Category Archives: Meanwhile in the real world

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

Santa’s been here! He made it by about 11:20 PM, which isn’t quite a record in this house, but still leaves Dean and me plenty of time to stay up too late grading finals (him) or playing Scrabble online (me). … Continue reading

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The perils of getting lost in a morning nap

I thought I had all my luggage: a small handbag, a larger handbag, and a very large, bulky suitcase. But I couldn’t find my plane ticket, and as I checked the dresser-drawers one last time, I found a book-bag full … Continue reading

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And they’re off . . .

I don’t even want to say how much I spent yesterday on school supplies, fees, and school lunch accounts. (Instead I’ll just imply that it was a large amount.) It’s all worth it–even a bargain–but it sure feels like a … Continue reading

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Mama’s little helpers

Several years ago my sister passed this vintage dress on to my girls. The skirt was tattered, but I liked the bodice with its tiny covered buttons, so I sewed a new skirt onto it. About a week ago I … Continue reading

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Keeping track of blocks, bells, and clappers–all while losing my marbles

Henry, Isaac, Rose, Mabel, and Hazel. The photos in this post were all taken at the beautiful Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi, Utah, where my children–particularly Mabel–seemed determined to make funny faces for every photo. Mabel’s just lucky I didn’t … Continue reading

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Southern California Trip Part 1, July 2010

April 2013 note: I was just looking through my folder of blog-post drafts, and found this. These were emails I sent to family before and during a family vacation. I think my plan was to finish this and add photos. … Continue reading

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With Rose, every story has a twist

I know this is by far not the first time I’ve said this, but: I really don’t want to let this little blog die its natural death. I just need to figure out how to migrate everything I post on … Continue reading

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