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My Girlfriend

She loves Mickey Mouse, but especially Goofy. I love how she cracks up at his clumsy attempts to remember how to say “Mousketools,” he can never get it right! And despite my best efforts to instill some Tomboy in her, she loves all things princess more and more every day. She comes home and changes …

Happy Holidays

I’m a sap, I love the holidays. The decorations, the music, the traditions, the family time, the food, the memories. But oddly, despite my enjoyment of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’m not the kind of person that goes overboard on Christmas decorations, Black Friday shopping for the best deals, or spending a fortune on gifts for …

Moments of Fall

So, I guess it’s still Fall, and will be till December 22nd! That means I have a Fall birthday this year, and actually, most of December is in Fall this year…what’s up with that? This seems so odd to me… Anyway, we’ve been busy, in a good way, and I don’t really have a lot …

Piece of My Heart

I was going to write this at the beach so the words would be fresh and pure, but like a smart vacationer, I didn’t bring my laptop. So this is the bottled up version that I carried back with me. I don’t remember when it started, my love affair with the ocean – my first …

Freakin’ Love

When we tell Skyler we love her, we often say it our favorite and slightly inappropriate way: “I freakin’ love you!” Yeah, “freakin’” is substitute slang for a not-so-nice word that doesn’t even make sense to say there, but it’s all about the intensity. Freakin’ love is strong, enthusiastic, unstoppable, and just plain silly. Even …

10 Years and 4 Years

Today marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01, the horrible day the US was attacked multiple times by hijacked airplanes, and thousands died, as well as the 4th anniversary of Skyler’s birth. It’s always a bit of a strange day for those two things to share; one sorrow, one joy, but today was especially different. Ten …

31 Heroes

What makes the natural awesomeness of a three-day-weekend even more awesome? When the highlight is a really cool fundraiser. On Saturday, Ronnie and I had the honor of participating in our local Kansas City 31 Heroes workout, hosted by CrossFit Lee’s Summit, a memorial fundraiser taking place nationwide and even overseas, to raise money and …

Somehow We Didn’t Kill Each Other

From the moment I picked Skyler up from preschool on Friday, we’ve been together for this entire long holiday weekend. We had no plans that required a babysitter, and really had very few plans at all, so we just went with it. I kind of dreaded it – the no plans and no babysitter for …

Fulfilled

Sometimes I step outside my little world and try to look in on it objectively. And when I do, I look upon it and see a life that is very blessed. It’s easy to get caught up on the hard stuff and let it put a damper on all the other good stuff, when we …

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