Christmas

Pups Waiting Patiently for a Treat

In Dog Years

Every year, the holiday season feels a little different than the one before. When our kids were little and wide-eyed, Christmas was Magical and Big and Festive, and I was a hurried, harried, sleep-deprived mess, trying to ensure every candy cane moment was etched on impressionable little minds. But on the morning of December 25th …

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The Sweet Smell of Christmas

Be the One

Yesterday was extra-special. It wasn’t because we picked out our beautiful (and HUGE… like, bent-over-at-the-ceiling sized) Christmas tree or gorged on Thanksgiving leftovers or lounged around in the family room watching football games and testing out the new UVerse Karaoke channel. All those things were pretty awesome (especially the karaoke), but it was what happened …

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Mary Claire with a Bouquet of Flowers

Yes, Virginia

Yesterday, Mary Claire came flying through the door after school with great concern and consternation. “Mom!” she yelled, orange backpack laden with hundreds of keychains flung violently to the floor. “Half of my class doesn’t believe in Santa Claus!! Can you believe that?” “Wow,” I replied. “Half the class, huh? What did those kids say?” …

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