April Adventures

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Family, Parenting, travel | 0 comments

If you asked me in any given year, I would say April is a pretty uneventful month for the Alley family. There aren’t any birthdays, big occasions like the first or last day of school, or weather-related events like sledding or swimming. It’s just a month of days where we go to school or work, do our chores around the house, and live life in ordinary days. But now that we are at the beginning of May, I took the opportunity to look back at the...

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A Little Exposure Goes a Long Way

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Family, Parenting, travel | 2 comments

When I was in the 8th grade, my class trip to Raleigh included a stop at Four Seasons Mall in Greensboro. I will never forget overhearing one boy exclaim in excitement about his first ride on an escalator. Having lived in Atlanta as a child, and traveled with my parents to other cities, escalators were no big deal to me. Now I am a parent, raising my children in a small town. We moved here because we like the sense of community a small town...

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Work at Home Doesn’t Mean Work in Solitude

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Friends, Parenting, work-at-home | 2 comments

There’s something in the air that has me seeking out conversation. Maybe it’s my more intense than usual interest in the presidential primaries, maybe it’s a little bit of early spring fever (since we did have a big snow storm and now sort of a thaw here in the foothills of North Carolina), or maybe it’s just that time of year in my work cycle, where I’m home more days, and longer periods during the day, than during that busy time between...

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Surviving the Holiday Season of Hyperactivity

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Remember that excitement you used to feel when you were a kid every year when December rolled around? The lights, the decorations, the cookies, the music, the holiday specials on TV, and maybe most exciting of all — a break from school! If you have young children, you remember that excitement well. You live it, vividly, through them, each and every day. As a parent, I have come to realize that my kids, who are generally well behaved, turn...

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What I’m Thankful for: Grandparents

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Family, Grandma, Parenting | 2 comments

It might just be because we are more aware of things with the advent of Facebook and social media, or it might be my age, but it seems like many of my friends have been dealing with the loss of a grandparent. Often, it is the last living grandparent, and one they are very close to. I experienced this myself a couple of years ago, when my Grandma Milholland suffered a stroke and passed away shortly before Christmas that year. It is hard to lose...

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Field Trips: To Go or Not to Go?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Family, Parenting, work-at-home | 0 comments

Carter brought home his first field trip permission form of the year a couple of weeks ago. I love the fact that my kids get to go on quite a few field trips during the school year. It gives them a chance to get out of the classroom and experience learning in a new environment. But with each field trip, I have to answer that dreaded question, “Can you come mom?” Almost always, I’m torn on the inside. I want to go, but I don’t want to go. Here’s...

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