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Mar
11
Adoption Update
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Well, actually, we don't really have anything to update. But I figured maybe you were wondering. Or maybe you weren't, but I am going to tell you what's happening, or what's not happening...whichever the case may be. We have researched adoptions for months. And we have run into closed door after closed door. We have contacted agencies, gone to meetings, talked to adoption workers and lawyers. We've talked to friends and ...
Jul
10
Me Time
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I know you're not going to believe me, but I wrote an entire post on my birthday (beginning of June). All I had to do was upload a few photos. When I went to do that, it told me that I didn't have enough space. I talked to my computer guru (AKA my husband) and he fixed it for me. But by the time I got it taken care of, ...
Jan
27
Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!
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Almost 2 weeks late, but still ...  the thought counts. Am I right? My Baby Girl turned 4! Four! I know every mother says it, but "where did the time go?" I love four! She's independent but still needs me. She's funny. She gets jokes. She makes up jokes (and retells them 800 times). She understands feelings and emotions. She loves big...hugs her friends, tells them she loves them, takes care ...
Jan
11
Road Trip Solution for Kids
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The day before we left for our 11+ hour drive to Florida, a friend told me about an idea someone else told her. She suggested we wrap a gift for each kid to be opened once an hour on the trip. Even though I was busy that day, I decided to try to get 12 presents wrapped for each kid. I took both kids to the dollar store and started shopping. ...
Dec
07
The 25 Days of Christmas
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Last year I loved hearing about my friends' fun activities they did for the days leading up til Christmas. This year I wanted to do the same but I feel like we're still coming down from the adrenaline rush of moving across the country. I didn't plan specific things but decided I would do what I could when I could. For me that has worked best. Maybe next year I'll ...
Nov
09
Send caffeine!
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We are tired over here. I mean really tired. Whether it was Daylight Savings Time or the sudden onslaught of teeth, Buddy's sleep habits have left us reeling and exhausted. For the last several days he's been up at 4:30 or earlier. Four-stinkin' thirty, folks! He's up, happy, ready to take on the day. His parents are not. We don't know what to do. We try to let him just cry ...
Nov
04
Rewards
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Friday afternoon I spent about an hour and a half outside working in the yard. When I finished bagging the leaves, grass, etc, I had a thought. Wouldn't it be great if at the end of the day we saw tangible results of our parenting efforts? I spent less than two hours working and this was the result: We parent day after day and don't always see the results immediately. Sometimes I forget ...
Sep
18
Ruler Growth Chart
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When I pin on Pinterest I really try to make sure it's something I might actually do. There are so many recipes, house ideas, etc that I would never make, do, or implement. So I try to keep my pins in the realistic realm. When I saw the ruler growth chart I knew it was something I wanted, but I thought I'd have to have someone else help me or ...
Aug
03
Our Day
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Wednesday was just a regular ol' day for us. We're in the middle of a heat advisory. Every night they say it will end the next day, and every morning they extend it for another few days. Fun times. Here's a picture of my car thermometer when we went out yesterday. Doesn't that look pleasant? I decided to see how hot it had to be to fry an egg on the road. ...
Jul
24
Growing Up
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This week's to do list? Shopping preschools! What? Did I just say that? How did my baby get old enough to go to preschool? I'm fighting the whole thing, actually. I know Baby Girl will love it! I know that the needs the socialization, especially since we don't have any play dates or get-togethers right now. But...for some reason I'm struggling with it. Here are the waring sides:  1. Mama wants ...