Your Age Plus 1

Experts say we can only expect our children to pay attention for this many minutes: age + 1 minute. So Annie Bea can theoretically pay attention for 6 minutes and Grady can pay attention for 9 minutes. I’ve yet to…

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Mosquitos Love Me

I spent all day assembling a swing for Grady and Annie Bea. All that was left to do was put the stakes in the ground. The finishing touches. Only problem? It had just turned 5 PM. That’s when the mosquitos…

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That Scene from Zoolander

It was a cold December morning in Albany, New York. The house was quiet—except for two screaming children and an 85-year-old Bahamian woman (Jason’s childhood nanny) mumbling something about wifey (wifi). Ahhh, home for the holidays. Jason was running some…

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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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