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FWIW, the Episcopal Church has moved it to age 15-16. I think it would be much more meaningful later on.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2011 on I waved the white flag at The Dinoia Family
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Good for you (and her!) -The Godmother :)
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2011 on I waved the white flag at The Dinoia Family
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Thanks for the wishes, and Happy Birthday, Judy!
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2011 on {these moments} at The Dinoia Family
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Sweet! Our moment is another *first* for my animal-loving boy: http://3saltydogs.blogspot.com/2011/01/this-moment_28.html
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2011 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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That decision was in the best interest of your family. Enjoying some aspects of it doesn't make it selfish!
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2010 on It's official: He's back at The Dinoia Family
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Oh, how sweet! Hoping she keeps that spunk and confidence lifelong. Here's my little man meeting a goat for the first time. He is his animal-lovin' mama's delight: http://3saltydogs.blogspot.com/2010/10/this-moment_15.html
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2010 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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Oh, how exciting for the Soules! My moments (I cheated and had two) are from a trip with my 8-month old to visit his great-grandparents. Moments well worth the hours of busy-baby-wrangling on an airplane: http://3saltydogs.blogspot.com/2010/09/this-moment_10.html
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2010 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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I remember how, after she was born, you couldn't stop looking at her and saying, "THAT came out of me!" Although she wasn't a huge baby, it seemed amazing that she could have fit in that space in your body. And now you get to marvel that "THAT" intelligent, loving soul (twelve, going on thirty-five) came from you & Pete. She is still every bit the miracle she was that day.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2010 on All Cait wants for her birthday at The Dinoia Family
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I had the same thought yesterday, that it will be a roller coaster, with a lot of the big hills in the beginning. Maybe not every day, but every month will get easier. One of the benefits of this life you & Pete have chosen is that you are raising the world's most adaptable children. Adapting a hugely important skill, I think, and one many of their overscheduled, never-allowed-outside-their-comfort-zone peers will not find easily. If Nicholas did not thrive in Montessori, I would die from shock. He loves doing what his "sissas" do, and school will be no exception. Now, can we just find a way for him to ride a bus?
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2010 on And now, at The Dinoia Family
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While I know school has its own set of challenges, I think it'll be a little easier when you only have one to keep track of/entertain/prevent from killing each other some of the time. I can offer some unpacking/organizing help, if you want. Or even clean the cat box; that's how much I love you.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2010 on Where can I get at The Dinoia Family
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Congratulations, Cait! What IS it with kids and blue ice cream? Do grown-ups ever order it?
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You and Pete are each making sacrifices for the good of your family. Neither is bigger, or more important. It is undoubtedly tough to realize that there's only so much you can do to ease his burdens, or he yours. But while strong as a family, you are also strong as individuals. Don't make me come over and sing "I will survive" with you. The girls would die of embarassment. Although it'd probably amuse Nick.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2010 on Is there such a thing as at The Dinoia Family
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! And *I* will reverse the trend of remarking on how big your kids are growing. Holy COW, Nate looks huge on Cait's lap!
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2010 on One bonus at The Dinoia Family
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Since its inception in 1997, I have never seen the Dinoia Family fail to meet a challenge. I saw the first overseas tour cement your (at the time, little) nuclear family, and have since seen you all make the most of every situation thrown your way, after a sometimes-bumpy getting-used-to-it period. This will be no exception. DO keep asking for help; your friends want to give it. It doesn't have to be a major event to justify assistance. If you'd like the guilty pleasure of a haircut and cuppa joe solo; say the word. If you and a tween need a break from one another, send her her Auntie's way. Heck, I can even send Mark over to clutter up the place if you're feeling nostalgic. Except he cannot be persuaded to use any towels that aren't already disintegrating. :)
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2010 on The towel at The Dinoia Family
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I actually haven't gotten any comments or dirty looks, but my 2 thoughts: 1) I once (while nursing Nate) watched a mom in the Target cafe settle her 4-year old with crayons then pull out a nursing cover for her 9-month old. The 4-year-old asked, "What do you need that for?" Mom answered, "for privacy." The 4-year old nodded and said, "Oh, she doesn't want to see anyone while she eats." I LOVED that that was the only privacy concern she could think of! 2)We should stage a "nurse-in" at Hooters. Because you *know* some idiot (who came there to look at boobs) would complain.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2010 on New Kid on the Blog at The Dinoia Family
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Way to go, Kelsey and Jen!
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2010 on 100% Brownie at The Dinoia Family
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What a beautiful shot of your family!! I know how rare it is to get everyone in one shot, yet alone color-coordinated and smiling. I think Pete needs a black shirt and red tie (mafia-style) for next year, though, so am off to order that online. Can't wait to see the girls in the pageant video!
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2009 on Norad has Santa at The Dinoia Family
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My heart still swells when I hear the opening overture of the Nutcracker. 25 years later, I vividly recall waiting in the wings when the orchestra started playing on opening night. It didn't matter at all that I was in a mouse suit, not a tutu; it was magical. So glad your sweet girl got to experience that rush!
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2009 on dreaming of clara at SouleMama
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We are so, so proud of you, Cait!
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2009 on Winter Concert at The Dinoia Family
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I agree with Nick; that is one pretty girl!
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2009 on Tis the Season at The Dinoia Family
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I think now, as I did then, that you managed to be an amazing mom and daughter at such a tough time, and that your mom would be so proud to see that. And you are right, definitely irises!
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2009 on Four years later... at The Dinoia Family
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Awesome!
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2009 on Halloween Craftiness at The Dinoia Family
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Well, I know GODparents were waiting impatiently for pics :) TOO cute. I especially love Nick trading candy. Kelsey's costume and makeup are great! Caitlin looked great but will have me to answer to for that Snickers!
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2009 on Halloween 2009 at The Dinoia Family
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Walking on sunshine :)
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2009 on Too Short at The Dinoia Family
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My $0.02 worth: Bribing isn't wrong; it just loses its effectiveness if they know you'll do it every time. Go, Kelsey!
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2009 on Second Grade Shenanigans at The Dinoia Family
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