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Inspiration From an Inner Tube

This past week, we took a family vacation to Northern California—my husband’s old stomping grounds. I’m a SoCal girl. While we grew up in the same state, but there are significant differences north to south. I’m a “beach person.” Northern Cal residents tend to be “lake people.” So, not to be outdone, I lathered up the bug spray, venturing into the great outdoors to spend many hours on a boat… in a lake.

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One Word That Can Change Your Life

This time last year I was scared. Terrified, actually. I remember.
I remember because usually life doesn’t change much. We tend to do the same things year after year. That’s certainly true of our Tribe. We are doing some of the same things, but this year it feels different. This time last year, Marcus and I went to Vegas. We stayed in a different resort, but The Strip was the same. We did mostly the same things: ate good food, lounged by the pool and talked a lot.

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I’m Just So Tired

I posted a cute little pic of my kids and their dad on Instagram this past Father’s Day. The photo was taken in a jail cell at the old Police Headquarters here in San Diego. I quipped some clever caption, comparing and contrasting my husband’s amazing parenting as opposed to mine. The picture was a joke, but the fact is, I’d prefer my kids behind bars some days. Unlike me, his steady hand is never irrational.

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A Dad’s Response to Bullying

Addie had a run in with a bully this past week at school. My husband had a few things to say about it. Read this guest post–from a dad’s point of view–on parenting through challenging circumstances.
“Somebody Just Bullied My Baby“
By: Marcus Jones
My oldest daughter, Addie, is an incredible person. At ten years old, she is sweet and kind and generous to others. She loves Disney® Channel, Reece’s Pieces® and is gaming a force to be reckoned with on Sonic Dash.

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This Is 40

I am officially entering mid-life. As I approached the big 4-0, I decided not to dread life’s halfway point. I decided to celebrate. I’d pondered for a solid year on exactly how the big day might go down. What I ended up deciding actually surprised me a bit.
I wanted a simple getaway with my family: kids in tow, grandma, grandpa—the works! In earlier days, I might have imagined myself with a rockin’ party, a pair of stilettos and an itty-bitty dress.

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