Father-Daughter Dance

She bought a new dress. She had her nails painted. She wore makeup. Her purse was all sparkles. He wore a new belt and matching socks. He gave her flowers. He spun her around. And he had her home by…

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The Luck of the Jewish

Forget leprechauns and shamrocks and The Blarney Stone. If you want to be lucky, just be a Levine. My mother-in-law has had 42 car accidents (3 of which she totaled the car parked behind her in her very own driveway).…

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School Socks

The other day I told Grady that I put new school socks in his drawer. As you can imagine, he was super excited. The next morning, he waltzed out with his backpack and lunch box, calling over his shoulder, “Bye,…

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Segways & Hairnets

Dear Jason, Happy Valentine’s Day. I thought we were cooler than this. Love, Nicole

The Gym

If I ever want to see my husband in shoes again, we’ll have to move to Minneapolis or Anchorage. Jason loves flip flops. He wears them to work. He wears them to dinner parties. He wears them to do yard…

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R as in What?

I am listening to Jason read a long, complicated code to someone on the phone. Jason: C as in Charlie. L as in Lion. Four. Eight. R as in Rabbi… R as in Rabbi. Well, there you have it folks.…

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Good Morning

Laying in bed this morning: Me: You are my rock. Jason: And you are my hard place.

More Like Nine Lives

Dear Grady and Annie Bea, Today marks the 9th year that Daddy and I have been married. But to be honest, it feels more like nine lives. Our history goes back so far, it’s hard to remember a time when…

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The Swing

I bought a swing to hang on the tree in our backyard. Jason installed it this evening. Now the kids just need a pogo stick so they can catapult themselves 6 feet off the ground and onto the seat.