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Hudi Turns 19

It can be argued that his birth seemed like yesterday. And at the risk of sounding boring, that statement cannot be dismissed. But interestingly, it feels as if we’ve been together forever. I cannot fathom life without our kiddos — Hudson and Zebulon and CJ. What joy and inspiration they bring! Many parents worry about […]

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Family Parenting winter

And so it Goes

Today we took Hudi back to college. Christmas break is over, and the gift we had of our children’s presence in our home is now a ribbon of happy memories. Time is marching on, and we are — yet again– in a new stage of life.

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Christmas Traditions

We have no kids home for Christmas this year. Not a one. It’s the first year that has happened to us, but it’s okay. We had warning, and celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving instead (Santa owed me some favors so we had official approval on the switch). That way, we were able to embrace […]

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The Swing Thing

Seven weeks ago tonight, Chris and I embarked on a new adventure. For the first time in both our lives, we attended a professional dance class. Why? Well, rewind three years. I was out in Utah at my very first Grand Meetup (the one time a year everyone in the distributed company I work for […]

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Luke and Jessica’s Wedding

Luke was approximately a year old when my fiancé and I had the opportunity to babysit him (my fiancé‘s nephew). Little did I know at that time that the tiny baby I had in my arms would be celebrating his own walk down the aisle a little more than 25 years later. Yet somehow there […]

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Visiting our Kids at Camp Sandy Cove

Remember going to camp when you were younger? Warm days spent learning fun things, getting dirty, singing silly ditties and playing pranks. Good times, indeed. Zeb, Hudi, Bri and Mollie still get to experience this annually as they work at Camp Sandy Cove in West Virginia (Mollie grew up attending the camp, which is super-fun). […]

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Family Parenting

Complete and Utter Chaos

I think the game Chaos is sadistic. But some of my family members love it so I play. It’s probably good for me, helping me work on my memory. Have you ever heard of it? Chaos is a board game from 1970. It’s basically checkers. With up to four people. With identical pieces, and you have […]

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Sun, Sons and Snowboarding

After Friday night’s snow who would guess that we would be sipping coffee on the deck Saturday morning? Even better, we were sunbathing by the afternoon. It was over 50 degrees. We slept in, yakked, read, took naps and basically took the day off as a quasi spa day. Pure luxury. In the evening we headed […]