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My kid won’t take a shower, and it finally broke me.

Colt takes a shower each morning. He’s been doing this for years, yet somehow – every single morning – it’s as if he’s doing it for the very first time. Somehow the routine — and let me tell you, it’s ROUTINE — of transitioning from breakfast to Mike&Mike with Daddy to the shower — in […]

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Ok, Christmas. We’re ready now.

Growing up in this town is spoiling this kid. A month ago, on a whim and ill-prepared for the weather, Colt and I wandered downtown for the official kick-off of the Lights of the Ozarks. The street between my office and the square created a wind tunnel and the biting cold whipped around us as […]

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Common Ground

After a weekend of Halloween festivities capped off with an up-all-night, sugar-fueled sleepover with friends, he was probably ready to crawl onto the couch and spend the balance of his Sunday staring at NFL RedZone and insisting he wasn’t tired. A few days ago, I’d pictured today going down much like that — the forecast […]

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Well hello there, Second Grade!

I have a few fuzzy, fleeting memories of First Grade. I can roughly picture my classroom, and I remember we used those little, red and blue counting bears, and I have one random memory of my Mom bringing our family dog Allie to my class one day for my Show-and-Tell. But I REMEMBER Second Grade. […]

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Today.

We’ve been gone on our annual trek into the wilderness for the last week and there’s laundry to do and photos to sort and gear to de-funk and emails (and emails and emails…) to read. And next week is back to work and back to summer camp and there will be school supplies to buy […]

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