tipsy t-day photography

surprise! i DO have photos from thanksgiving (i wasn’t kidding when i said we drank a lot). some pretty cute ones actually…IMG_6549


while nursing bay last night, i sorted through what has made it into iphoto this month and found some gems. i wish i could be more organized with my photo system (and my LIFE). these are some of my favorites…

related much? :IMG_6573

the loves of my life:IMG_6579

kitchen hoops:IMG_6494

me & my girl:IMG_6583

fatz family Tday dinner:IMG_6532

listening to “let it go” on my phone (on repeat) and kissing nonnie:IMG_6587

late-night guinness milkshake creation:IMG_6593

ready for bed:

my beautiful little mop-top boy:
IMG_6489mr. pups:IMG_6507

the end.


i went to my wordpress dashboard to maybe start a post on life lately, and saw a draft titled “thanks” with this one picture from dane’s first thanksgiving. i created it in september when i apparently came across this old photo and wanted to be sure to include it in my thanksgiving post.D11i know it shouldn’t come as a shock, but bay looks so much like dane! i am so entertained by it.


we hosted this year… it was nice and low-key and we all ate and drank a lot. the night ended with mike passed out in bed snoring in his sweater and underwear with a mostly full can of coors light on his night stand (and shakespeare at his feet snoring along with him).

i have almost no photos from thanksgiving, sadly, but i did manage to get some ad hoc gopro footage (link to my video masterpiece (sarcastic) HERE!)

shopping frenzy!!

i’m having a nervous breakdown because everything is on sale! as a result, i have been on more retailers’ websites this week than i care to admit. to keep myself entertained (and to keep from buying everything) i have created a random compilation of things i really want or already got(!) for dane, bay and for myself!! (the images aren’t working in the “preview” mode, so, i don’t know, fingers crossed…)
for d, b & me




  1. festive holiday throw pillows $18-$30 Target
  2. handy  “twist fold” 3 tiered bowl @29.99 Uncommongoods
  3. magazine holder $49 $29.99 UrbanOutfitters
  4. LED star decoration $24.99 Ikea
  5. floral dress $49.90 Zara
  6. necklace holder $19 UrbanOutfitters
  7. carved wood coffee table $349 (+15% off) WestElm
  8. boots for my commute 69.99 Zappos
  9. funny tee $20 Etsy
  10. funny mug $9.99 Amazon
  11. comfy casual sweater $88 $59.99 madewell
  12. cutest boy toms $42 Zappos
  13. soft sweet owl $15 HannaAndersson
  14. spooner board 44.95 Fatbraintoys
  15. kid guitar $19.99 Worldmarket
  16. really big soft scarf $26 Oldnavy
  17. hoodie towel & book $59 $47.20 LandofNod
  18. high quality sleep sack $50 HannaAndersson
  19. knitted flag garland $19 HannaAndersson
  20. sherpa jacket $85 $42 (=50% off!) HannaAndersson
  21. penguin nightlight $39 $18.99 (=final sale!) RestorationHardware

weekend road trip

i’m sort of the opposite when it comes to social media. i’m the opposite of people who only post glamorous pictures of themselves or make sure to share all the awesome, interesting things they do and places they go. i don’t know if it’s because i’m overcompensating… trying extra hard to not be that person, or if because i just really love to take and share pics of my kids in those everyday moments.

last weekend all five of us ventured out on an aggressive weekend trip to new york and new jersey. we drove down together, then i spent the day with girlfriends in the city while mike stayed with family and watched the kids. the next day we swapped it out and mike went to the pats-giants game while i tended the coup.

i had a BLAST with my friends in nyc.. took zero pics (aside from a million of my little bride to be lindsey in wedding dresses, but those are not for sharing!!) but back in new jersey with all mike’s cousins, i took a bunch of pics of the kids together because they were just so so cute.

all of the girls were obsessed with bay. they passed her around and played peek-a-boo for hours on end. bayla was so chill about it.


bay ava

maddie is 6. she and dane were attached at the hip the whole weekend. i never expected them to play so well together. it was ADORABLE.

dane and mad


and that’s all i got for a weekend update! despite having monday off, this week is feeling looong. we are sticking around this weekend and i am SO looking forward to it. a little cleaning, a little thanksgiving prep, a little christmas decorating a LOT of eating that baby’s cheeks!

brewster fun floor revisited

i took some new pictures of our lower level (“fun floor / sleeping quarters”) last weekend. it recently got new tile in place of old berber, new bright paint, and some fun art. it is majorly improved. [see before here].


this full-sized bed recently got a little upgrade since we got a king for the master bedroom and cycled the queen mattress down here.IMG_6324

i’m clearly incapable of photographing this lighting scenario, but the whole room has a much brighter and cleaner feel (you’ll have to take my word for it).IMG_6336


IMG_6343so far so good with the new flooring.
IMG_6328i think this area is finally in pretty good shape.

back to brewster

just all of these pictures of dane because he is such a cute kid…

also, major garage purge happened over the weekend. long over-due. i was all stressed because i didn’t reserve a dumpster in time, then we found a guy on craigslist to haul it away for half the price. procrastination for the win.IMG_6300

where does all this junk even come from?IMG_6299

wearing bayla all day…. #lashesIMG_6288

and last but not least… mr. october:IMG_6291

halloween 2015

halloween was entertaining to say the least. i think babies should never wear normal clothes, only costumes.
baybabiesand these two guys were a total hoot. i don’t want to jinx it, but they played together sooo well over the weekend. are the sharing wars behind us??? they played “picnic” and “camping”.. destroyed the house in a matter of minutes, but just so cute – their little imaginations.


i actually didn’t take many pictures because i was determined to finally put our gopro to use!

without further ado : THE FATZ-GALE OFFICIAL HALLOWEEN 2015 VIDEO!!!!!!!!


does this mamma-baby selfie capture how utterly exhausted i am? IMG_0944

to all the other moms who have done this… the working full-time, the nursing, the pumping, the endless washing of bottles and parts, the three-year-old, the sweet, cuddly baby, the neglected first born (bull dog), the dinners that don’t self-cook and house that won’t clean its self (to name a few) all with a very unreliable sleep pattern. PROPS. this is freakin’ hard.

i’ve been doing some soul-searching and researching how to make this work. i still have a ways to go, but a couple things that have helped:


i’m an amazon prime junkie and i generally hate paying a delivery charge of any nature, but these days, saving the trip to the grocery store is well worth $6.95. i will definitely do it again.

i also went ahead and spent nearly $1,000 fall shoe shopping on zappos! don’t worry, the boots i kept were only $150… i ordered 4 pairs to try. free shipping and free returns. zero time in a store. boom.


side note: thank you, boot people, for the “wide-calf” (or my favorite “wide shaft”) option for tall boots. i never use to be able to wear these and now there is a whole slew of options.

this was my cart:


1. Rockport Tristina Gore $225  runner-up. super comfortable. can tell they are great quality. just didn’t love enough for the price 2. Sam Edelman Penny $150  winner. liked better in person. perfect width. comfortable enough 3. Rockport First Street $249.95 fit well. has large, darker colored stretchy piece in back that i didn’t love the look of. but really like the lighter camel color. 4. Johnston & Murphy Bree $348 I love these boots but they didn’t fit 🙁 i knew it was a long shot since they are not in my beloved “wide calf” category. somewhat relieved given the price-tag.

so i feel like i have fully mastered online shopping. i may never enter a store again. does anyone have any other hacks for me? my sister has been freezing a whole week’s worth of crock pot dinners on sundays.  i read about a mom who dresses her kids for the next day before bed. no jammies. (crazy or genius?)

i feel like the key to the week is sunday. you have to PREPARE. going into the work week is like going into battle when you have multiple kids. my problem is we’ve been away almost every weekend and then on sunday its impossible to stay motivated because, football. and because, pumpkin beer.

this weekend, my little guy was really sick… three straight days of a 103 degree fever. needless to say, the weekend was not as productive as it might have been and i am SO short on sleep. send me your working mom hacks… i’m all ears.

6 years

this little family started 6 years ago on 10/10/09… and now its huge! there are like 100 of us! (well, 5)… this right here is ALL I EVER WANTED. i can’t believe its mine.IMG_6182 2a nice lady on the beach offered to take a picture of all of us. i couldn’t say no. we even managed to get the hound involved which is a small miracle. thank you, nice lady… this is the first photo of the 5 of us.

we love the brewster beaches in the off-season when shakey can come along. we tell dane to stay away from the water, but he never does. he is generally wet up to his knees by the time we head out. he and mike love rough-housing and i follow them around with bay and take a million pictures.

this was saturday evening. it was freakishly not windy. we bundled up, but it was so mild.IMG_6162
IMG_6165 “mommy watch this!” (belly flop face plant into sand)IMG_6174all my boys…
IMG_6151 mike even grabbed the camera. i sort of love these pictures of me and little baby girl.

look at this sweet little thing…

the days are getting shorter. alarmingly so. we made some amazing memories in the cape this summer, but we are beginning to struggle with what the best go-forward plan is for our family and this second property. a lot has changed since the days before kids when we had time and money to spare. both are tighter than ever lately and our capacity for the added stress and up-keep is not what it was. we just want to be happy and enjoy our young family not be cursing at leaking dehumidifiers every other weekend… we’ll see, a lot is up in the air.IMG_6193

next weekend we are having some friends down and finally checking out the wellfleet oysterfest. that should be fun.IMG_0851

who am i kidding. we are never selling this house.

our little bean sprout

4th annual picnic table picture! we have been taking these every year during our summer vacation. daney growing before our very eyes. i gotta say – 2 year old dane – it does not get any cuter (the third of the series). look at that blonde bowl cut and pudgy body. two was my absolute favorite.

this year, no diaper, no pacifier, and just the very last remnants of the baby pudge. our three year old is so smart and sweet and well… for the most part, he’s a bonafide nightmare. three is so hard! if you have a not-yet-three year old, do not be fooled by the “terrible twos”. three is the true test. good luck to you. oh how i love my little 3 year old nightmare….




will he even be able to stand on mike next year? we might need to tweak the theme to accommodate for our ginormous “big kid”.IMG_5535