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First Blood – The Baby Faceplant
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Well, it happened – it was inevitable: Anneka did a faceplant on the tile floor and gave herself a bloody nose. This of course made Sarah and I feel like heels … but it’s really part of growing up. Even understanding that, we both still felt terrible. Well, until 10 minutes later when the bleeding…

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Thoughts About Packing and Traveling
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We’re packing for Germany! Just the thought of gathering our thoughts about what to stuff into our backpacks amps the energy in the house up – noticeably and positively. We’re thinking about alpine coasters, Schwäbisch Hall, Belgian beers, seeing my family, dropping in on old friends and all that smile-inducing stuff that is the reward…

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Sarah and I were just at a 3-year-old girl’s birthday party. To say that it was “princess themed” would be an understatement. It was more an indoctrination that every girl should aspire to be a princess, to swath herself in pink and to wear a tiara. Good god. This is the part of being a…

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