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Meet Brittney Rutherford

brittney rutherford DMMB contributorWhether it’s Sharpie on the walls, forgetting to pack a school snack, or getting a call from the police that our dog ran away (and we hadn’t noticed yet), I hope to bring you an open, sometimes funny, perspective on motherhood and life in general.

I am very much looking forward to getting the opportunity to join this wonderful group of women who help grow and connect our community. Living in Ames, I am also your northernmost contributor.

Most days, you can find me waking up to the sound of our coffee pot, my alarm, or “MOM!!  Mommy! Mom, mom, mom!!!” – whatever comes first.

The mom yellers are our sons, Beckett (5, in kindergarten) and Hudson (almost 3). We read books or watch a little TV – lately it’s been Jurassic World. Yes, they’re too young for it, but the dinosaur obsession is at an all-time high right now.

Everyone gets ready – you know, like kids do so perfectly every day. I head off to work and my husband, Tyler, takes one to the bus stop and the other to daycare.

Tyler and I met at Iowa State and haven’t left yet. He took a job right out of school with the university. I went on some interviews, got some job offers, turned them down and decided I didn’t want to do what I thought I wanted to do. So, I moved back home for a summer. I ended up getting a job with Iowa State and now do marketing and communications for one of their departments.

Tyler and I got married in 2007 and bought our first house. It just so happened that the cheapest one we looked at was about a block away from Jack Trice Stadium. The house was a train wreck but over the years, we made it a home.

Unskilled DIY people who have kids become even less skilled at home projects, so we moved about a year ago to a house that actually has a dishwasher and a fenced yard so Honey the dog doesn’t have any more run-ins with the police. Our tailgaters have to walk a little farther because we’re now about three blocks from the stadium.

We’re both native Iowans, he from Cedar Rapids and me from Alden. Growing up on a farm taught me pretty much everything I needed to know for life – I just didn’t realize it at the time! Now, I have to figure out how to teach these two little minions what real chores are and try to do that in a city.

I can’t wait to write for you all. Please reach out any time with questions, story ideas, or comments!

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