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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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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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It’s Not About You, Just Ask Your Kids

A couple of nights ago Bennett woke up screaming. There was no building steam, he just went straight to the top with a hair band powerful scream. It was just before midnight and I was still awake so I smoothly popped up (see: rolled gingerly off of the bed) and headed to his room… He wasn’t really awake, but he was upset, “Daddy!!! Daddy!!!” I picked him up and talked to him, calm words of reassurance that he was okay....

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I Took The Kids Fishing – Things Got Out Of Hand…Video Included!

Note: We always snap a picture of the fish and release them right back into the water.  So I took Davis and Clara Jane fishing last night, it wasn’t really a planned outing, but let’s face it, few things we do ever are actually planned. We were at my Mom’s house because Amanda had a shindig going on at our house with some lovely friends and the kids and I were politely asked not to attend. So we got some...

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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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