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I used to like to think I was crafty. When my girls were little I’d pull out the old-school, gritty construction paper, felt squares, yarn, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners every now and again for distraction. Problem was, I was always left with really ugly shit that I had to display proudly on my walls […]

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Yesterday I checked another big life event off the list. Something that you hear about other people doing but don’t really think about doing yourself until you are in the middle of it. Botox? Colonoscopy? No, I took my daughter shopping for college. You know, the anticipated trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target […]

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Last week the family decided to break our impressive chain of about 10 days of doing basically nothing by taking a little two-hour field trip to Itasca State Park, home to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. We’d visited the headwaters once before — 13 years ago — and while the actual beginning of the […]

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How many teenagers does it take to break a papasan chair? After the all-night after prom party we hosted Saturday night, I now know. (Three in case you were wondering.) In the immortal words of Lionel Richie, those kids partied…karamu-ed…fiesta-ed…forever. All. Night. Long. Actually, that’s not entirely true. There were moments when I was a […]

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There’s been a monumental countdown going on in our house for the past 13 days years. Thing 2 turns 13 this week. Thirteen. And while that fact is hard for me to wrap my brain around, it’s surprisingly harder for her. She cannot believe she’s 13. Believe me, I know. It’s been the theme of every […]

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This is how I’ve been living my life since September. Parents of current or former high school seniors will understand. While it’s true that I’ve spent the past two or three years (over)thinking this time in our lives, nothing I imagined could have prepared me for how fast it came flying at — and by […]

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If you’re like me, some of the best moments you spent with your children when they were little were at the end of the day when they were sitting still on your lap, moist and warm and sweet smelling from their bath, the sleepiness beginning to set in and replace the frenzied behavior that had […]

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…even if you live in godforsaken Minnesota where there’s a FREAKIN’ BLIZZARD on April 16th. Here was the scene from my front living room window a mere moment before I was to walk out the door to my book signing. Something to note? That morning there hadn’t been one flake of snow on the ground. […]

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