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To my kids

written on a plane somewhere over Texas, I think Dear Claire, Phoebe and Tommy, You know what Mommy thinks about when I’m away? You. Yep. You Claire. You Phoebe. You Tommy. And it brings tears to my eyes thinking about how badly I want to hug each of you up. Lay on the couch in a heap of cuddles and smell you and kiss you and love on you. I never thought I would feel this way before I became your mom. How I would feel incomplete if you weren’t near me. I think I’ll always feel this way when we’re apart. Before you, I could hop on a plane and soak in the...
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Green Backgrounds – A You Capture Edition

Green Backgrounds – A You Capture

It’s summer right? Am I the only one lazing out in blogland or what? Days are drifting by while my computer remains closed. But there’s nothing like a little You Capture to bring me out of my summer haze cave. I love You Capture because it forces me to look at my photographs with a new eye.  I do not claim to be a “photographer” (whatever that means) but I do enjoy taking photographs.  Call it what you will. I have chosen to experiment with the color green. It was one of the You Capture theme choices.  Last week I got to hang out with my kids in...
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It’s FUN raising my kids in Los An

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say “I would never ever want to raise my kids in LA.” It’s kinda cool to live in a city so misunderstood. ‘Cause truly you can’t believe the kinds of things we have in our ‘hood. Would you believe me if I told you this photo was snapped just 15 minutes from our home? On a Saturday June evening when the fog from the beach was just rolling in? And that the kids fed the horses with long stems of grass with no one telling them what not to do? And the cost of this childhood memory...
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Quiet Glimpses During a Busy Week –

This week just flew. It rattled around me like the strong winds that have been whipping through Los Angeles. But it’s been a good rattle. A good fly. Because my soul is filled with the joy of opportunity. I didn’t have many chances to capture QUIET this week. But I tried. I happened upon this scene as I stood in the kitchen and I realized the house was uh, quiet.I walked back towards the kids’ rooms and this is what I found. A big sister just learning to read quietly reading to her adoring brother. I don’t really mind that the photo is blurry. ...
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My Children’s Artwork. And How it

Every single day my children produce art. Every. Single. Day. There are stacks and piles of colorings and clippings and gluings and stickerings and glitterings and just so many ings of creative expression that I find myself utterly petrified wondering if I’m gonna get caught when I throw the majority of these masterpieces in. the. trash. Cause I’ve been caught. Many times. And it sucks. “MOOMMMYYYYYYYY!!!!!” And when I run over to see what the problem is, there they are, pulling one of their absolutely perfect, never-to-be-thrown-away, pieces of...
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"Conversations with My Kid" Fr

I know everyone is dying to read Part Two of The Mime Trilogy and believe you me, it’s coming. I just want to give those peeps who have been too busy to read this blog some time to catch up. So if you want to get in on the mime frenzy that is currently spreading throughout the blogosphere, click here to read Part One. For now, I’ve decided to launch something new over here. The idea came to me this morning and before I get too lazy to implement it, I’m gonna hit publish and get this rolling. Last Friday, I published a little story that Claire wrote...
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Looking for Me

Written by Lee Oh it was supposed to be sooooo fantastic. My day off from work. A day with my babies. A happy mama buzzing around in the morning with no place to be, just making lunches, attempting to braid some wispy hair, sitting on the floor to help with shoes, not feeling rushed to get out of the house myself, smiley kisses as they hopped into the van with daddy and promises to pick them up from school. And after homework and a snack, we would head out on an adventure of epic Thursday afternoon proportions. A trip to the mall to find some dresses to wear for...