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Traditions old and new. (Plus, to “Elf” or not to “Elf.”)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in christmas traditions, christmas with a toddler, elf on the shelf, elf on the shelf with a toddler, family holiday traditions, holiday traditions with toddlers, holidays with a kid | 0 comments

Practically every blog I read has had some sort of “holiday traditions” post in the past week. I want to roll my eyes at them the same way I’ll roll my eyes at all the “I don’t usually do New Year’s resolutions, but here are all my resolutions this year” posts we’ll see the first week in January. But the...

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He’s got Christmas spirit.

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in christmas traditions, christmas with a toddler, holidays with a kid, toddlers and holidays | 0 comments

I’ve always been a holiday person. Any holiday. Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July, whatever. I love the build-up, the excitement, the specialness of celebrating a holiday. I figured that having a child would make holidays even more memorable. When I was pregnant, I dreamed of kids squealing with delight on Christmas morning when they discovered piles...

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A warm, fuzzy Christmas memory

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in christmas with a toddler, family pictures, garfield and christmas, pictures with santa, toddlers and holidays | 0 comments

I  mentioned once before how when I look at a picture of myself, I usually remember one very distinct detail of the moment when the picture was taken. We took Ryan on our annual “Carriage Ride with Santa” recently, and as I look back through the pictures, I keep remembering the same thing…  how the photographer was snapping away while...

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Ears! Again! And ornaments.

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in babies and ear infections, christmas, christmas with a toddler, ear infection after tubes, ear infections and toddlers, holidays with a kid, toddlers and holidays | 0 comments

I really want to whine right now. I want to bemoan the uttering of the phrase “double ear infection” and the even more dreaded “can’t see the tubes.” I want rail about the fact that my kid is – once again – on two different antibiotics that I have approximately zero percent confidence will do anything positive at...

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