Halloween Vamping

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Last night was Quinn’s first Halloween — sort of. Last year, she was too young to be able to understand any of it or to take out trick-or-treating. This year, she’s still too young to...

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Getting Ready for Halloween

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Quinn carved her first pumpkin! After pointing at it and saying “pun-keen” all week, she finally got a chance to put her hands inside — and she was not too impressed. She wised up to...

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Quinn and I have been going to the park near our house more often lately. We’ve been cooped up inside way too much lately, and the days are going to be getting colder before too long, so I want to take advantage of the chance to be outside while we can. The other day, Chris...

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on in Toddlerhood

We went to a local pumpkin patch today with friends that had a bunch of rides and attractions for the kiddos. I thought the admission was kind of steep ($12.50 per person), but then we each got to take home a pumpkin, so that made up for it. I’m glad we went because 1) we...

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Life changes when you have a toddler. You can’t walk across your living room, for example, without walking on a block or tripping over a toy that inevitably lights up and sings some obnoxious song just as you have put said willful toddler down for a nap after 45 minutes of fighting and tears (yours)....

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on in About Parenting

I used to want to be a writer when I grew up. Now I am. Just not the kind of writer I wanted to be. For the most part, I’m OK with that. Sometimes I’m not. Just before I turned 30, I had a nice quarter-life crisis that sent me through a depression, a separation,...

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We have a new puppy! Since we live in the woods, and since I work from home all day — alone, and since I am paranoid about that fact, and since we do not feel comfortable buying a gun, we decided to get yet another dog. She’s a boxer mix, and at six weeks old,...

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I made this great chalkboard table for Quinn awhile back when I was Pinterest happy. At the same time, I was obsessed with Ikea hacks, and I bought two of these Lack end tables, thinking that I was going to make something snazzy for our living room: Instead, I realized the project I had in...

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