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If The Shoe Fits…

If The Shoe Fits…

There are few things more sacrosanct than the handing down of clothes from one child to another. The process itself, like the items involved, has itself been handed down through the generations. I wore the clothes of my older brothers just as my aunts wore that of my mother. My father had just one younger … Continue reading

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My Wap

My Wap

We have a very nice living room. It was, in fact, the room that pretty much sold us buying this little house up on the hill. It has a beamed ceiling that is over eleven feet tall, a beautiful fireplace with a grand mantle, hardwood floors laid out in a concentric pattern, and an enormous … Continue reading

2000 Words For The Holidays

2000 Words For The Holidays

It’s a deceiving headline, perhaps, given my propensity for writing posts of about that length.  Today, though, I’m letting the old adage do most of the work.  We took the kids to get their annual Christmas portrait taken yesterday.  Among other things, it is part of Maggie’s “dress season.”  She gets one a year and wears … Continue reading

The Name Game

The Name Game

I was originally going to publish this about a week ago on Election Day. It wasn’t easy to find a way to tie that into a (long dormant) blog primarily about kids. I was going to call it “Selection Day” but the play on words was so weak that I couldn’t bear it. With the … Continue reading

Give Me A Break

Give Me A Break

I recently spent almost a week at home alone. Just hours after returning to our house from a full family trip to North Carolina, Amy packed up all four kids and took off for another family trip, sans me, in Maine. My new job does not allow for nearly as much vacation as the old … Continue reading

Is Four The Perfect Number?

Is Four The Perfect Number?

There was a time long, long ago that I determined that the perfect number of children to have was four. Given that I have ended up with precisely that number you may assume this was always my plan. You know what they say about assume: spell it out and you get: “you’d be absolutely wrong.” … Continue reading

Flying With The Four Kids

Flying With The Four Kids

Admit it: you’ve been that person sitting on the plane when some harried parent or parents step (or stumble) onto the plane with a baby in hand. You’ve looked at them and immediately started scanning the rows, trying to do the quick math to figure out where they were sitting. Would they be in front … Continue reading

There But For the Grace of God Go I

There But For the Grace of God Go I

When I was in high school I began volunteering on our local ambulance corps. Most New Jersey towns rely on volunteers to staff both their fire and ambulance services and Madison was no different. My mother and one of my brothers were already serving on the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps and I often “rode” with … Continue reading

The Four Mother

The Four Mother

In writing a blog entitled “The Four Father” it has become easy to focus very much on my four kids and myself. For anyone who knows me (and frankly, anyone who doesn’t) that focus obviously leaves out one very, very important person. Amy is “The Four Mother” which, while not as catchy, is far more … Continue reading

Why I Hate Brookstone

Why I Hate Brookstone

No, it’s not all that clever a title, I’ll readily admit. But sometimes it’s as simple as that. This is the story on why we, as a family, have boycotted the seemingly harmless mall store for some six or seven years now. If I have my way, we will continue to do so for as … Continue reading