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2011

Another McCleary Renovation

We were motivated by the visit of my niece Meredith to spent our last week of summer before school starts not taking last minute trips to the beach, or the park, or anything like that...but putting in a sidewalk. We’re strange like that.

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The Metamorphosis of Destroyer Dan

I gave Daniel the challenge of taking something apart only if he could put it back together again when he was done. Why didn’t I think of this earlier?

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A Cooking Birthday Party

For Emily’s tenth birthday, she had a “friend party” with a cooking theme. The kids had a blast - and with any luck I’ve started converting at least a few of them over to how good food can taste when it’s not mucked up with chemicals!

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Pensacola, New Orleans, and the Choice of Relationship

Our vacation to Pensacola, Florida, and New Orleans was filled with adventures and, more importantly, people.

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Music Week

Emily had both her piano recital and band concert last week.

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Feeling Beautiful

Do you believe in time travel? I do. Because I got my new hair about a month ago and instantly travelled about 15 years into the past.

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When Neglected Kids Get Creative

What do kids do when left alone for 1 1/2 hours in the morning with absolutely no adult supervision? Make puzzle books for Daddy, of course. What, were you thinking something else?

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Spring Break on the Farm

We spent Spring Break at my sister Helen’s farm in Virginia, where Emily left her heart (again) and lamented the fact that she doesn’t permanently live on a farm. Unfortunately, she has to make due with this urban family.

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Poor Girl's Panini

Who wouldn’t like a sandwich made out of this?
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Especially when it turns out like this without needing a special fancy-schmancy appliance to do it?
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True Confessions of a Bald Woman

Thirteen is a horrible year. Especially when you look like this. And you’re a girl who’s losing her hair.

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My Funny Valentine

Today is Valentine’s Day, and my husband is away. But that’s okay, because he took care of me. In a most unintentionally, perfectly, humorous way. (Yeah, these flowers don’t look funny. You have to keep reading to find out the funny part. You think I’m going to give it all away here?)


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"I Could Tell You Wanted Them"

Who needs flowers? Cutting mats are, apparently, the way to my heart.

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McCleary Horror Picture Show

Last night was full of unexpected excitement, resulting in a trip to the hospital and a Frankenstein makeover for Daniel.

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