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Christina

Going Places

Our kids don’t love toys. Their favorite play items are me and M. I thought this post would be about the most valuable, sure-fire, unbeatable toys that we own. I couldn’t think of any. The Hergenrader kids are decidedly lukewarm on most toys.This could mean that our list of favorite toys would be really valuable....
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Jump Right In

Two months from now (okay, who am I kidding? I hope it’s much shorter than that) and we’ll be a family of six. Like Catie doing her first dive, I guess we can only jump right in!
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Bird Nerds

One of my favorite parts of our house is our backyard and the large nature conservatory behind us. Yes, it’s the constant source of leaves in the pool and M’s snake phobia, but it’s also the habitat for lots of different kinds of birds.This year we have several Yellow-Crowned Night Herons nesting back there. They’re...
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Birth Order: The First Will Always Be First

Researchers aren’t sure that birth order affects personality. It does. We have our own mini scientific experiment going on here in the Hergenrader House. Catie has been busy at school for the past nine months, while the twins have been mostly home with me. Sam and Ellie and I spent our days between epic games...
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Hazy Days of Summer

Happy Memorial Day! On this, the first un-official day of summer (unless, of course, your children are private-school educated, then you’ve been out since right after Easter), I admit I’d forgotten just how different summer break is from the school year. The school year is all about structure–even with the chaos of two two-year-olds, a...
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Recycled Clothing (AKA Hand-Me-Downs)

Everything Sam is wearing in this picture is a hand-me-down…including, I’m sure, the socks. Everything Sam is wearing today is a hand-me-down. Actually everything each of my children is wearing was once owned by someone else…or, in some cases, four or five someone-elses before them. If hand-me-downs were on Facebook, and they asked me to...
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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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