Archive | July, 2010

Earning his keep

Boy are we ever in the "mimic and imitation stage". Lately, it's gotten serious. He has always enjoyed watching Jeff mow the yard, but since the arrival of the new mower a few months ago — he's been able to step it up a notch. Last night, he started out supervising from the back deck. […]

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Toddler Truancy

We have a love-hate relationship with the rules at daycare. Jeff and I are both, generally, rule-followers. And we chose our daycare after careful consideration of the facilities, the atmosphere, and the policies. So we knew going in. We knew about the inclement weather policy and the biting policy and the rules about fever and […]

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

When did life get so complicated? At what point did it start being about decisions and money and responsibility? I hope I didn't set that up as if I'm about to provide some answers. I wish. It's true what they say. Parenting is hard. Harder than it looks. And you find yourself having an inner […]

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The Great Family Vacation of 2010

I honestly don't know what it is that allows me to believe it's possible to go away for a week with five other adults and one energetic two year old and do any relaxing. But relaxing is boring, right? AND, at the last minute, we had three more join our crew! My Mom's youngest brother Jan and his two kiddos – Elliot and Jessica – drove down from Sioux Falls to hang out for the week. And, as evidenced by the 1,121 photos I took, we had A BALL. (That number is actually NOT an exaggeration. I got a little shutter-happy.)

I'll spare you (and your computers) the heartache and TRY to post only my favorites — but it's still a lot, so click below if you have the stomach for it.

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Pose in front of Grauman?s Chinese Theater? Check!

While it wasn?t necessarily our intention to hit opposite ends of the spectrum during our trip to California, I think we did it with flying colors. After waking up Sunday morning in a tent at 11,300 feet and spending the first half of the day descending the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states — […]

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