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It's tough to replace an old friend: the family car

December 30, 2009 – 1:37 pm |

The family car.
Mine is a 1997 Honda CRV that was passed to us from my in-laws about eight years ago. I remember this because at the time I was newly pregnant with our son.
It’s served …

'Twilight' names top baby list

December 30, 2009 – 11:04 am |
'Twilight' names top baby list

I found this amusing so I thought I’d share. The top baby names for 2009: Isabella and Jacob. Both are beautiful names. People name their children after favorite literature characters all the time (my daughter’s …

Arizona's outdoors trump Christmas presents, go figure

December 29, 2009 – 10:09 am |

You’ve got to love Arizona in December.
The day after Christmas – with two new video games and a few unopened boxes of toys still inside – my children headed outdoors.
We spent a few hours out …

'Mommy, there IS a Santa Claus'

December 28, 2009 – 2:59 pm |

Santa still rings true in the Reese house. And evidence of that could not have been more clear than on Christmas Eve.
For the first time in my children’s young lives, they didn’t sleep the night …

Battle brews against chocolate milk

December 28, 2009 – 10:33 am |
Battle brews against chocolate milk

There’s a battle going on against – eek – chocolate milk.
Two school districts in the country – Berkeley, Calif., and Boulder, Colo. – have banned the drink from their menus. According to stories, the National …

Happy Christmas, EV moms!

December 23, 2009 – 9:41 am |

It’s the day before Christmas Eve! And if you’ve read this column for a few years, you know that means it’s time for my Christmas Mass prediction.
I love going to Mass on Christmas Eve with …

'Mommy, is Santa real?"

December 22, 2009 – 12:21 pm |

“Mommy, is Santa real?”
My 7-year-old son first asked this question about three weeks ago.
“NO!” I screamed in my head. “I’m not ready for this! I want the magic to go on and on. Not him! …

Seeking more input on 'a simple Christmas'

December 17, 2009 – 4:23 pm |

I’m seeking a few more moms and dads (and grandparents) to share their ideas of how they’re making “a more meaningful and simple Christmas.” Ideas may be used for an upcoming story.
I’ve heard from one …

Recall roundup

December 15, 2009 – 4:21 pm |

One major recall came out Tuesday. A hospital also offered tips to parents Tuesday regarding toys and toy boxes. Here’s a summary:
Roman shades, roll up blinds recalled due to strangulation risk
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety …

A gentle reminder from my kids

December 15, 2009 – 9:42 am |
A gentle reminder from my kids

The Christmas tree is up.
The lights are on the house.
Only three ornaments have been broken.
And the children saw holiday lights three nights in a row this past week.
We laughed. We smiled. We walked hand-in-hand, drinking …