I Was Mean Girled by My Own Daughter

I Was Mean Girled by My Own Daughter

We are heading to the Keys for a week-long vacation soon, and so I loaded the kids up late last week to head over to Target for the dreaded bathing suit purchase.  Can we all agree that fitting rooms are the devil?  The lighting makes me look like an eskimo, the three-paneled circus mirrors make my stretch marks (which I still have, six years later, thankyouverymuch children…) look like deflated balloons, and the super thin partition walls make it easy for everyone to hear me crying.  The experience simply can’t be…

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Gracie in Home Depot

Gracie in Home Depot

Chris had to run to Home Depot this past weekend, and in the interest of creating quality family time, I insisted that we all go along.  This always happens.  And it always proves to be an epic failure for a few key reasons:  Chris takes forever at Home Depot. Chris doesn’t talk to us while he is there.  He muses things over in his head, or counts imaginary measurements out loud, or mumbles about things I don’t understand and no one cares about. Chris takes forever in Home Depot. The kids…

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An Itemized Statement of Gracie

An Itemized Statement of Gracie

Item #1:  Gracie has her preK graduation in a few weeks.  I hyperventilate every time I say that.  I can’t believe she is going to be in kindergarten this fall.  We have her kindergarten registration next week.  I hyperventilate every time I say that, too.  Part of me is so excited, but the other part of me thinks, “She still says ‘she shells.’ How can she be in kindergarten and still say ‘she shells?’”  As part of her graduation ceremony, she will be reciting two poems, singing a few songs, and…

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Happy 5th Birthday, Gracie Girl!

Happy 5th Birthday, Gracie Girl!

We have been counting down for this birthday since the day after she turned four.  Tomorrow, Gracie Girl turns five years old!  “A WHOLE HAND!” as she has reminded us for at least the past six months.  I interviewed Gracie last night about the excitement of her birthday, and I love this video because you can see so much of her personality in it.  Plus, I love to watch her talk.  It never gets old to me.  I could listen to her talk for hours.  That girl cracks me up….

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I Knew She’d Be My Girl

I Knew She’d Be My Girl

When I found out I was having a baby girl, I pictured Gracie. Before I knew her name.  Before I saw my first ultrasound.  Before I heard her speak.  I pictured Gracie. I pictured a strong-willed girl, like her momma.  Someone who had her own ideas, her own sense of self.  A girl who argued because she believed that strongly, and listened because she loved that much. I pictured a feisty, fiery girl with a head full of knowledge and information, and a heart bursting with happiness and laughter. Gracie will…

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She.

She.

She loves castles, doll babies, and tea sets. She loves her brother even more. She squeals when she sees a butterfly and screams when she sees a lizard. She is deathly afraid of love bugs. She loves to cook. She loves babies. She loves jewelry. She loves shoes. She REALLY loves tutus. She has a laugh that brightens up the room. She is slow to anger. She believes every bump, bruise, scrape, or blow of the wind requires a bandaid. She hates to eat. She loves to drink apple juice….

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The Demons Are Back

The Demons Are Back

The demons have possessed Gracie again. Don’t be fooled by that sweet smile. She’s like those man-eating plants that lure prey to them with their sweet smell. You lean in for a minute and think, “Well, that smells too good to be dangerous…” and then – STHUWMP!- you’ve been sucked up into the deadly petals and life as you know it is over. That’s what Gracie’s smile is like. (Don’t look at me like that. Like you’ve never compared your child to a man-eating plant?) Lately, Gracie has become clingy…

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Gracie Update: Age 22 Months

Gracie Update: Age 22 Months

Gracie Girl is 22 months old this week.  In some ways, I can’t believe she is almost two-years-old, but in other ways it is hard to believe she’s ONLY two-years-old.  Gracie Girl is a happy, passionate, dramatic, funny, determined, independent little girl.  I love her spirit.  If Gracie wants something, that girl is going to GET it.  And chances are she’s going to get it all by herself, for herself.  At times, that can be incredibly challenging as a parent.  Gracie wants to to everything by herself, from brushing her…

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