Hands-Off Imagination

Hands-Off Imagination

This weekend while we were in Chris’s office, Bean and Gracie entertained themselves for hours.  I mean, HOURS.  We didn’t hear a peep out of them until we went hunting for them to see what they were up to. Chris and I talked on the way home about how awesome life with the kids has been lately because they are so self-sufficient. They are playing really great together, they are constantly creating or imagining something, and they really need very little from us. We thought back to when they were…

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Important Conversations and a Haircut

Important Conversations and a Haircut

I took Gracie to get a haircut after school today because she decided to cut huge chunks out of her own hair a few weeks ago and it’s taken me a while to do anything about it. To be honest, I didn’t really notice that she had cut all that much. She had this one really short clump of bangs that I noticed several weeks ago, but it wasn’t until we sat down to get her hair cut today that I realized she had several short strands all through her…

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A New Year Calls for a New Blog Post!

A New Year Calls for a New Blog Post!

So, I promise I haven’t stayed away to build some of kind dramatic suspense story.  The truth is, my six month absence was an accident.  And then it got awkward.  Have you ever not seen a friend for so long that it becomes embarrassing?  And then, you want to reach out to them, but it’s been so long that that would be even MORE embarrassing?  Yeah.  That’s what happened with my blog.  But I’m hoping that, like all good friendships, we can just pick right up where we left off,…

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5 Boys, 3 Pizzas, 2 Girls, and a Gallon of Ice Cream

5 Boys, 3 Pizzas, 2 Girls, and a Gallon of Ice Cream

I blogged a few weeks ago about our Date Night Co-op group.  This weekend was mine and Chris’s first time to host all the kiddos at our house.  I’m still recovering.  I counted heads so many times that night that I’m still counting to seven in my sleep! We had five boys and two girls, with ages ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade.  It was organized chaos in our house from 6:00-10:00! When the kids first got there, we planned to have everyone swim, but only a few of them…

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The First Tee

The First Tee

For the past three seasons, Bean has played Little League baseball and our whole family has loved it!  We became dugout parents and spending three or four days a week at the ball park was not an inconvenience at all.  We truly loved it.  So, it kind of broke our hearts just a bit when Bean said he didn’t want to play this season. My first instinct was to insist I knew better than him. “You’ll love it!” I coaxed.  “You’ve always loved it!” “Maybe you just need a little…

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Teaching Your Preschooler to Read

Teaching Your Preschooler to Read

A few weeks ago on Instagram, I posted a short video of Gracie reading a book on the day before she started kindergarten.  I am super proud of her for being a pretty darn good little reader before she even starts school.  There were a few people on Instagram who asked how we taught her to read.  I thought I would share a few things that we do in our house to encourage reading. 1. Start early!  Unlike other life skills our kids learn (such as riding a bike or tying…

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Date Night Co-op

Date Night Co-op

My friend, Jamie, has four boys.  They range in age from kindergarten to fourth grade.  The kindergarteners are twins.  And Jamie is a preschool teacher.  If anyone needs a date night every week, it’s this woman.  And if anyone knows how to do date night right, it’s this woman. Jamie let me in on this super awesome thing she calls her “Date Night Co-op.”  She and three other families got together and decided to rotate homes every Saturday night.  So, the first Saturdays of the month, all the kids went…

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Friendship Knows No Country

Friendship Knows No Country

A little over a year ago, Gracie’s bestest little buddy in her daycare class moved back to Italy.  Her dad was here working for two years, but when his contract was up, they packed their family and sadly headed back to Rome.  Gracie was heartbroken.  We tried doing a few FaceTime sessions with the girls, but it was hard.  Sara was having a tough time adjusting to the language in Rome and Gracie was really missing her friend, so we stopped those.  But still, Sara’s mom and I stayed in…

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Extra-Curricu-Grrrrr’s

Extra-Curricu-Grrrrr’s

It’s that dreaded time of year when we all sign our kids up for extracurricular activities.  I’m a big fan of activities, as a whole.  I think they help build character in kids.  They teach them about being part of a team, about personal responsibility, about trying your best, about being a good sport, and all that other stuff that makes them well-rounded people. But, HOLY COW, is it a very expensive pain in the arse to get them all signed up! This year, both kids are going to be…

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Another School Year

Another School Year

Oh, friends!  So much has happened while I have been away!  First of all, THIS happened this morning. (Ignore the years being wrong. I saved the file on my computer last year and didn’t pay attention this morning!) Wasn’t this picture just taken yesterday? And now, Gracie is in kindergarten?!?! IT’S ALL HAPPENING TOO FAST! We dropped Gracie off this morning and she was a champ. It was like she was a professional kindergartener. She walked right in, hung up her backpack, gave Chris and I kisses, and then sat…

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