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Would you pay a fee for your child to enter a restaurant?

November 30, 2011 – 10:24 am

Last night I took the kids out to eat, sort of. We hit a local Mexican restaurant for take out, but I did have to take all three kids in with me to collect my …

Holiday shopping: Have you done yours?

November 29, 2011 – 1:02 pm

I admit, I’ve done some Christmas shopping already. In fact, I’ve done quite a bit.
Chalk it up to a bit of planning on my part (last month I made photo books for the grandparents), or …

Holiday illness knocks us down, but not out

November 28, 2011 – 1:01 pm

I feel like I’ve lived in the “Twilight Zone” for the past week.Eight days ago, my youngest was sick with a cold, pink eye and the tummy bug. Before Thanksgiving, four of five members of …

Counting blessings when nothing goes as planned

November 23, 2011 – 10:13 pm

So it’s the night before Thanksgiving. There are clean dishes in the dishwasher. Dirty ones in the sink. My dining room table doesn’t have a tablecloth on it (and hasn’t for weeks). It’s covered in …

What keeps you healthy in winter?

November 21, 2011 – 9:37 am

I spent Sunday on the couch with a fever-warm baby in my arms. Signs Saturday night were that she had an allergic reaction to food (tomatoes!), but by early Sunday, it was clear more was …

Connecting with family through our names

November 18, 2011 – 9:11 am

Growing up, I remember clearly two family members calling me Shelley: My grandparents. My mom would use the name sometimes; apparently often enough that my future husband adopted it.
In turn, his family adopted that name …

Toddlers make it look so easy

November 16, 2011 – 11:16 am

She looks at me in the review mirror, those piercing blue eyes full of wonder.
She doesn’t say it – at 15-months her vocabulary is limited to “momma, dad, bye-bye” and her siblings’ names (though sometimes …

Is ‘Santa’ in your vocabulary, yet?

November 15, 2011 – 3:52 pm

My daughter suddenly burst into tears this morning on the drive to school, “What if I’m on the naughty list?”
At first, I had no idea what had prompted that. Then I remembered: I pulled the …

What crazy things keep you organized?

November 8, 2011 – 1:06 pm

When there’s a busy day in the Reese house (when is there not?), I have to take steps to remember all that needs to be accomplished. Sometimes, I write it on the white board in …

I’m thankful for …

November 7, 2011 – 11:10 am

As I look back at the weekend, I’m thankful for my time with family. Saturday found us at our school’s fall festival, a soccer game (hey, they lost, but they played hard!) and a movie. …