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ABC’s

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Ryan has known his ABC’s for a while now.  After going to Emily’s preschool class one day, 8 years ago, I realized not only was it necessary for me to teach him his ABC’s early on, but also how important hand washing would be in our lives. You see, the teacher gave the kids something […]

Life with Ryan

Eyelashes…

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…or my alternate title, “Why I Would Suck at Being a Jew.” Ho. Lee. Smokes. Folks. It’s the hours which lead up to dance parties, tooth brushing, stories, and prayers that have led to the rapid grays growing haphazardly out of my head.  These grays all started appearing a little over 3 years ago. True […]

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Why I Hate "CARS"

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I don’t really.  If I did, I don’t think anything I ever said again from this point on would be credible, so I jest.  But, it’s okay for me, as a mom, to be mad at Lightning McQueen, Guido, Luigi, and all the Ferrari’s in the whole world. Do NOT let his looks deceive you…this […]

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There is a Time for Everything Under the Sun

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Our third child didn’t get a baby shower.  Not because historically it’s improper in the book of manners, but because I just didn’t think my heart could handle it.  The last time I had been pregnant with a boy, my friends gathered around me as we ate chocolate and vegetables and artichoke dip, all the […]

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When Dreams Come True

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Jason and I took Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University”class recently.  All I can say is literally every person should take this class at some point in their existence.  There would be no financial issues on this earth or in any government.  Just sayin’. That being said, one of our cash envelopes is set aside each […]

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NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE!

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So, along with Ryan’s page of translated words, one thing that he says regularly is, “Nice,” as in, “Yes,” “Nice, I like what you are thinking,” or “Totally!  Now we’re tracking, Lady!” It’s pretty much my favorite thing, along with “Peas” and “Deek Doo” which translate: Please and Thank you! Without further ado, here’s the […]

Friday Fun

Ryan’s Translation

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Thanks to everyone who tried to translate Ryan’s language!  It was good for me to read through them and have a laugh, for sure 🙂 The girl you’d want to have on hand if it were just you and Ryan alone in a room is….. Karen Hochstedler Congratulations, lady!  You got 16 correct!   Heather […]

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Some Friday FUN!

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Below you will find a quiz.  It’s a language quiz.  And by “language quiz” I mean, it’s the language of my 2 year old son, Ryan.  A language I am expected to interpret and act upon every day. Let’s be honest, it’s more like a game of MadGab, but I want to remember his sweet […]

Birthday Eve

Birthday Eve

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I started a tradition after Noah died to take a picture of Emily on the day prior to her birthday.  Let’s just say it was my feeble attempt to make time stand still in the midst of her speedy growth cycle.  It’s been fun to look back over the years and watch her grow. Here […]

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My Little Lover

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Two exciting things happening in this picture:  One, Ryan is sitting at his big boy table, and two, he’s practicing blowing his own nose.  (Em’s old Jenny Lind table and chairs.) Ryan and I have been heading out on bike rides in the mornings.  He thinks his sister’s hand-me-down helmet is pretty cool (hula dancer […]