Archive for January, 2013


Choices

We’ve all heard clichés about life being full of choices, but I didn’t understand the magnitude of these choices until I became a parent. When you are single, your choices mainly affect you. Getting married adds some complexity, but nothing compared to the responsibility you take on when you have kids and the decisions you make, both good […]

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Under the table and eating…

Things are busy in the mornings and Avery sometimes wanders around the house. Today I found her under the kitchen table, eating her dad’s birthday chocolates in a princess dress. Typical girl!

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10 Cures for a Holiday Debt Hangover

Most people use credit cards for holiday purchases, even if they intend to pay them off in the new year. Since Chase is a Certified Personal Finance Counselor and Educator, he has some great advice, and I thought his post about paying off holiday debt could be helpful. A longer version of the post below was originally published here. Check out his company’s blog […]

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Two-year-old hockey player

I’ve often said that Avery was perfect until she was just over two, when she started to climb out of her crib. We moved her to a toddler bed and even now, every once in a while for a few days at a time, she will test us at nap time or bed time, escaping her room […]

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Preschool party presents

In the past few years we’ve had many parties to attend and gifts to buy. I’m not complaining because they have all been happy occasions for people we love: engagement parties, weddings, baby showers, milestone birthdays and other fun celebrations. The wedding-related parties have slowed down a bit, as have the baby showers, but one […]

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The pouter

Like all girls, Avery has learned how to get what she wants from boys…she pouts until they give in! Today she wanted a bite of Clay’s bacon breakfast sandwich at Starbucks. He is a sweet kid, so he shared with her. And now she’s happy again…

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New Year’s resolutions

I’ve never been one to go crazy with New Year’s resolutions. Rather than committing to huge, sweeping changes, I come up with a few career and personal goals for the year. I read today that resolutions that are made public are more likely to fail. I would think the opposite, hoping that the accountability would help keep […]

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Christmas at great-grandma’s

We are back to work and school today, but I came across this picture on my phone this morning. The kids had a blast running around Chase’s grandma’s yard with their cousins on Christmas day. It is pretty amazing that Chase and his family played the same games, in that same yard, for the past 35+ years. Sometimes […]

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