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My toddler likes to open Christmas presents.

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in toddler holiday hangover, toddlers and christmas, toddlers and holidays, toddlers and opening christmas presents |

Ryan has a tendency to repeat himself when he wants something. Like, “I watchin’ Dinosaur Train? Mommy? Mommy, I watchin’ Dinosaur Train. MOMMY. MOMMY, I WATCHIN’ DINOSAUR TRAIN, MOMMY.” Or, “I have some milk? Some milk, Mommy? I HAVE SOME MILK, MOMMY. MOMMY! MOMMY! I HAVE SOME MILK, OK?” Sometimes it makes me...

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Toddlers and Santa Claus.

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in finding the right christmas gift for toddler, toddler believes in santa, toddlers and christmas, toddlers and holidays, toddlers and santa |

We’ve been telling Ryan all about Santa Claus for weeks. The whole bit about how Santa brings presents to little boys and girls on Christmas Eve, but only if they’re good — which means no hitting! — and he comes down the chimney — which is convenient because we have a chimney — and how he eats cookies and then leaves...

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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 |

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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Thanksgiving in Arizona.

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

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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Happy Halloween!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in holidays with a kid, toddler halloween, toddler halloween costumes, toddlers and holidays |

It is no secret that I had a kid solely so I could dress him up on Halloween.  (Truth be told, I don’t even like kids all that much. But I LOVE Halloween.) 2010: Black cat; 2011: Skeleton; 2012: Mickey Mouse (In case that wasn’t obvious.) I have not been disappointed. It gets more fun every year. This year, Ryan discovered: 1. Pumpkins (and...

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