To Ebola, or not to Ebola…

on Oct. 31, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
Well, I guess I need to jump on the Ebola bandwagon. I mean, seriously, Fort Kent was on Anderson Cooper- I have to make some sort of commentary on it, right? First and foremost, Nurse Kaci Hickox, is without a doubt, a fearless hero who deserves respect. She should not …
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The Mundane

on Oct. 27, 2014, at 9:55 p.m.
I was walking Brian in to school, hand-in-hand, him scripting something in jargon to himself. The boys in front of us, both a couple years younger than Brian, were deep in conversation about legos and Batman. I eavesdropped and smiled at how easily they were able to chat back and …

The Halloween fairy and other ideas for dealing with candy overload

By Natalie Feulner on Oct. 27, 2014, at 12:05 p.m.
In just a few short days, children across Maine and the country will dress up in their Halloween best, sporting everything from ninja gear to princess dresses, and go door to door asking the age-old question: “Trick or treat?” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as many as 41 million …

Being an unexceptional parent (and housekeeper)

on Oct. 22, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
Hey all you perfect parents out there, stop reading now. I mean, you can keep reading if you want, but your minds will be dripping with judgement by the end of my blog, so just save yourself the time and know that I’m not perfect. I’m unexceptional, actually. You can …

Oh dear, it’s election time

on Oct. 22, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
So, I got the idea to share my generalizations, much like Holden does in Catcher in the Rye. Now many people may view Saligner’s novel as a spewing of plain speak from an adolescent who is losing his mind, but I’ve been inspired. Holden really gets to the root of …
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A Halloween for Everyone

on Oct. 19, 2014, at 7:52 a.m.
Halloween is fast approaching. I know because our daily montage of videos has changed from Little Einsteins and Over the Hedge to Scooby Doo and Wizard of Oz.  Yes, I can tell the seasons by whatever movie Brian is obsessing over at the time. Very exciting news around our home …

Crafting for Christmas!

on Oct. 18, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
As I get older I realize more and more that homemade presents have so much more meaning than store bought ones. As I was perusing Pinterest, I came across some really cool mason jar candles. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a tutorial. There was just a link to purchase them on Etsy. …

Opening Day of “Dear” Season

on Oct. 17, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
11 years ago I married my best friend. He happens to be a hunter and our wedding day happened to be on opening day of deer season. We jokingly refer to it as “dear season”.  Here’s why… It has been a point of contention throughout our marriage. WE planned the …

8 fun events to take your kids to in the last two weeks of October

on Oct. 16, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
1) Ghostport, ME Where: Bucksport, Me When: October 18th 10a – 10p Take a look at the schedule, there are several different events going on every hour. Trunk or Treat, Lil Goblins Parade, Chili Cook off, and more. This is a free event put on by Bucksport’s Chamber of Commerce. …

Toddler Approved Breakfast!

on Oct. 16, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.
I have always loved the idea of freshly prepared meals. I have also always loved the idea of cooking them myself. Just thinking about spending hours in the kitchen preparing a delicious meal makes me smile. Being a mom of two basically makes that impossible though. If I can pull …

Introducing Parenting in a Pinterest World

on Oct. 16, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
I’ve pinned thousands of pins on Pinterest. How many have I actually done? Meh, a few. That’s just about to change though!
Members of the Peterson family share a laugh while playing a game they call "Broken Telephone Pictionary" during their family home evening at their Holden home Monday. Hans Peterson and his wife Annie Peterson said that they make it a point to take time for the family to spend Monday evenings together, when one person is in charge of the "lesson," another the music, another the activity and another the snack. They discuss their Mormon faith, play a game and each take turns to talk during the evening. Pictured are from left: Caroline Peterson, 15, Soren Peterson, 8, Annie Peterson, Levi Peterson, 10, Natalie Peterson,17, Hans Peterson and Sam Peterson, 13.

Holden family of 7 finds happiness in one another, emphasis on faith

By Natalie Feulner on Oct. 13, 2014, at 5:57 a.m.
Hans and Annie Peterson’s modest ranch-style home is decorated with objects emblematic of both their faith and family. A large, framed fan-shaped genealogy chart filled with names is surrounded by photos and a wooden sign that says their last name and the phrase “Families are Forever.” With …

What I should have done when I found out my friend had breast cancer

on Oct. 10, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
Last June, a dear childhood friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.  My heart hurt for her.  I wanted to hug her neck and be there for her.  I wanted to make her meals and sit by her side while she went through chemo.  I wanted to help her out with …
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A Place to Play

on Oct. 08, 2014, at 9:29 p.m.
Sometimes it can be a little daunting to go to a busy play place with your child with autism. Without a crystal ball, it’s so hard to know what the trip will entail. It could go absolutely fine.  He could laugh and skip and play without a single tear.  There could be …
From the community

Faith-based daycare opening in Hampden

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 07, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — DaySpring Learning Center, a faith-based daycare located at the Church of the Open Door in Hampden, will be opening Monday, Oct. 13. Children ages 12 months and up are being enrolled. Contact Tamera or 862-4020. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →

What you need to know about hand, foot and mouth disease

on Oct. 06, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
I find it mildly hysterical that my last blog post was specifically about how to keep your children healthy as we go from Summer into Autumn and into those brisk, cold months. What I really should have said is “Hide yo kids; hide yo wife” and maybe go live in …
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Making Our Own Sensory Accommodations

on Oct. 05, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
This is Brian grocery shopping with me yesterday.  At ten years old, he still rides in the cart and the more I put in the cart, the better. It’s not that Brian can’t walk or has physical limitations.  Being enclosed in the cart helps him feel calm and secure in …

To my son: Advice from your mom

on Oct. 02, 2014, at 10:01 p.m.
Hey little man- you are totally unaware of this right now, being my little 3 month old bundle of blue, but there’s a huge world out there. It’s big and scary and it will treat you bad at times. It will chew you up and spit you out. As your …

Parenthood often brings challenges new parents aren’t ready for

By Kate Johnston-Ataata and Renata Kokanovic, The Washington Post on Oct. 02, 2014, at 7:07 p.m.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Becoming a parent is commonly imagined to be a joyful and “natural” life event. The reality is often very different. In the early weeks and months of life with a first baby, parents must master new skills, including diaper changing, breast or bottle feeding, and “settling” a …
"Circle, Square, Moose" by Kelly Bingham, with pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky, $17.99 (Greenwillow Books) is on sale now.

A shapes book with a twist

By Sarah Walker Caron on Oct. 01, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
“Circle, Square, Moose” by Kelly Bingham, with pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky, $17.99 (Greenwillow Books). On sale now. As a mother, I have read countless books to my children — some more enjoyable than others, naturally. When the colorful “Circle, Square, Moose,” by Kelly Bingham with pictures by Paul O. …
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