Your Slang and Still Writes Handwritten Letters.

Ticking apron for baking chocolate-chip cookies together, $27.

Finnish-style ornaments, $25. (This mobile, $67, is also beautiful.)

Monogrammed pajamas! Because how chic is that? $78.

Paper flowers to brighten up her desk all year long. $29 to $40.

A stack of your favorite 2012 cookbooks: Smitten Kitchen, What Katie Ate and Dinner: A Love Story. $20-ish each.

Freudian mug, because it all comes back to your mama, $16.

Gilded stationery, $20.

Wax seals for her most important notes, $16.

100% cotton robe to make her feel pretty every morning, $100.

Raspberry bush that grows in a container. (Perfect for even the tiniest patio!) $31.95.

Rodin perfume, an intoxicating mix of jasmine and neroni. For women, not girls. $220.

A calendar ($24.99) or notepad ($12.99) featuring her favorite little dude.
Sapphire earrings to match her eyes, $168.

Cheesecake!!! These lemon-ricotta beauties are delivered in Manhattan and Brooklyn, $55. (You can also order a classic New York cheesecake here.)

French locket to keep her loved ones close to her heart, where they belong. $90.

P.S. More gifts for moms.

(Raspberry bush via Abbey)

The Cup-of-Jo 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Are you looking forward to the holidays this year? I can't believe they're already here! Today, I'm excited to kick off the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. As always, I've tried to find things for every budget and personality, and really hope you enjoy it.

You can look through past gift guides here: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

Ok, let's do this thing! (I'll post one every day or two, along with regular posts.) xoxo

(Photo by Petra Warrass)

Marathon Bib Information and More


If you are local, you are welcome to pick up your race bib at Patriot Bank located on the square in Covington from 8-4 on Thursday the 29th and 8-4 on Friday the 30th.  Please bring $4 cash.

Don't forget that you can also get your bib Saturday morning at 6:45 am.  Meet in front of the Forum and we will try to grab a team picture.  Remember, anyone can wear an honor bib.  You don't have to be registered for Team Lucy!

Oh, and I stink at this parenting thing sometimes!  The no bottle situation didn't last very long.  Oh, well.  We will try again another day.

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Toby, 2.5 years old

Toby is now two and a half (how time flies!), and it's awesome to watch him develop his own little personality. I figured I'd share a few photos, if you'll indulge me:) Above, he's riding on Alex's shoulders to brunch...
Strolling around the neighborhood with a Happy Birthday balloon (note: it was not his birthday).
Cuddling with his girlfriend. No big deal.
In toddler heaven at the Brooklyn Transit Museum.
Painting during an art class.
Feeling sheep at the Central Park Zoo.
Drinking shirtless while watching TV like a dude.

Toby, I love being your mama.

In other news, we're starting potty training this week! Wish us luck:)

How to wear a beanie

I look terrible in hats. I have a big head (always have), and hats just make it look bigger. But my friend Kendra has a simple trick for making winter hats look cool...
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The Best Salted Caramel Brownies You'll Ever Have

When exactly did the world realize that sea salt makes every dessert 1,000 better? Ever since that lightbulb moment, sweet-and-salty desserts have reached a whole new level. Lucky for us, Victoria from A Subtle Revelry has agreed to share her salted caramel brownies recipe that will blow your mind (and make you the star of the show during the holidays)...Read More >


I had a totally different post planned for tonight, but I'm changing courses.  Tonight I just want to say that I am thankful.  So VERY thankful for my life.  Yeah, we have hard days and life isn't always easy around here, but my cup runneth over tonight.  My children are full of the Christmas spirit and it appears to be quite contagious.

As if our life isn't exciting enough, we've decided to spice things up a little.  Jack got a big boy bed this weekend.  It's a huge move for me.  He's my last baby and seeing that crib come down was very emotional. It was such a stark reminder that that season of my life is over.  While I'm sure that I don't want to travel down that road again it was hard really accepting the fact that it was over.  Poor Jack.  I think I've held him and kissed him more since the bed came down than I have his whole life.  Oh!  I love that kid.

We are also taking his bottle away.  I know, he's 2.  Don't judge.  We do things our own speed around here.  Wish us luck!  I'm also starting a 24 day weight loss challenge this Friday.  I'll keep you posted and let you know how it goes.  Yesterday I went to the Dr. and weighed.  I was NOT happy.  I've got a buddy to do this with so our plan is to keep each other accountable.  I'll keep you posted!

Here's a super sweet story.  When Jack went for his post-op and allergist check ups yesterday, I encouraged him to wait and let the ladies leave elevator before he ran out.  If I do nothing else in my baby boy's life I will teach him how to be courteous and use good manners.  As we were walking towards the main entrance he ran past the elderly ladies in front of me, almost knocking one of them down.  I was absolutely mortified and began apologizing incessantly.  We continued to speak as we made our way to the door and low and behold..if that baby boy wasn't running to get to the door so he could hold it open.  It was the most precious thing I have ever seen.  I was so proud and everyone around stopped to watch.  Now, if I can only teach him to not kill the ladies in the process of being a gentleman!

We are expecting someone very special to visit tonight.  A certain little girl is expecting a very big payout!

That is, if we could ever get these crazies to bed!

p.s.-  Lucy's scans are Friday.  We'd appreciate all the prayers you can offer.
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Have you guys been watching Homeland? Alex and I are obsessed. The show follows a bipolar CIA agent (Claire Danes), who suspects that a rescued prisoner of war (Damian Lewis), who has just returned to the United States, has actually become a terrorist. It is SO TENSE. You're on the edge of your seat for the whole show.

We got the first season on DVD and have been glued to it every night for the past week. It’s funny when you have the dvds and can watch all the shows in a row, because it gets in your head. Usually when we go to bed, we talk about Toby or life or whatever, but now we get in bed and we’re like, "Oh my gosh! What do you think her deal is?!!! Who do you think was on the call?!!"

P.S. Claire Dane's cryface.