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. Goodbye Kids, Hello Holiday Helper

    Goodbye Kids, Hello Holiday Helper

    NOTE BEFORE READING | This post includes holiday spoilers for kids.  A couple weeks ago (before Easter) Chris had "the talk" with Simon about some of the ways of the world related to the holidays. We had decided together it was time for him to hear... Read More

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  3. The 12th Birthday Surprise

    The 12th Birthday Surprise

    On January 21st we celebrated Simon's 12th birthday with a small family gathering and the next morning I woke him up at 3:30am and told him we were heading to Disneyland. Obviously we don't go this big every year for birthdays. It was a last minute ... Read More

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  4. 10 Things Right Now | Simon

    10 Things Right Now | Simon

    1. You are two months into 6th grade and you seem to be enjoying the adventure. 2. For school day breakfast you like to have either a bagel & cream cheese or a slice of toast & butter and a glass of OJ. 3. You are taking swimming lessons two... Read More

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  5. 10 Questions For Simon

    10 Questions For Simon

    1. What is your favorite thing right now? Being home from school with Mom and Katie. 2. You seem to be really into Batman right now. What do you love about him? He has a Bat-a-rang, which is like Boomerang. 3. How do you feel about going to Middle S... Read More

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  6. Simon's 5th Grade Promotion

    Simon's 5th Grade Promotion

    On Monday Simon finished 5th grade. Go Simon go! Around here that means he's done with Elementary School and will transition to Middle School in the Fall. Talk about a range of emotions. So proud. So thankful for his teachers and aides. So excited ... Read More

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  7. 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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  8. Simon Edwards You're Our Only Hope

    Simon Edwards You're Our Only Hope

    I was picking up and putting away last night when I opened this little red notebook of Simon's and found this story. I don't know when he wrote it but man it's a good one - a little bit Star Wars, a little bit Spider Man, a little bit ninja and all S... Read More

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  9. Simon's Chart

    Simon's Chart

    Two weeks ago Chris initiated the creation of a new chart for Simon. I'm pretty sure the catalyst was a conversation we had while sitting in the driveway after visiting a middle school for Simon (that whole process is another story for another day). ... Read More

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  10. A Year With George Washington Edwards

    A Year With George Washington Edwards

    About this time last year we adopted a one-year-old cat from our local Humane Society (you can read that story here). George has been the most awesome addition to our family. We had hoped for a cat that would be equal parts playful and cuddly and tha... Read More

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  11. And Now He's Eleven.

    And Now He's Eleven.

    When asked what he wanted to do for his birthday he said, "Dinner and a movie." When asked what he wanted for his birthday he said, "I don't know. I think I have everything I need." Happy Birthday to the most awesome young man I kn... Read More

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