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Visiting Santa.

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in holiday, holiday traditions with toddlers, kids and holiday traditions, toddler and santa, toddler visiting santa | 0 comments

Every year, we take Ryan to see Santa, who takes us on a carriage ride. A carriage ride around the parking lot of a strip mall in Phoenix. (Whatever, it’s free.)  It’s the same Santa every year – we think he’s the real one cuz he looks and sounds all kinds of legit, despite the whole strip mall thing. 2010 (Also known as The Only...

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Thanksgiving in Arizona.

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in holiday, holiday traditions with toddlers, holidays with a kid, toddler holiday, toddlers and holidays | 0 comments

My early years in Arizona were full of work and Thanksgiving potlucks with friends. We were all in the same boat: far from family, working hard, cobbling together a feast with a turkey breast in the crock pot and someone brings the potatoes and someone else brings the green bean casserole. A year after Mike and I were married, his parents came to visit for...

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My kid loves America.

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in babies and fireworks, babies and holidays, baby's first holiday, babys first fourth of july, fourth of july, holiday, watching fireworks on tv | 2 comments

We didn’t do a whole lot this Fourth of July. I was knocked on my butt all weekend with a cold/flu/sinus infection. (See what I mean about that little grey cloud?) Ryan was still recovering from, well, 24 different things. It’s too hot in Phoenix to really enjoy fireworks the way Mike and I used to as kids in Ohio/Pennsylvania. Temperatures are...

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On Mother’s Day and emergency plumbing calls.

Posted by on May 8, 2011 in dishwasher disaster, holiday, holiday fiasco, mother's day | 6 comments

We all know by now that I don’t do “easy.” (Let’s pause to remember the time my kid and my cat puked everywhere. And then I dropped a 12-pack of beer.) So I should have known I was in for trouble when my first Mother’s Day started out beautifully. First of all, I got to sleep in. Until 9:15 a.m!!! That is about 2-3 hours...

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My kid is not impressed with adults in costume.

Posted by on Apr 23, 2011 in easter bunny, first easter, holiday, new mom, santa | 2 comments

Today was Easter Bunny day. I woke Ryan up this morning shrieking, “We’re gonna go meet the Easter Bunny!! Are you soooooo excited?!?“ He certainly seemed excited. He grinned and giggled and kicked up a storm. He was in a great mood all morning, laughing much more than usual, smiling almost non-stop and just generally being a happy kid....

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