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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I’ll Miss This One Day

I’ll Miss This One Day

This past Saturday afternoon, we were all in the kitchen having lunch.  We had a baseball game to get to, and Chris and I were hurrying around trying to get ready to go and the kids were goofing around while they ate. And I thought to myself in the middle of the shuffle, “I’ll miss this one day.” I’ll miss the normalcy of intense Pokemon discussions and negotiations over how many carrots have to be eaten. I’ll miss the countless, half-dressed baby dolls that I have to share meals with…

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Where’s My Baby?

Where’s My Baby?

Good Lord.  I can’t even handle this picture.  How old is that kid? Surely, that’s not my little baby boy?   The one who used to say that dogs “woofed” instead of bark. The one who used to call sneezes “achoos.”   The one who use to ask me to “snuggle” him when he needed an extra hug or two at night. Oh, I just can’t handle this picture.

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FEVAH!

FEVAH!

Oh, man.  The fever has hit our house. There’s nothing I hate more than a fever in one of my kids.  They are so darn scary!  Neither Bean or Gracie run fevers very often, but when they do?  Wow!  Those suckers are HOT and HIGH! November, 2014 – Asthma flare There’s a little fever virus going around the daycare, so I’m sure Gracie has brought it home from there.  Thankfully, this time, both kids are sick at the same time, which is nice because it will mean that once it’s…

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The Hardest Part of Kindergarten

The Hardest Part of Kindergarten

I was somewhat prepared for Bean starting kindergarten this year.  I read a few articles about it online, talked to some friends who had been through this before, and reminded myself that Bean was fully prepared to face this next milestone.  But nothing prepared me for the hardest part of kindergarten I have had to face. My husband. Chris is having the hardest time adjusting to Bean being in kindergarten.  I think he feels like Bean is too young or small or something to be dealing with all of this.  Of…

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John Hancock, The Remix

John Hancock, The Remix

I have had the same signature since I was in college.  I sign with my first initial and then my last name.  I started with the first initial thing because my maiden name was long and my formal first name is long and, quite frankly, I just couldn’t make my signature look cute.  Shallow, but true.  That long signature was just so hard to write.  Instead of it being bubbly and happy, like I wanted my signature to be, it was the definition of chicken scratch.  It just didn’t look…

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The Importance of Being a Mom

The Importance of Being a Mom

For the past two and a half years, my main focus in life has been to keep my kids alive. (And stay married in the process.) I had to learn how to feed them, bathe them, and clothe them. I had to learn how to treat an untreatable cough, soothe an upset tummy, and tell a temperature just by kissing someone’s forehead. I had to learn what to pack in a diaper bag, where to sit in a restaurant for the quickest escape, and how to change imploding diapers. I…

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Flashback

Flashback

A couple days ago, I pulled down some of Bean’s old baby things and set them in the New Guy’s room.  I’m still a long way away from putting together the nursery, but it was nice to start corralling all this stuff into one place. Then a few hours later, I looked in the nursery to discover this: Which instantly made me remember this: And this: And this one: And this hoody: And then I peaked back into the nursery and I saw this: And this: And this little bum:…

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He’s Brilliant! (Says his mother)

He’s Brilliant!  (Says his mother)

I don’t know if it has something to do with being home every day with Bean now and just noticing more about him, or if he is actually a brilliant genius.  I suspect the latter.  Lately, Bean seems to be doing all these new things all at one time.  I can barely keep up with him. Most of his brilliance is in the form of verbal communication.  Quite simply, the boy takes after his momma and loves to talk.  But he’s starting to actually say words now.  He definitely knows…

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Moving on Up

Moving on Up

Our upstairs neighbors are having a party tonight.   They were really polite about it.   They even invited us to come.   But then they asked to borrow our coolers, so I’m fairly certain the invite was just a technicality.   But I digress. The problem is not the party.   And its not our neighbors.   Its that its a Monday.   And at the risk of sounding like an old fart, they’re being loud.   And its a Monday. The real, underlying problem here is that I’m…

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