Christmas is Magical…and So Exhausting

I love the Christmas season, do not get me wrong.  I love giving gifts, I love Christmas decorations, and I love Christmas music (especially that Mariah Carey album–don’t pretend you don’t). My adoration of the season however, cannot make up for how unbelievably overwhelmed I can become.

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The Magic of Christmas

Now, I stopped believing in magic years ago. But there, laced throughout the words of her story it lay: Magic. Perhaps it was the beauty of the story or the sincerity with which she told it … maybe it was my hope that my children would someday feel the love that I have for them as they recount a story about their childhood in much the same way … but, whatever the reason, the story breathed new Christmas life into me.

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Finding the More in the Less

So when I came home from work today I was actually nervous. There were five hours until bedtime (yes I calculated it in my head). How was I going to “fill” the time? Without taking a break to color or read Fancy Nancy books what was I going to do?  What does a boy mom do when there isn’t another girl around to buffer?

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Mouse Assassin and Other Titles

Fall is more challenging than Summer.  This is just a truth.  Summer is the time for eating tomatoes from the garden with balsamic vinegar and calling it dinner.  For staying up a little late and chasing fireflies in the yard.  Fall is none of these things. None. Of. Them.

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Love and Dementia

The staff found it really endearing to see them together.  They would sit next to each other at meals and otherwise.  They would hold hands.  There were smooches.  Her face would light up when she saw him, even though she could not recognize his name when I mentioned it.  He would beam when he saw her.  Her waning speech did not phase him.  She was happy.

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An Ode to My True Love

It’s that time of year when I take a favorite poem and bastardize to accommodate whatever’s on my mind.  This year, an ode to my true love, the mindless time-waster that makes me feel accomplished and like a supreme loser at the same time. 

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It’s Time to End NF

It’s Giving Tuesday. This global initiative encourages us, at the beginning of the holiday shopping season, to pause and consider giving something to a charitable cause. For me, the Children’s Tumor Foundation is one of those worthy causes.

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I Like You The Way You Are

And, I realized in that moment, that although I probably will not always have the energy for some of his crazy ideas or the patience for his demanding that they come to fruition immediately, I do have to remember that they are his ideas … and that they are important to him. Sometimes, he is trying to speak to me—in his own creative voice—and it does not always sound like yours or mine.

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Stage Three – We Can Do This

We certainly have had some missteps, in particular once my daughter started school in the fall. But we recover and hug it out. I made it a practice to stand my ground as a parent, but to do so as gently as possible. And to readily admit my mistakes when I made them.

Five Reasons Why My Mom Friends Rule

As women, even when we are not compatible, we should respect one another and their own personal choices for themselves and their families, but a). not everyone has gotten that message yet, and b). even if they do, it means they will do you no mommy harm, but it does not necessarily mean you will be great friends.

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Mouse Assassin and Other Titles

Fall is more challenging than Summer.  This is just a truth.  Summer is the time for eating tomatoes from the garden with balsamic vinegar and calling it dinner.  For staying up a little late and chasing fireflies in the yard.  Fall is none of these things. None. Of. Them.

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