Archive for August, 2012


And so it begins…

Last night was Clay’s last swim lesson, and I have good news to report: he can swim! Across the pool, face in the water and everything! I was worried he’d never do it, and here we are getting ready for Labor Day weekend and I no longer have to worry about him drowning. Hooray! While I’m happy that the […]

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Chatty Clay

When Clay went to preschool on Wednesday, I thought he might miss his sister, but was not at all concerned that he wouldn’t make friends or if he’d like his teachers. He likes everyone and it doesn’t occur to him that some kids may be less outgoing than he is. On his second day, the teachers had nametags for the kids. When […]

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Team effort

With Clay starting preschool, our morning routine has gotten more complicated. Instead of one drop off we now have two (five miles apart), we have to pack him a lunch and we need to leave the house earlier. I was saying goodbye to the kids today when Chase asked me to get them some milk. I told him that […]

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Off to preschool

Today was Clay’s first day of preschool at our local elementary school. Unfortunately it’s not free, but it is great preparation for next year, when he’ll attend kindergarten there. I planned on getting to work late, thinking I would need to calm his nerves before leaving him there. No such issues…he barely looked up as […]

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Family visits

When I left D.C. in 2004, I knew I was taking a chance moving to San Diego. It was unlikely that any of my family would move here and after eight years of no humidity or snow, it’s even less likely that I’ll move back. Soon after I moved, my family all left Northern Virginia for […]

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Not in my house

I’m going to preface this by saying I am not a parenting expert. Just a mom with a job and not a lot of time, so while I realize I’m a bit anal, I think it works to my advantage in terms of keeping my house relatively unscathed from the tornado of young children. I’ve […]

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Make the call

Everyone knows I hate two things in life: wasting time and wasting money. It’s a constant struggle, balancing the desire to get the best price for things we need without a huge time investment. This morning I was reminded how a few minutes of my time can save a decent amount of money. I’ve had an ongoing battle with […]

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Synchronized sleeping

As always, we enjoyed watching the Summer Olympics this year. I even learned of a new sport, synchronized diving. Apparently it was in the last Olympics, but I had a newborn at the time, so I must have slept through it. Synchronized swimming was there as well. It got me thinking how much our family could use […]

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Pull-Ups and bribery

On the hottest day of the year in San Diego (coupled with extreme thirst due to a girls’ night the night before), I went out shopping for potty training supplies. I would normally use diapers.com for these purchases, but I needed some groceries too. So we’re all set. Pull-Ups for bed and nap time, plus […]

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Potty time?

Avery is 28 months old today, which is the age Clay was when we started potty training him.  I bought Mickey Mouse underwear on a Thursday, planning to start over the weekend, but he saw them and wanted to wear them right away. We put them on that Friday and never looked back. Our nanny, Megan, put him […]

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