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The Holidays at Our House

This is the first year that both boys have truly understood what’s going on at Christmas, both spiritually and secularly. We started them in Sunday School this year, and they know what the holiday is all about. Henry loves looking at the nativity scene on the mantle and pointing out who all the figurines are. […]

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Cookies with Kindergarteners

Every year since I started living on my own, I’ve made and decorated cut-out sugar cookies at Christmastime. Once the boys were old enough to “help,” I carried on the the tradition with them. So, when Jack’s kindergarten teacher sent a note home asking each family to share a holiday tradition with the class, it […]

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The Cat vs. the Christmas Tree

This is our sweet little kitten, Ticky, the day we brought him home this fall:    He was four months old, tiny, curious and very sweet. He loved the boys instantly, and he took a liking to the pillow on my office floor, where he could nap and gaze out the front window. Then, before […]

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Two ingredients. Okay, three if you want to mix it up. That’s my kind of recipe. And it’s a great one for using up over-ripe bananas. And, it’s healthy. You can’t beat it, especially during the holidays when we’re overloaded with sugary sweets. Put two cups of oats in a blender and blend until almost […]

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I need some sleep.

I thought night feedings with a newborn were tough. They’re nothing compared to a three-and-a-half-year-old who refuses to stay in his bed. Mama’s got an elf to hide and gifts to wrap and can’t wait around all night for the little booger to nod off. I’m scared. I need you. There are monsters in my […]

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Turtle Power!

I knew I was in trouble when Jack discovered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Netflix. I don’t understand them any more now than I did when I was a kid, but he and his brother love them. And I knew that’s what he was going to pick as his birthday party theme. Luckily, the […]

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Healthy Halloween Treats

I have been looking forward to this since I became a mom. Being the mom who brings treats to the school party. At back-to-school night earlier this year, I pounced on the sign-up list for Halloween before I lost out, and today was my big day. I was charged with bringing a healthy snack (another […]

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A Utility Closet Makeover

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in our new house for almost two months. School has started, soccer practices are underway, and we’re starting to get in a groove. Now it’s time to tackle some serious organizing challenges to get this house in order! I decided to start with the utility closet that is just […]