Swimming lessons for reluctant learners

June 21, 2011

A month ago, friends of ours bought a house with a pool. They invited us over soon after, and we have had several wonderful afternoons floating around in water warmed by the hot Alabama summer sun.
On our last visit, I sat on the pool deck blowing up The Belle’s floaties while Miss D. waded into […]

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Kids pedicures and the moms who agree to pay for them

June 14, 2011

Divas aren’t born.

They’re made.
By mamas who pay for pedicures in salon chairs shaped like cuddly teddy bears.

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Trademark your blog name in three easy steps

June 10, 2011

So, ever since we got the news about Country-Fried Daddy’s fellowship in the frozen north, I’ve had some nagging concerns about how this might affect my blog. (Yes, I was also concerned about the impact on the children, on our finances and on our families, but, you know, mostly on the blog.) The questions plagued […]

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Five-year postpartum checkup

May 28, 2011

Every time we move, I am reminded of a stark difference between me and Country-Fried Daddy. He is the keeper of momentos — not a hoarder, but a careful collector. He can open a closet, put his hands on a small box amidst a huge mess, and find the cork to the champagne bottle we […]

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Good Enough Is The New Perfect — Thank Goodness

May 25, 2011

This post is part book review, part announcement, part rambling reflection on my mothering experience. Excuse the many digressions that are about to follow.
In less than 48 hours, Miss D. will turn five. The past five years have been wonderful and frustrating and exhausting and hilarious and challenging.
During that time, I have pursued just about […]

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Your “Like” on Chase Community Giving Facebook page could mean $500K for The Joyful Heart Foundation

May 19, 2011

Back in September, I blogged in support of The Joyful Heart Foundation’s effort to end the disheartening backlog of tens of thousands of rape kits in labs across the country, a backlog that contributes to a rapist’s 80 percent chance of getting away with his crime.
Many other bloggers linked up, and their readers tweeted […]

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How to deal with temper tantrums

May 17, 2011

I see them every once in awhile – harried parents in the checkout line at the grocery store or the toy aisle at Target. They are embarrassed. They are desperate. And they are easy marks for their kids, who are throwing full-blown, loud, public temper tantrums.
I want to catch their eyes, smile […]

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Alabama afternoon

May 1, 2011

Yesterday afternoon, the girls played in front of the house, running around and around the big tree in the middle of the yard until they fell down, dizzy.
Then we climbed the front steps to come inside. We ate cold strawberries out of the fridge, then cooked dinner on the stove. We reveled in the sounds […]

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In defense of Alabama

April 28, 2011

So, listen. I’m probably an unlikely spokesperson for metro Birmingham. My Ms. Alabama title remains extremely unlikely, and I’m the first (sometimes the second and third) person to say that there are parts of this culture to which I will never acclimate.
But when I heard the broadcast of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s call with national […]

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Strawberry Fields Forever

April 25, 2011

I woke up on Saturday morning determined to take the girls strawberry picking, even though the farm I had in mind turned out to be picked out. So I called another, which still had a field full, and we jumped in the car.
And then we drove around and around in circles in the middle of […]

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