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Suburb Kids Meet the Country

By July, our family needs to get dirty. We need grubby bare feet, black half-moons under our fingernails, and dreadlocked hair. We need pink cheeks, sand in our bathing suits, and bug-bitten ankles. It’s because we live in the suburburniest suburb in all of the suburban world. Seriously. Cinco Ranch makes the Simpson’s Springfield look...
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Ten Differences…

10. Driving through either Texas or the Midwest is boring–but for different reasons. In the Midwest, it’s corn field after corn field. In Texas it’s billboards. In Spanish. Either place, I tell my kids, “Let’s be quiet and look out the window for a while!” Their response is either, “But I don’t KNOW Spanish.” Or...
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Friday’s FAQ

Today I’m asking our sweet, sensitive Greyhound fraudulent questions. Which, yeah, I know. Asking fake questions from a pet is probably some new low. But Manny has a story to tell, so neither one of us cares this awkward blog post is hokey. (SEE? I BELIEVE THE GREYHOUND KNOWS WHEN BLOG POSTS ARE HOKEY. MOST...
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What We Learned…Involve the Kids

When we bought Best of Times Beach House, it needed a lot of love. It had “good bones” (realtor-speak for “good luck finding the bones under all its scars and cellulite.”). But the ugly scars of bad paint and the cellulite of dated wiring and rusty fixtures didn’t daunt us as much as they probably...
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Benihana is Japanese for Really Big Deal

The twins obsession with Benihana started when they were in PreK 4. A couple of their friends came to school reporting Benihana as their favorite restaurant. Our kids are always eager to jump on a bandwagon, so they started asking to go. Benihana is in Sugarland; we are not in Sugarland. But there is lots...
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Questions You Ask (When Your Family’s Plane Suddenly Lands in Austin)

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. You saw the title for this post, and you thought… “Really? Another trip?” And… “Could that girl have ANY MORE TRAVEL DRAMA?” Friends, I’m wondering the same thing. To be clear, I’m questioning why all the travel drama, not why I was on a trip. We visited M’s family...
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Amazing Grace

So, we’re trying something new around here this year for Christmas. In an effort to fight the legalistic YOU BETTER BE GOOD OR NO PRESENTS vibe that is the exact opposite of what God intended Christ’s birth to be, we’re trying to teach our kids grace. Over and over and over and over we’ve asked...
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