The Rules of the Road

I’m lucky that my husband does not travel very often for his job. There was a time — an exceptionally crazy time — in our lives when he did, and it was nearly the end of me. I’m grateful that those days are behind us. At least for now. He did have a trip this [...]

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Seven

Seven snuck up on me. Even though I know what follows six. Even though he had a four-month countdown going. Even though I bought the gifts and made the cakes. Still. Seven snuck up on me in a lot of ways. It snuck up on me that, on the rare occasion when he falls asleep [...]

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Magical, Mostly

If the measure of one’s vacation is how many metric tons of French fries and ice cream one consumed, then I pretty much just took the trip of a lifetime. We spent eight nights at Walt Disney World and, I have to say, I am having serious withdrawal. When I came home and was faced [...]

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The Need for Speed

There are certain times in the course of my marriage when I’m particularly grateful to have wed an engineer. Like when the minivan needs to be packed with Jenga-like precision for a family road trip. Or when something goes inexplicably wrong with the cable box. Or when a Cub Scout leader hands your six year-old [...]

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What Would You Say About Your Husband in a Book?

I have often accused my husband of Party Sabotage. It comes up every time we have people over, whether it’s just a few friends or a group of 30 for Christmas. I don’t know if it’s a Mars/Venus thing, or if we have different priorities, or what. All I know is that I tend to [...]

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Wine & Glue & 100 Days of School

I need gray hair spray. And a flannel shirt. And maybe suspenders, I guess. My son is supposed to dress up like his 100 year-old self, as are all of the kids in his class. You know, for the 100th Day of School celebration, of course. I have a few questions about this — let [...]

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Skiing With Kids: Fantasy vs Reality

I decided this would be the winter we’d become a skiing family. Or at least take the preliminary steps to eventually transform us into one. My husband and I both skied fairly often and fairly well back in the day. It’s something that we miss personally and also want our kids to learn to do. [...]

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Ode to the Polar Vortex

Oh Polar Vortex, with your nippy temperatures and pretty snow deliveries. You’re finally bringing us a winter that’s really, well, winter. A perfect season for sledding and comfort food and nights by the fire. It has been so long since we’ve seen a January like this! I want to thank you, Polar Vortex, for so [...]

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This is Your Brain on Noise

Parents: How tired are you? Exhausted, right? I thought so. But why? Is she really asking me why?  I am. But only because I just figured something out that I should have understood years ago. Yeah, my body is tired, but if I’m being honest, it’s my mind that could really use a 12-year nap. [...]

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Evening News: Winter Break Edition

Thank you for joining this special edition of the evening news. Tonight we take a look back at Winter Break 2013/14 through the eyes of one family. “I loved the break! It lasted so, so, soooo long! My favorite part was the extra screen time my mom gave us, especially when everyone was throwing up.” – [...]

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