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“I’m FIVE!”

“I’m FIVE!” paired with a hand held up to show five little fingers is Calvin’s latest greeting to most people, even the people whom he has already told many times that he is now 5 since his birthday a month ago. (For the month leading up to his birthday, his standard greeting was “It’s almost my birthday!… Continue reading “I’m FIVE!”

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Snow Days and Sick Days

Cold and flu season has been BRUTAL around here. Ever since November, Calvin and Henry and I have basically been taking turns ailing with one illness or another. James has gotten the occasional cold or bug, but he has managed to stay much healthier than the rest of us. I blame school. The worst was… Continue reading Snow Days and Sick Days

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New Year New Quote

Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I like to choose a quote for the year to set an intention for our family’s life. It’s a tradition I started in 2014. Check out this post about last year’s quote, which also has our past quotes of the last few years. This year I had a hard time… Continue reading New Year New Quote

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Being Brave and Showing Up in 2016

At the start of each new year, starting in 2014, I have chosen a quote to represent a kind of new year’s resolution for myself and our family. I have shared these before, but here are our past quotes again: 2014:   2015: 2016: For 2016, as we started the new year in a new city… Continue reading Being Brave and Showing Up in 2016

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A Calvin & Henry Christmas

We are enjoying a relaxing holiday break at James’ parents house up in the north Georgia mountains. The view is beautiful; the weather is chilly. We arrived in the evening on Christmas day, and the house was full and bustling with 4 of James’ 5 siblings with their significant others, plus James’ parents, and 13… Continue reading A Calvin & Henry Christmas

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Calvin’s 5th First Christmas

  Last week I took out our box of Christmas books from the attic and the boys and I started exploring them. With wide-eyed excitement, Calvin flipped through Dream Snow… Richard Scarry’s The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, The Friendly Beasts, and my personal favorite, Julie Vivas’ The Nativity. Each time we took a different book out… Continue reading Calvin’s 5th First Christmas

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Fall Back

This whole working parent business is no joke, you guys. My job is really hard sometimes and really exhausting sometimes, and parenting is also hard and exhausting sometimes, and I have been prioritizing rest and sleep and stress relievers like yoga and reading and church, because I want to be the calmest, healthiest possible version… Continue reading Fall Back