And Then There Were 3

July 21, 2015

Three is not the magic number. There’s a reason that being the “third wheel” is not a good thing. Three people means there’s always an odd man out, nothing is ever even or equal. And yet that’s my two boys and me all summer: the 3 Musketeers. Only with fewer mustaches and squirt guns instead […]

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Cork Boats and Bad Blogger Jokes

July 10, 2015

My son’s third-grade homework assignment: present a “how to” project. He was supposed to come up with an idea for something he knew how to do and share it with his class — say, how to make chocolate chip cookies or how to make an origami frog. Fun, right? After a lengthy brainstorming session that […]

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Happy to Help

July 7, 2015

I’m still digging out from our family health emergency. SO many emails, phone calls, texts to return, thank-you’s to write. The experience gave me a totally new perspective on needing and accepting help, let me tell you. I’ve always liked to think of myself as someone who is generous in offering help, but who doesn’t […]

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When You Live Far Away from Family

June 22, 2015

What a week. A health crisis hit our house, not life-threatening but life-altering while we’re in the midst of it. Also, school let out. And more than ever before, I felt the impact of not living near family. Our wonderful neighbors and friends rushed in to help, and my intrepid sisters-in-law and mother-in-law came to […]

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How to Not Get in Trouble, by Riley, age 6

June 15, 2015

So, I came home from my blog conference all fired up to get on a regular posting schedule again and put together an editorial calendar and refine my themes and messaging and do all this other stuff I learned about. But then life intervened the way it does. Unexpected dramas and crises converged with birthday […]

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Birthdays, Blog Conferences, and Tweens, Oh My!

June 8, 2015

Today my baby is 9! Happy Birthday, Miles! I can honestly say that 9 years ago I never DREAMED motherhood would be this great. Or this hard. But mostly, this great. The sweet-smelling little bundle of baldness I gave birth to after many, many hours of labor has grown into a smart, sweet but not […]

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What I’ve Been Doing Besides Writing

May 26, 2015

A mom friend of mine put it perfectly: this time of year is second only to the holidays in terms of busyness. The end-of-year school events: picnics, concerts, gatherings. The field trips, permission slips, yearbooks, teacher gifts. The baseball games, rain delays, birthdays, school holidays. The mad rush, the final push, before school lets out […]

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My Perfectly Imperfect Mother’s Day

May 12, 2015

All I wanted for Mother’s Day this year was a little day trip. I had this idea that it might be fun to go kayaking as a family, then grab an early dinner by the water somewhere. I even thought of a place and researched it some, but it wasn’t looking good. The kayak rental […]

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Monkey Moms

May 5, 2015

My 8yo son is not a big movie guy, but he has been dying to see “Monkey Kingdom” ever since he saw a preview for it months ago. This kid is a nature lover through and through. He’s constantly rattling off facts about animals and bugs. “Mom, did you know ladybugs play dead when they […]

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Too Close to Home

April 27, 2015

On Saturday night neither my kids nor I could sleep, but for different reasons. They were beyond excited about going to Little League Day at Camden Yards the next day. They were going to see the Red Sox and Orioles play, and they would get to walk onto the field in their uniforms and meet […]

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