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    April 30, 2012
    Once Upon a Time There Lived a Princess

    I have always told my daughters stories.  I’ve told them stories about being pirates on a forgotten sea.  I’ve told them stories about being a princess in the talk, green trees.  I’ve told them stories about my own experiences growing up.  I’ve told them about the experiences of their ancestors – particularly the cranky great-great-great grandfather who once robbed a train.  Although it might sound romantic, it wasn’t.  He looted a train after it wrecked.  (Family embarrassment!)

    The art of storytelling sparks imagination and helps families bond.  And as “a naptime novelist” tells us, it is a lost art.

    Spontaneous storytelling with children is a delight.  It is also something of a lost art, I suspect.  In our home, a board book is always within reach, and we read, rather than tell, stories.  (My stories with Clare and Kate are the exception, not the rule.)  It makes me wonder what we’re losing, if we are indeed losing it.

    I will look forward to telling stories to my grandbabies someday.


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    April 27, 2012
    Friday Fun Video: Thunderbolts and Lightning Very Very Frightning

    Their version is far superior than my own!

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    April 26, 2012
    Bad Hiring Practices, Pt. 2

    Remember when I told about how a frozen yogurt store misled my daughter Annie about a job?  Evidently the state labor office audit division does not believe what the store did was lawful either. They further suggested I contact the IRS as well so they too can investigate.

    If businesses plan to hire teens and treat them poorly, a teenager might not have the know-how to defend themselves.  They might be scared to rock the boat or cause trouble, so won’t stand up and defend themselves.  But their parents will.

    Treat everyone fairly, legally, and ethically and a business should have no worries!


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    April 25, 2012
    Wordless Wednesday: Party Nose

    (for your next party!)

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    April 24, 2012
    Crazy Photos by Dads

    I love Dads. I love how sweet they are to their mini-me’s.  I love their gentleness. I love their creativity. Especially when it comes to photos.

    Jason who is a wedding photographer started taking photos of his two little daughters back in 2006 when his mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The girls were constantly sick, with colds and coughs so he couldn’t always bring them to visit their grandmother. Jason wanted her to be able to see her granddaughters without catching their kid germs so he started a blog where his mom could see what was going on in their lives.

    So sweet!


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    April 20, 2012
    Friday Fun Video: I Hate the Hiccups, Too

    This is cute on so many levels!  The baby keeps smacking that mobile to start the music, but she also gets mad every time she hiccups.  Bless her little heart!

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    April 18, 2012
    Wordless Wednesday: Cap ‘n Gown

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    April 17, 2012
    Hiking Up Mountains

    Sometimes it feels as parents that we must move mountains with sand pail shovels.  Other times it feels like we’ll never reach the peak of a mountaintop – but we do eventually get to the top.   And sometimes it is just easier to ride the tram all the way up.  That’s what Tricia with the awesome shoes did,

    Stone Mountain is a ginormous rock.  In order to get to the top, you must ride in a gondola or hike three miles.  I know many of you are saying, “Pft.  Three miles ain’t nothing!”

    To you I want to say one word, compound as it may be – “Hearty-Tack.”

    This is one bad-boy mountain!

    It was such a nice day, I may have considered the hike of death, but I didn’t exactly wear the right shoes.

    Ha! Her shoes really were amazing.


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    April 16, 2012
    Monkey Bars are Dangerous

    When Annie was about four years old, she decided to challenge the monkey bars. Perhaps it is not the monkey bars that are dangerous as much as it is the other kids. A boy on the playground knocked her off.  Annie fell on her face and ended up with stitches in her chin.  Well, not needle and thread stitches, but the stretchy suture type.

    Monkey bars. The thing of nightmares for parents and the object to conquer for kids!  The five year old son of MomsMinute can go all the way across now,

    This seems a milestone worth noting. My big boy who will turn 5 in less than a month (imagine dashes between all those words, I only have a momsminute here) has the ability to cross the entire band of monkey bars at our local park, which has been aptly named “The Monkey Bar Park”.  You have to see the pride in this boy’s face.

    I remember conquering the monkey bars as a child.  Getting all the way across really was a huge moment.


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    April 13, 2012
    Exercising with a Toddler

    This is fantastic to get this kind of exercise with a toddler running around the house.  My girls are almost grown and grown and I can’t even get them to walk around the block.

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