Virtual reality
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Virtual reality

Actual conversation: I could totally kill a wolf. ... No way. You're not good enough to kill a wolf. ... Oh. Well if this was real life, then I could totally kill a wolf, or a bear. ... Well, yeah. You just can't kill them in this game. ... Apparently we've been gaming too long in the virtual world.

St. Nicholas Day
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St. Nicholas Day

Every year we celebrate St. Nicholas Day, which is Dec. 6. We put our boots out on the evening of Dec. 5 with cookies, milk and maybe some carrots for the reindeer. If you're not a fan of Santa, that's OK, because this holiday actually celebrates St. Nicholas, who was a real person. Fun fact: He was a bishop in Greece who was known for leaving coins in people's shoes.

Report cards and assessments
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Report cards and assessments

"Has trouble focusing and finishing her work. Very social, with a good imagination. Has trouble with scissors." This is the summary of my kindergarten report card. And guess what? I think this is probably the best assessment of my character to date.

Goodbye, Thanksgiving & Hello, Elves
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Goodbye, Thanksgiving & Hello, Elves

We are barely through Thanksgiving and the kids want to know where the Elf on the Shelf is. Apparently they have some friends who have elves and those elves are way better than our elves. I'm fine with it.

How well do we know our kids?
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How well do we know our kids?

When the kids were smaller I knew every show they watched and I answered 2,000 questions a day, so I knew every thought in their head. I maybe had less of an idea of who I was, but I knew my kids inside and out. Now my oldest can Google the answers to all the questions.

Kid fights and movie nights
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Kid fights and movie nights

I just got off the phone with someone who described one of my kids as wonderfully expressive. Unfortunately, the child is drawn to trouble and occasionally expresses herself with her fists. Rarely does she start the tomfoolery, but often she finishes it.

Operation Hide Shorts
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Operation Hide Shorts

We've all been putting it off, but the time has come. It's time for the seasonal wardrobe change. It's November and I don't care if we do have the odd day that hits 70, it's fall and we're going to act like it. Wear some pants and act like you've got a mother who loves you!

Daylight Savings Time is to blame for everything
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Daylight Savings Time is to blame for everything

Whoever came up with the crazy idea of Daylight Savings Time - thanks a lot. Jerk. You know who it's especially hard on? Moms of little ones!

Feeding the animals
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Feeding the animals

When my sister comes to visit from out of town, she really loves to feed the animals at the Illinois Veterans Home. When she asked if we should stop at the store to pick up some food, I shot her a smile and knowingly said, "No, there's plenty of food in this van."

Don't forget the veggie tray
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Don't forget the veggie tray

Whether you're coming back from a vacation or a stay in the hospital, transitioning back to life with kids can be hard.

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