Category Archive: Home Life

Mar 28


I recently tweeted that I’ve been trying to get up earlier to have some “me” time before anyone else wakes up.    I used to consider myself a night owl, staying up late to get things done or just watch some television alone. But I want to be able to read a bit, tackle some …

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Mar 05

40 Bags in 40 Days

I am always in need of some motivation to declutter. It seems I am always dodging piles of stuff, or rummaging through various junk drawers in search of something. A friend posted about this “40 Bags in 40 Days” challenge and I was immediately intrigued. The goal is to tackle one room or area each …

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Jan 08

Speech Delays

  Our middle child, Ender, is 2 1/2 and has been slow to talk. At his 2-year wellness visit, our pediatrician was concerned when I told him Ender only had a handful (less than 10) of words. He recommended having an evaluation by a speech therapist. I am not a fan of quick intervention, believing …

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Dec 09

Drawing In

I haven’t posted as much as I normally do. I guess there are seasons for everything. Over the past month, as the weather has cooled, things have really started to slow down around here. While we normally have a pretty productive week with co-op, park day, library and of course full days of school work, …

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May 31

Downsizing Part 2: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The purge continues. In my previous post about our downsizing, I mentioned sorting our belongings into three categories – keep out and accessible, keep but pack for┬ástorage, and toss. We are sorting and packing up things we know we want to keep, but don’t need to have out. These are getting ready for storage. In …

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May 12

Old Faithful

Our autodrip coffee maker recently crapped out on us. We have very hard water around here and even with regular maintainance cleaning with vinegar (okay maybe not that regular…) we ended up with a very clogged machine that we could not salvage. We even tried resurrecting our older autodrip machine we had kept for “parts” …

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Apr 16


I saw a lot of sibling pictures floating around Facebook last week for Sibling Day. It made me reflect on the sibling relationship forming between Kyri and Ender. Kyri is such a good big sister! She mothers Ender – feeding him, helping him get dressed, being attentive to his needs. She is his playmate – …

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Mar 11

Downsizing Round Two

A couple of years ago, when I first started this site, my family had just started downsizing. We were living in Maryland and decided to leave our 3 bedroom townhouse and move into a small 2 bedroom apartment. We made this decision after realizing that we were surrounded by clutter, and that we were paying …

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