Category - Humor

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Embracing Imperfection at Christmas…a Photo Journal
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Meningitis, Mistaken Gender, and Orange Pee…Our Week in Review
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Only Children as Parents
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“Infertility Unplugged:” the Outtakes
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Happy Birthday, Boys: “Infertility Unplugged” by the Numbers
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Too Much Information: a Conception Story
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To Ski or Not to Ski (Silly Question?)
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Kids Behaving Badly = Bad Parenting?
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Hooray for Summer (Exclamation Point): Steps to a Successful Break (Question Mark)

Embracing Imperfection at Christmas…a Photo Journal

I know people who decorate their Christmas trees with new, color-coordinated themes every year.  I know people who special-order pine boughs to adorn their mantles and banisters, and then have someone come in to deck the halls for them.  If that’s how they roll for Christmas, more power to them.  I’m sure their homes look beautiful. The tradition in our family?  It isn’t Christmas unless the vintage manger scene includes a glitter ball snowman and the Star Trek ornaments share boughs with Lenox crystal reindeer. That’s how we roll. I am a perfectionist desperately trying to adopt the mantra, “perfection is overrated.”  And…

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Meningitis, Mistaken Gender, and Orange Pee…Our Week in Review

  It was one of those weeks. One of those that by the time it’s over, you feel as if you’ve been in a time warp and wondering what the heck happened.  As crazy and weird as it was, the week was a learning experience, a wake up call and in some ways, pretty joyful: ~Early Monday morning, I took my husband to the emergency room;  his headache had returned with a vengeance, with a fever, chills and a stiff neck.  He was admitted to the hospital for meningitis and then given every available IV drug the pharmacy had to…

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Only Children as Parents

When I typed “only children as parents” into Google, I found very little that discussed only children and their children.  Here’s what I found instead (among other things): “9 Reasons Why Dating An Only Child is Difficult.”  (Ha, only 9?  My husband would love to add to that list!) “What Being an Only Child Says About You.”  (with a title like that it can’t be good…) Various sites regarding support groups for the parents of only children. and finally (I almost peed a little when I saw it.): “Only Child Adult Blog:  Are You an Only-Child and a Parent?” which…

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“Infertility Unplugged:” the Outtakes

Last week, in Happy Birthday, Boys: “Infertility Unplugged” by the Numbers I wrote about my husband’s and my infertility experience from a mathematical point-of-view.  This week,  I turn to the lighter side.  It’s hard to believe, even years later, that some aspects of infertility could actually make anyone laugh.  And I wish I could have at the time; laughter is great therapy.   But better late than never, right?  So here are some of the absurd instances in our infertility journey: ~“The Folly of the Pharmacy.”  Pharmacology was the toughest class I took in school.  Anyone who can get a PhD…

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Happy Birthday, Boys: “Infertility Unplugged” by the Numbers

At this time 11 years ago, I was crying into my shoes…literally.  Bloated as a waterbed, I tried desperately over my pregnant tummy to reach my shoes and shove my swollen feet into them.  Time was of the essence; I needed to commute an hour away to sit for my recertification exam and shoes were a necessity in the frigid Wisconsin winter (and probably in the exam center, too).  Fortunately my husband came to my rescue, armed with a shoe horn and sheer determination. It’s hard for me to believe my twin boys will turn 11 in a matter of…

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Too Much Information: a Conception Story

“So what is your birth story?”   Have you ever shared with someone the story of how your children came into the world?  I remember a friend of mine and I doing just that on one of the rare occasions we could sit and catch up.  It was an enlightening personal experience, one I would never think to initiate and was glad she took the first step.  The actual birthing experience may be a small fraction of life experience but it ends in the first time we lay eyes on our children, so it’s a story we as parents hold…

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To Ski or Not to Ski (Silly Question?)

There’s snow up in the mountains, the annual ski swap is the “happening” hot spot and ski school is booked (don’t tell my kids…for some unknown reason they want to ski with Dad and Mom).  Everyone in our southwestern Colorado town is counting down the days until the official start of (downhill) ski season.  That is, unless you are one of those hard core individuals who enjoys the relatively insane sport of backcountry skiing, then you have been schussing for a few weeks now.

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Kids Behaving Badly = Bad Parenting?

“SHUT UP!” As a kid I marveled at how two words like shut and up, harmless when they stand separately, could join up to become so hurtful.  Like when hydrogen and oxygen come together, these words become something very different from their component parts.  And when my son bellowed “SHUT UP!” to an acquaintance, mortification didn’t begin to describe our reaction.  It seemed the world stopped spinning.  Proverbial crickets chirped so loud that our ears were ringing. The stunning paralytic effect of those two words kept us from swooping in and immediately rectifying what had gone terribly wrong.  Our reaction, or…

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Hooray for Summer (Exclamation Point): Steps to a Successful Break (Question Mark)

A year ago, as the school year drew to an end, I wrote a post that received some flak.  In Hooray for Summer? (In retrospect, Horrors, It’s Summer! would have been a fun title…) I described the difficult transition for parents, myself wholeheartedly included, to having the kiddos home for three months.  I outlined my plan to keep us all from going crazy, which, it ends up, was a near-total flop.  Disappointing, to say the least…I needed a solid strategy because I was really not looking forward to the loss of (forgive me) my freedom. But this year?  I am…

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