“Oh, I’m so nervous!” Gracie squealed. “Why? What’s wrong, Gracie?” said Bean. “This is my first Christmas,” Gracie said. “What if we go into the living room and Santa didn’t leave me any presents?” “Well,” said Bean. “Have you been naughty or nice this year? Santa only leaves presents for nice kids. Is you a nice kid, Gracie?” “I just don’t know! I mean, I did cry for about four months straight when I was first born.” “Oh, yeah,” said Bean. “I remember that. You were awful, Gracie! No one…

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Eating on the Go With Little Ones

Eating on the Go With Little Ones

If I have become an expert on anything this past holiday season, it would have to be eating out with two small children. Whether we’re at someone else’s home, sitting in a fast food drive through as we travel, or eating at a restaurant, taking two kids out to eat can be a real challenge. Michael is at the age now where he knows what is expected of him in a restaurant. Mostly, that’s because we expect him to act the same way at our kitchen table as we would…

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Christmas #3: The Recap

Christmas #3: The Recap

Last Friday, we packed up the car once again and drove seven hours to Pensacola, Florida, where Chris and I grew up. My parents moved away after my sister and I graduated from high school, but Chris’s family is still there. It’s nice to have a tie back to my hometown like that, otherwise, I don’t think I’d have any reason to go back. When we go to Pensacola, we stay with Chris’s mom, Jackie, and her boyfriend/partner/male companion/humorist, Charles. Their house has two spare bedrooms and so Chris and…

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Christmas #2 Recap

Christmas #2 Recap

Hi, imaginary friends! I took a little break from blogging last week in preparation for Christmas and to spend some much needed down time with my family, especially my wee ones. I wish I could show you pictures of exciting adventures we had while I have been gone, but the truth is that we mostly sat around in Christmas pajamas, eating popcorn, wrapping Christmas presents, and watching “The Christmas Story” over and over again. (“My father wove a tapestry of obscenities that still hangs over Lake Michigan even today…”) On…

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Christmas #1: The Recap

Christmas #1:  The Recap

This past weekend we went to Atlanta to have Christmas with my side of the family at my sister’s house. My sister and John Michael have the cutest little condo in downtown Atlanta. It is just what you would picture for a successful, young couple to have. And Ginny has decorated it perfectly. When we got there, it was beautiful in its Christmas glory, with their huge Christmas tree front and center. Twenty minutes into our visit and we had destroyed their house. I blame my mom and dad. They…

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Christmas #1

Christmas #1

In the wee small hours of Saturday morning, we are loading up and heading out to Atlanta. My family is doing their Christmas together at my sister’s house this weekend. I am super excited. This kicks off a two week Christmas celebration for me and I am definitely looking forward to a little down time. I have been so tired lately! I’m to that point of exhaustion that I was starting to think I was getting sick, but then I realized that I’m just freaking tired! This weekend we are…

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Score One for Mom

Score One for Mom

There are few things Bean loves more in this world than his underwear. He likes to count it, carry it, stack it, fold it, and wear it. For a while, we really encouraged it. It was keeping him excited about going potty and it kept him interested in potty training. But, we started drawing the line the day that he tried to carry three pair into his Sunday School class. And it was getting awkward to have a kid carrying underwear sitting in the grocery cart at Target. I felt…

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Gift Ideas: Stacking, Sorting, and Collecting

Gift Ideas: Stacking, Sorting, and Collecting

This year, I am having a hard time coming up with Christmas gift ideas for Bean. He’s in that in-between age where he’s too old for toddler toys, but he’s not quite old enough for preschool toys. I’m also stuck because he has strong preferences for a few different kinds of toys (mostly match box cars and little figures he can carry around) and I don’t know if I want to just buy more of things he already has because I know how much he likes them, or if I…

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