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The Long Walk to Thanksgiving: Surviving School in the Fall

It's raining. Again. I think we've all mutated and developed webbed feet because it. never. stops. Seriously, shout out to people that live in Seattle. You guys must have superhero levels of optimism and happiness to deal with as much rain as you do. Added to that, it's cold, like record-breaking cold. Don't get me… Continue reading The Long Walk to Thanksgiving: Surviving School in the Fall

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Leaving Her There- Watching Your Oldest Child Fly the Nest

Yesterday was such a weird day. I didn't expect to feel proud, terrified, excited, tearful, broken-hearted, and hopeful in the space of less than 8 hours. But I did. We dropped our oldest off at college yesterday. She is only a few miles from where I work. But her room is empty. I closed the… Continue reading Leaving Her There- Watching Your Oldest Child Fly the Nest

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Pure Indulgence: My Summer Vacation to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

This blog post is nothing but pure indulgence for me. When we took our girls to Universal Orlando this summer, we were celebrating our oldest graduating from high school. She and I are equally obsessed with Harry Potter, so it seemed like the perfect place to go. Diagon Alley When you get to the entrance… Continue reading Pure Indulgence: My Summer Vacation to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Didn’t I Teach You That? Realizing Your Child Might Not Be Ready to Adult

Imagine the horrifying moment in a parent's life when they realize their child doesn't know something really basic, say, where to put a stamp on an envelope (yep, that one is true). How about activating a credit card? (also true) You'd think the big white sticker on the front would be self-explanatory, wouldn't you? Or… Continue reading Didn’t I Teach You That? Realizing Your Child Might Not Be Ready to Adult

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The Listing Life: Taming Anxiety

I love a good to-do list. This is mostly because I have developed wicked anxiety. Like "needs medication" level anxiety. The best way I can describe it is to say that my brain starts with one thought. That one thought becomes a little ball. My anxiety is the plunger on a pinball machine. It pulls… Continue reading The Listing Life: Taming Anxiety