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Family Photos

Ok, let’s be honest.  How many of us really like the family photo experience?  It’s almost comical when I arrive for a family photo shoot.  Without fail, at least one of the kids is upset and the parents are stressed.  I put on my smile and begin to capture “beautiful moments.” Ha!  And you know what?  My own kids pull the same thing on me when I’m trying to take a photo of them.  If you asked my husband and boys what hell is like, they would definitely say: a family photo shoot that goes on for eternity.  I, for one, enjoy photographing other families, but taking photos of my own family is another story… especially when I have to set up the shot behind the camera, set the camera timer and then run to my position in the shot!  ARRGGHH!!!  I wish I had a video camera recording us during these “precious” moments of family time.   Read More »

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My Son Sam

By Melessa

Sam, my 10 year old son, had a seizure this past Wednesday at school.  He’s home now, and we’re so grateful for all the wonderful school and medical staff who took amazing care of him.

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Teaching Your Child to Read

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When each of our girls was four years old, I taught them to read.  Am I a crazy, over-achieving mom?  I don’t think so.  And it definitely didn’t start out that way.

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Kids Gift Guide

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It’s November, which means that holiday prep begins in earnest now!  So, while we’re planning for Thanksgiving and avoiding eating Halloween candy, we’re also eyeing all the cute toys that have popped up in stores.  Lots of people get frustrated with how early people start talking about Christmas…I used to be one of those people.  But, after a few stressful years of starting to shop on Black Friday, fighting the crowds, and not really being able to feel the joy and peace that should constitute the Christmas season, I changed my approach.

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It’s Chore Time!

Rebecca Matheson is our dear friend and a mom of three.  Although she insists that, “The only thing we’re consistent at is being inconsistent,” she and her husband, Troy, have created a loving family with kids who know how to work–with maybe a little gentle encouragement along the way.  Today Rebecca shares the secret to their success with chores.  Welcome, Rebecca!

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Best Middle School Reads

by Haley Roth

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(Note from Laura: Haley is our 7th grader.  She loves books as much as I do, and she can speed read like nobody’s business!)

Wonder by R. J. Palacio is an amazing book about how a boy with severe facial deformities deals with entering his first year of mainstream middle school.  Told from a variety of perspectives, it shares how a community can come together with compassion and overcome differences.

 

 

 

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My Favorite Picture Books

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By Laura

As a mother of four, I am often asked for children’s book recommendations. Our family just saw the Kennedy Center’s touring production of Elephant and Piggie’s “ We are in a Play!,” so I’ve got picture books on my mind. I’ll cover chapter books in another post. I couldn’t possibly name all the books we love, but here are a few of our favorites!  The photo above shows some other faves as well.

0-3 years: Anything by Sandra Boynton, but I’m partial to Pajama Time and Doggies (thank goodness for the librarian at story time that taught the best possible noises for each dog to make)!

 

 

3-6 years: Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems.  These books are my go-to for early readers. They’re hilarious with just a handful of words, which really builds the kids’ confidence as they sound out everything.

 

 

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