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First Day of School: This Year, They’re OK

This time last year, I sat in my chair and worried about Gavin and Grace, both of whom were nervous for their first day of school.

This year, I sit in my chair, and smile to myself because both Gavin and Grace are super excited for school to start. Like literally could not wait.

I am so glad. Gladder than I've ever been since moving

September 6th, 2016 0 comments our kids in portland

Gavin on Dating

Yes, that's right.

Our nine year old has a perspective on dating.


Me, too.

An innocent conversation between Gavin and Grace turned to teasing each other about "dating". Hmmmm. I am not particularly ready for this to be part of the Clark family vernacular, but it was seemingly innocent. (As in I got the sense that neither of them understood what dating actually was.)

May 17th, 2016 0 comments our kids in portland

“Mom, Do You Think My Face is Weird?”

Go ahead and grab a tissue. If not for you, then grab an extra one for me.

My sensitive little nine-year-old guy spoke these very words to me today.

I looked at him and firmly said, "Absolutely not!" as if it were the stupidest thing I had EVER heard.

He looked at the ground while picking the skin on the side of his thumb with

January 20th, 2016 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Bits & Bob: Two Weeks In

We're about two weeks into Life with Bob, our new English Cream Golden Retriever puppy.

We haven't had a puppy in quite a long while, so it's been fun (re-)learning how to raise a puppy. Here's what we know so far:

1 - The puppy stage is frustrating and fun. More fun than frustrating, but there's definitely some grit your teeth moments. It's like having a

January 17th, 2016 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Halloween Decorating…by Grace

With her brother at a friend's house, and her neighborhood friends out on the town, we had a very antsy Grace on our hands this past weekend.

"Mom, I'm boooooooooooored," Grace whined.

For the record, this is the most annoying thing a child of mine can say to me. You're bored, really? Perfect. Then I am throwing out every single toy, craft, crayon, book, electronics

October 13th, 2015 0 comments our kids in portland

Dear Gavin, Dear Gracie Girl

Dear Gavin -

Tonight, I kissed your forehead as you settled in to sleep on back-to-school eve. You grinned and wrapped your arms around my neck and held on tight. Just as you always have. And, just as you always will, I imagine, until you realize that hugging your mom every night before bed isn't "cool". (Whoever defined cool, any way?)

Each year, those arms

September 7th, 2015 0 comments our kids in portland

Lip Gloss + Laundry

Ah, lip gloss and laundry. A pair that was never meant to be. Two items, that when joined together equalled me having my first Den Flannery "Son of a B! Who left their Chapstick in their pocket and threw it in dryer?" moment. (But replace that "B" with the full word and potentially pepper the sentence with some other choice words. And then picture me

June 5th, 2015 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Budding Fashionista

Apparently the sweet little Hello Kitty motif of the sweater Santa gifted Grace for Christmas was not quite "fashionable" enough for our little Grace.

It needed something else.

Something a little extra.

Something to push the cute factor over the top.

Something that might swaddle tiny six-year-old thumbs in a soft fabric hug.

You know…something like thumb holes.

After she Billy Ray Cyrused her hair

February 19th, 2015 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Here We Go – Being Mom to a “Ginger”

Few things rile me up more than when I see or hear about kids getting bullied or picked on. You can imagine how that multiplies when it involves my own children - no matter what side of the equation they are on.

Gavin got off the bus today and ran over to me.

I could see his normally bright eyes were tinged red as he

January 12th, 2015 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Concrete Proof Grace is from Philadelphia

If I ever lose Grace's birth certificate and cannot obtain a back-up, this spelling practice test is awesome proof that she was born in the Philadelphia-area and spent the first three years of her life there, yea?

The spelling word? Use.

The sentence example I gave: I need to use a knife to chop this onion. (That's some stellar working mom multi-tasking right there - making

December 18th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

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