Archive for the Raising kids Category


Seasons

I’ve had people tell me they couldn’t live in San Diego because we don’t have seasons. It’s true that our seasons are all fairly mild, but throughout the year we do see a change from my perfect temperature (77 degrees), to a little too hot or a little too cold. Occasionally (especially this past winter) it rains. It’s […]

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Things we take for granted

I’m the first to admit, I’ve done my share of complaining the past couple of weeks. I got sick on what was supposed to be a fun business trip, I worked a really long week last week and now we’re living in a construction zone because of work we’re having done on our house. Like […]

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Back to school…the busiest time of year!

It’s August. How is that possible? What does August matter, you may ask? Well, in most places in the country, it’s the start of a new school year. Yes, I realize the calendar year starts in January, but for people who have school age kids, August is the month when everything starts fresh. A new […]

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The last day of kindergarten – ever

Tomorrow I’m sending my baby off to the last day of kindergarten, and I’m surprisingly emotional about it. In the early (and exhausting) years of parenting, you just hope you and your children will make it to kindergarten without a trip to the ER or the psych ward. That the Goldfish crackers smashed into the […]

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Baby girl goes to kindergarten

I still laugh when I think of the day that Avery and I dropped Clay off for his first day of preschool. We got into the car, and she said to me, “Okay, mommy, I’m ready to go to kindergarten now.” She was 28 months old and newly potty trained, and in her mind, she […]

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Four and six…is easy(ish)

I remember early on in my parenting journey, a friend told me that life gets easier when your youngest child turns four. Just over six months ago when Avery turned four and Clay turned six, I joked with Chase that we could no longer use “having little kids” as an excuse for anything (piles of laundry, eating grilled […]

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Take 10

We all have weeks when we feel like we don’t have more than a minute to ourselves. We’re running from one thing to the next, trying to keep up, forgetting sometimes to just stop and take a breath. Since school started in August I’ve felt like this, and it’s seemed more crazy the past two […]

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“There is nothing better than this”

It’s been a long few weeks. Nothing bad, just a lot of work and a lot of travel and not much unscheduled time as a family. This weekend, we were invited to a 40th birthday party for one of Chase’s childhood friends. Another weekend with friends, which is great, but also another weekend traveling, eating (and drinking) […]

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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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Finding balance

I did gymnastics until I was 15. Which I laugh about now, considering it’s only after two years of Dailey Method classes that I can finally touch my toes again and only on a good day can I hold positions that require balance. I wasn’t always like this, though. My best event in gymnastics was […]

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