Archive for the Clay Category


My Good Napper

Clay is two days away from starting kindergarten, and he’s down for a nap right now. I have no idea how I got so lucky. Like I’ve written before, no child is perfect, but Clay is pretty darn close when it comes to napping. Don’t get me wrong, he had some times when he was […]

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The perfect child (does not exist)

I have often said (and written) that Avery was the perfect child until she turned two. She never cried, slept 12 hours without a peep and smiled nonstop. Clay never tried to fool us into thinking he was perfect, but he was pretty darn good. More recently I’ve joked that if I could combine my […]

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Assistant swim coach

I wrote a post at this time last year wondering if Clay would ever learn to swim, then a few weeks later, he did. Avery started lessons yesterday, and the instructor told us she’ll be swimming in no time. To be fair, she is a lot more confident in the water (and less cautious in general) […]

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Finishing preschool

Today is a special day in our house: Clay’s last day of preschool!  A few weeks ago he turned five and after today, I am officially the mom of a kindergartner. I know I sound like my parents, but where does the time go? They had a pizza party in class and since my mom […]

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Preschool picnics and poison berries

Clay’s last day of preschool is next week, so they had a class picnic at the park today. Most of the parents came, and hooray, that included me! I love that I don’t need to ask anyone for the time off, and I don’t have to rush back to the office. Unfortunately, I was still […]

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Clay turns five: “Welcome to the ‘big kid’ years!”

Today is Clay’s fifth birthday, and I just got an email from BabyCenter that nearly made me cry. “Welcome to the ‘big kid’ years!,” the first line said. I guess it’s better than “your baby is going to kindergarten this year, where does the time go?,” which is what I’ve been thinking a lot lately. I […]

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Siblings: best friends forever

Whichever one of my kids wakes up first, immediately asks about the other one, anxious for him/her to wake up, too. They do almost everything together. Maybe that’s why Avery knows she is two, but says she’s four. She can ride a scooter as well as Clay. She climbs walls (and mountains!) with no fear. Most of […]

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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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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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Stocking stuffers

When we were kids, Santa put our gifts in a “huge” stocking. My dad kept it and still used it for us as adults. When he passed away, my stepmom gave it to me. It doesn’t seem nearly as big as it did when I was a kid, but to Avery and Clay, it’s still […]

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