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Tag Archives: personal

Adventures in Parenting: Homeschooling

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Sometimes life throws curve balls. Earlier this month, we were confronted with a problem. The school year was off to a very bumpy start for our oldest daughter. Our middle daughter had just switched into the same school as her sister, which only made things more complicated (take my word for it). After trying several traditional schools, we’d been really ... Read More »

12 years, 12 lessons learned

Dancing at our wedding

The summer I was seven years old, I did something awful. It was Wild West Day at camp and, in the spirit of the theme, I stole a little boy’s candy. I still haven’t heard the end of it, because twelve years ago today, I married that boy. By then he had forgiven me enough to become (in succession) my ... Read More »

Ten

Audrey at 10

I’m sitting at my desk typing this post almost exactly 10 years to the minute after giving birth to my first child. She came into the world, reluctantly and with the help of a pair of forceps, at 1:57am on April 27th, 2002. It seems cliche to say that everything changed after that moment, but of course it’s true. I ... Read More »

Get your car seat checked. Start here.

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The story of how I became a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) starts long before I owned a baby store. I was a new mother and I was trying really hard to chill out. Babies are so small, so fragile. It’s easy to let fear drive you to irrational behavior, especially during the early months. I didn’t want to be ... Read More »

The empty nest

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When I moved into my college dorm room almost exactly 16 years ago, my parents needed to get a babysitter for the day to take care of my youngest sister, who was then just 2 years old. I papered the walls of my room with pictures of her, an adorable toddler with corkscrew curls and huge brown eyes. This past ... Read More »

Losing it

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Losing weight has been a constant theme of my life, pretty much as far back as I can remember. By the time I was 12, people would reassure me: I still hadn’t lost my “baby fat.” But it wasn’t baby fat. I was just at the very beginning of a struggle that would last for years. That soft chin would ... Read More »

Day 8: Melissa & Doug Costumes

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This past fall, we did a photo shoot. One of the things we photographed was the Melissa & Doug Cooks Corner Kitchen, as seen in this picture: A few months after the photo shoot, we found a box of leftover items, including these lightly-used chef costumes. Ordinarily, I would’ve just donated them, but my son had been a little obsessed ... Read More »

Quid Pro Quo

Sheri and Eli Gurock

This past week, on the Magic Beans Facebook page, we asked people what funny sayings they’d learned from their fathers. We had lots of great responses, but one stood out to me. An old friend of mine (and Eli’s) from high school responded with “Quid pro quo.” This struck me because “quid pro quo” is something Eli talks about a ... Read More »

Painless potty training: readiness and chocolate

My two-and-a-half year old decided he was ready to be potty trained a few weeks ago. First he was curious to try the toilet, and would go on occasion. Then he started waking up in the mornings with a dry diaper. One morning, I convinced him to wear underpants to school, and that was basically that. He was “ready.” I’d ... Read More »

Ruined?

I had a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday. I slept in, had breakfast brought to me in bed, got cards, flowers and gifts. We spent the early afternoon at the SoWa Open Market and then we broke out the two-wheelers and spent the late afternoon getting the girls ready for summer biking. In the evening, we visited friends for a ... Read More »