Category: Family

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“Fine and Dandy”, some thoughts on Christmas Music…

I love Christmas. Always have. I am also a relatively polished Christmas music aficionado…it’s not bragging if it’s true. It’s always awkward to mention your own “hidden talent”, but if you’ve ever ridden in the car with me between my birthday (Oct. 30) AKA “The Official Launch of Christmas” and December 28th (you have to ween yourself off of the tunes), then you know I have the ability to match the singing style, labored accent, and vocal octave range of...

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Fall Break? More Like Fall Test of Will…

Fall break. Break feels wrong. Fall trip? Fall travels? Fall test of will? That feels closer.  We made it. We are speeding up, I don’t want to sound braggy, but we knocked out a 5.5 hour trip in 7 hours, which by my calculations and my strong back bone in common core math, we basically arrived early.  It wasn’t all smooth sailing. Clara Jane asked if we were there yet about 6,000 times, including an unbelievably early query, as we...

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Busy Seasons…More Like Busy Years, Right?

We are busy. …and I mean busy, so busy in fact that I may not have time to actually write the rest of this… I’m back, the toilet just broke, no really. The plastic thingy disconnected from the tube thing that connects to fill the tank with the water (obviously, I’m a plumber). It broke clean off. My first repair option involved super glue and some duct tape, that combo can’t possibly fail, right? Busyness rightfully gets a bad wrap...

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Josephine Beauty Queen – Man’s Best Friend

This is Josey… Well, her full adoption record says, “Josephine Beauty Queen Toler”. Beautiful name, huh? The person who helped us fill out her adoption paperwork wasn’t so sure either, but look at her, just not right at her. It’s the perfect name. She’s not eye candy (neither am I) and she’s definitely not your typical “family dog”, but she’s the best dog I have ever known. We adopted her 11.5 years ago when she was around the age of...

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Bennett’s First Day of School

Bennett heads back to “school” tomorrow. Well pre-school, or pre…pre-k. I haven’t seen the curriculum for this year, but I think it is pretty standard, some light bio-chemistry followed by a snack of animal crackers and so on and so forth. But, no matter what they teach or learn or do Bennett James Toler will be up for it, and I mean WAY up for it, anything and everything. I tell the kids sometimes that, “If everything is a big...

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Back to School, A Parent’s Fresh Start

“Back to School,” the three most complicated words in the parenting lexicon. Expectations for a new year of growing and learning are always high, and a fresh chance at a great start is refreshing in a world that is exceedingly moving towards one strike, and you’re out. Some parents are so sad that summer is over while others have been camping out with their kids in front of the school like it’s a Best Buy on Black Friday waiting for...

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Mamaw Turned 87…We Think.

Last night we were headed to celebrate Mamaw’s 87th birthday. We think… An important note of clarification: Mamaw disagrees (and pretty much always has) with the age on her birth certificate and steadfastly says her name is wrong on it, too. So this may or may not have been number 87…and you know what? I am with her! I disagree with the height and weight on my license so who am I to start drawing lines in the sand? As...

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These Kids Don’t Want to Rock

Davis and I were driving and listening to music. He likes to rock so we had it on the station that used to play oldies, 92.5. Now it’s just hard rock for hard people like me. It can’t still only play oldies because Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” came on and that’s a current and raging hit. Anyway, I was singing and delivering what, I think, was a terrific and heartfelt performance. When someone from the backseat chimed in… Davis...

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Summer Travel With Kids – The Long Ride Home

As summer comes to a close and the blazing 100-degree temps fade into the welcoming arms of the cool upper ninety-degree temps I think it’s time we address the elephant in the back seat. The long ride home with kids… It’s often mentioned that the ride home feels much shorter than the ride to vacation.  That’s fine and dandy and in most cases probably holds true.  But with kids in the back seat, the wheels can literally come off at...

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Filet of Fireworks: A Fourth of July Story

Here we are again, another quick spin around the sun and we are back to the Fourth of July(eve). Not only do I celebrate our countries independence I also celebrate the night I did not die in a head-on collision with a full grown cow. Wait, what? Yep, head-on. See the below equation for “clarity”: Me + Honda Accord + Dark and Hilly Road + Huge Cow – My Nerves = Craziness === Let me take you back…the year was 2012. I...

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