Magnetic Race Track

Magnetic Race Track

Hi friends! What a great few days we have had talking about food for wee ones! I had no idea it would be such a popular topic. It actually makes me feel so much better because it seems that we all struggle with the same things from time to time. Whew! I have gotten a lot of email, tweets, and FB messages this week asking me specific questions about our feeding/eating routine at our house. I had planned today to do a final food post that answered all those questions…

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I.ve Lost My Mind. And My Dogs.

I.ve Lost My Mind. And My Dogs.

I just survived the month of July, which was pretty intense around our house. Three camps for the kids, VBS, Chris’s big work project, swimming lessons (which are ongoing), and the completion of my two summer classes for my teaching certificate. Busy, busy, busy. This is the first week where we don’t have things to do every single day, and I am prepared to enjoy every minute of it. Apparently, though, my brain has decided it has earned a vacation because today it was nowhere to be found. Both kids…

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Life and Death on a Sunday Morning

Life and Death on a Sunday Morning

Sunday morning, Chris left early to be at work for the Target Festival. That left me wrangling the yahoos. I had approximately 45 minutes to get some breakfast in their bellies, stuff them into church clothes, and get myself ready. Death never comes at convenient times, does it? Bean went running into the kitchen, demanding his two favorite morning routines: his vitamin and to feed our fish, Lt. Dan. We got Lt. Dan for Bean’s first birthday. I thought he needed a pet, and since Chris wouldn’t let me get…

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Toddler and Preschooler Meal Ideas

Toddler and Preschooler Meal Ideas

I said I was going to do a post on meal ideas, but then I realized that most of my meal ideas have been covered in my post from last week. But in case any of you out there are visual people, here are a few pictures and descriptions of recent kid meals at my house… Steamed broccoli with a little butter Fresh sliced pineapple Steamed, diced sweet potatoes (I think it is easier to dice it first because steaming) This was a snack one afternoon for the kids and…

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Is There a Doctor in the House?

Is There a Doctor in the House?

One of the scariest parts of preparing for the arrival of Bean Man and Gracie was choosing a pediatrician. It’s not that it’s necessarily a hard decision to make, but it is an incredibly important one. We have had two particularly significant events involving our pediatricians and both have shaped how I choose and interact with our doctors. First, when Bean was four months old, he was hospitalized unexpectedly. I try to keep our family’s health issues private, so without going into too much detail, he was having trouble breathing…

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Fresh Eating Makes Life Simple

Fresh Eating Makes Life Simple

After months and months of trying to get a handle on how to get my kids to eat, I think I finally – FINALLY! – have figured it out. I STOPPED COOKING! That’s right.  Turns out, the less preparation I put into the kids’ food, the more they ate it.  I’m still working out psychologically what this means about my cooking, but for now, I don’t really care what it means.  They are eating, darn it! Before, I was fixing big meals for my kids.  Spaghetti and meatballs, tuna noodle…

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Our First Place

Our First Place

Since my book, “Laugh. Fight. Stay Married,” didn’t sell, I’ve been left wondering what to do with this giant draft. Years worth of writing would just go to waste sitting on my laptop. So, I’m going to share it here. It won’t be regular postings. They won’t be in any kind of order. But occasionally when I’m out of blog fodder, I’ll share a little story from the manuscript. The good news is that you guys get pictures, too! This first story is of our initial visit to Connecticut, before…

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Body Image

Body Image

It has been a jarring day, to say the least. I am spent. And my body image has been battered down to my sixth grade self. Several things happened today which led to this middle school regression in self confidence. Allow me to share. 1) Remember that inspiring post I wrote last week about my running and healthy eating habits? Yeah…. about that… I haven’t run since that post and I’ve decided to go all the way and just JUMP off the wagon by eating like crap on top of…

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Dear Bean…

Dear Bean…

Dear Bean, I know that lately it has been loud and crazy at our house, thanks to a certain unnamed redheaded sister who throws temper tantrums and demands a LOT of attention. I know that sometimes Daddy and I don’t do such a great job of balancing our time between you and Gracie right now. We are really trying to do better. To speak kinder. To hug harder. To tickle more. Because even though Gracie is louder, you are just as important to us as she is. I have loved…

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I Will (Did) Survive!

I Will (Did) Survive!

Well, I survived vacation bible school. It was pretty awesome. We had 525 children, and ages ranged between three years old up to fifth grade. I’m so glad I was involved because the kids LOVED it. They were excited to be there every day – even the little guys who were Bean’s age. The week was long, especially for them, but they came every day excited to play and learn more. It really warmed my heart. Bean and Gracie loved being there every day. Bean was old enough to participate…

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