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We were at the beach this weekend with close friends. Watching the kids on the swings swinging WAY too high, I was reminded about how I used to jump off of swings as a child. Sharing the story, my friend had a realization. “She’s you,” she said. “You always say you don’t know where she [...]

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I work from home. My usual business attire is far from fancy. Today I am wearing a pair of black shorts, my husband’s white t-shirt, glasses, and a hairdo that’s a definite don’t. I get up, get the kids out, and then hit the ground running, especially when I have deadlines looming. (And that’s a [...]

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About three years ago I wrote a post called Spanking: This Will Hurt Me More Than It Hurts You. To this day it is still one of the most popular things I have ever written for this blog. It’s not surprising. Spanking is one of those polarizing topics –people either do it and don’t have [...]

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Big Girl has an iTouch. It is actually turning out to be a wonderful communication tool for us. We’re both people who find it easier to write than to talk. The other day I sent her the following text as she was getting ready for bed: I will come give you a hug. Do you [...]

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Anyone who hangs out with me knows I am not as touchy-feely as the average person. It is what it is. Last year I noticed Big Girl seems to be taking my lead, stiffening up when kids hug her and avoiding physical contact unless necessary. It’s come up in the past, but it really hit [...]

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Today is my anniversary. 16 years. Amazing. We were kids, literally, when we got married. Both of us still in college, both of us just starting our careers. When I think back, I wonder what we were thinking. How did we know, “This is the one?” My groom, a 22-year-old adorable, hot guy, was extremely [...]

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My Big Girl was chosen to participate in an invitation-only swim relay. She is over the moon. And tonight, as I watched her practice all her strokes it hit me how many things my kids can do that I can’t. It makes me proud, and it also inspires awe. How did we grow these strong, [...]

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This weekend we cleaned the shed and the garage. We had tons of stuff that the girls outgrew including my pack-and-play, a Cozy Coupe, a toddler castle climber, a Wave Climber, and a small Tangled toddler table. I put it up on Craigslist, asking very reasonable prices for everything so it would sell quickly. As [...]

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Earlier this week we were all outside. The kids were playing basketball. Well, maybe playing isn’t the right word. “Mommmm, she won’t share.” “Little Girl, share.” “No, it’s my turn.”(Scuffling and pushing ensues.) “Girls, stop it. Big Girl, just let her play with it for another two seconds.” (Said dramatically) “No, it’s my ball. Besides, [...]

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Running. It’s never been a favorite activity. I have always preferred group fitness classes with music, people, camaraderie, and energy that inspire me to do my best. Running, in my opinion, is monotonous, boring, and hard. And yet this February I embarked on a new running program — something I never thought I would do. [...]

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