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Hosting our first sleepover, holding onto summer, losing power, and an eclipse coincidence (7 Quick Takes)

How do you prepare to host your first sleepover? I made sure we had popcorn and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream on hand.
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Stepping into the ocean and our beach vacation

The beach is a place full of wonder. The ocean is magnificent, powerful, and moving with a rhythm all its own.
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Reflecting on Charlottesville: Looking for light in the darkness

It forced me to recognize that racism is real, not just under hoods, but in so many large structural ways and in small daily encounters we take for granted. And I realized that I do not know how to respond to racism, even when I am confronted by it.
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A trip to the beach, a slip and slide, a peach cake realization, and what we’re reading this summer (7 Quick Takes)

We are just back from an amazing trip to the beach, where we saw some beautiful sunsets. You might think I would have more time to write while on vacation, but every night we sort of forgot about putting our children to bed until it was so late that all I wanted to do was...
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When Mama becomes Mom

Our older son decided to start calling us Mom and Dad. Part of me isn’t surprised. I knew this would probably come—at least for Mama to transition to Mom.
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Squirrels eat mushrooms, Pokemon tournaments are long, and other things I learned this week (7 Quick Takes)

Some weeks are both long and short. This was one of those for me. Thank goodness it’s Friday. But I can’t believe it’s already time for quick takes!
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An umbrella for the rain

It was such a simple act of kindness, just a small moment of thoughtfulness. But witnessing that spark of compassion in our child gave me such hope and joy.
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Taste summer in Baltimore with a peach cake recipe

It’s summertime, and Baltimore peach cake is a local tradition. There are many different versions, and I’m not sure how you can go wrong with any combination of peaches and cake.
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Teleportation, steamed crabs, birthday gifts, picking a mascot, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Talking teleportation, steamed crabs, Pokemon cards, and other highlights from the week in this week's 7 Quick Takes
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Birthdays are the best

Each birthday is like a moment where you’re standing at the top of a mountain. You marvel at how you’ve reached this point, and you look up and down and around and try to imagine what will follow.
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Cousin visits, the miracle of popcorn, dot-to-dots, cooking every day, and local churches (7 Quick Takes)

It’s summertime and the cousin visits are starting! Four cousins were in town for the weekend, and four more arrive tomorrow. We live in Baltimore because we love Baltimore, but it’s nice that we have one set of grandparents, two aunts, an uncle, and two cousins who live here.
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Speeding through life

It was a long summer evening, and I had a few errands to run. Both our boys wanted to come along with me, and I always enjoy having company. As we were walking between stores, the boys saw a long open stretch of sidewalk ahead of us, and they took off running. “Wait for me!”...
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