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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 25


Yom Kippur starts tonight.  This is the Jewish holiday where we feel bad.  There’s more to it, but when I first met Marc and was trying to figure out Judaism, that was the short explanation I used to explain to myself and my family.  Rosh Hashana is the New Year, but then we have a …

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Sep 22

Yeah, I know you think I’m an idiot

There are times, as a parent, when I know I look stupid.  When I can step back from myself, see the situation and pretend that I don’t know the backstory – and yeah, I look like an idiot.  But I’m not.  I’m just a mom.  A mom who’s doing her best and doesn’t always do …

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Sep 20

Other people’s kids

I’ve had two rather odd experiences lately.  And I’m thinking today about how much we, as parents, have the obligation to protect our children from other kids, and how much we should step back and let them fend for themselves.  Because if we don’t ever step back – will they be able to handle it …

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Sep 19

Oldest children

I read somewhere that oldest children are like tester pancakes, they never really turn out as good because you almost have to mess up one before you get good at making them.  As the oldest child, I thought it was kind of a lousy way of looking at it, but as a mother, I somewhat …

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Sep 16

Shana Tova!

Tonight starts the holiday of Rosh Hashana, followed next Wednesday by Yom Kippur. This is really the start of the holiday season for us – we’ll run thru the High Holidays (the aforementioned two), then Sukkot, and Simchat Torah. And then rush into Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years.  We’ve got a bunch of …

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Sep 12

My daughter is beautiful

I’ve been kind of caught up in Sam and Julie stuff lately, and Jessie has been flying under the radar.  But I’ve been noticing, more and more, that she’s kind of… gorgeous.  I mean, she’s mine.  Right?  So of course, I always think she’s beautiful.  But this is different.  She’s suddenly… a lot older looking. …

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Sep 11


Day Four – and the first day that Sam went to the car without having to be dragged kicking and screaming. He’s a stubborn kid, and dammit, he doesn’t LIKE going to school.  From all reports – he’s a happy, engaged, playful and content boy once he’s there, but man, does he hate going.   …

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Sep 10

Repost from 2008

I was looking back to see if I’d written anything helpful about Jessie’s first year of kindergarten – because I remember it as being fairly traumatic.  Sam is going every day, but sobbing on the way out the door.  Which sucks.  A lot.  But I remember Jessie doing it too, and have to keep reminding …

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Sep 07

Motherhood Confessions

Nobody’s perfect, right?  And here’s a list of my top five motherhood confessions just in case you had any doubts about me… 1 – I’m utter and complete crap when it comes to putting my kids to bed.  By the end of the day, I’m just done.  I’m tired, and while I’ll go thru the …

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Sep 05

It’s like they know…

My kids are magic.  I don’t know how, or why, exactly.  But somehow they manage to communicate telepathically on a level that I don’t think they’re capable of verbalizing yet.  They never have temper tantrums at the same time.  They never get sick at the same time.  They never demand 100% of my attention at …

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