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Howdy! I'm Erika, He's Hans, and the little one is Em. We are the Sweetings, est. 2009.

Well, actually, I guess you could say we "est. 2002" because that's when the hubs and I went on our first date. Ya know how people don't actually marry the kid they were dating in high school? Welp... we did. It took us seven years, a couple breaks to figure things out, and too much long distance before we finally "sealed" (see what I did there? eh, eh?) the deal in the San Antonio LDS Temple in October 2009.
Em (also "Punkito" or "Punkito Banana" or "Little One" or "Sweet Love" or "Monkey") joined us in February 2013 and she is the light of our lives. At two years old, she loves taking baths and swimming; bananas, strawberries, pickles and string cheese; running around like a maniac and jumping off things; a really creepy cabbage patch doll my grandma gave her; reading all day long; and she loves to make us laugh.

 We live in Austin, Texas in a bit of a fixer-upper house we bought back in 2010 and have been slowly (read: slower than a herd of elephants stampeding in mud) updating and making our own. You may see some of our DIY improvements here from time to time. You may also catch glimpses of the two little fur-balls that live with us - our fat dachshund, Oliver, and his hyper little brother, Hudson.

Hans works for a sales and lead generation company, but in his spare time loves to read (particularly Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan), putter with electronics and gadgets, and go bowling. He has a weird obsession with Ikea pencils and *must* have a bowl of cereal after dinner each night.

And me? After two years at a newspaper and three years as a communications director at a small nonprofit, I'm switching out my "career" hat for a mommy bonnet. Weird, right? I'm adjusting. In my "free time" (ha!), I run (even slower than the afore-mentioned herd of elephants), read (mostly historical fiction, think Philippa Gregory) and bake.

If you're still reading, bonus points to you. I don't know what you can do with those points, but you got 'em. Thanks for visiting and enjoy!

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