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Monthly Archive for June, 2014

Asking for Help

“Hey, guys! Can one of you help me find my way back to the house?” We were sitting in the children’s room of a local library waiting for Big Girl to finish a program. Little Girl was sitting at a newly-installed pod of iPads playing Minecraft. She didn’t know the four other boys who were [...]

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The summer stretches out in front of us. Two and a half months without structure. I plan on taking time to hang out with my kids a lot and one of the things that’s on my to-d0 list is the Summer Movie Express, a program that provides $1 movie tickets for second run flicks. You [...]

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Boaters Throwing Cups at People

Yesterday we spent the day with our close friends at a local beach. We took our boat over, docking right in front of the swing set. I wish I could say that was on purpose, but it wasn’t. It was just where we landed. Anyway, the adults sat on the boat for a while and [...]

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She Drank the Pink Milk

Our district’s lunch program is pretty much like every other district’s: The cafeteria workers need to find a way to provide lunch for $2.30 while staying within national guidelines. As a result, there’s very little on the menu my kids will eat. Everything is processed and, as my kids tell me, “disgusting” as far as [...]

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June Makes Me Anxious

Last year I was a mess from the middle of May until after the first day of school. Not a lunatic mess. Just messy enough that I didn’t feel like myself. I had reasons for my messiness. The little one was graduating preschool. I was attempting to work half-time over the summer. I got food [...]

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Only a few years ago Big Girl was driving me nuts by chewing her clothing. Whenever she was nervous — and she was nervous a lot — or distracted by a good book she chewed the neck or sleeves of her shirt. Back then I was obsessed with Gymboree clothing and the cute little outfits [...]

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Although I’ve been sort of quiet about it, I am still doing my part to recycle, reuse and reduce. One of the easiest things I do is recycle dry cleaning plastic. My husband works in a job where he has to wear dress shirts four days a week with dress pants, so once every two [...]

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She Slept Out

  Long time readers of this blog know about my struggle with sleepovers. (I have blogged about it here.) Anyway, over the years my older daughter has hosted sleepovers, but we never took the next step and let her sleep at a friend’s house. She has been invited, and we’ve even come close. Once, she [...]

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