We Made It: A Tale of Boxes and Stairs!

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The last time I wrote, we had two days to pack and clean our house. Thanks to a lot of fantastic people and friends we made it. This was by far the most frantic move I have ever experienced. But we made it. We’re in our new place, with boxes everywhere. Some of the furniture is where it belongs. Most …

Moving and Packing and Packing and Moving

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In my brief history as a mom, my family has moved at least nine times. We’re in the middle of move number 10. We’re getting pretty good at this, and have learned a few things about moving. We’ve moved with infants; we’ve moved with just a passenger van and a trailer; we’ve even packed and moved in one week’s time. …

Clothes

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I went school clothes shopping for my fourth grader today. It’s a little early, but we’re moving a few weeks before school starts, so it’s something that needed to be done. I had a lot of fun helping her find outfits and shopping together. But it left me in a philosophical mood. I have a few questions for clothing designers, …

The toys are attacking!

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We’re moving in a little while. It’s a good thing, actually. Currently there are seven of us sharing a 1200 square foot home. So, we all get a little more than 170 square feet a person. It can get squishy, to say the least. As we’ve been packing I’ve been noticing what’s been eating my space. And it’s not the …

Oil Change Mom-cation

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Normally, when it’s time to get the oil changed in our vehicle, I load all the kids, grab a bag of things to do, some food (sometimes a lot), and cross my fingers that the mechanics will be quick. Recently, we had quite an experience getting the oil changed. First, we spent some time playing cards, on the floor, then …

Popsicles, movies, and bubbles

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Everyone starts the summer with dreams and ideas of what they’ll do with their free time. My kids dream of playing all day, swimming, and going on adventures. My husband dreams of catching up on all the literature he needs to read to stay current with his profession. I dream of keeping a clean house full of happy children and …

Flaming Marshmallows, Batman! (S’mores?)

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As I’ve said earlier, I love to camp! I love sitting around a good campfire watching the flames dance. I love hot chocolate in the morning and making s’mores at night. I love the smell of wood smoke and seeing the dancing stars above. I still love all of those things, but camping with children presents some new and interesting …

The Magic Fountain

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My children recently discovered the power of coins. They’ve liked to collect them for a long time. But it wasn’t until just recently that the four oldest realized coins were good for something other than to look at.  Suddenly, every penny, nickel, dime, or quarter found on the floor is now a hot commodity. My children have learned that coins …

The Perfect Day

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Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that make or break a day. Today, I have to be honest, started out rough. Kids were fighting with kids. Mom was frustrated with not being able to get things done. Baby was grumpy. Everyone needed a little bit of love in their love buckets. We got out of the house for a …

Mind Your Manners

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I’ve noticed that my manners are evolving into something a little more bare-boned than what Miss Manners, Judith Martin, would recommend. Motherhood teaches a lot of lessons. One of them seems to be how to navigate meal times as quickly as possible, without creating much extra work. I call this evolution Mommy Manners. Mommy Manners are designed to let Mommies …