1. The Back To School Stories

    The Back To School Stories

    As I was eating lunch today I was thinking about how smooth back to school was for my kids this year. Almost too smooth - like when is it going to be tough? It obviously hasn't always been this way. There've been tears and frustrations an... Read More

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  2. Anna's Soccer Season Spring 2014

    Anna's Soccer Season Spring 2014

    The Soccer Chocolate Kittens first season came to a close a few weeks ago. And man it was so fun. This was Anna's first real soccer experience. She was on a team with other Pre-K girls from her school and they were in league comprised mainly of Kind... Read More

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  3. And Just Like That She's Five

    And Just Like That She's Five

    My dear sweet Anna girl, Last week you turned five. People always say "it seems like just yesterday" but man it really does happen in the blink of an eye. It feels like you were just an infant. On your birthday I had lots of memories of your actual ... Read More

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  4. Anna's 5th Birthday Invitations

    Anna's 5th Birthday Invitations

    As you might have seen from my last Weekend Lens post, Anna wanted a rainbow themed party for her 5th birthday. I loved the rainbow idea - especially since this time of year tends to be so grey outside (or white as the case may be). We (Katie and ... Read More

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  5. 10 Things Right Now | Anna

    10 Things Right Now | Anna

    1. You are in your first year (Pre-K) at a local Catholic School and you are a sponge for information. 2. You wear a uniform to school and your favorite thing to wear is the jumper/dress in either the plaid or khaki. 3. You like to help pack your da... Read More

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  6. She Just Likes To Play

    She Just Likes To Play

    Note taken on September 20th. This morning she climbed out of her bath and announced she was a cat. Meow. "Mommy pick me up like I'm a cat." So I wrapped her up in a towel and picked her up from the ground like I'd pick up George and carried her ... Read More

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  7. 10 Things Right Now | Anna

    10 Things Right Now | Anna

    Photo by Katie. Watching Magic School Bus, Jake and The Neverland Pirates, Barbie Life In The Dreamhouse (3 minute episodes found on Youtube.) Loving Charlie and Lola books - she checked out 5 of them at the Library last week. Wanting to go swimmi... Read More

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  8. Stuff He's Saying | Stuff She's Saying

    Stuff He's Saying | Stuff She's Saying

    He's saying (age 11, end of 5th grade): Dude. What's going on Mom? What's up? This is awkward. I wish I had a bat cave. Hey. I love you Mom. She's saying (age 4): Somebody snuggle with me. I want to watch something. Who cares? Simon. Simon... Read More

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  9. And Now She's Four | A Conversation With Anna

    And Now She's Four | A Conversation With Anna

    This little bundle of joy turned four on Sunday. Four years. Seriously? So fun to look back through the archives I have tagged with Anna - stories and moments documented from the very beginning of her existence. She was a big help putting toget... Read More

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  10. Kiwi Crate | The Studio

    Kiwi Crate | The Studio

    Anna and I had some fun the other day putting together a project from Kiwi Crate's new site called The Studio. The Studio lets you browse hundreds of children's projects to make yourself, or if you're not feeling up to taking the kids the store to ga... Read More

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  11. Dear Anna, Love Katie

    Dear Anna, Love Katie

    Dear Miss Anna, Right now you are just bursting with energy and love, sometimes a little too much energy :) Right now you love, love, love barbies. You love dressing them up and have them go to parties, on vacation, and to the grocery store. Ri... Read More

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  12. Cousin Time

    Cousin Time

    A couple of our favorite people are here this week to hang out and get all dressed up for Halloween. These two are quite a pair - born just a month apart - it's always so awesome to see them hanging out together. Lots of happy smiles and g... Read More

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