Jack and I had fun with these Valentine’s day inspired photos. I got the tattoo idea from Pinterest, but for mine, I used a watercolor pencil (Crayola brand). Jack is a bit wiggly, and it didn’t turn out as neat as I would’ve liked, but it’s still a cute sentiment.

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Lately, when Jack wakes up instead of heading straight for the T.V. he will head over to his school area and start playing. He likes to pretend he’s painting classic paintings. But he also does a little coloring of his own. He also likes playing and pretending to play his daddy’s melodica. Pretending, using his […]

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Over the weekend our border collie stuck his head up a skunks butt and had an offensive skid mark from his snout down to his chest to prove it. This was the worst smelling skunking I have ever experienced. I have smelt many a skunk growing up downwind from a chicken farm in Oregon. But […]

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The #metoo and #timesup movements in Hollywood are presently shedding light on workplace harassment. However, women and girls are most typically introduced to the world of harassment by men, right around the time they get boobs, if not before. However, bullying of females by males in both childhood and adulthood has more to do with […]

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I have been a pessimist all my life. I was born on a Wednesday, and for those of you who aren’t aware “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.” My MIL lovingly refers to me as Eeyore because of my glass half empty perspective. The first movie I ever saw in the theatre was Free Willy, […]

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Before I was ever a wife and mother I was a feminist, and have been a feminist for as long as I can remember. Not because I wanted an authoritative job or to change the world or anything noble like that, but because my whole life I have wanted to have as much validity and […]

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Next year I’d like to celebrate our winter holiday a little differently. I’m happy with the way this year’s went, but next year I need something more. Not more stuff, but more meaning, more magic, more emphasis on the season. I’d also like some virgin white snow blanketing the landscape. So, I think next year […]

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This is a good post, just thought I’d share. For my part, I think of Santa like I think of Mickey Mouse. Or Santa is to Christmas and Mickey is to Disney. Are they real? Kinda? In a way, they are symbols or mascots. Santa is the personification of the spirit of giving. And I […]

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1. Keep it short. If your child can’t sit still long, give her short lessons. Until 4th grade, there really is no reason to go beyond 15-20 minutes EVER. Oh I know you might have curriculum that suggests otherwise. I would suggest you find a different curriculum. Young kids (especially boys) should have short and […] […]

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