Ringside Seats

On Sunday night, we went out to my nephew’s favorite restaurant to celebrate his tenth birthday. We were seated at a nice long table in a room just off the entrance. I always call these the “large party with kids” rooms – close enough to the main dining room to feel like you’re part of the…

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Old Lady Spohr

Things are very different for Annabel than when I was in school. She can join all sorts of fun extracurricular activities, and her school holds all sorts of fun little events. Something that’s HUGE now that wasn’t around when I was a kid is the 100th Day of School. From what I understand, this tends to…

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Little Orator

Annabel watched a lot of the 2016 election coverage with us, especially the debates, speeches, and town halls. She was very into the whole thing, but she was particularly fond of watching people give speeches. She started saying things to us like, “Can I give a speech before we open our presents on Christmas?” or…

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Never Again?

One of the things I love the most about Annabel is how curious she is. She always wants to know how things work, why things happened, etc. Tools like YouTube Kids have been fantastic in helping us find material that explains the things she’s curious about in a way that’s appropriate for her. One day…

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Seventh Heaven

For the first time in years, Annabel didn’t wake up on her birthday to balloons covering her bedroom floor, but waking up surrounded by friends is a pretty good trade-off. After the party was over, she and James shared a slice of birthday cake. Once the cake was consumed, Mike took Annie to see Hidden…

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