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A knowledge-free zone!

July 27th, 2016

These kids. Ha! Olivia and two friends were in the back of my car as we were driving somewhere. For some truly unknown reason, I started to hear them discuss the answer to eight times three. That developed into some exchanges about who knows their multiplication tables. Then Evie said, “Wait! It’s summer! Why areREAD MORE


Sleep overs again!

July 24th, 2016

Towards the end of my job on the morning shift, I disallowed Olivia from having friends sleep at our house. They stay up so “late” and there’s always the need for several reminders to go to sleep and stop playing/ talking/ laughing/ watching TV. The latest the girls have ever stayed up is around 11 p.m. ThenREAD MORE


Cake and candles at Ice Palace

July 22nd, 2016

For Olivia’s ninth birthday, we had her party at Ice Palace. I know I’ve been blogging about several different way  we’ve marked the occasion, but it wasn’t by design that we stretched her festivities out for weeks. It was a matter of timing and scheduling. So this day was the official party with friends. ThereREAD MORE


Sea Life Park a great way to spend a birthday

July 20th, 2016

For Olivia’s ninth birthday gift, we took her to Sea Life Park where she swam with a sea lion, watched a dolphin show, and cavorted with winged friends in the aviary. It was so much fun! The sea lion tour started with a little briefing about the difference between sea lions and seals (sea lionsREAD MORE


In memory of Barbara Surwilo

July 18th, 2016

A friend of mine, 75 year old Barbara Surwilo, died this weekend. She was technically the mother of my childhood best friend, Steph May. But I consider Barbara a friend, too – or more accurately, like another mother. It’s interesting how a fleeting period of time with someone can leave a lasting impression on your heart,READ MORE


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