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July 2012

Got Ben?

Ben, number four, turns 17 today.  At our house, birthdays are pretty well set:  we gather around for a favorite dish (Chicken Parmesan is what he requested), cake, presents and the traditional "What I like about you." 
 
What will I say?  Ben is a work horse.  It was Ben, in fact, who confirmed my suspicions that kids come with internal wiring.
 
This time last year we were pulling into Florida from New York with quite a caravan.

The Benefits of Boredom

 
                                                                                
Glad to once again be part of the Hearts at Home Third Thurday Blog Hop, where the theme is summer.

Sharks and Snakes and Toads, oh My!

I am not a worrier, a wimp, a glass-half-empty kind of mother.  Buck upfigure it out and take initiative  are three of my favorite phrases to utter to my children.  It's a tough world after all, and your kids better be ready for it when they leave the nest.
 
Captain Fun teases the kids that unless injuries involve blood or someone's head being on backwards, don't bother to tell Mom.   And, no, I didn't worry recently when three of my boys went flying with their oldest brother, Tiger.

Baby Boot Camp

Hope is six months old. 
 
I adore her. We all do. She is the princess of the family.
 
But Hope doesn't sleep.  In fact, none of my babies have slept on their own. I always, without exception, have to teach them.
 
"Both my babies slept all night from the time they were born," a friend told me the other day.  A friend always tells me that when I complain about my non compliant infant. And while I am sincerely glad for them, it has never happened for me.
 
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