the closing of 2014.

I have never been so happy to end a year as I am today.  2014 has given our family a bit of frustration, heartache, and unnecessary stress.  Closing this chapter will, hopefully, lead to a bright and cheerful new year. At the start of this year we were made aware of a largely potential change…

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the evil elf.

No, the evil elf is not me, it’s that silly Elf on the Shelf.  As I said before, we caved into the popular bribing tool last year.  At first it seemed like a cute idea.  But that was last year.  This time around I feel differently. It’s too much pressure for young kids. They are…

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Christmas is cancelled!

There is no good way to begin this post.  It probably seems harsh, knowing that we have two young kids, but hear me out.  This mama is at her wit’s end! Yes, as far as my kids (well, brixton) know we have cancelled Christmas. We have made many attempts at keeping our holiday season fun…

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holiday kindness.

I am usually not a person that’s easily entertained by strangers, but a few days ago I saw something I’ll never forget. The kids and I met some friends for coffee and pastries.  As we’re settling into our *normal* seat at Starbucks there is a gentleman seated at the next table alone.  He’s a slightly…

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