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How To Really Vacation With Your Kids In Tow
By June 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

How To Really Vacation With Your Kids In Tow

Summer vacation is fast approaching and planning is already underway for fun trips to the beach, camping, and Disneyland. There are so many great places to go, but families with multiple children may be overwhelmed at the prospect of toting little ones around on a long vacation. With the proper planning though, vacations with kids can be fun and rewarding for everyone involved. Here are some key things to remember when vacationing with kids. Attention Span Children have a fairly short attention span. Break the day up into chunks for…
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When The Police Call At Midnight It Is Never Good News
By April 8, 2012 6 Comments Read More →

When The Police Call At Midnight It Is Never Good News

To be honest, I count my blessings each day. For the most part, my kids are well behaved, polite, and seem to have their heads screwed on straight. Last night, I had my doubts as my cell phone woke me from a sound sleep. The good news is that there was not an accident; but the bad news was that there was a police officer on the other end of the line. It seems that my daughter (almost 18) was at a party that got a little out of hand…
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An Empty Nest–Sort Of
By February 8, 2012 6 Comments Read More →

An Empty Nest–Sort Of

This year is a big one for me!  I recently celebrated my 2nd 25th birthday and I feel fantastic. While the economy has everyone concerned, I am thankful that I can still put food on the table and a roof over the heads of my kids!  But not for long. You see, my son is 20 and has a VERY serious girlfriend so I have an inkling that he may be flying the coop pretty soon. He is in his second year of college at a local school. So, he…
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We’re Moving Down The Street
By January 12, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

We’re Moving Down The Street

Just a quick update that we are in the process of moving our office to a new location literally down the street.  With that move comes the hassles of moving technology and equipment. While we hope to not have any interruption of service, with Comcast and Verizon, you never know.  The service is scheduled to be on at the new digs on Monday (and deactivated at the old one at the same time), but in case something goes awry, here is my cell number (443) 221-1184. Of course with a…
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Beer Pong For Teens?
By January 3, 2012 7 Comments Read More →

Beer Pong For Teens?

Well, OK so it is not really “beer’ pong, but my 14 year old was at a friend’s house over the long weekend and she was telling me how she and her friend soundly kicked the collective butts of two other friends in “soda pong.” OK, it is not beer and at 14 that is a good thing. But I did a double take as it seems like it is a bit of pre-gaming for the real thing.  I am not naive enough to think that they will not drink…
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Rocking Horse Ranch Video
By December 18, 2011 4 Comments Read More →

Rocking Horse Ranch Video

Last month, we ventured up to the Rocking Horse Ranch for a weekend full of riding, hiking, wrangling, eating, and generally having a great time for the single parents and their kids! Having recently switched to a Macintosh form a PC, I am still new on this whole iMovie deal, but here is a valiant effort!  
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A Letter To My Daughter As She Heads Off To College
By December 4, 2011 15 Comments Read More →

A Letter To My Daughter As She Heads Off To College

I may get in trouble for this (after all I am never allowed to tag her on Facebook), but my daughter had an assignment in school recently and I wanted to share. Well, it was more of an assignment for me as she wraps up her senior year in high school and prepares to head off to college.  The assignment was simple–have your parent write you a letter with some advice for the future.  They opened them in class and were able to share them (or parts) with the rest…
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When Was The Last Time You Ate Together?
By November 25, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

When Was The Last Time You Ate Together?

I am willing to go on record saying that as my kids get older, all of their activities and friends tend to take away from the “family” aspect of our family.  That is not to say that we aren’t always there for each other under all circumstances, but it just seems more difficult to be the family that is defined in the dictionary. Yesterday, we actually sat down at the kitchen table and had a fantastic meal (yes, I cooked it myself and did not order in) and it was…
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Rocking Horse Ranch Recap
By November 23, 2011 3 Comments Read More →

Rocking Horse Ranch Recap

Well, we are back from the ranch again. It has taken me a bit to get caught up with a seemingly endless pile of paperwork, but we are back, we had a great time, and some fantastic weather to boot! Each year, the Rocking Horse Ranch never fails to disappoint and this time was no exception. The trails were in great shape for riding, the entertainment was all changed up and fresh, and the hit of the weekend was the Reptile Man who brought lizards, alligators, and snakes for everyone…
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Penn State, Children And Sex Abuse
By November 10, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Penn State, Children And Sex Abuse

I sit here stunned at the news coming from Penn State University over the past few days.  With each day the scandal grows and more people become involved. It seems that everyone (at least initially) is working to cover their collective butts. I have my own opinions on this and I will keep them to myself other than to say I am disgusted and appalled. As parents, our primary responsibility is to protect our children–period. It could be from falling off their bicycles, from drugs and alcohol, or from sexual…
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