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Zander (3) sits in time out whining loudly. He suddenly gets quiet. I peek at him & see that he has crawled around the corner & is watching TV. Me: Zander Chase! No TV! You are in time out! Zander: Ahhh! Why??? I’m never ever watch TV! I’m never. EVER. Getting back together. Ever! Scene.   ~Lins

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I was in a car accident at the end of August. A fender bender, really. The lady in front of me stopped abruptly, I stopped abruptly, and the chick behind me stopped abruptly AFTER she slammed into my van and pushed me into the car in front of me. Totally not how I wanted to spend a Thursday afternoon. Despite it being a seemingly minor collision, it has messed up my back. I haven’t been able to run (and you [...]

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I have been dealing with a lot the past several months. I’ve been rolling with the punches, but all of my energy has been spent other ways, particularly in trying to keep my sense of humor about me, leaving zilch time to blog. Boo. Medically, I’ve been a bit of a mess. Here’s why: Medical Issue #1: Headaches and Numbness I had a full blood work-up and head CT done in April because I was having headaches and facial numbness. [...]

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I had always expected that I’d have time to prepare for my baby to loose his first tooth. (Sorry, Colbs, you may be 6, but you’ll always be my baby.) I expected agonizing weeks of an increasingly wiggly tooth, followed by that final sinew breaking free.

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Remember this post last year? So… things seemed to get better for a time, but only a little while. After that post, a friend of mine who works in the mental health field gave me a list of therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists and encouraged me to get some help.

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Heather harassed me on Facebook… asked me to come back to the internet. Since I like her so much, I’m posting this here blog post. I know, I’ve been away. I’ve all but abandoned you. You know what? It has been eating me alive.

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So, the transition has gone okay… but there has definitely been some adjustment. Of course, just as Barney Stinson (aka NPH, the hottest man ever) says on How I Met Your Mother “New is always better.” Colby thought so, too, when he started in his new Kindergarten class. Everything was new and exciting to him and he behaved very well. Then… Tuesday, when I picked Colby up from daycare, he immediately said, “Mom, I got a red card today.” Red [...]

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It was around the time when kid #2 came along that I gave up the idea of going to a farm every year to chop down our own tree. That was what I had grown up doing and I have fond memories of candy canes and coco and that freshly cut tree smell. When the twins came along, any inkling of tree farm hope I had held disappeared. Love my kids and their busy-ness… don’t love the idea of going [...]

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Whew, this has been quite a transition for all of us. Clint played stay-at-home-dad for a couple of weeks, then, last Thursday we started the kiddos in daycare. Clint was home for Thursday and Friday so we could do a first-run of how daycare will work without him having to also start his first day at his new job. Then, Monday, he became a working man again, I continued on my job, the kids continued at daycare, and Colby started [...]

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When this whole unemployment thing started, we hunkered down for the long haul. We immediately hooked up unemployment benefits, medical insurance, and WIC. We put holds on bills that we could wait to pay and paid minimums on others. Let’s face it: This economy sucks and you just never know when you’ll be able to find a job. Then, I was hired at my job.

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the internet. I love connecting. I love having conversations. I love sharing blogs and photos. I love promoting other people and myself. I just plain love it and think it’s an incredible tool and a luxury, too. When I accepted my job, I knew very well that would mean a significant decrease in my online time. I admit, I was concerned that I would miss being online and feeling connected. Straight [...]

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Day One as a Working Mom: Success! Oh my goodness, I had so much fun. I woke up and showered… alone. I got dressed and made myself look pretty… alone. I made my lunch and drove to work… alone. I went to the bathroom at work… alone. At lunch, I chose to sit in silence… alone. I’d darn near venture to say that I’m getting paid to take a vacation.

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Having a job lined up for me has definitely given us some breathing room, but only a little. One thing that we’ve been discussing a lot the past couple of days, is what we’re going to do for childcare when Clint does go back. Today, I shopped around to some daycare facilities and started pricing nannies. Holy Gs, Batman!

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I can’t believe it’s only been one week since Clint was laid off. One week ago, we were still in shock… we were still coming to grips with what his unemployment could mean for us. It’s incredible what a difference a week makes. Ready for some good news? Me, too.

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Day Six of Clint’s Unemployment: The Day of Gettin’ it Done. This morning, we woke up… well, we woke up to, “‘Mergency! ‘Mergency! The babies took their clothes off! They’re naked!” After that situation was reconciled, the morning went off without a hitch. Two kids to school. Fed other two kiddos snacks. Clint had a phone call with a company and that was great. Picked Lily up, ate lunch. Made phone calls. Applied for government benefits for the kids. Picked [...]

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