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Dear girls, It’s hard to believe that it’s already August. The summer is going by way too fast, as they always do. The past weeks have been a mixed bag for us. On the plus side, after months of passing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Hayden & Quinn 3 Years, 9 Months Mason 6 Years, 5 months Hey kids, Mommy is a hot mess this month and let so much time roll past the 29th, that I’m now bundling you all together. You teach me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Mason, The fact that we’re in the middle of a 90 degree heat wave really hit home that summer is fast approaching. In fact, you only have 9 school days left of kindergarten. Nine. Single digits. It just can’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Girls, This month, I scratched a big “to do” off my bucket list – I ran a half marathon. I feel like having twins is kind of like training for a marathon: it’s time consuming, exhausting, and at many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Not surprisingly, I’m a week behind again. I sort of feel like that’s the story of my life these days, but oh well. This month, we enjoyed our very first Mommy-and-Mason vacation. Just you and me buddy. We took off... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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The Girls: 3 Years, 8 Months [Drafted while on a plane back from Florida a few days ago] Dear Girls, Sorry I’m late. I am on vacation… without you. Mason and I went to visit Grandma and Gramps in Florida... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Mason, You're now about 3/4 of the way through Kindergarten. It's amazing to see how much you've grown and how eagerly you've embraced school. One of my favorite parts of my day is coming home and thumbing through your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear girls - The good news: we're halfway through the three-nager year, and so far, we've survived. The bad news: we still have six months to go, and surviving is still definitely a big question mark. Hayden, you're particularly feisty.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Mason – Earlier this month, I wrote about your sisters’ strength and how you have a zillion great qualities, but they’re definitely tougher than you. We had your 6-year-old well visit this month – you’re in the 40-something percentile... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Girls, One of my favorite things about both of you is your strength and your toughness. You both exhibit these qualities in spades, albeit in different ways. Hayden, you have this agility and confidence that’s so fun to watch.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Mason, Happy 6th Birthday buddy. I can’t believe how fast that went by. Facebook has this “memory” feature, so just about every day I get to look back on when you were a baby. The other day, it was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Girls, I don’t mean to give you the short shrift, but I think this month’s post is going to be rather brief. I have a head cold that makes it hard to concentrate, and everything around me feels like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Mason, I can't believe you're just one short month away from being six. Ok, I'm a week late, so really you're about three weeks away. Details, details. A few days ago, we went to Target to buy a birthday... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Girls – I’m sorry I’m late, but with the holidays, I deliberately did my best to stay away from my computer. The results were amazing – with the exception of the fact that Mama was really sick or working... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Mason – It’s been a busy time of year with Christmas coming up, so I’m a little late. A few weeks ago, I started doling out “helping points” – arbitrary points awarded when you do something particularly kind or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Girls – November has been rough, my little angels - and I'm not talking about politics (though that has been rough on a different scale). I mean, physically rough. For example, I was buckling you into your carseats in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Mason, I’m writing a day early – on Thursday, November 10th, two days after the United States elected Donald Trump as President. Our little universe of friends is pretty shaken up by this shocking result, along with the 59.9... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Girls, We’re one month into the threenager year. One down, 11 to go…. Not that we’re counting. (Except yeah, we’re totally counting because threenagers are a-holes). Hayden, you threw the most epic tantrum I’ve ever witnessed the other day... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
Dear Mason, Right now, the US is embattled in a very contentious presidential debate. I’m not going to use this sacred space to delve into politics, but the national dialogue (much of which is completely irrelevant to who is best... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Girls – Happy 3rd Birthday. I’m so sad that I’m away traveling for work instead of home with you guys to celebrate, but I’ll be home soon for us to celebrate together. In fact, I’ll probably be home by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Mason - Congratulations, you have officially started your formal education. I love how excited you are to go to school every day (granted, we're only a week and a half in). On the first day, you had orientation and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Girls, It's the last month of your twos. If I'm being honest, mama and I are terrified. For Mason, three was so much more difficult than two. Maybe, though, girls mature faster than boys even at this age, so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Mason, Happy 5 ½. I’m sorry I’m late this month, but as you know, your half birthday happens to fall on my actual birthday, so we were busy celebrating as a family on Nantucket. The highlight of my day,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Girls, It seems like every month recently, we're celebrating some sort of growing up milestone. Last month, it was saying goodbye to the binkies; this month, it's adventures in potty training. Kellie primed the pump with potty training at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes
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Dear Mason - This month, we took new steps to help you understand and appreciate the value of money. We took the girls to the grocery store to trade their binkies in for lollipops and play-doh, and with your own... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Smoke and Ashes