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Christina

6-foot gymnast

For almost four years, Catie has told everyone that she wants to be a vet when she grows up. It started when she sat in the audience at Kindergarten Graduation as a two-year-old and marveled at the big kids answering the question. She was ready with her own answer…a vet! a vet! a vet! This...
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Stuck Together

Sam and Ellie aren’t literally glueing themselves together in this picture. But that’s only because they don’t have to. They’re never really that far apart. The constant (constant!) proximity is just one of the billion little surprises about twins. Or maybe it’s only these twins. They really do everything together. Sometimes that makes me feel...
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1st Grader…1st Retail Obsession

Catie graduated from Kindergarten today. I can’t believe she’s old enough to be a first grader. Some moments she doesn’t seem like she could be almost six. Other moments, she’s so confident and astute that I can’t believe she’s really only five. But last night, on Graduation Eve, I saw a glimpse of our future–her...
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Best Dancer

The kids’ school had Awards Day last week, and it’s official. Ellie is the best dancer in the two-day-a-week, two-year-old class. Which doesn’t surprise me. To be a Hergenrader Kid means to be moving. Constantly. Watching TV? Catie is hopping on one foot across the living room. Eating dinner? Sam is rocking, Ellie is doing...
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Sixth Annual Mothers Day

Mothers Day is always a careful balance between wanting to celebrate with my kids (this year alone I received nine crayon renditions of hearts, not to mention countless hugs, a million wishes for a Happy Mothers Day, a bag of potpourri Catie made at school, and two cardboard boxes the twins decorated) …and wanting some...
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No Friend to the Environment

So, I have a confession. Our family uses paper plates almost exclusively. I don’t know how this has happened, especially since M. and I are fairly conscious of the environment, and the fact that five people eating their Totinos pizza off paper creates a lot of unneeded waste. Believe me, I know. I take the...
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Love, Love, Love! That’s What It’s All About!

And today I love these pictures–and the moments they captured. Not only the gorgeous day at Hermann Park we enjoyed a few weeks ago, but the love between Sam and Ellie. Yes, it’s nice they play so nice together. And that the teeter-totter (see-saw?) can keep them busy for the better part of twenty minutes....
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Four Reasons I Love Heat and Humidity

Hot! Hot! Hot! That’s what this week has been–and promises to be with temps in the nineties for the foreseeable future. Complaining? Never. I can’t imagine more beautiful weather. After a long, cold winter (in Texas that means sweater weather that lasted into March), the Hergenrader Family is so ready to sweat out the summer....
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Everyone Needs a Hobby…

Life is full of seasons. The Season of Career, The Season of Friends, The Season of Health, The Season of Weddings, The Season of Learning, The Season of Faith. I’ve embraced all these at one time or another–and each one has provided me with so many moments of happiness and growth. Right now I’m in...
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Live in the Minivan Lane

I’m not exactly sure when this “living in the car” started. But the Age of the Minivan is upon the kids and me–and if I eat another Number 13 from Jack in the Box, drink another Diet Cherry Limeade from Sonic, or settle another argument over CD preferences it will be too soon. Life in...
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