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When Do You Say When? Having Babies, Building Families (Part One)

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I’ve been mulling this topic around in my head for weeks. Readers have emailed or commented and asked the question in various forms. I, personally, have also wondered about it. When Do You Say When? Prior to my last delivery, I thought I was “done” having children. But, by the time my doc came to […]

Toddlers and Trouble

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Isn’t she cute?! That’s my FishChickie. She’ll be two next month. She is just adorable with her angel halo hair and big brown eyes. She loves to cuddle with me and play with my hair. It’s her little comfort mechanism and instantly puts her to sleep. She’s my girl, and I love her fiercely. But, […]

Cold Medicine Not For Kids

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I don’t know a whole lot about what’s going on in the world these days. I’m pretty busy in my cave. But, I did notice this health alert recently and thought I would pass it on, especially since Walgreens and CVS have had such good deals on Dimetapp and Robitussin. I’m sure many of you […]

Three Cheers for the FBA!

As I mentioned earlier, having so many boys in succession contributes to a certain sense of camraderie and identity, male-bonding at a young age. By the time we had FishBoy4, we had coined the term FishBoys as a way to call them to attention when we were leaving church, the park, or a friend’s house. […]

Preschool Play: Monkey Treats

Years ago when the first FishBoy was a toddler, we met Monkey. I think it started on car rides home, trying to keep FishBoy awake until naptime. You know, when you want the kid to have a good, 2-hour nap in his bed and not a 10-minutes’ catnap in the car? You’ll do anything to […]

TGIF: Happy Fourth of July!

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Thanks to everyone who shared their celebratory plans for Independence Day! You can go here and here for some last minute inspiration. Have a wonderful day today! May the bugs be few, the BBQ tender, and the fireworks exceptional. As you head out for all the fun doings that the Fourth of July holds, don’t […]

The Long Defeat

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This past week, my husband was gone for a few days. The house didn’t burn down. I made zero trips to the ER. I never had to call poison control. And I lived to tell about it. And I am glad he’s home. As I went to bed the night before his return, however, I […]

Emergency Preparedness

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Here in Middle America, the last few months have been peppered with bouts of “severe weather” which translated means “possibility of tornados.” Even after four years in Kansas City, it’s still a new experience for this California girl. I don’t freak out when I hear the sirens, but there is a little sense of uneasiness. […]