Tag Archives: Family

5 Olympic Games for Your Team

February 9, 2018

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I don’t know about you, but we love, love, LOVE watching the Olympics. Every two years our family rallies for a whole series of somewhat ridiculous celebrations.  This year is no different. We have drafted our teams – the scoreboard is up – dinner will include American food and Yorkshire pudding (a nod to our […]

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Annual MLK Jr. Scavenger Hunt

January 14, 2018

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“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” Alan Watts If you live on the East Coast the Christmas holidays and ridiculous winter weather has meant your kids haven’t been in […]

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Saying Goodbye to Dad

February 14, 2017

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We had Dad’s memorial service on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and over 200 people came to celebrate “Fletch,” and many of them, at our request, showed up wearing cowboy hats and/or boots. So great!!! His friends hugged us, told stories, and made us laugh. I get weepy just thinking about it; I have a […]

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Scavenger Hunt Celebration

January 16, 2017

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(Before the blog post starts, I want you to realize that this is actually Ellie writing and not Joy, just to save you from any confusion.) Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day! In my opinion, today is a little bit of a awkward holiday because some people take the day off of work/school, some don’t. […]

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Reminders for a 14-year-old

December 27, 2016

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Fourteen. This year is a big deal. Transition is the name of the game. Independence is the “win,” and the primary player on the 14-year-old field is named “annoyance.” Dad and I are going to get under your skin more often and you’ll do your best to return the favor. His jokes will be less funny, […]

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My New Adventure!

October 26, 2016

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“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” Lewis Carroll I ran into a friend recently who asked me why I was blogging so infrequently these days. Besides being flattered that she noticed my absence, I was SUPER excited to tell her what I was doing with my writing time…and I’m even […]

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What You Know When You’re 12

October 8, 2016

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Don’t you love the prefix “Pre”? We all know pre means “before,” and I find those three letters surprisingly optimistic and cheerful. I think PREgame, PREsale, or PREschedule.  All fun things, right? Today I have a 12-year-old son (what??) who is, by definition, a PREteen. He is PREparing for some marvelous years ahead filled with opportunities […]

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The Best of Sisterhood

August 14, 2016

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Spring break. I am vacationing with my extended family, including my brother and sister. We are in Utah driving through Zion National Park at sunset. Our mouths are agape as we cruise past The Watchman. I ask Billy to pull over so we can get out of the car for pictures. I grab my sister Amy for a […]

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The Man I Love

June 26, 2016

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I married a younger man.  A man who, even today, on his birthday, is still in his 40’s. His youth is hardly fair – especially since he  manages, 99% of the time, to be more mature than I. When we were first engaged, people told me how lucky I was to find him. “He’s the best,” […]

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Phone Calls With Dad

June 19, 2016

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Like anyone living far from their birthplace, I settle for a Father’s Day phone call with Dad rather than a face-to-face visit. While I’m sad to be across the country from him, the call is an adventure in and of itself. Chatting with Dad is never exactly normal. The fist idiosyncrasy is my parents actually finding their […]

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