GH

It’s a miracle anyone has ever learned to read the English language. Annie Bea: I know how to spell tough. T U F F. Right? Me: Well, phonetically you are correct. But tough is actually spelled T O U G…

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Jobs I Would Never Do

“I am a hairstylist at the American Girl doll salon. I spray water on dolls’ heads and brush out the knots. By the time the kids leave the store with their dolls, all of my hard work looks like total…

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Young Love

Me: We are going camping this weekend. A lot of your friends will be there. Max, Sophia, Chloe, Matthew, Nick, Christina… Annie Bea: Will Jake be there? Grady: You mean Jake your boyfriend? Annie Bea: He’s not my boyfriend anymore.…

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A Brand New Game

We were at my sister-in-law’s house. Dinner was over, the dishes were done and the adults were watching TV. My kids were upstairs getting ready for bed. Lisa, my sister-in-law, went to the kitchen for a glass of wine. Lisa:…

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Life Is Short

It’s been a looooong time since I’ve written in my blog. Holidays. Visitors. Work. Cub Scouts. Ballet. I got busy. Caught up, bogged down and overwhelmed. Then, yesterday, something profound happened. A piece of my heart broke and it made…

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Toys”R”Us

If you grew up in the 70’s or 80’s, the mailman held the key to your Santa Wish List. It weighed 20 pounds, gave you 1,000 paper cuts and contained everything your little heart desired. I’m talking about the Toys”R”Us…

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Gingerbread House

The 5th Pain of Christmas is arts and crafts. We’re not good at building things. I think the gingerbread speaks for itself.

Nice Buns

Some little girls were blessed with long, thick, full heads of hair. That means they have nice buns. It also means they don’t share any genes with me. The 5th Pain of Christmas is trying to get my daughter’s hair…

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Around the holidays every parent turns into a big fat liar. Day in and day out, I hear myself repeating, “Santa is watching.  I’m calling Santa. Santa called and said you’re on the naughty list. Santa wanted me to tell…

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Old Saint Nick

Gifts are fun and festive and thoughtful. They’re also another significant factor in the 12 Pains of Christmas. Why? Let me count the ways. The Planning. No matter how many times you make a list of all the people you…

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