Archive for July, 2012


Are you packed?

Some people hate packing. Me? I don’t mind it because it means I’m going on a trip! My mom worked for United Airlines, so we traveled often and I learned to pack light. And, if I haven’t mentioned it, I’m generally pretty organized. Maybe just a little compulsive. Chase loves it though, since he’s always anxious to get out of town. When he […]

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Lake swimming

We spent the weekend in Big Bear and our fearless girl was the first one to jump in the water with Chase. Our niece Kasey was next, and Clay, not to be outdone, overcame his fear and jumped in. Then no one wanted to get out. Where am I? Relaxing on the boat…it was a […]

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Bathing Barbie

I came home from my Dailey Method class to find Barbie in the sink. Since she’s wearing a bikini, I assumed Avery wanted her to go swimming. Turns out Avery spilled apple juice on her, so Barbie was getting a bath because “she was dirty.” I was thinking Clay was my only neat freak child, but […]

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He’ll swim someday, right?

This summer, Clay is taking his third year of swim lessons. So by now, you would think he could swim, right? Yeah, me too! The first year he was barely two and I hired a local lifeguard to give him private lessons at our community pool. Avery was a few weeks old, and I wasn’t […]

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Amusement parks: happy kids = happy parents

We had such a great time at Sea World on Sunday. On our way there, I told Chase how lucky we are to be able to drive 20 minutes and be there, while others have to fly across the country to visit the beautiful place we call home. Someone please remind me of that when I complain about […]

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Smaller than a stingray

We took the kids to Sea World yesterday, which happened to be Chase and I’s sixth wedding anniversary. We had a great day and took this picture right before we left, which is why Avery can hardly stand up (she fell asleep eating her In-N-Out cheeseburger on the way home). I am pleased to report […]

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Who needs a fancy car?

Soon after Avery was born, we traded in our Acura TSX for Acura’s SUV, the MDX. We didn’t own our house then, so our monthly expenses were less, and we were under the impression that we needed two SUVs for two kids. After all, the double BOB stroller was not going to fit in the TSX. I told Chase at the time that the MDX was […]

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Falling into the “busy trap”

I know I’m not the only mom who has responded to the question, “how are you?,” with two simple words: “good, busy.”  And it is not just moms. My boss, who is president of our company and has two young boys, often has the same response when I ask him how things are going.  I smile […]

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Hot dog hangover

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! We had a fun day with friends at a festival and a barbecue and then we all walked down the street to watch fireworks. It was a great day, but a long one for adults and kids alike. We are strict about the kids sleeping in their […]

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Lunch time errands run amok

I ran to Target at lunch to return a few things and thought while I was there, I would get Avery a Puddle Jumper Swim Vest for our pool party tomorrow. My returns totaled $29 and the vest was on sale for $15. Which was great, except on the way to find the vest, I […]

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