Happy Birthday to the Best Sister Ever

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A very happy birthday to the best sister ever. You are an amazing daughter, sister, Aunt, mother, friend and nurse. I am so amazed by your strength; It has been a rough year. There have been rough years before and there will be more ahead. And you and I will be side by side through […]

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A Snowball in the Face

Worlds overlapping. Part of the reason i have a weakness for end-of-Summer-into-Fall songs.

“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” Markus Zusak, The Book Thief I’m reading The Book Thief. Well, actually, i am listening to it as an audiobook. I haven’t finished it, but i am enjoying it thoroughly. I just had to write about this one line though, before […]

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In Her Hand

My baby is 8. This cannot be. Also, i just ate the rest of that cake with coffee for 2nd breakfast. A pitfall of working from home.

I’m no longer one of those moms with babies. Or toddlers. I’ll never have a preschooler or a kindergartner again. It’s sad, but so so sweet, too.

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Riding the Roller Coaster with Steve Martin

First of all, 15 hour days completely suck ass. Especially when you are completely worn out, fighting a cold that won’t die, and with the specter of strep throat haunting your future. The last thing you want to do? Go to an elementary school talent show. You’d rather have that torture guy from Game of Thrones cut off a pinkie finger or two.

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Simplicity

I fight to keep my kids away from the tv. Even when we are at the lake, with all of nature around us. So today, I finally said, turn off the tv. We’re going fishing. We did it old school. We walked around the whole cove. We stopped to poke sticks in ant hills. We […]

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Tiller Loves Fairies

Or, should I say, “Fairys.” Todd already posted this on Facebook, but it was so adorable I wanted to capture it for posterity on Dogwood Girl. Kids are funny. I had a bit of a rough day yesterday, and I was actually in the bathtub trying to wind down when todd walked in to show […]

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The Boy Who Smashed My Snow Globe

At about 5:20, nine years ago today, this little guy came into my life. He totally picked it up like it was a snow globe, turned it around, shook it up. Really, i think the globe just busted wide open, and shattered into a million pieces, catching the summer afternoon light as they skittered across […]

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Spring Break 2012

We did the Spring Break thing. A few days on Hilton Head (Todd had a shoot this week: Bad advertising world! Bad!) and then we did the lake for Easter with the whole family. About 24 hours of my family in one small 2BR lakehouse is all I can take, no matter how much I […]

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Sappy, Sappy

“I see my life was brightest where you laughed and laid your head…” – Wilco Happy Valentine’s Day, Angel. I have never regretted going out for drinks with friends that Valentine’s Day weekend almost thirteen years ago. Xoxoxo, Annie

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Radiohead: A Story of Starcrossed Lovers

Todd and the kids and I had a great dinner last night. They are getting to the age where they are actually fun to converse with. We were fixing plates and the Radiohead song “Creep” came on, and Todd and I were singing along at the top of our voices, and playing air guitar on […]

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