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It's unanimous in my house. Elf is one of our favorite holiday movies. There is something contagious about Buddy the Elf. This endearing character played by Will Ferrell loves everything sweet, musical and exciting about Christmas. Why does it tickle the belly of both kids and adults when we see a grown man in an elf suit, smile so wide, sing so loud and love everything about the world around him?

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Ugh! I am so thankful the month of November is almost over. It seems that like Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations, the "What are you thankful for?" question starts popping up earlier and earlier every year. Really, throughout the month of October, you cannot stand in line at the check out and not see almost every magazine with the headlines, "How to be Thankful", "Show your Thanks this Season", "How to Have the Most Thankful Thanksgiving Ever", or some variation of reminding us to be thankful. Why can’t we just be thankful every day of the year?

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November. It’s that time of year when we are reminded to reflect on what we are most thankful for. Most of us dig deep and give thanks for the major blessings in our lives like health, family and friends, and I am no different. I am most thankful that my Mom remains cancer free after her initial diagnosis four years ago, and pray that health and happiness rest on everyone this upcoming year. I remind myself to appreciate the people who help to keep me afloat when life gets crazy and to those who keep me grounded when things get too exciting.

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With every new school year, sport season or even new holiday season, it can easily feel like you’re on a crazy amusement park ride. It’s exciting and fun until you start to feel dizzy and you know you can’t get off the ride until it’s officially over! Once the year starts or the new season is underway, you can’t put the brakes on. There are so many commitments and obligations to add to the calendar. How do we keep our homes and families balanced while also maintaining our sanity?

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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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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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