Christmas, Christensen-Style. December 28, 2010
The thing about being a Grinch and not buying your kid any gifts for the holidays is that people look at you funny.  Real funny.  I think the proper scientific term is TOTAL BEWILDERMENT. Let’s put it this way: I would →MORE...

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Beachy keen. December 28, 2010

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Some love. December 23, 2010
CHEE! she shouts urgently, pointing.  CHEE!  CHEE! In Charlotte-glish, CHEE! means CHEESE.  So I pull down a bowl from the cabinet, put some shredded cheese in it, and set it on the stool she’s been using as a table in the →MORE...

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Beep beep. December 21, 2010

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Letter to my Flower-Power Gnomie Girl: 17 months. December 20, 2010
Dear Charlotte, You are seventeen months old today and all I have to show for it is a loss of words.  Over the past month your curiosity and your personality have exploded. Living with a TODDLER! is like cohabitating with a →MORE...

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Monkey-wearing. December 16, 2010
She wanted to be like her Momma.  So her Daddy cinched the buckles down and wrapped the carrier all around her little body.  Then he stuffed her monkey, her baby, in the front.  And she grinned and she laughed and she →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Little Hoot. December 15, 2010
Okay, okay, so this is a day late, I KNOW, but in my defense…I completely forgot that it was Tuesday yesterday.  Usually it takes me until at least Thursday to lose track of the days, but apparently this week I am →MORE...

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I could have kissed the toilet, that’s how excited I was. December 13, 2010
Guess who went six hours wearing underpants without having a single accident?  And guess who also used sign language to indicate that she needed a toilet AND USED A TOILET TWICE during those six hours?

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Wild thing. December 10, 2010
Charlotte has been on a Where the Wild Things Are kick lately.  It is the very first book she grabs in the morning and the very last one she wants read to her in the evening. Naturally, I’ve been calling her →MORE...

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Peek-a-boo! December 09, 2010
A very common game in our home goes like this: Where’s Charlotte?! THERE SHE IS!! Where’s Charlotte?! THERE SHE IS!! Where’s Charlotte?! THERE SHE IS!! From approximately sun-up to sun-down.  From the age of nine months until, at this rate, the →MORE...

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This is really just an excuse to spend another ten years learning useless crap about dinosaurs. December 09, 2010
When I was a kid, I loved dinosaurs.  LOVED.  It was an obsession, really.  Dinosaur posters on my walls, dinosaur books on my shelves, dinosaur figurines in my toybox.  My parents fostered that love – they took me to the natural →MORE...

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Overnight. December 08, 2010
Yesterday, my sweet girl was placed on my chest, a writhing gooey bundle.  She was red and defenseless and perfect. Today, she can feed herself.  She uses a few words, climbs trees with low branches, and totes my purse around the →MORE...

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I told you my kid doesn’t need toys… December 08, 2010

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Too Many Toys. December 07, 2010
After yesterday’s post (which, by the way, you are free to comment on telling me that I’m a nut) (it’s okay, even my own father thinks I’m a nut) (no, really, he does) I feel like this is probably a good →MORE...

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Progress. December 07, 2010
When Donald and I first announced our pregnancy to my father, he immediately offered to help Donald craft a piece of furniture for the baby.  After some time, Donald and I floated the idea of building a bed and a crib →MORE...

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Lunch break. December 06, 2010
During the summer, I always tried to make sure that our morning walks and hikes ended early – before it got too hot.  As winter slowly creeps up on us (or at least, the closest thing to winter that those of →MORE...

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In a nutshell: I am Scrooge incarnate. December 06, 2010
Last year, Donald and I could not afford to celebrate the holidays with gifts or greeting cards.  Nor could we the year before that.  Or the year before that. This year we can. But this year, we aren’t going to. Not →MORE...

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How I don’t exactly do it all. December 03, 2010
Something I am asked quite often is: HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL? In all honesty, this is the sort of question that boggles me a little bit.  Do WHAT all?  I only have one kid and that kid takes two →MORE...

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Our busy day. December 02, 2010
I can feel my husband shaking me, hear him telling me it’s time to wake up, and I grumble.  My horrific morning attitude is the stuff of legends in this home.  Donald shakes me again.  Come on, Grouchpot, he says.  Time →MORE...

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At the zoo. December 01, 2010
Another little known fact about me?  I LOVE THESE THINGS.  I don’t know what it is about viewfinders like this, but I seem to spend more time photographing them than I do photographing the views.

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If this doesn’t turn me into a germaphobe, nothing will. December 01, 2010
I have this memory from my childhood.  In it, I am very young.  Three.  Maybe four.  And I am terrified. I am hunched over the floor and I have just vomited.  My stomach clenches and unclenches outside of my control and →MORE...

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