Monthly Archives: November 2014

5 things I love about the turkey coma slow-down

gives people permission to doze off in the middle of the day on your couch. gets others, who rarely leave the couch, motivated to join a leisurely group walk. weakens the will power to resist that second helping, second piece of … Continue reading

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Day 12 – Crazy about the GOSPL girls! See you again soon.

Two weeks ago I loved my nieces because we’re family. Now I love them because I know them. Two weeks ago we greeted each other with tentative, polite hugs. Today we bear hugged goodbye. Two weeks ago I arrived as … Continue reading

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Day 11 – ‘your mother is on her way home! do you hear? ‘

‘your mother is on her way home! do you hear? oh, what will she do to us? what will she say? oh, she will not like it to find us this way!’ …. ‘have no fear of this mess,’ said … Continue reading

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Day 10 – The weekend comes thundering into town

It’s the weekend. Next week there’s no school. Things get loose. Teenage plans evolve in real-time as messages zip back and forth between all points on the network. Which house will be the ‘get ready at’ house. Which parents will agree … Continue reading

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Day 9 – Everyone on task, ooops, except me!

For the past 420 days I have found a small window in my day to meditate. Usually early morning before the house comes alive. On days with early commitments, it can be as short as 10 minutes. On less hectic … Continue reading

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Day 8 – “wanna know the grossest thing that happened today”

The 3pm pickup is one of the highlights of the day! The whole school day comes spilling out in chaotic bursts, rapid fire and filled with laughter and dramatic expressions. You’ll never guess what …. that “dude” … Oh my gosh, this girl … Continue reading

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Day 7 – The ‘swami-mami’ is an amazing manager

 This week I’m walking in the shoes of the ‘swami-mami’. If you know her, you get it. The nickname fits. If you don’t, think of hippy-spirited, yoga instructor, curious, determined, marathon runner, and mommy of 5 all rolled into one. This has … Continue reading

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