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Online Gaming Starts Earlier Than You Think

This past week, Riley spent her first spring break at Girls, Inc. They had a really cool itinerary filled with various exercises and sports, including a trip to aerial yoga and a CrossFit gym. It was a week of workouts I have to admit I was a bit jealous of, and I was certain that she would come home with a new activity that she had fallen in love with. What would it be? Lacrosse? Soccer? Yoga? (more…)

What Do I Do with My Time Now?

This blog is entirely about growing up. Here we capture the ups, downs, twists, and turns of parenting that all relate to the same topic – our kids growing up. We, as parents, are very aware that our kids are growing and changing. Some days, it feels like they haven’t aged a day since toddlerhood with their meltdowns and demands, but, from year to year, we can see and feel the difference. It’s a journey that feels slow but can creep up on you. This past week, my daughter growing up didn’t creep up on me. It smacked me in the face. (more…)

Valentine’s Day Dream Catchers

In this week’s post, I told you all about our Valentine’s Day week of celebrating all of the love around us, but truly our celebration started the week before Valentine’s Day with our holiday craft. I accidentally told the girls that I had a craft planned for the occasion in January and survived a few cold weekends without giving in to their insistent cries to do the project. But finally, I broke and gave in. We did the craft about a week and a half early. It turned out to be good timing since Riley had a string of bad dreams and the craft I had planned was a dream catcher. I didn’t quite know the story of dream catchers at the time, so I told Riley that they were to catch bad dreams and keep them away but also to catch the good ones and keep them around. (more…)

Love Was in the Air

Love was in the air this week. After all, it was the week of Valentine’s Day. For us, the activities of caring started the weekend before when the girls both brought home their list of classmates to make valentines for –- all 52 of them. It was a daunting task, but the girls were eager and I was prepared. (more…)

Egg Carton Snowmen

This winter has been cold and snow-filled so far. Looking back on January (so glad to be able to finally say that), it hasn’t been the worst winter on record, but it certainly has done a number on my vacation time. On the bright side, Maddie did get to experience her first actual snowfall. Granted, she was around for the great NHN snow day sleepover of 2015, but she wasn’t old enough to remember, or participate. With 4+ inches on the ground this January, she enjoyed sledding with Grammy and, of course, her favorite of all: snowball fights. The more tightly packed ice- filled snowballs, the better. Riley, experiencing a first of her own, had her first actual day-off-of-school snow day. (more…)