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What happens when mom goes to work…

What happens when mom goes to work…

For the first 12 years of our children’s lives, I was the stay-at-home parent.  I took care of every little possible detail from school lunches, to homework, to doctor’s appointments, to playdates.  Bill had nothing to do with the planning and execution of any of it and I had nothing to do with his work life.  It was kind of like “Mad Men” but with mutual respect and very little alcoholism. Since June we have those reversed roles.  I am now…

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From Amish to A-list

From Amish to A-list

Look, I know that we’re not A-listers and you know that we’re not A-listers, but my kids have no idea that we’ve haven’t suddenly just become the wealthiest, most pampered family in America.  And I have to say, it’s all thanks to me and the hubby.  Did we do anything really great as parents?  No, not at all.  But by living the simple life (i.e. poor) in an 850 square foot house with no heat and a barely functioning toilet…

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Inside the mind of a homeschool mom

Inside the mind of a homeschool mom

Homeschooling is hard.  I’ll just say that right up front.  And it’s not hard for the reasons you would think — like never having time for yourself or figuring out how to teach your kids about fractions.  Those things are actually easier than you think.  Like for example, I just avoid fractions altogether.  Problem solved. The real hard part about homeschooling is all the doubt and second-guessing that comes with it.  You’re going against the grain and anytime you do…

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I’ve prepared my children for the 1800s

I’ve prepared my children for the 1800s

“You can’t see the forest for the trees” completely sums up parenting for me.  You read books, you obsess over balanced meals and proper bedtimes, you try and watch your (fucking) language, and yet, somehow you miss gigantic weird things you’re doing. I realized one gigantic weird thing I’ve been doing when I took Emerson and August to Los Angeles with me.  (Buck wanted to stay in school.  Seriously, what’s up with that?) I realized my children don’t know how…

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Bad parenting in the snow

Bad parenting in the snow

Last week I took my kids to Tahoe and most of the time I would grade my parenting skills on an A-/B+ range, but one moment in particular stands out as a giant F to me… and it went something like this… The kids and I had been playing in snow for hours.  I couldn’t feel my hands anymore.  Snow had fallen inside my boots, melted and then frozen to my socks.  My face was windburned and I was starving,…

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How to avoid doing laundry…

How to avoid doing laundry…

Every parent knows that when one child comes down with a fever, it’s only a matter of time before everyone in the house gets sick.  It’s like Russian Roulette with germs — everyone staring silently at each other, eyes darting around, wondering who’s going to go down next. This week it was August who was patient zero, starting with a cough on Monday night.  Next to get hit was Emmy, who puked on Wednesday and now, as of yesterday, I…

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Hello from the other side

Hello from the other side

I’m back!  I took a much longer blog break than I thought I was going to take… like months longer.  For a while after I stopped blogging, I really felt like I would probably have nothing to say ever again, so I might as well stop.  But then I thought about all the posts I’ve written over the last couple of years and realized that I’ve never had anything to say and that never stopped me before… ….So here I…

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When does it get easier?

When does it get easier?

A friend of mine used to volunteer in an old folk’s home and he said one of the residents used to wheel around the halls all day moaning, “When does it get easier?” Ever since then, it has been my catch phrase.  Whenever circumstances seem difficult, I can always be counted on to shout out in a pained voice, “When does it get easier?” In the last month or so, it’s been so hard for me to get to Riot…

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All sheep, all the time

All sheep, all the time

I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole, but it’s actually full of sheep, not rabbits. In June, Emerson got two baby lambs, Chip and Pip. They were completely adorable and we all fell in love with them. All was right in the universe and nothing could possibly go wrong. Does it sound like a bad part is coming? Well, it is. About a month ago, something (we suspect our neighbor’s dog) came onto our property and attacked the lambs. Both Chip…

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Simple country woman loses it over roosters

Simple country woman loses it over roosters

Before I lived on a farm, I didn’t know anything about chickens. My knowledge of chickens was limited to cartoons, which meant I thought chickens sat happily in a hen house laying eggs all day while a giant protective rooster roamed the area fending off crafty foxes and uttering things like, “I say, I say, Boy, you’re about as sharp as a bowling ball…” It turns out, like most creatures, chickens are more complex than they appear. Their personalities vary…

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