Nicholas Speaks

As promised, it’s time for a post of Nicholas-isms. Are you ready? Here are some of the memorable things that came out of his mouth this week. Random one-liners “Yay, my muscles are all growed!” (after finishing his milk) “Mommy, how do you get rid of a Christmas tree?” (On September 2nd.) “Mommy, how do…

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Introvert, Extrovert, Jabbermouth

A couple of weeks ago, we had quite a discussion here about introverts and extroverts. Mostly introverts, because you know, the blogosphere is a haven for introverts.  Everybody who ever felt socially inept, unpopular and never fit in has found here a community of our own kind. I don’t exactly fit in to the neat,…

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In Which A Road Trip With My Children Gives Me Endless Material For A Blog Post

This week, I had occasion to spend two hours in the back of the van, squished between my two middle children. It was extremely illuminating. You know how children are always screaming, “Stop touching me!”? Yeah, I might have been heard to say that a dozen times once or twice. Nicholas, you see, felt a…

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My Strong-Willed Boy

Friday was not a good day. I’ve had several months to accustom myself to the idea of my beautiful children turning into sibling monsters who seem bent on pushing each other’s buttons, but Friday they took it to a whole new level. Well, one of them did, anyway. I’m not sure how it began, exactly…I…

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Nicholas (a 7QT post)

___1___ A couple of years ago, I read about a study that had concluded that boys’ brains, in particular, don’t finish developing the part that allows them to make good judgment calls until very late…like, sometime into the college years, if my memory is correct. I often think of that when surveying the “what were you…

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Motherhood, Mostly (a 7QT post)

___1___ I’ve been so busy lately, I just now realized I never shared this! We are running a giveaway of This Little Light of Mine on Goodreads. Six copies available, to be “drawn” by Goodreads on May 1st. Click on over and sign up! ___2___ I think every woman–probably everyone–is well aware that the reproductive…

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Of Nicholas, At Age Four

Birthdays in our house seem to be lasting a week this year. (Or two months, if you follow Julianna’s sublime refusal to acknowledge the passage of time.) For the past week Nicholas has been in Heaven. But a weeklong birthday that always falls during Lent causes its own brand of difficulty for a family that…

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All About The Kids (a 7QT post)

Time for some updates on the kids. ___1___ Alex received a “cultivation station” from a white elephant at a Christmas party. What’s that, you ask? Something about growing plants? Well…sort of. It’s about growing…bacteria. I have to admit this whole thing makes me a little queasy, considering the overwhelming number of illnesses we’ve dealt with…

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Kids, Kids, and Everybody Else’s Fault: A 7QT Post

___1___ “Mommy,” Alex said the other day on the way home from piano lessons, and then paused. “Huh. I guess I’m old enough to start calling you ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ now.” Nicholas, AKA The Parrot, repeated Alex’s words almost word for word. Usually it drives Alex insane and causes a great deal of shouting, but…

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Nicholas Moments (and A Bit of Shameless Self-Promotion)

We’ve reached a wonderful day in our house, when I can sigh with relief and say, “I think we’re finally past THAT stage with Nicholas.” You know, the testing toddler stage that turns everything into a battle. Instead, we’ve passed into the goofball stage. So much so that today, Nicholas gets his very own post…

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