Monthly Archive for November, 2009

A little extra holiday money

So Christmas and Hanukkah are well on their way. Can I just say how ridiculously fast 2009 has gone? Anyone else? I don’t believe in spending a ton of money on my kids for Christmas; after all, that’s not at all what the season is about. However. Their dad and I do like to get […]

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How was your Thanksgiving?

Mine was great! I had two of them, actually, so I’ve had more than my fill of turkey, stuffing,  mashed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin pie. We also cracked a bottle of chokecherry wine that a friend gave me at one gathering. Though I’ll admit I was skeptical, it was actually quite good! I have […]

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Kid speak

Poor Logan. He had a pretty good cough going when he left for school, but every time he gets a cold, it stirs up his asthma, so I chalked the cough mostly up to that. I arrived home from picking up groceries today to find him on the couch, sleepily rubbing his eyes and red-cheeked […]

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Just a note

After a 4-day hiatus, I wanted to write something profound, pass on some gem of parenting advice or otherwise compose a post worthy of a Stumble or Digg. It’s not going to happen though, folks, as I find myself sitting here feeling like I’m living among ice cubes with a headache that waves between pure […]

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Giveaway winner

Congratulations to Karry from Ontario, Canada, winner of the Modest Middles giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing. ♦      ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦      ♦      ♦      ♦      ♦      ♦      ♦      ♦      ♦      ♦      ♦ Have you entered my giveaway for a LeapFrog Tag Junior Book […]

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Sisters make the best friends

My mom always told my two sisters and me when we were growing up to treat each other better than anyone else because someday we’d be each others’ best friends. Yeah, right, I’d think to myself. There is NO way I’m going to be best friends with these jerks! Well, as moms often are, she […]

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One word: Distraction. It’s one of the best lessons I ever learned from my kids’ paternal grandmother. Toddlers have notoriously short attention spans. They also have very few resources from which to draw to know how to effectively and calmly express their emotions. The result? A little person with unpredictable moods and unstable actions. Distraction […]

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From the LeapFrog website: A love of books starts long before children can read – and its benefits can last a lifetime.  Using the same amazing touch technology as the Tag™ Reading System, the Tag™ Junior book pal is designed to encourage toddlers’ natural desire to explore, while introducing preschool skills through playful book-based activities. […]

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Driving limits

I’m not originally from the great rural state of South Dakota, though I’ve lived here for the past, gulp, 17 years. (Wow, has it been that long??) I spent my formative years in Boise, Idaho, and St. Louis, Missouri, so the whole agricultural/country living thing is still fairly alien to me in many ways. Perhaps […]

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I was browsing through Tweets today for a bit when I ran across a link someone had posted to what was presumably a blog post. It was entitled, “Do you apologize to your kids?” I didn’t follow the link because I wanted to write my own thoughts on the subject without any other input. My […]

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