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Taking back Halloween

Before I had kids, one of the things I really looked forward to doing with them was making Halloween costumes.  It was one of the highlights of my childhood — sitting in the garage with my parents and using a cardboard box and some spray paint to make something magical.  Sure, the end result was often completely insane, but I didn’t care.  And sure, I often had to explain what I was to the neighbors handing me candy (I’m a…

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Another double Thanksgiving

Last night as I searched the internet for airline tickets for Thanksgiving, I was reminded for about the billionth time in my life that my parents are divorced.  My mother lives in Gainesville, Florida and my father and step-mother live six hours away in Miami.  I need to see both.  I need to show the grandchildren to both.  And I need to spend the same amount of time with both because they will be watching, ever tallying the amount of…

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Two stories

Story #1. A couple of days ago, my kids were showing our neighbor their artwork and Emerson said, “Buck is the best artist out of all of us.”  I immediately said, “No, he’s not.  You’re all really good artists.”  While Emerson was complimenting Buck, it bothered me that she was putting herself down.  But I immediately regretted saying, “No, he’s not.”  Couldn’t I have said that in a more diplomatic way?  Seriously, someone says my son is a good artist…

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Five things you should know before homeschooling

It’s already October which means that you’ve been back in the school routine for at almost six weeks — the insane rushing in the morning, the lunch making, the long pick up lines and of course, the dreaded homework.  At this point you might be already burnt out and even entertaining that old day dream of yours… What if we just homeschooled?  Well, since two of my kids homeschool and one of my kids goes to school, I can tell…

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The greatest gift I can give my child

Yesterday, August and I were in the car together headed to pick up his brother and sister.  I always like it when I can separate one of my kids from the herd.  I no longer have to be in charge of crowd control and it’s so great to hear what they have to say when their siblings aren’t around to correct or interrupt or irritate. August as a solo man always begins our conversations with a list of his normal…

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The best afternoon energy boost

As a mom, I have a preoccupation with things that give me energy in the afternoon.  I wake up at five every morning, so by three in the afternoon, I am sooooo done.  And yet, I have so much more of the day to go.  The hardest part of the day, as far as I’m concerned — making dinner, helping with homework, playing legos (a sure-fire way to get me to pass out) and the worst, bath time.  If one…

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My morning goat commute

Our goats sleep in a shed near our house at night and then every morning someone has to open the shed and walk them down to this big fenced area where they eat all the overrun blackberries and oaks during the day.  Sometimes that someone is Bill and sometimes that someone is me.  The kids can’t do it because the job requires a willingness for the goats to follow and they would never follow the kids.  (Goats have a deep…

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How to civilize your kids before Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means my kids will be required to do something they normally never do — which is to sit at the dinner table for more than two minutes without acting like insane animals.  Try as I might, my past lessons on table manners seem to haven fallen on deaf ears.  It’s like my kids didn’t even understand why anyone would care if they talked with their mouths full of food.  In fact, food…

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