Heavy on My Mind

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I haven’t felt like myself lately. I feel like I have nothing interesting to say lately and no topics to write about. This is partially because something’s been weighing on me that makes other things irrelevant and unimportant. As the saying goes, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything…” Tomorrow, I’m going to have a genetic test [...]

A Little Haunt Won’t Hurt

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I’m a big fan of Halloween. BIG. FAN. From the time I was a child, I loved every creepy little thing about it. A few little ghost stories never hurt anybody. If anything, it builds the imagination. Look at writers like Neil Gaiman, directors like Tim Burton, or composers like Danny Elfman. What do they [...]

The Prodigal Dog

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As we were busy completing paperwork, arranging where to live, and packing our home, a certain someone in our lives was a bit neglected. Used to daily hikes, treats, and lots of love and attention, our dog Lulu was left in a bit of a lurch. It wasn’t until the move was complete and we [...]

Cutting Back on Facebook

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Most of us know what a time suck Facebook can be, but it’s such a hard habit to break. I’ve read many blog posts out there with tips that suggest just checking it once a day or even using a timer app. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite able to “just check it once a day.” The ironic [...]

Moving Day

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So, as many of you know, last week we moved out of the house we lived in for ten years. As moving day approached, I braced myself for the weight of the emotions that were bound to pour over me as we left our home and closed a very significant chapter in our lives. After [...]

A Farm Fresh Getaway

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I’ve wanted to take my kids to Los Poblanos, an organic farm and historic inn in New Mexico, for over a year now. My first attempt was thwarted when, on a warm October morning, we managed to get six kids under the age of seven to LAX airport at 7:45 a.m., only to receive a [...]

Accidental Homeschooling

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Recently, we had the opportunity to enter our 1st grader into a Spanish Immersion program. When we first looked into it, we thought: this is amazing. And I still think it’s great. But as the summer wore on, we started thinking: maybe we want to keep homeschooling? FYI: this is totally weird because when we [...]

‘Twas the Night Before Kindergarten

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‘Twas the night before kindergarten and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except Mommy. And I have no idea why. We had covered all our bases: we met the teacher, we toured the school, we visited the playground, we practiced our bus numbers and our teachers’ names. My son is beyond ready [...]

Thrown Off Schedule – The Consequences of a Late Night Out

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Going out for a night on the town is thrown out the window the minute you have kids. This includes dinners, movies, game nights, concerts, you name it. We know a few families with kids that are able to stay up later, but our two sons are early birds, just like me. We don’t get [...]

Is “WTF” OK to Say?

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I was attending a workshop last month and someone casually said “STFU” in conversation, which I found simultaneously pleasing and jarring. While I am by no means proud of this fact, the truth is that I am a bit of a potty mouth, so when someone swears around me, I sort of feel like I [...]