To Have and To Hold

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So, I have a confession to make that just might get mommies up in arms, so I am going to get it out of the way straightaway: I am getting really sick of holding my daughter. I know, I know. I will be longing to hold her again when she is grown up, and I […]

Letting Go (Just a Little…)

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Ever since my oldest daughter started first grade – about six months ago – it’s been a study for me in letting go. She’s really becoming her own person, complete with her own opinions and her own style. Last year when she turned six, she begged me for an American Girl party. At first, I […]

Cecilia

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I’ve been following Bryan and Lesley’s journey with their daughter, Cecilia, for the last year now. Admittedly, I have those “I’m-feeling-sorry-for-myself” moments in life, but then I get the latest update about Cecilia and gain some perspective. When you’re in good health, it’s easy to take daily things for granted, like being able to walk […]

Toddlers and PMS Don’t Mix

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Confession time: I’m not perfect when it comes to raising our son. My husband and I strive not to lose our patience with our toddler and not raise our voices, but it has been incredibly difficult as of late for me, especially with a baby weaning and my hormones all over the place. My baby’s teething and started […]

Bringing Out the Mama Bear

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I have been known to have a bit of an Italian temper, but nothing grinds my gears and unleashes the beast like people being rude, mean, or otherwise resentful of my children’s existence. I am talking about those people who are either out without their kids, or just simply can’t tolerate the fact that kids […]

Confessions of an Introvert

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“I was born as a forest, but I feel overwhelmed by all these trees.” –The Lady Fidgets Disclosure: I wish I’d had a survival guide for getting through the holidays for the introverted personality. Marrying into a large family means Christmas was all about get togethers, huge dinners, events, and copious amounts of small talk. […]

A Valentine Whine

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Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is kind of a girlie holiday. When girlfriends and wives of the world want to celebrate the men in their lives, their hands are kind of tied. All of the flowery, choclately, and stuffed animaly Valentine’s Day clichés (that I happen to love, incidentally) are a no-no with most men. […]

Snow Day Sanity

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In case you’ve missed it, New England has been buried in snow over the past few weeks. Many towns have had 4-5 snow days in the last week alone! To make matters even more exciting, the temperatures have been significantly below zero, which limits sledding and outdoor games. Even timing of the snow means that […]

Tweaking this Year’s Resolutions

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This year I tried to take a cue from – of all people – my Soul Cycle instructor, by getting a “rolling start” on New Year’s resolutions. This means, start making the changes you want to make in December, so that by January you are knee-deep in accomplishing your goals. I was on board, save […]

A Novel Concept

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I have a confession to make: I am an English teacher and I haven’t read a book in three years. At least not for pleasure, that is. It’s really quite tragic. It’s it not that I don’t have the desire to read; it’s just that by the time I am done taking care of the […]