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First 5K of the season, 2012 (RATS)

Posted by in health, running

it was the 30th anniversary of the Run Around the Square (RATS) this weekend, and my first time ever running it!  it was also my first 5K of the running season, my 2nd running season (i love a late summer/early fall running season!) . kenny and i were originally going to run this race together – i knew he would appreciate the trail running part, and i loved the fact that it looked like a mostly flat race (um, wrong!).  but our childcare fell through, so he graciously offered to stay…read more

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“how do you…?” choosing your homeschool curriculum

Posted by in family fun, homeschooling

it’s the beginning of the school year (hooray!) and i am finding myself asked this question quite a bit at this time of year: it’s a great question, and i remember asking it myself before we embarked on this wonderful ride that homeschooling is. How do you know what to use to teach your children?  Does the school send you their textbooks? one of the most daunting tasks of a first-time homeschooler is choosing curriculum for your child. the public school does not give out their grade text books and lesson…read more

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Outer Banks, 2012

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This was our family’s second summer vacationing for a week at the Outer Banks.  It held a different atmosphere this year. Two years ago, it was the boys’ first time ever on the beach and we were so excited to see their reaction to the vastness, the bigness that is the ocean’s edge. They were definitely excited, but not in the “first time at the ocean” kind of way. They couldn’t wait to get back into the waves! The weather was much different this year. Last time, it was high…read more

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