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Reestablishing the Village

Last year around this time, I was in Guatemala. The families we visited had nothing but each other. The chickens ran through their dirt floored living rooms where the children played, huge smiles spread wide across their little faces. The women, draped in long skirts,...

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International, Baby

Evvie and I got back late last night from a very quick and amazing trip to Toronto. I had been anticipating this trip for a couple of weeks, Justin and I even went to San Francisco to order Evvie a rush passport just so we'd be...

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Dancing with Technology and Screen Time

Jack watched his first television show when he was about 20 months old. Zoe had only been around a week or two, and I was at my wits end trying to figure out how to nurse her and entertain him at the same time. During...

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Portrait of a Newborn

I still keep expecting to automatically be an expert on parenting now that this my fourth time around. Laughable, really, especially because I've made it a point not to identify with that word whatsoever, and in parenting there is no such thing. Every pregnancy was...

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Celebrating Zoe

This post is brought to you by Target. Get More Cuuuute with Hello Kitty at Target. It's really wild having two daughters. I still haven't wrapped my head around it quite yet, but between me, Zoe, my mom and my sister-we are very, very excited! So much girl...

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Competitive Sports: A Brave New World

Jack was a perfect baby. He was sweet and reserved, gentle and loving to everyone. I still say that he is the reason we kept having more children… He's a joy and a love through and through. Over his short seven years, he has retained...

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Theme BBQ Night: Half Birthday Celebration

// This post is sponsored by Target. More Turtles, More Bold and Daring Fun: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Target. My children were all born in either fall or winter. Jack and Beau are my winter...

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Common Interests and Blossoming Brotherhood

This post is sponsored by Target. More Turtles, More Bold and Daring Fun: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Target. It's easy to say that these early years are incredibly monumental in the development of a child...

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Fostering Family Connections

The following post was sponsored by Creatacard by American Greetings. As a family, we've been slow adopters of personal electronics for the kid's use. During the day and especially the school year, they are fairly strictly limited to a couple of shows or 20 minutes...

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Parenthood, the Bastion of Time

I have a handful of memories from my childhood, some of them I've recently learned are not actual memories but a fabrication of my imagination. Jack is approaching the second grade, and I can't help but remember the summer that I turned seven and moved...

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Routine: The Little Things Count

This post was sponsored by Keurig. To learn more about their products, go here. Parental duties between Justin and I are pretty evenly split-of course, that's debatable depending on who you talk to. To me though, it's felt more equal since we've moved to California and...

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Finding My Moments of Zen + a $500 Belabumbum Giveaway

I think I've finally figured out the formula for the reason behind why children grow so quickly. It's actually pretty simple, which surprises me the most about why I have been so completely baffled at the rate that my children are changing and getting older,...

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