Category Archives: family life

When Thing 1 left for college 13 months ago, the worst part actually wasn’t having to deal with my own tears and sadness, but having to listen to Thing 2’s. For the entire five-hour ride back home. It might not be surprising news to those of you who know them or those of you who’ve been […]

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Last week, right after taking the older daughter back to college and the resulting fallout (i.e., shoe-buying excursions) that occurred from that, the younger daughter began serving her time in the big house. High school. Ninth grade. Freshman year.   As you might imagine, there was some wine consumed. And while my rising freshman had spent […]

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A couple of weeks ago I went off the grid. Like, really off the grid. To celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary, my husband and I escaped to Big Sur, California—one of our very favorite places. Big Sur is a place we’ve loved since even before we were married, but for some reason, haven’t visited since. […]

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I know, I know. The title of today’s Friday Favorites doesn’t really scream favorite, does it? Well, except for the anxiety meds. But sometimes the things that stress you out the most end up being good things, even if at the outset you don’t see them that way. 1. Exhaustion I’m sure a handful (8) […]

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Today my baby girl turns 14. Fourteen. What a sucky age. But really, do you remember it? No? That’s because it probably sucked. Think about it. At 14 you were at puberty’s peak and at the mercy of the multitude of hormones that were making your emotions run the gamut from elation to devastation that all took […]

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You guys, I’m a failure. For the past two years I’ve been trying fiercely to halt the hands of time, and I just can’t. A year ago, as I was staring in the face of my daughter’s graduation and her impending departure from our little nest, I wrote a short post (one of my favorites) about how […]

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I love to sleep. Actually, that’s an understatement, but I can’t think of another word besides “love” that conveys the message more. I cherish sleep? Worship sleep? Yeah, those too. It’s true. My mother tells me that when I was a little girl, a bedtime wasn’t necessary. In fact, I’d often ask her how much longer […]

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This Christmas, for the first time in 19 years, I didn’t buy a toy. Oh, it’s been years since I’ve bought a Barbie or a Build-a-Bear, but for the past couple of years my 13-year-old was into making YouTube videos with Littlest Pet Shop figures, so her Christmas list still contained a few wishes for new […]

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I’m in the middle of an annual Hell I create for myself this time of year. I call it “The Great Balancing Act,” and the hellish part of it is in the actual balancing. Let me explain. Every Christmas I make it a point to not only get my girls the exact same number of […]

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My daughter took her first college final yesterday. You know what that means? “She’s been existing on pop-tarts and anxiety for the past week?” you say. Well, sure, but besides that. It means her first semester of college is over. Justlikethat. For those of you who rode shotgun with me on the angst-ridden journey that […]

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