Sitter or No Sitter? That is the Question

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Parenting, work-at-home |

  This summer, my kids are 6 and 9. As the end of school loomed and I had to make decisions about what to do for work this summer, I toyed with the idea I might not hire a babysitter. I thought our babysitter from last summer was unavailable, and rather than trying to find someone new and break them in, I thought we might just go without. After all, I only have the babysitter a couple of days a week anyway. And my kids are getting old...

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5Ks, Father’s Day, and Daddy’s Little Girl

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in Parenting | 1 comment

The four of us Alleys ran a 5K yesterday. I’m proud of all of us for running, especially since we aren’t really what you would call a running family. I run because it’s cheap and convenient exercise. Bill runs because he has to for the Army. We rarely run together. And never with the kids. In addition to just being proud that we all crossed the finish line, I’m very proud of the kids. Caroline ran 10 minutes faster than when she ran her first...

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Finding My Limits with Tomatoes

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Gardening |

How much am I willing to spend to get a fresh, homegrown tomato? Today, I learned my limits. I’ve been using the same metal tomato cages for at least 6 years, but maybe 7 or 8, I can’t remember. All I know is that they moved with us across the street to our new house, making them at least 6 years old. They still work okay, but for the past two summers it’s been harder to get the spikes where they need to be, since they’ve grown more crooked...

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