Category Archives: family

Dull or Annoying?

Would you rather be considered annoying or dull? This was a question after dinner recently, when we were playing “Would You Rather?” For some reason, the very question had us in stitches. For the record, HT would rather be dull. … Continue reading

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Bite Your Tongue? Or Save the Cheese?

“He’s a smart man. I don’t get it?” I was talking to Amy about HT. Lately, after almost 15 years of marriage, he’d taken to leaving blocks of cheese in the fridge drawer, unwrapped. Amy was sympathetic. She shook her … Continue reading

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“Mommy will never forget you…”

We are half way through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book. So far, I’ve read every one of them out loud to my children. Sometimes we snuggle up on the bed. Sometimes I read during … Continue reading

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14 Years

I was out doing some Christmas shopping and Todd was home with the kids. A song came on the radio, and Riley leaned over to Seth and out of the corner of her mouth said, “If Mom were home, she … Continue reading

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Lunch Time Compliments

We were sitting at the kitchen table for lunch yesterday, and I made a request, “Riley. Tell me something good about your brother!” Munching on a piece of apple* she said, “Well, he’s fun to play with and he does … Continue reading

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“If you were a musical instrument, which one would you be and why?”

Playing Chat Pack yesterday after dinner, the question was, “If you were a musical instrument, which one would you be and why?” These were our responses. Seth(9): A keyboard. Because I am fun and like doing a lot of different … Continue reading

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Meditation Before Glee

Busy day, and now in the first lull, the the kids want to watch Glee, which means I have to sit there with them because there are parts I must forward through. Not really into it but it means the … Continue reading

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Self-care

Todd has today off and is not working until tomorrow afternoon. With his encouragment I am at a hotel two seconds away, and for the next 22 hours, I do not have to answer to anyone. No one will demand … Continue reading

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Ringing in 43

Tucking her in the night before my birthday, she could barely contain her excitement. She wears her heart on her sleeve, and was as happy for me as she would be if it were her own birthday eve. I have a … Continue reading

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At least there was Fonzie

We went to the county fair today. Riley went on three rides. Seth went on two. I went on two. Todd went on one. All of us wound up ill from motion sickness. Apparently, we have delicate compositions. I win … Continue reading

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Shhh….

Behold the Bemis. The Bemis “Whisper Close” toilet seat. No more being startled awake in the night to the sound of lid slamming on porcelain. Oh Bemis! Those days are over. Much to Todd’s delight, it’s “seat fastening system” promises never … Continue reading

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The day Mommy went for a ride…

So yesterday…I was on the treadmill, mindin’ my own business. Listening to Mozart, not a usual pick for me but there it was, so I put the CD in my “Walkman” (yes Walkman…Riley is the only one in this house … Continue reading

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Meandering

It had been a long week. Too many appointments. Not enough down time. HT had to work the weekend, and yesterday I woke, not quite wanting to climb back into my life. “When is your next day off?” I mumbled … Continue reading

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((Hugs))

The only thing better than being a boy obsessed with Lego, and having a new Lego to put together… is when your sister, whom you adore, suddenly, inexplicably, begins sharing your interest with you. Here they are, beginning to work … Continue reading

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I See Weird People

Joy. My kids are happy folk. Seriously. They are having so much fun being them. I am thankful for them. Thankful for the loving sibling relationship they have. Thankful for their kind and generous hearts. Thankful for their silliness. Thankful … Continue reading

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Chat Pack

HT had bedtime duty last night; I was up in my attic office writing. When I finally came down, I peeked in on each kiddo and found Riley still awake in her bed. I came in and gave her a … Continue reading

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July 4th

This morning, the kids took part in the Fourth of July bike parade on our block. Much care was taken to decorate the scooters in red white & blue streamers, USA signs, and patriotic elephants. Riley had her outfit planned … Continue reading

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One Foot in Front of the Other

   ~~ I’d been itchin’ to get out in nature. Every place we’ve lived over the last ten years, I have found it. Hiking trails. Streams. Trees. Oh the trees. I love them so much. I got teary looking at a … Continue reading

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Walking the Tightrope

Second day of camp, I pick them up and Riley’s been in the office for the last hour. Her eyes are red. She’s spent. She won’t talk about it. Todd is home, so we drop Seth off, and I take my girl … Continue reading

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Summer

So far, summer has been fantastic with a capital F! Hee-hee. It has been so nice to have some freedom. No schedule to adhere to (at least not until camp starts). I’ve given myself a pool pass as in, I’m not taking … Continue reading

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