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NOW YOU HAVE TWO!

My Two (Favorite) Dads

on June 17, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
I’m not talking about the quirky late-eighties show with a pre-Mad About You Paul Reiser. (Does anyone remember why both guys thought they were her dad?  And also, with no USA Network in the nineties, what would we have done on sick days?) I’m talking about the two favorite dads …
DOUBLE DUTCH PLUS THREE

Got to eat your veggies!

on June 17, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
I remember the first time in the big US supermarket: the shiny apples, yellow bananas, tomatoes in different shapes and colors and then, those things. Big, green, yellow, orange, brown and everything in between. It looked like a fall display on a classroom table. Shaped like melons, pears, even a …
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Catamaran Away

on June 17, 2016, at 7:15 a.m.
We turned into our driveway and as we came down the hill I said aloud, “We will never see him again.”
HOUSEWIFE PLUS

Orlando, please understand

on June 14, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
“I am watching your widespread sharing of opinions across all forms of media since the brutal slaying of innocent Americans in Orlando. You are sharing what you are for or what you are against. You are posting little internet memes about religions and weapons and political candidates.”
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A Test Of Our Friendship

on June 13, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
I’m interested in making some new friends, so if you would like to be considered for this illustrious honor please complete the following screening questionnaire and promptly return it to me. You should expect to hear results within 4 – 6 weeks; due to the anticipated overwhelming number of responses …
DOUBLE DUTCH PLUS THREE

Making the world more beautiful, one flower at the time.

on June 13, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
In a time of grief, I’d like to think about happy things. And one thing that makes me happy, is flowers. When I still lived in the Netherlands, I would buy fresh cut flowers every week and fill vases in my house. Flowers on the market would be as cheap …
THE SCRAPED-UP KID

Planning a trip to Acadia? Here’s how to make it the best yet

on June 13, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
Planning a trip to Acadia National Park to celebrate its 100th birthday? Here’s how to make the most of your trip, including the best planning guides and special programs to get your kids excited about exploring.
THE SCRAPED-UP KID

Planning a trip for the Acadia centennial? Here’s how to make it the best

on June 13, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
Planning a trip to Acadia National Park to celebrate its 100th birthday? Here’s how to make the most of your trip, including the best planning guides and special programs to get your kids excited about exploring.
TALES OF A HARDWORKING MOM

To the class of 2016: Advice from dead people

on June 11, 2016, at 3:29 p.m.
It’s time for my advice to graduates. This graduating class is one of the best- full of the coolest, quirkiest, and likely one of the most argumentative group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of teaching. I have never realized up until this group of kids how much we, …
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SUPER MOM

So you want to be a runner?

on June 09, 2016, at 4:05 p.m.
Seen all those fun pictures on Facebook of people covered in color?  Dying to give one of those Zombie runs a try, but terrified that you’ll have a zombie feasting on your insides within 10 minutes?  Do you just want to be able to run to the mailbox without getting …
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SUPER MOM

And life goes on…

on June 09, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
Nothing makes four months fly by like the third trimester of pregnancy and having a newborn!   And with that, I apologize for the hiatus of this blog. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the focus of this blog.  At first, I felt a little lost, that while …
THE SCRAPED-UP KID

How to get your summer vacation goals ready

on June 08, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Summer vacation is coming. Here’s how to set some goals and make some plans so it all doesn’t fly by in a blur.
DOUBLE DUTCH PLUS THREE

Can these rules help me stay cool this summer?

on June 05, 2016, at 10:01 p.m.
School is almost over and that means having the kids at home for almost 12 weeks. Summer camp isn’t really an option in this one-income household. With three kids, a week of camp for all three of them would be around $750. Around here, I can’t find a job making …
HOUSEWIFE PLUS

7 gross sweets every kid in Maine will eat

on June 03, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
When I was a small kid, I spent most of my allowance on those cheap, little wax-wrapped jewels that stuck to my teeth and had an aftertaste of bad decisions. As a parent, I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to convince my kids that sugar bugs will eat their beautiful teeth if they keep pounding back the sugar, but they insist, and I occasionally relent.
DOUBLE DUTCH PLUS THREE

The black liquid that keeps me going

on June 03, 2016, at 7:15 a.m.
I can so incredibly look forward to my first cup of coffee in the morning. When I wake up by the alarm, so not ready to face the day, I just want to turn to my side and fall back asleep. But there are three kids that need to be …
NOW YOU HAVE TWO!

Under Attack

on June 02, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
These past couple of weeks I have felt like our house has been under attack. First to be under siege was my poor Abel, who all of a sudden had some odd bumps on his legs.  After going back and forth from Googling “Chicken Pox”, to thinking “but they were …
THE SCRAPED-UP KID

3 reasons wearing a life jacket is critical for parents

on June 01, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
Your life jacket could not only save your life, it could save your kids lives, but it only works if you put it on.
THE SCRAPED-UP KID

When walking to school becomes an adventure

on May 31, 2016, at 8:37 p.m.
Walking to school takes us two-tenths of a mile down a dirt road and into a world of adventure.
FACTS OPTIONAL

The Book Of Job Search

on May 30, 2016, at 8:09 a.m.
Everything was going well until one of the cats pushed his way into to the study where I’d isolated myself for the interview and leaped into my lap.
DOUBLE DUTCH PLUS THREE

How to satisfy your cravings and look good at the same time.

on May 24, 2016, at 9:33 p.m.
Sometimes you just have a craving for something. Without reason. Today was such a day. Actually, I had been craving ‘boterkoek’ for a few days now, but just didn’t get to make it. Because, of course, I always seem to have an intense desire for that what is impossible. Had …