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The Dreaded Summer Job

August 18, 2015
Meatballs III: Summer Job

Anybody who follows me on Facebook may have noticed this past summer that I’d occasionally receive comments or messages on my Wall from Big Dude that made it seem as if he was being held captive at a job in New Hampshire. Yes, he claimed to be miserable, that he wanted to come home early, […]

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Hearing Myself Through Childhood Letters

August 13, 2015
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Looking at old photos from childhood is heartwarming, especially for a nostalgic person like me. But, it wasn’t until I recently received a package of old letters that I had written as a child that I realized how fascinating it is to “hear” yourself from your youth. The letters were sent to me from a […]

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Big Dude Turns 18…With A Special Gift From Me

August 6, 2015
Letter

Well, I did it. For anyone who’s been reading my blog from the early days (anyone? anyone?), you may recall the post where I divulged that I’ve been writing letters to my three boys since they were little. My plan was/is to write about their milestones, as well as fun times they may have already […]

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A BIG Birthday Milestone: I’m Halfway There…?

July 28, 2015
Jon Bon Jovi

I recently celebrated a “big” birthday and I’ve been trying to decide how I feel about it. If you’re wondering which birthday I’m talking about, let’s just say Bon Jovi sings it best: If I truly am “halfway there” as Bon Jovi says, then I also want to make sure I’m not just “livin’ on […]

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My First Job…

July 9, 2015
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It’s weird to be writing about my first job now, especially because I haven’t been officially employed by someone else (other than some freelance work) for about 16 years…but that’s another story. I decided to participate in this week’s Finish-The-Sentence Friday* blog hop because it’s a great time for me to reflect on my first […]

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A Montana Retreat: Beauty, Inspiration and A Circle of Trust

June 15, 2015
Ranch

So, I have a “big” birthday coming up (yeah, you know, I’m turning 29 again – wink wink) and I wasn’t sure I wanted to have a party. For my 40th, I had rejected the party idea and chose a nice vacation instead. For this one, I knew I wanted to do something special, something I would […]

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Middle Dude’s 2nd Annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand

June 8, 2015
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  It’s that time of year again…lemonade time! It also means it’s time to raise money for a very important cause: childhood cancer. Middle Dude and I are already preparing to make our homemade lemonade (with a little help from Ina Garten’s recipe) and we hope you’ll be ready to drink a cup and help […]

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Sleep-Away Camp: The New Rehab (For Video Game Addicts)

June 2, 2015
No Video Games

It’s no secret that Little Dude loves his video games. A few years ago we attempted to put restrictions on his playing time. But then his diagnosis and subsequent year-long treatment happened and any restrictions were quickly tossed aside in favor of keeping him as comfortable and happy whenever possible. Post-treatment we remained lax, rationalizing that […]

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Lie Flat On The Lawn

May 26, 2015
North lawn

Two days ago, I found out that one of my childhood friends had suddenly passed away, shortly after her 50th birthday. She was one of those friends that was an important part of my growing up years. As we entered middle school, we drifted apart, but still remained friends or at least “friendly” through high […]

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My School Trip Chaperoning Comes To An End

May 7, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com As Little Dude approaches the end of 5th grade, I’ve realized that the opportunity to be a parent chaperone on any school field trips is also coming to an end. In middle school, there are very few field trips, and when they do have them, chaperoning by parents is usually not […]

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The “Right Fit” School

April 28, 2015
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The college acceptance frenzy has recently ended. Most high school seniors can breathe a collective sigh of relief, assuming they are going where they intended to go, be it college, a gap year, or a trade school. While their first (or second or even third) choice college may have crushed them with a rejection, they […]

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