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What Your Child Needs to Know Before…Kindergarten?

Posted by nattya61 on March 13, 2012

I was playing around on Pinterest and ran across the blog post “71 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten.” I clicked on the link because I honestly don’t know much about kids other than Nick, and I have very little idea of what a typical kindergartener is like or needs to know before starting school. I was kind of shocked after reading the 71 things. Here is the list and my thoughts about each one and answering if Nick can do each one, so you’ll see why some of these seemed a little odd to me. Read the rest of this entry »


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2011 – The Year in Review

Posted by nattya61 on December 30, 2011

2011 was a good year for us. Our financial situation vastly improved, so we were able to do a lot of things we’d been putting off. I got all of my teeth fixed, Bryan and I each got new glasses, and Bryan underwent the knife so we won’t have to worry anymore about giving Nicholas an accidental brother or sister. We finally joined the 21st century and got the Wi-Fi at home, a blue-ray player, and a smartphone, and we paid off enough bills that it looks like we’ll be able to move into a much nice apartment by our anniversary this year. Yes, this was a good year!

This year also came with some much needed lessons, from ones that were fun to learn and not-so-fun:

I learned how to bake, like really bake, like put Betty Crocker to shame bake. I also learned do not broil marshmallows unless the rack is on the lowest position possible, or you will set the oven on fire (at least in our crappy oven).

I learned that I can do more than I ever thought possible, as long as I stay organized and not try to do everything at once.

I learned that some people are simply bad and there is no changing them, and that life is so much better once you cut them completely out of  yours. You can’t fix stupid, but you can’t fix hateful either, and when you find a person who is both, stay far far away!

I learned that I have the best husband ever (yes, I already knew that, but it was definitely reinforced this year). I am very lucky to have found a respectful, intelligent, funny, loyal, and amazing man who loves me as much as I love him.

I learned that Nicholas really might be an evil genius someday. That kid is only two and can frickin read and count and is starting to learn to add. Yeah, that’s my son!

I can only hope that 2012 is as good as 2011. I know it won’t be perfect, but if we keep together, keep working hard, and keep loving each other, we have a lot to look forward to.

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“Only” Is Not a Dirty Word

Posted by nattya61 on June 9, 2011

I read about the upcoming documentary Rise of the Onlies ( and decided to write a bit of our story for it (and received a very nice e-mail back from the filmmaker). Here it is: Read the rest of this entry »

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One of Those Days

Posted by nattya61 on April 9, 2011

Ever have one of those days where it seems like you are just up and down the entire day? Read the rest of this entry »

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Working Out for the Best

Posted by nattya61 on March 31, 2010

I really hate it when someone says, “Things will work out for the best,” because honestly, sometimes they just don’t. This week, we got lucky, though. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Sometimes Slowing Down Is Good

Posted by nattya61 on December 17, 2009

When I’m home by myself with Nick I try to stay in the same room with him as much as possible, but let’s be realistic, sometimes, a girl’s gotta pee. Read the rest of this entry »

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So, I Was Reading a Parenting Blog

Posted by nattya61 on December 16, 2009

And we all know that was mistake #1, but anyway…these women were yapping at each other about how basically if you feed your kid formula that kid will surely die Read the rest of this entry »

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Life Lessons

Posted by nattya61 on November 17, 2009

I’ve realized that through all the recent hassles, scares, annoyances, and just plain messes lately that each and every life experience is a learning experience that makes us not only more knowledgeable, but they also make us learn to trust ourselves and our instincts. Read the rest of this entry »

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