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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 31

Sick baby

I noticed that Julianna was getting warm last night.  I have to confess, one of my major parenting fails is an inability to take my child’s temperature.  Thermometers just don’t seem to last in my house, I don’t know why.  And even when I can find one, it always reads some implausible temp – like …

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Jan 29

Bat Mitzvah

I get weekly emails from my synagogue, and, a few weeks ago, I noticed that there was a little paragraph tucked in between notices from the Sisterhood and requests for coat donations. A bar/bat mitzvah meeting for parents of kids fourth thru sixth grade. It took me a minute, but I realized quickly that it …

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Jan 23


When Jessie first started school, I was very hands off about homework.  She started getting it in first grade, which seemed ridiculous to me, but my assumption was that I wasn’t supposed to help with her homework.  If she asked for assistance, sure, I’d help out, but hand holding and correcting?  Nope, I didn’t think …

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Jan 19

Being a writer

I was always going to be a writer.  My two favorite literary characters growing up were Jo from Little Women and Emily from the Emily trilogy by L.M. Montgomery.  I kept a diary from the time I was in second or third grade, and just kept writing.  By the time I hit high school, I …

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Jan 14

I’m not there yet

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allison-tate/change-of-life_b_2443691.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009 The link above is to a post on starting a new chapter. On moving from growing a family to raising one. To saying goodbye to the part of your life when you’re having babies. And while I thought, have thought, for a while now, that we’re probably done with that chapter – I realized …

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Jan 11


I loved my grandfather. I loved my grandmother as well, but my grandfather was special. He and I were kindred spirits, and I have these amazing memories of times we spent, just the two of us, at museums or hiking or stargazing at the golf course. We were the only readers in the family, and …

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Jan 09

Paper towels

Marc’s job has grown to include nights.  Not all the time, but mostly, at night, he’s not home until nine or even  later (all this week, he’s been working until midnight).  So I’ve had to develop my own new routines for putting all three kids to bed.  Since they’re all different ages, with different sleep …

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Jan 08


I went out today.  Not for long, just for lunch and shopping with my mother in law and Julianna, but when I came back, Jules went down for a nap.  Marc went to pick up the kids from school while I was putting her down, and when they got back, Jessie and I sauntered down …

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Jan 01

New Year’s Eve

I don’t really do New Year’s Eve.  It feels redundant to me, with Rosh Hashana as the Jewish New Year, and my birthday in January, I’ve already got the holiday covered.  So having another day to celebrate another beginning of the same year… I’m okay with skipping it.   That being said, I do have …

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