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This past weekend, my husband and older son were out of town, so I was flying solo with my six-year-old. It was forecast to be a cold start to the weekend, and as we headed out Saturday morning to his 8:30 soccer game, they weren’t kidding! It was 27 degrees. Brrr. Yep, it felt like the perfect day to hunker down and eat bad food and watch bad TV.

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My first experience as a dad was less than ideal. When my son Franklin was born, his mom and I were in a really tough time of our marriage. He was born premature and had to spend nine days in the NICU.

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You can almost feel the electricity of excitement as they enter the Halloween or Harvest party area that you’ve prepared. Whether they’re in first grade or fifth, they bolt in with wide eyes, darting from corner to corner, to see what decorations, games and treats you’ve brought for them. It’s party time!

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I will preface this blog by first admitting that I bring the holiday chaos on myself and love the crazy excitement that fills our house during the month of October. With that said, I still wonder, what happened to the simple trick-or-treating that I experienced when I was a young girl? I don’t remember my parents being so invested in this secondary holiday.

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Now that school is back in session, most of us are getting settled into our routines. For some parents, that means they can finally relax a little. No longer are they required to entertain 24/7, referee, or chauffeur during the long summer months. They can find more pockets of time during the day to get things done, without the tag-a-longs or the drag-a-longs. They have more time, alone or with a partner, in the evenings now that bedtimes are highly encouraged or strictly enforced. We can finally watch HBO instead of Disney!

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I am the wife of a varsity and club soccer coach. I am the mother of four select soccer players. I have fought the smell of stinky uniforms, shoes, socks, shinguards and bags for 14+ years. 

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The month of August is staring me squarely in the eyes and all I can say is, "Whew! I've survived yet another summer." Yes, that's right, it's almost school time. We've had a good summer. We spent time at the pool, camps, a family vacation, suffered through some long, boring days, and in general, did the things that you think of when you have 10 weeks off from school. But I'm tired of having "fun" and that means it's time to get back to our regular routines.

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Summertime means hamburgers and hotdogs, swimming and baseball, fireworks and parades. Summertime also means its family vacation time!

When I hear the words "family vacation" I envision Clark Griswold behind the wheel of the ole' Family Truckster. I can see him falling asleep behind the wheel; getting his hubcaps stolen in St. Louis; tying Dinky to the bumper and hauling poor dead Aunt Edna to her son's house on the way to Wally World.

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