Category Archives: Genevieve

Lennox 4th of July parade

Howdy, friends. The real reason my friend Chris and I ran to Lennox yesterday was because this small town south of Sioux Falls puts on an awesome, old-fashioned Fourth of July. There are road races — and my husband Philip … Continue reading

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On crying babies

This is my column for this weekend’s paper: One night when my daughter, Genevieve, was about 6 or 7 months old, my neighbors came to babysit so my husband and I could go out to dinner. We hadn’t had many … Continue reading

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More kid talk

Howdy, friends. I like to make sure to write down the funny stuff Jack and Viv have been saying because, as my dad reminds me weekly, I will forget. He tells me, “They’re going to ask you one day about … Continue reading

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Talking Viv

Howdy, friends. So, Viv is 2. She really didn’t talk much until she was about 15 months old, and then it was like nonstop full sentences. She has a TON of personality. And she is really bossy. (I don’t know … Continue reading

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Howdy, friends. I just made that word up. It’s lame,but I don’t care. We just got back from our first family camping trip, which I’ll write more about tomorrow. For now, let’s just say it went great, better than expected, … Continue reading

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The one where your kid has to get her teeth pulled

Howdy, friends. We have had a ridiculous summer. Everything in perspective, I know, we are mostly healthy and happy, have food on the table and clothes on our backs. I get it. Now allow me to whine, please. Like any … Continue reading

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Howdy, friends. Don’t worry, I don’t mean real trouble. I mean this kind of trouble: This is the face of a 21-month-old girl who just bit her mother. And is sitting in time out on the steps (and Jack who … Continue reading

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Children’s theater season — with photos

Howdy, friends. It’s handy knowing good photographers — especially ones who recognize my kids when they are out and about. Philip took the kids to the park today for the first outdoor play of the season, and newsroom photographer Emily … Continue reading

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Howdy, friends. First things first: I ran 9 awesome miles today. It was a crisp, clear, windless day on the prairie, and that is just pure heaven. I ran with some friends, on a super hilly route, and then finished … Continue reading

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On being mom enough

Howdy, friends. I think the entire mommy-blogging world is STILL talking about the Time magazine cover on attachment parenting, with the headline, “Are you mom enough?” I’ve read some pretty good commentary on it lately, including this note about how … Continue reading

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