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Christina

What Little Boys Are Made Of

I’m so excited to have another little boy. Little boys are so much fun, so easy in all the ways girls are not. A friend of mine told me, “The problem with girls is that they grow into women. Know how high-maintence and petty and dramatic women can be? So are little girls.” What she...
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Introducing the Safety Break

So, Sam knows how to swim. It happened this week. And although I’d like to say that it happened instantly, it could also be that when the kids’ summer break started on MAY 19 (thanks a lot, private school), we’ve spent so much time in the pool, the kids may have also grown gills. But...
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Girly-Girl

Well, folks, the Hergenraders may have a girly-girl. As Ellie approaches three, the signs are becoming obvious: a twenty minute process to choose her outfit …the careful way she holds herself…the way she seems to “float” when she walks…the insistence she comb her hair each morning AND wear some kind of decoration in it. The...
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The (Very) End of an Era

In the end, the ending was so fast. After four years at the same school, Catie graduated from Kindergarten this week. And even though there were many days (mostly those days that I spent two hours in the car toting her back and forth with two energetic toddlers in the backseat) that I thought the...
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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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