Episode 129 // Random Rambles

How did we get from A to B? Your guess is as good as ours. But it's not our fault that audiobooks, Mormon mission trips, forgetful teens, the weather, and black eyes are all related. Life is weird. We just go with it.

Episode 128 // Attendance is Mandatory

After John's extended fanboy moment about Heather's book (side note: It's incredible and you want to read it and probably give a copy to everyone you know), we're talking a little bit about teens, growing to emotionally process increasing responsibility, and the importance of attending funerals. We're pretty sure it all fits together.

Episode 127 // Dating Forecast

It's winter and the weather is awful and life keeps plowing forward. So, naturally, in the thick of this mess John is sort of possibly dabbling in the dating world and OH WOW IS THAT A THING. He's bad at it? Maybe? Only one way to go from here?

Episode 126 // Unhealthy Healthcare

We’re talking about insurance again. And mental health. And the absurdity of dealing with medical needs in the US. Why? Because it needs to be talked about until it changes and we’re happy to initiate the conversation.

Episode 125 // Grab Bullying by the Phone

Bullying has always been a problem, but technology is creating new platforms and increasingly removed ways to hate and harm. Spurred by a jarring episode involving Marlo, we’re talking about bullying, emotions, and the way judgment and blame continue to shape a generation.

Episode 124 // Stumbling into 2019

Another year and you know what? We're excited for it (even John). Sure, we're getting older and keeping blood pressure journals, but that's life. As long as there are no formal parties with dress codes in the near future, we're downright optimistic.

Episode 123 // Ho Ho Hum

OH MY GOD. Are we whining about the holidays? No, not really. Just marveling at the passage of time and the value of hiring movers while catching our breath. We also spend a surprising amount of time talking about breakfast cereal.

Episode 122 // "A Single Man"

It's official. John is a home owner! And his relationship status? That's permanently established via legal documents. Super awesome. Regardless, this is a big step. And Heather? Well, she's helping her mom move, nursing a stubbornness injury, and contemplating mortality. Life is wild.

(We now understand that “A Single Man” indicates that the property is not a marital asset. However, why the fuck that wasn’t TYPED into the document, why the fuck they had to HAND WRITE that right behind his name? SO PETTY.)

Episode 121 // Holidays and Whatnot

What happened this week? What day is it? Just kidding, we never really know. Between high-school dances, holiday gifts, packing, and ironing sheets (there's always time for that), everything is a blur. Unless you're Leta, and you're making a 10-year plan.

Episode 120 // A Semi-Uncomfortable Comfort Zone

The holidays are a crazy time that brings many together and makes others feel extremely alone. So yes, it’s sort of another episode about loneliness, but we feel it’s an important topic because we’ve spent years stubbornly making ourselves alone. Sort of.

Episode 119 // Look Up

Heather's back from Rome, John's buying a home, and the holidays are here. Moral of the story: No rest for the weary or the wicked or the parents, and if you fit into more than one category, buckle up. Happy Thanksgiving!

Episode 118 // Drama and Contacts

We recorded this on Election Day too early to talk about polls, so instead we decided to focus on monster trucks, contact lenses, and some other odds and ends. A bit of a life download before we take next week off.

Episode 117 // Make Change

The month has changed, the season continues to change and, if you live in the US, you can help make change on November 6. Vote for something better. Vote for those who've had their voices silenced. Just vote. Maybe even listen to this episode on your way to the polls.

Episode 115 // Rebrand for Jesus

Hard to believe we can somehow go from missing a week to covering the removal of wisdom teeth, limiting screen time, and remaining responsive and flexible as parents all in one episode, but that's our gift. What does Jesus have to do with any of this? Just trust us.

Episode 114 // Read the Room

Fortunately and unfortunately, the current happenings in the United States continue to offer great starting points for important conversations with our kids. This week, these talks involve accountability, the power of "no," and how to "not be a jerk" when you're in a Senate hearing.

Looking for a Plus for Pleats

Does the awkward feeling of being a teenager in Abercrombie fade when you get older? Nope! It just just blends with our inability to understand high waists, pleats, and good 'ol Chuck Taylors. Guess that's all part of pursuing fashion with kids.

Episode 112 // It’s September Again

“In like a lion” isn’t a saying attached to September, but it feels like it should be. From shattered phone screens to some time struggles associated with homeschool, this is your annual reminder that September is hell. Be kind to yourself.

Episode 111 // Take that Tone

We decided to focus on discipline and haha! Just kidding. It’s really about the luxuries of leisure pooping and feelings of complete exhaustion, but we do occasionally come back to discipline and having a no-nonsense way of letting your kids know they need to quit being jerks.

Episode 110 // Slowly Settling In

Missed busses, different boob sizes, and baby steps in the right direction. We're still settling in to our recent big changes - a blended family for Heather, homeschooling for John - and realizing that it's going to take a while. We'll probably survive.