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Reminders for Great Teachers

Review of What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most by Todd Whitaker I’m so thrilled that I get to go back to teaching this fall. I was able to take a position that is part time as I ease my way back in, allowing me to be present as you boys are …

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Perfect Cutout Cookies!

Today is Valentine’s Day, and we are having a good one. The weather is perfect, and we had a lot of fun at lunch and drove home with all the windows down. We came home and built Batman Legos, and now we are about to make some Valentine’s Day cookies! Boys, we make and decorate …

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Today’s Dad

When I was a child, I had a great dad. He was a wonderful late-20th century dad. He worked hard, was home for dinner, encouraged us when we needed encouragement, and got involved in discipline decisions if there was ever a significant offense, which thankfully for us all, was rare. On the weekends, he spent …

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Christmas 2014

Hi sons! I just received my new iPhone 6. I had to make sure my pictures were transferred over from my old phone and realized I hadn’t done anything with all of our Christmas photos. We took so many good ones, and although I’m avoiding placing our faces on this site for now, I still …

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A Gift for the New Year

Hi sons, Today is the first day of 2015. When I was young and visualized what this year would be like, I was sure we’d be driving/flying our cars and visiting outer space for vacation. Although these things aren’t happening, life is pretty darn awesome. I saw this video about a year ago, and it …

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This Kind of Girl: Inspired by Lena Dunham

I just finished reading a book for my book club. It is one I would not have picked to read since I’ve never seen the show, GIRLS. I’ve heard it is very good, though, and I now plan to tune in. Her book is entitled Not That Kind of Girl, and in it she discusses …

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How the Internet is turning today’s parents into freaks

Sons, I had a “moment” this week after reading so much information online about parenting the “right” way according to “experts.” I realized that I’m tired of trying to keep up with all the new research and decided I just want to follow my instincts and keep on loving you and believing in you and …

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How I Met Your Dad

Hi sons, This past Sunday was Father’s Day, and we had such a great day. We woke up early and let your dad sleep in while we made a big breakfast. You two went in and woke him up, and we all enjoyed eating together and planning our day at the Oakland Zoo. We had …

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Southern Comfort

We had quite a day today. Since the weekend was so nice and restful and I had the time to really think through what food I wanted to make this week, I decided to run with the idea of cookin’ up one delicious Southern meal, and you two boys “helped.” Well, like some say, you …

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Operation Relaxation

Dear sons, This may or may not come as a surprise to you in 2030, and in my heart of hearts, I hope it is a huge surprise since that will mean I have reached my goal, but I have struggled for years with anxiety. It’s not fun. It was awful before you came into …

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