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Health & Fitness

Week I don’t even know anymore

It’s official: I am down 30 pounds overall. I haven’t done my measurements yet. I haven’t had that kind of success. Ever. It feels really good. And I’ve done it in such a way that I’ve really worked on retraining my brain to make healthier choices with my food, while also trying to be more […]

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Health & Fitness

Week 8: And the reason is you

I’m changing things up this week. Instead of writing about the specific successes and setbacks of the week, I wanted to write a little bit about my reason for doing this. The fitness plan, the nutrition plan, the writing… there’s a reason for it. Despite the technical goal of this program, I’m not doing this […]

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Personal

I wish my family was…

Closer. Both physically and in our relationships. It’s been hard, harder than I expected, not to have my mom around. And now with my dad not doing very well, I’m facing the reality that I will be without both of my parents much earlier in life than I ever expected. My boys won’t know their […]

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Babies

As a parent, what makes you proud?

There are many things about my kids that I have to be proud about. I think the thing that springs to mind first is how well-behaved the boys are when we go out in public. Last night, for example, Dan’s dad took us all out to dinner at O’Charley’s. The boys didn’t have any meltdowns. […]

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Random

Have you nagged recently?

Seriously? Come on. A) This comes from a journal geared specifically toward moms. Isn’t this question just a little sexist? Would you ask a man, “Hey dude, when’s the last time you nagged your wife and kids about something?” No. B) I have twins. Yes, of course, I have nagged someone about something recently. Now, […]

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Babies Random

Are there other kids you adore in addition to your own?

No other child will have the same amount of love and adoration from me as I have for my own children. Duh. Before I had my own kids, I wasn’t that terribly child-friendly. It’s not that I disliked kids. They just made me nervous. Especially the smaller ones. I was the youngest in my family […]

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Babies

What magical parenting invention would make your life easier?

I don’t really know. It’s not that life is easy, by any stretch, but the parenting part isn’t so bad right now. All things considered, I have pretty amazingly well-behaved little dudes. I like to tell myself that it’s because they are making up for all the stress and gray hairs they caused me when […]

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Babies

I was amazed when my kid…

I’m constantly amazed at how well they play with each other. And last night, I was amazed at how well they played with the girls who live next door. We had our neighbor and her two daughters, 2 and 4, over for dinner. After dinner, the kids all sat in the living room and played […]

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Personal

How are your relationships with girlfriends that aren’t moms?

Well, I don’t have that many girlfriends to begin with. And when you whittle it down to non-mom friends, we are talking a select few. But they are amazing friends. Here’s one story to prove just how awesome a couple of them are: A couple of weeks ago, I became very suddenly and very spectacularly […]

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Babies Personal Philosophical

What’s a parenting “fact” no one seems to acknowledge?

It’s not that no one acknowledges this, but I don’t think it can ever be fully expressed and understood until you are a parent: it’s really, really hard. It changes your entire sense of self and what life is and can be like. If you’re like me and never pictured yourself having children, it can […]