Archive for the Family Category


The little girl version of my dad

As I wrote last year, April 25 is my least favorite date on the calendar. The day my dad died. This week has been better than past years, partially because I’ve been really busy at work (i.e. distracted), and I’ve worked out three days, which always helps clear my head. I was chatting online with […]

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Mommy guilt…let it go

I know all moms feel “mommy guilt” at some point. Monday was my day. It’s spring break for Clay, but since this is one of the busiest weeks of the year at work I couldn’t take time off. Chase is busier than ever at work right now too, so he’s only able to take Friday […]

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One Fun Summer

After having my brother in town last week, I’ve been catching up on work this week, so I haven’t had much time to write. Today, I finally got around to downloading photos from my phone. Strangely enough, the last time I did it was the last day of preschool. This post is really for me […]

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Big Bear Lake: the place that changed my life forever

Since Chase and I met 10 years ago, we’ve spent every summer holiday weekend at his parents’ house in Big Bear Lake. We’re here now (though I’m posting this from Starbucks because they don’t have Internet access), which got me thinking about the significance of this place. Chase and I met in the driveway of […]

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My unlikely Valentine

Valentine’s Day makes me think a lot about relationships, and certain moments in my dad’s relationship with my stepmother are etched in my brain. I don’t recall the first time I met her, but I do remember the nights I learned of both their engagement and their marriage. For the former, I met them for dinner at a […]

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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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