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  • World Breastfeeding Week

    Stories from the Heart
    treika
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    August 1st – 7th is World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme: Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – For Life! asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. MOST has several resources available to families who want to breastfeed their multiples. Infant Multiples & Breastfeeding Combination Packet Breastfeeding Higher Order Multiples You Can Breastfeed Your Multiples
  • $5 Secret Flash Sale – Bread & Wine and Other Gifts from Dayspring

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    Jennifer Murray
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Had to pop in and let you know that my friends at Dayspring are having a TERRIFIC 24 Hour Secret Flash Sale. Today is it, People. You know my one of my favorite books of all time, Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist? It’s 5 BUCKS. And this rock your world read – What Women Fear by Angie Smith?  You guessed it, 5 One Dollar Bills. Oh and this adorable pitcher?  And this platter? And this beautiful vase? 5 Bucks too. Makeup bags and other five dollar finds too!  These deals are  ridiculously awesome (up to 90% off), but the secret is getting out and these will sell out fast, so…
  • The Italy trip, part 3

    Laura's Mommy Journal
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Day 8 we said goodbye to our Tuscan villa...and hit the road for Rome. These were neither hot nor spicy, btw.Jon had booked a centrally located hotel room so we were able to walk to a lot of sights. Trevi Fountain was really close to our hotel so we went straight there. What a sight!We had a good laugh about this over dinner. With no water in the fountain, does that mean we will never go back to Rome?? Next on our walking tour was the Pantheon, which was again, amazing. The only source of light is the hole in the top.The engineering involved to provide light for an entire building with this…
  • Jul 22, My Handsome and Silly Twin Boys

    Twin Pregnancy Blog
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Noah and Luke are wonderful and silly twin brothers. They love to play with each other. They have that twin brotherly love, but then at times they want
  • College must have tech: Sol Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones #backtoschool #bts #giveaway

    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog
    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    As we count down the 20-something days before we send our oldest son back to school for his sophomore year of college, we will be sharing some of his and our must have tech items.  Kicking off this list is a wireless set of headphones from our favorite brand, Sol Republic.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
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    Stories from the Heart

  • World Breastfeeding Week

    treika
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    August 1st – 7th is World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme: Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – For Life! asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. MOST has several resources available to families who want to breastfeed their multiples. Infant Multiples & Breastfeeding Combination Packet Breastfeeding Higher Order Multiples You Can Breastfeed Your Multiples
  • MOST Family Spotlight

    treika
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Seven and a half years ago Keira’s triplet daughters were born at 25 weeks 5 days with a combined birth weight of just 4lbs 4oz. “This was my first and only pregnancy and I was terrified.  The first few weeks, of what would ultimately be 291 days in the NICU, were simply a blur as I dealt with the shock of such an early and traumatic delivery.  Two of my girls faired pretty well, all things considered.  My third seemed to bear the brunt of their extremely preterm birth.  No one expected her to live the first few days but weeks passed and she defied the odds, my worries switched from…
  • MOST eNews July 2014

    DianeW
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    NY NY – What a great time MOST Wonderful Family Carnival Stories from the Heart blog  Check out the new blogs! MOST Membership - Help other parents NY NY – What a great time! A private tour of Greenwich Village (did you know there is a creek that runs underground?), walking the Brooklyn Bridge  (and getting frozen custard for a snack), seeing the sites of Chinatown, dinner at Dos Caminos (yummy!), and  LOTS OF FUN VISITING.  It was a great time! At the last minute, some moms could not join us (missed you!) but hope to see them next time.  Oh, and free stuff too! It was a…
  • In Celebration of Alexis, Ashlyn, and Gabby Lam’s High School Graduation

    MOSTOffice
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    “MOST wishes to thank the Teresa DeVirgilio-Lam for supporting multiple birth families through her donation celebrating her triplets graduation.
  • In Honor of the Lisanti Family

    MOSTOffice
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    MOST wishes to thank the Lisanti family for supporting multiple birth families through their donation in honor of their family.
 
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  • $5 Secret Flash Sale – Bread & Wine and Other Gifts from Dayspring

    Jennifer Murray
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Had to pop in and let you know that my friends at Dayspring are having a TERRIFIC 24 Hour Secret Flash Sale. Today is it, People. You know my one of my favorite books of all time, Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist? It’s 5 BUCKS. And this rock your world read – What Women Fear by Angie Smith?  You guessed it, 5 One Dollar Bills. Oh and this adorable pitcher?  And this platter? And this beautiful vase? 5 Bucks too. Makeup bags and other five dollar finds too!  These deals are  ridiculously awesome (up to 90% off), but the secret is getting out and these will sell out fast, so…
  • On Your Due Date…

    Jennifer Murray
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our Sweet Baby 5, Today was the day we marked on our calendar as the day you were due to be born – the end of the summer and what we thought would be the start of a an entirely new blessing. That wasn’t God’s plan for your life, and we’ve wrestled and submitted to His plan for you. However, a day hasn’t went by that we haven’t thought of you, and longed for the day when we will finally meet. The pain that we’ve walked through is an outpouring of our love for you. It’s a outcry to show that you were life, and you mattered. Each time I see a…
  • Freezing Summer

    Jennifer Murray
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Can we just stop the calender right here? July 23rd. Freeze, Summer, right there. We have you surrounded. We can all save a small fortune on school supplies and clothes, skip the back to school aisles, and just let this summer simmer a little longer. What do you say? My teacher friends are back in their classrooms preparing for students in just over a week, and I’m in total denial. Thankfully, we have a little longer on our homeschool schedule, but STILL. I ran into Michael’s the other day to grab some jars for my Lavender Bath Salts, and it was painted in Halloween and I could…
  • Trips Are Not Always As They Appear on Facebook…

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    So if I shared you the following pictures on my Facebook page, you might think, “Wow. What a fun camping trip. Look at those boys always getting along. That’s just lovely.” And that’s how it was {MOST} of the time.  There were hotdogs around the fire, fun games of ladder ball, fishing, and playing in the sand. But what didn’t I take pictures of? My meltdown after not sleeping, feeling dirty, tired of peeing with scary bugs and used feminine products, and just wanting my own bed.  The boys having a rough night staying in the camper for bedtime and not being…
  • When Words Are Harsh

    Jennifer Murray
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Always thankful when Brad shares his words here… Since the day the Lord blessed us with four baby boys, I feel like I have been on a parenting crash course.  There is no class each year to prepare you for the next phase of parenting, you know?  Have you ever woke up one morning and said, “Wait a minute, this parenting thing isn’t going so well right now, what happened?” A while back, Jen and I were noticing that our children were not speaking kindly to one another.  Sometimes, they were being flat out hateful in their speech and actions.  Angry words, kicks, slaps,…
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    Laura's Mommy Journal

  • The Italy trip, part 3

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Day 8 we said goodbye to our Tuscan villa...and hit the road for Rome. These were neither hot nor spicy, btw.Jon had booked a centrally located hotel room so we were able to walk to a lot of sights. Trevi Fountain was really close to our hotel so we went straight there. What a sight!We had a good laugh about this over dinner. With no water in the fountain, does that mean we will never go back to Rome?? Next on our walking tour was the Pantheon, which was again, amazing. The only source of light is the hole in the top.The engineering involved to provide light for an entire building with this…
  • The Italy trip, part 2

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    DAY 4: It was time to start road tripping in our little rented Fiat and see all that Tuscany had to offer.We could not go to Tuscany without going to Montalcino.We visited an old castle there.And experienced yet another lack of Jon-sized things.Jon is scared of heights so I climbed solo to the very top and met a very nice French family who took my photo (and also ended up getting great family photos).Many of the Tuscan hill towns look similar and we loved them.We also did not get tired of the super delicious food. This stands out as the best pasta I had in Italy, handmade noodles with a…
  • The Italy trip, part 1

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    When we got home from Italy, I knew I would need some time to reflect on the trip before being ready to post. One thing I've struggled with in this space the last year is that I got away from posting what I love: tons of photos. It would never do this trip justice to pack all the photos into one post, so I'm going to divide it up.DAY 1: There is no short way to get to Italy from NC, so we decided to take a red eye on Friday. We stopped off at my favorite restaurant in the Raleigh airport: the wine bar and southern food. If you ever pass through this airport, let me recommend the trio of…
  • First day of third grade!

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    None of us are ready but it's here. THIRD GRADE!
  • Back to school night

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Last night was Back to School night where the boys got to meet their teachers, see their classrooms, and see all their friends at the PTA picnic. This year I again worked at the PTA table to sell spirit wear and answer questions from new parents.The schools here mix up the kids a lot during elementary school as it is supposed to help prevent cliques from forming. Now that they are entering third grade, between the two sets of classes each year, this will be the first year where we already know most of the kids in both classes.Both were terribly sad last night as Nate's best school friend is…
 
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • College must have tech: Sol Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones #backtoschool #bts #giveaway

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    As we count down the 20-something days before we send our oldest son back to school for his sophomore year of college, we will be sharing some of his and our must have tech items.  Kicking off this list is a wireless set of headphones from our favorite brand, Sol Republic.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Family Fun in the Wisconsin Dells: Original Wisconsin Ducks

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    On our recent weekend visit to the Wisconsin Dells, we had the opportunity to be passengers on one of the Original Wisconsin Ducks and we all really enjoyed the adventure.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Snacking on KIND Healthy Grains Bars

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    It likely goes without saying that our household of 7 is constantly on the go.  During the summer it's vacations, weekend outings, skill camps, gym time, and playdates and during the school year it's school functions, sporting events, dance class, and the likes.  And with our busy schedules, it always feels like a major victory when I find a healthy portable snack everyone likes.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Exploring the Witches Gulch in the Wisconsin Dells

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    If your looking for a nature inspired mini adventure while visiting the Wisconsin Dells, I'd suggest a visit to the Witches Gulch located only 10 minutes from downtown at 3951 River Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • 5 Favorite Family Dining Spots in the Wisconsin Dells

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Our daughter competed in a national dance competition in the Wisconsin Dells last weekend and we took the opportunity to turn it into a weekend family vacation.  Check back for some additional posts on where we went and what we did in our Wisconsin Adventure, but first here's the 5 favorite food stops we made.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
 
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    Preemie Twins Blog

  • Win InnoBaby Packin’ Smart Essentials

    preemie twins
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    INNOBABY WANTS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR YOU! One winner will win both items featured! This giveaway is sponsored by innobaby and hosted by Mommy By Nurture and Joyful Gifts by Julie. 1 Qty Packin’ SMART 3 Tier Essentials (PS3-ES301) => Stacking storage that uses secure click interlocking design to connect separate containers. Ergonically designed to fit into your hands with ease while taking up less space in the diaper bag. Great for cheerios, formula, rice cereal, candies, sprinkles and more! 1 Qty Packin’ SMART 4 Tier Twistables (SNS4-VEG01) => Stacking storage that seals…
  • Win a Bubble Bum Booster Seat!

    preemie twins
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Welcome to the BubbleBum Booster Seat Giveaway! Hosted By: Sweet Southern Lovin Cohosted By: Life of a Southern Mom Sponsored By: BubbleBum BubbleBum is the first ever inflatable booster seat. Founded by Grainne Kelly, out of pure frustration and concern for her own kids safely while traveling. This car seat is very light weight and perfect for kids ages 4-11. It easily folds flat and can be stored in a matching travel bag to make carrying around while traveling so much easier, since it inflates in only 20 seconds (by mouth). The BubbleBum is perfect for: Carpool, when you have 3 carseats in…
  • Win a Cozy Cover Sun & Bug Carrier Cover!

    preemie twins
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom Sponsored By: Cozy Cover The Sun & Bug Cover from Cozy Cover is the original cover designed to help protect babies from potentially harmful insects and outdoor elements. It was introduced nearly two decades ago and is known around the world for comfort, convenience and safety. Life of a Southern Mom had the pleasure of working with Cozy Cover and reviewing one of their products. Visit the website here and read her full review. **Giveaway Details** Date: July 24th, 2014 – August 7th at 11:59PM EST Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or…
  • Win Meeno Baby Products!

    preemie twins
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom Sponsored By: Meeno Babies Meeno Babies is a new baby company that strives to create innovative products for the everyday parent. They may be new, but they have over 100+ years of experience in the baby industry, from design and compliance, to development and manufacturing. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had the chance to review Meeno Babies Cool Mee Seat Liner. Visit her website here to read her full review. {Promoting Bloggers please add your own wording here} **Giveaway Details** Date: July 23rd, 2014 – August 6th at 11:59PM EST Open to US residents…
  • Win a SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Stroller Cover

    preemie twins
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Welcome to the SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Giveaway! Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom Sponsored By: Prince Lionheart Prince Lionheart has been family owned and ‘Bravely Made’ company since 1973. They offer a wide variety of innovative baby and kid products. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had a chance to work with Prince Lionheart and review their Deluxe Snooze Shade Plus. Visit her website here and read her full review. **Giveaway Details** Date: July 22nd, 2014 – August 5th at 11:59PM EST Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Prize: One winner…
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Handling Both Twins at the Same Time

    Joe
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    I recently was asked, “Will I be able to handle both twins at the same time while performing basic activities?” The answer is that it depends on the activity that you’re trying to do. If you have both hands full with the twins, then no. You will not be able to do other things because all of your energy and focus (and your arms) will be used on the twins. However you’ll find that you can be very creative in trying to get things done. You’ll find that you’ll be able to do some things where you can take turns with the twins. For example, helping them get…
  • How Long Can Mom Work While Pregnant With Twins?

    Joe
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Twin pregnancies are a huge physical burden on Mom. If she is working while pregnant with twins, this complicates matters even more. If Mom is working, just how long can she work while pregnant with twins? The answer depends on a handful of factors. Let’s review each of these. Twins Come Early Unlike singleton babies who typically last close to 40 weeks inside Momma, twins usually come at least a month early at 36 weeks. So take a look at your due date and make sure you factor in an early arrival when planning the estimate of how long Mom can work. Bed Rest A twin pregnancy pushes…
  • Framework for Twin Sleeping and Feeding Schedules

    Joe
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Here’s a good question: “Will I be able to create a framework that encompasses both sleeping and feeding schedules for the twins?” The answer is yes, but it’s going to take some work on your part. As an overarching theme to remember is try to keep your twins on the same schedule. Your activities and efforts should be focused on getting your twins aligned on the same schedule, and it will make your life a lot easier. Now, as far as frameworks go, we really like the framework that is outlined in the book, “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and…
  • Crying Twins, Pace of Development, Infant Activities – Podcast 66

    Joe
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Episode 66 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss these questions: Will the twins learn to ignore the others cry’s or will it be an automatic family cry fest? Will they develop faster then a single child because they will keep up with each other? What activities are good for infant twins? Mentioned in the podcast: Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Station Subscribe to the Podcast To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: iTunes (for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.) Stitcher Subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed) Share Your Thoughts Please let…
  • Can We Travel Once the Twins Arrive?

    Joe
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    One of our readers asked, “Will we be able to continue traveling once the twins arrive?” You will, but not at first. We traveled with our girls for day trips by car when they were still infants and by plane when they were just shy of one year old. Traveling with your twins is totally possible, and if you have to travel out of necessity even when they’re newborns, as we’ve talked about in a previous episode of the podcast, it is possible and you can do it. The logistical challenges, of course, change over time based on the age of your children. You may want to…
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    How Do You Do It?

  • Ask the Moms: Aversion to Solid Food

    Sadia
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reader Brielle had the following question for us: I have 1 year old twins (11 months adjusted). My little girl is doing great, but my little boy is slightly delayed in some areas. One area that I’m concerned about is his diet. He. Will. Not. Eat. Food!!! He only wants to nurse! He won’t take a bottle or sippy cup. (I try every day.) We first started solid foods when they were 6 months, and he has always been a struggle to feed, but there have been times when he will eat. But not anymore. The doctor hasn’t really given any suggestions. His weight is right on track, so the doctor…
  • Toddler Thursday: Perspective Taking

    Sadia
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    At age 3 years, 2 months, my daughter J could spell three words without help: her own name, her sister’s and “No”. So, when she wanted to surprise me with a note, she was left with no choice but to ask for help—my help. She forbade me to leave the dining room, and yelled to me from the easel in the play room. J: Mama, what’s after ‘S’ in “Sadia”? M: ‘A’. J: Then? Me: ‘D’. J: Then? Me: ‘I’, then ‘A’. J: How do you spell “from”? Me: ‘F’ … ‘R’ ……
  • Thoughts on the Multiples of America Convention 2014

    Sadia
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The Multiples of America (aka NOMOTC) Convention last week was an intense experience. I learned a lot and made a lot of new friends. I was inspired in my parenting, my writing, and my advocacy. Above all, I had fun. A lot of fun. Before I Arrived I took the entire week off work to attend. I could have easily attended Wednesday through Saturday and learned nearly as much. The first few days were purely social, filled with tours of the local sights and get-to-know-each-other activities. Pre-convention activities began on Sunday, July 20, but I didn’t show up until Monday. I’d never…
  • Twinfant Tuesday: How to Maintain White Carpet with Twins

    MandyE
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    We recently sold our house, and, during the many showings, I can’t tell you how many people commented on our white carpet.  “HOW do you have two little ones, and maintain this carpet so well???”  I’m not the most stellar housekeeper, and I don’t have a carpet cleaner, but we managed to survive infant- and toddlerhood relatively unscathed. A big part of it, I think, is that we don’t wear shoes in the house.  But bare feet would have been no match for projectile infant spit-up, times two, back in the first year of the girls’ lives. Once our girls started to wiggle around, when…
  • Make-It Monday: Thank-You “Notes” for Pre-Writers

    MandyE
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    We recently went to Chicago to see the sights, and also to visit some friends and family we haven’t seen in far too long.  When we got home, I wanted to have the girls make some type of thank-you gestures for those we saw.  I think it’s a great way to help them remember what we did, with whom…and I knew our friends and family would love seeing the girls’ handiwork. I asked the girls what they most enjoyed about seeing Aunt and Uncle K.  They unanimously named Aunt K’s corn on the cob (she fixed it twice for them, seeing how much they loved it), and playing…
 
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    A Father of Twin Boys

  • President George H Bush

    Father of Twins
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are several people that I admire and look up and President George H Bush is one of those men. And after reading this article and watching the video, I think that it only solidifies that feeling even more.  And I thought that this answer in particular spoke to me: I have learned from him the importance of service. My grandfather says he learned his passion for helping others from his mom. He wrote about this in a letter in 1997: “Early on, my mom gave us profound advice. It sounds simple now but when I became president I knew just how sound it was. Be honest. Tell the truth. Be kind.
  • Growing Older

    Father of Twins
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a child, I just wanted to be older. As I get older, I just wish that I were younger. Growing older has it’s perks, being able to do more things, but it has it’s downfalls, like responsibilities. Growing older also shows how life really is and how we once viewed things, maybe not really be real. But it also shows up the important things in life. Possessions are not as important today as they were when I was 5.  So as I type this, I’m exchanging text messages with my God Father, who is going in for a major knee replacement surgery tomorrow. Normally, that big of a concern,…
  • Grace

    Father of Twins
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Grace can be defined by many ways, here are just a few from the Christianity section on About.com “Grace is God’s unmerited favor. It is kindness from God we don’t deserve. There is nothing we have done, nor can ever do to earn this favor. It is a gift from God. Grace is divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration (rebirth) or sanctification; a virtue coming from God; a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine favor.” Things happen and we don’t know why. Things go wrong and you’ll often hear that that things happen for a reason, good or…
  • Quiet

    Father of Twins
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    My wife took the boys to my sisters house for a few days and it is way too quiet in the house. My routine is off. I don’t know what to do with my time. I had planned on painting while they are gone, but I decided to have some quiet time instead. I love and miss my boys, but I also am grateful for a little downtime to regroup and recharge.  
  • Couch Dates

    Father of Twins
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    My wife and I have started couch dates. And let’s keep this PG here, but basically we have realized that we are not able to sit and talk like we did before the boys. So, once a week, we have couch dates, where we sit, have dinner and just talk. But there are ground rules: Limited talk about the boys. It isn’t that we don’t love them, but our focus is ALWAYS on them. Discussion about finances is always a topic of conversation, but it is more of overview/recaps/where are we financially and are there any big items that we need to be aware of? Recaps and planning ahead for the…
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