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Another year is almost over. We are in the final push for reflecting on our year and thinking about the things that make us thankful. I wrote last year in my blog post The Little Things that being thankful for all the little things was more important than throwing something out there for the sake of something to say before eating Turkey. And I still believe that.

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This holiday season I have a lot to be thankful for. Here are just a few:

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Halloween. Boooo! Beware of the spooks and goblins! Beware of the witches and black cats! Beware of the... hey, wait a second! What the heck are you supposed to be?

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Fall. Ah, my absolute favorite time of the year. The kids are in school, the heat of the summer is finally slipping away, and there are all too many fun things to do.

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I was making lunch for my younger son this morning when I was overcome by how many times I have done this over the course of the past eight years. My gosh, I’ve packed a lot of lunches! Probably close to 1600.

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Kids are so different. My boys proclaim to really dislike school. In fact, my older one has gone as far as to say he hates it. It makes me crazy. Their grades don't come close to showing that they don't like school. The older one (for all of his moaning and groaning) has had almost a prefect report card for two years running, and the little one actually asked me a few weeks ago to print out some math sheets to work on before a long car trip. 

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Well, three months has gone by since I had my sweet baby Bastian and I am so filled with love. Becoming a mom has been harder and more rewarding then I could have imagined. All the books, classes, and advice could never have prepared me for what motherhood is truly like. 

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Oh man! Just when I was getting used to lax bed times, sleeping in, sitting in the sun for what seemed like endless hours, and the occasional moans about there being nothing to do, that mailman had to deliver a very solemn reminder that the countdown has officially begun.

The summer newsletter from school arrived in the mail on Monday complete with schedules, procedures, save the dates, and school supply lists. Talk about a wake up call.

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By the time you read this, I will be in Arizona spending a long weekend with my parents and my sister and her family. This is not my vacation, it's simply the wrap-up to what proved to be the kind of vacation I think I'm going to take every year from now on. 

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"Mom, there's something wrong with Tippy. She's licking everything and she looks tired." My heart sank when my 12-year-old said these words to me. 

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Well, it's already mid-June and you know what that means, it's almost Father’s Day. I've been mulling this blog around in my head for weeks thinking about what I want to say and how I want to say it, and quite frankly, it's hard to put down everything I want to write about dads. Part of me goes down a nostalgic path, other parts lead to sentimental feelings, while for the most part, I think about everyday life and how my husband impacts my boys' lives.

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I know it's sad, but I love a good commercial. As sappy as they are a Hallmark commercial about a teacher's impact on her students makes me tear up every time. With Father's Day right around the corner, I stumbled on a few other ads honoring dads that made me smile and there may have been that first choke up of a tear for the Oreo commercial.  Hope these make you smile and give your dad/grandpa/husband a hug.

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Have we finally come out of our long Nebraska winter? I have to admit, this one has been particularly hard on me. Every time I felt like we were breaking through to spring, we've been hit with just one more reminder that we cannot depend on Nebraska weather.

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As a parent, it's not always easy to make time for yourself much less your relationship with your significant other. There's always something to be done whether it's activities, work, cleaning, helping with homework, and the daily drudgery of everyday life. But, the time we grant to ourselves is probably one of the most important things we can do to re-charge.

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We are so excited to announce that our Amalia has had her baby boy! Bastian Oliver Van Bloom was born on April 24, 2013 weighing 7 lbs 11 oz. Mom and baby are doing well under the care of the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Methodist Women’s Hospital. And, her husband, Brian, is a very proud new papa.

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