Growing Kids Beat Out a Growing Garden

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Family, Gardening, Parenting | 1 comment

I walked out to my garden after being away for 5 days for our summer trip to Ohio, and couldn’t help but get a little discouraged. It seems like no matter how hard I try to keep up with the weeding, by the time the end of July rolls around, my garden plot is mostly just a big square of grass. I blame the high heat and humidity. After all, who wants to be out hoeing and pulling weeds when you’re dripping with sweat within minutes? Plus, I...

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What I Like about Camp

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Family, Grandma, Parenting | 0 comments

On the second day of kindergarten, my oldest child (and first I had sent to “big school”) looked at me and said, “You don’t need to walk me in today.” I can still clearly see in my mind, like it was yesterday, that little girl with her backpack on walking confidently into the door of the school, while I watched as long as I could from car line. That independent spirit and confidence is something I’m very proud of in Caroline, and it’s still...

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Giving Up on Normal

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Blended Families/Stepparenting, Family, Parenting | 1 comment

I am coming out and saying something in public that my family has known for a very long time: I am a creature of habit. I do not like change. I thrive on routine. Unfortunately, routine, having things stay the same, is not how life works. And for me, that has caused a lot of stress in my life, in ways both big and small. I have spent a lot of my life ignoring the fact that life is messy, or maybe not so much ignoring it as trying to make mine...

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A Milestone to Be Proud of: Puking in the Toilet

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

We made it through the school year from September through the end of February with nothing more than a slight sniffle. No ear infections, no flu, no trips to the ER for broken bones. Then March came. Warmer weather, longer days, greener grass — spring is definitely on its way, and I thought we were home free with sickness. Then about 12:30 last Tuesday night, I heard a pathetic voice calling “Mommy” from the bathroom. I drug myself out of...

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Holiday Traditions

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in cooking/recipes, Parenting | 0 comments

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Bethabara Park with Carter’s class on a field trip. I am ashamed to say that it was my first time there. It is a wonderful place, full of local history, and I am sure we will be back. The first graders went to Bethabara learn about the history and culture of the first settlers of our area. They got a first-hand look at what lives of children in the late 1700s were like, from writing on a slate during...

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I Voted

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Parenting | 0 comments

We have had quite an election season here in North Carolina. You can’t turn on the TV without seeing an ad for Kay Hagan or Thom Tillis, with a smattering of judges and North Carolina senators rolled in. Or maybe I should say you see ads against Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis! I tend to tune them out. It’s hard to know what to believe from those ads, and they’re so sensational. But apparently my kids are paying attention. Carter announced last night...

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