Monthly Archive: April 2018

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Tornadoes, Earthquakes, and My Kids

It’s that time again! Storm season in Oklahoma. So, replace the batteries in the weather radio, grab a flashlight, and just in case get a hard hat because we do earthquakes in Oklahoma now, too.  Apparently, Tornadoes weren’t enough. I cleaned out the storm shelter tonight. I always plan to keep it clean through the winter, but I typically do it a day or two before we are supposed to get our first bad weather of the spring. Was it...

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Parenting Tip: Don’t Let A Train Get Stuck In Your Daughter’s Hair

“Daddy?!?!” “Daddy! I need you!” It happens all the time, right? Your daughter yells from the other room and just needs a little bit of help. Parents know that judging the situation you will face by the tone of voice and intensity of the plea for help is a rookie mistake.  A blood-curdling scream could be anything from raging fire sweeping through the living room to a corner of a recently colored picture being torn off. The SAME terror can...

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Babies Don’t Keep, But They Do Get Funnier

Davis and I were discussing how big he is getting tonight as I was tucking him in and I had a flashback to a conversation we had just a couple years ago as I was doing the exact same thing: Me: One day you’ll be bigger than me. D: No I won’t, you’re older than me so you’ll always be bigger. Me: I’m done growing. I am as big as I will ever be. D: That’s too bad. I bet...

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I Was the Victim of a Crime, Sort of, Not Really, It’s Mostly True

So, weird stuff always happens to me. As an introvert, private rule follower, and overall quiet person you would think it would be just the opposite…a quiet life. It was high noon on a crisp fall day a couple of short years ago. I decided to drive through McDonald’s for a health drink (Large DDP) on my way back to the office. However, at the ripe old’ age of 32, I felt the urge to visit the little boy’s room....

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Missed Moments

I just spent some time looking through pictures on my phone. The memory feature in the Photos app suggested Davis’ birthday when he turned two. That led me to scrolling through pictures from the past five or so years. I am really grateful for all the photos and videos we have of my dad with all three of our kids. But, and I am just gonna shoot straight here, I am just flat out angry about all the pictures we...

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It’s 3AM and ALL the Boys are Up…

It’s 3AM… All of the “gentlemen” in my house have been awake over the last few hours. Davis came in with his legs hurting. I remember growing pains as a kid. They were the worst. Bennett started crying and I went in his room. I said, “Hey, buddy, you okay?” To which he sweetly replied, “I okay. I just need one big hug.” Obviously, I hugged that little angel. Then I told him one time is adorable, but if he...

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My Mom is a Teacher – Some thoughts on the Oklahoma Teacher “Walk-Out”

  I am biased, but as far as I can tell objectivity doesn’t have a place in most public discourse anymore. So, now that we have all the bases covered… My mom is “retired” from teaching. But, let’s be real, she isn’t truly retired, she didn’t stop knowing how to teach a child to read, or how to calm an upset or even irrational kid. We LOVE sending our kids to my mom’s house. They play games and do puzzles...

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