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Enjoy it! It all goes by so fast!

That is the quote I get from strangers, friends and family members the most.  “Enjoy it!  It all goes by so fast!”  The category of human that says this to me is always the same — older women whose children are already grown.  They’ll watch me interacting with my children and then when they finally approach, I know exactly what they’re going to say.  I can see it in their eyes, waiting to pounce with their cautionary phrase. Can you…

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My version of a spooky story…

In honor of Halloween, I thought I would tell a spooky story — a tale so horrible that when I read it the other night, I couldn’t fall asleep.  I laid awake in bed, blinking at the ceiling thinking, “How can this be true?”  But it is true.  Very, very true.   My story is called, “Anatomy of a Chicken McNugget”. The book I’m reading is, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and the section that kept me up all night was about…

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Taking back Halloween

Before I had kids, one of the things I really looked forward to doing with them was making Halloween costumes.  It was one of the highlights of my childhood — sitting in the garage with my parents and using a cardboard box and some spray paint to make something magical.  Sure, the end result was often completely insane, but I didn’t care.  And sure, I often had to explain what I was to the neighbors handing me candy (I’m a…

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Another double Thanksgiving

Last night as I searched the internet for airline tickets for Thanksgiving, I was reminded for about the billionth time in my life that my parents are divorced.  My mother lives in Gainesville, Florida and my father and step-mother live six hours away in Miami.  I need to see both.  I need to show the grandchildren to both.  And I need to spend the same amount of time with both because they will be watching, ever tallying the amount of…

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Two stories

Story #1. A couple of days ago, my kids were showing our neighbor their artwork and Emerson said, “Buck is the best artist out of all of us.”  I immediately said, “No, he’s not.  You’re all really good artists.”  While Emerson was complimenting Buck, it bothered me that she was putting herself down.  But I immediately regretted saying, “No, he’s not.”  Couldn’t I have said that in a more diplomatic way?  Seriously, someone says my son is a good artist…

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Five things you should know before homeschooling

It’s already October which means that you’ve been back in the school routine for at almost six weeks — the insane rushing in the morning, the lunch making, the long pick up lines and of course, the dreaded homework.  At this point you might be already burnt out and even entertaining that old day dream of yours… What if we just homeschooled?  Well, since two of my kids homeschool and one of my kids goes to school, I can tell…

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The greatest gift I can give my child

Yesterday, August and I were in the car together headed to pick up his brother and sister.  I always like it when I can separate one of my kids from the herd.  I no longer have to be in charge of crowd control and it’s so great to hear what they have to say when their siblings aren’t around to correct or interrupt or irritate. August as a solo man always begins our conversations with a list of his normal…

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The best afternoon energy boost

As a mom, I have a preoccupation with things that give me energy in the afternoon.  I wake up at five every morning, so by three in the afternoon, I am sooooo done.  And yet, I have so much more of the day to go.  The hardest part of the day, as far as I’m concerned — making dinner, helping with homework, playing legos (a sure-fire way to get me to pass out) and the worst, bath time.  If one…

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