Fun Family Vacation?

Jul 29, 2015 by

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OK, OK. This is not going to be another one of my posts where I talk about vacations with small children as being torturous and a true test of human fortitude. Instead, I am actually enjoying my vacation this year.

This year, we brought along our 14-year-old niece and 11-year-old nephew to “help” out with our kids. Our expectations are very low, and we know we were taking a gamble on being responsible for four young, volatile human beings. But it was a risk worth taking to have two extra people to keep our five-year-old daughter entertained (she adores her cousins, most of the time).

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Life Lessons Learned From the Stomach Bug

Jul 15, 2015 by

Sorry, gross topic here, but our little family got slammed by the evil bug on the Fourth of July.  We had our own set of fireworks bursting every few hours for about eight days straight.  It.was.awful.  And hello, the flu in July?!?!  We were so lucky all year.  But hey, that’s life.  Kids were not meant to be raised in bubbles. And you know you get to learn some good parenting lessons along the barfy path of life like:

*The sanitary setting on washing machines were specifically created for families with small children.

*Never take a simple outing like a trip to the park for granted again.  Heck, even going for a short walk without carrying barf bowls around is pretty fantastic.

*Access to a variety of safe and healthy food is truly a blessing.  When all you have lived on for a week are toast and bananas, food is miraculous.

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The Daycare Dilemma

Jul 2, 2015 by

Last week, for reasons out of anyone’s control, our childcare fell through, sending us into a bit of a tailspin.  I was facing a pile of reports to write and a quickly looming deadline, so I had no choice but to work nights after my kids went to sleep and on the weekend. I was exhausted. Even though this is a seemingly normal challenge facing working families everyday, it really was a wake-up call for me that has caused me to do a lot of soul searching.  It made me realize that perhaps my childcare situation is no longer working as well as I need it to. Since we do not have family that live close by, or any back-up people in place when our childcare falls through, either my husband or I need to stay home from work, or change our work schedule around, or ask a colleague to cover for us. And now it is just getting too tiring for us to do that, not to mention it disrupts everyone’s schedules.

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Has Texting Replaced Talking?

Jun 17, 2015 by

Texting has become ingrained in our daily lives over the past few years. I am a little slow with technology when I want to be, so I have to say I have dragged my feet in having the text be my first and preferred point of contact with work colleagues, friends, and even family members.  I still pick up the phone and call people, but I can tell by the sound of their voice (or voicemail) that many prefer the text over a phone call.  I am not sure if I am ready to have the text replace good old-fashioned verbal communication or face-to-face conversation, so I thought I would examine the pros and cons of texting today.

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Pros of Texting

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Birthday Party Stream of Consciousness #unfiltered

May 6, 2015 by

I’m not much use these days. All I have on my mind is my daughter’s upcoming birthday bash at our house. Her first real kid party, with her real live friends. I am a kid party rookie. It is so exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. So please allow me to empty the contents of my brain #unfiltered here in this blog post today. Thanks.

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One month out I realize Mia’s birthday is around the corner. She’s 5! How the heck did that happen? Oh shit, she wants a party. I love party planning! But I am in middle of the craziest, busiest, most stressful time at work. And we have never really done a kids party before. Eeek. Suck it up and throw your daughter a fun party, she deserves it! Ok. Do I do written invites? What kind? Where do I buy them? Do I have to write them all out and look up addresses? I only have Christmas stamps!!! Screw it – Evite it is!

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