Month: April 2010

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A Poem on Parenting by Mary Karr

I’m not typically a big poetry person. I won’t lie, it can tend to make me feel a little stupid– like I missed the boat somewhere. Or, at least missed the English classes on how to understand ambiguous phrasings of words meant to lead to higher understandings of life. After all, I was an English…

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Morning Shenanigans

Had to recount the morning here quickly: Ella and Ava are in their chairs. They are supposed to be eating breakfast. Ava is telling me about how she suddenly doesn’t like bananas. Ella if flinging every bite of her food on the floor. AGAIN.  The other evening Scott smacked her hand for doing this and…

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Apple Peelers and McDonald’s Lunches

I just woke up from a much needed 50 minute nap. A hard, sound asleep, wake up and wonder where you are and what time it is kind of nap. I nap just about every day. Some days it’s short, like 20 minutes in which I don’t so much fall asleep, I just close my…

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1/2 Marathon Monday: Part 7, Back in the Game

I’ve mentioned before how therapeutic running is for me from a mental health standpoint; the endorphins offer a natural “feel good” high and the act of running actually helps to burn off some of the stress chemicals in your body (like extra adrenaline that hangs around when we get stressed). Besides these physical benefits I’ve…

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Foiled Free Time

Please bear with me for a moment as I offer you this somewhat cliched analogy. First, let me say, having children quickly relegates free time to new heights as a precious, PRECIOUS commodity. Here is the analogy– it has become such a precious commodity that I often feel like a woman walking through a very…

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Crazy With Some New Scenery

Getting back into the swing of things is never easy for me. I feel like a walking paradox sometimes; I love adventure, I love to change things up a bit, and I love to take trips, but these very things always end up piquing my anxiety, getting it churning and leaving me feeling a little…

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Missing My Girls

I have to tell you, there are times when, as much as I felt like I wanted and needed a vacation, as much as I yearned to have a little bit of space from the constant mommy life, that there was a little fear, a little voice that said, “What if you go on vacation,…

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After Hours

I remember the first time I thought about my “after hours” life– you know, the life that you lead while your children are asleep at night, the things you do that they have NO idea about. I’m not talking about anything racy here…maybe that’s going on in YOUR house, but here, things are probably more…

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Blog Changes and Fun with the Girls!

For those of you who visit often you’ll notice the change to my blog background! Blogger added a handful of new templates and a new design program that allows you to play around with them. The inner artist in me couldn’t resist. I’ve been playing around with different templates on and off for a couple…

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Humbled

Have you ever experienced something so profound, so outside your box, so humbling that you’re not sure you can put words to it? I know, I’m the writer…where are the words? Bear with me for a few minutes as I process my experience this morning through the writing of this post… Let me give you…