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Back to School: Version 2020

Sami starts her first day of eighth grade. Today, August 17, 2020, marks the beginning of the new 2020-2021 school year in our school district. To say that it looks different from any of the other 152 starts in the over 150 years of the district's existence is probably an understatement. There have been crises… Continue reading Back to School: Version 2020

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A Magical World: Warner Bros Studio Tour

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” -Albus Dumbledore We have the blessing of three Harry Potter fanatics in our family.  I started reading the books in 2000, shortly after the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Much as I poked fun of the adults in my… Continue reading A Magical World: Warner Bros Studio Tour

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The Years are Short, but the Days are Busy

This is what October looks like. And not every practice is even written down! I'm back, after a crazy busy week working our elementary school book fair, balancing the kids' activities and my own schedule, and trying to stay sane through it all. Don't get me wrong. I'm incredibly blessed to have these four children,… Continue reading The Years are Short, but the Days are Busy

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Weekend Plans: Brunching and Botanical Gardens

The first week of school is in the books, and I am so glad it's the weekend! This will be the first weekend in I-can't remember-how-long that we haven't had someplace to be and probably the last until Christmas break, so I plan on lazying it up and enjoying the hot, sunny weather with the fam. For… Continue reading Weekend Plans: Brunching and Botanical Gardens

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The First Day of School 2017

After a too-long summer that was really too short, the kids return to school today, August 21. It is our 13th year of first days of school, counting preschool, and while we have at least 7 more to go, I am struck by how quickly the years are flying by. How quickly the children are… Continue reading The First Day of School 2017