Summer hours
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Summer hours

"Hi, Mom! I got up extra early to spend some time with you!" I pry my eyes open to see one of my 6-year old twins standing next to my bed fully dressed and ready for the day. I roll over to look at the clock. 5:45. Awesome.

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Finding time to write this summer ... only from bed
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Finding time to write this summer ... only from bed

I clearly remember us all saying when summer came we could all chill. Then summer came and we decided to cram every freaking summer camp available into the first two weeks of June. Why?!

Mother ships
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Mother ships

As I pass by another minivan with a another mama I recognize, I do a half-smile and wave. It's the closest we will ever come to having a conversation. She's probably awesome, I just don't have enough energy for any extracurricular activities/relationships.

Rules I never thought I'd have to make
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Rules I never thought I'd have to make

In a house with four kids, there must be rules. Some rules are a given, such as: No hitting, kicking or biting. No name calling. No throwing food at the table. However, some rules you couldn't possibly foresee having to make. Here are some of our ridiculous house rules.

Flying solo: Thanks, dad
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Flying solo: Thanks, dad

Every time I fly I think of my dad. I remember every aspect of traveling with him. Now I do it all myself. It's just not as good.

Summer pep talk
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Summer pep talk

Most people are either prepping for the last day of school, like you can do such a thing, or are already there and I think we all need a pep talk.

The village is watching
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The village is watching

If you feel the need to intervene, do not hesitate. If my kid says or does something distasteful, let them hear you say it! Tell me about it. Together we can fight the forces of evil and give them all the guidance they need.

Not enough stickers
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Not enough stickers

This morning I gave the kids a pep talk after the sounds coming from outside sounded like an airstrike. I didn't know if it was hoverboards, scooters and mopeds racing up and down the driveway. On top of that, all I could hear was children screaming at each other and then blood-curdling cries when someone tries to clothesline with a broom.

When you say 'TGIF' to a parent ...
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When you say 'TGIF' to a parent ...

Friday means nothing! We will probably have more laundry, more parenting and more food to prep while trying to keep the children from killing each other over the last bag of Cheetos. It does not mean the end of anything for we are living the never-ending story.

New moms: Welcome to this fraternity called Motherhood
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New moms: Welcome to this fraternity called Motherhood

You new moms are so adorable! You care about everything, worry about everything and are so easily overwhelmed. I love it as much as I love that new baby smell.

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