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TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

A quiet moment

On our Girl Scout camping trip we enjoyed all the usual fun of a being in the out-of- doors. We bedded down in sleeping bags, warmed up by a bonfire, and roasted...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 18, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on May 19, 2015 at 3:46 pm | 8 comments | 778 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

An early Mother's Day gift

This year, my preteen and teenage daughters gave me an early Mother's Day gift. They permitted me to do a really embarrassing thing in public and some of their...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 6, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on May 7, 2015 at 8:00 am | 8 comments | 922 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Camping Comfortably

Last Friday I let go of the illusion that I am not middle-aged when I walked into REI in search of a new sleeping pad for camping. I have always prided myself on...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 24, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Apr 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm | 10 comments | 1196 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The movie "5 to 7" is all about all kinds of love

There is a dearth of resources on how to be the parent of adult children. As soon as we conceive we are inundated with a barrage of advice and countless books to...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 15, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Apr 21, 2015 at 8:36 pm | 6 comments | 1003 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

In the company of mice

I would like to spend our next vacation not in the company of mice. How is it that during our last two trips we have shared our living quarters with small furry...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 11, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Apr 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm | 5 comments | 1383 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

An injury

Last week our 12-year-old daughter broke her ankle playing basketball. It is just short of miraculous that we have five kids and have had only one other bone broken....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 4, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Mar 10, 2015 at 11:46 am | 11 comments | 2259 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The teenage brain

Recent studies have shed light on what is happening in adolescents' brains that make this a uniquely fascinating, but also perplexing and concerning life phase....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 21, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Feb 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm | 14 comments | 4193 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Family theater at its best!

From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, life is a fog of airline bookings, tree decorating, card writing, menu planning, gift wrapping, grocery shopping, table setting,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 22, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 3, 2015 at 4:31 pm | 8 comments | 2223 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

First interview

As each child departs for college, I console myself by thinking of all the free time I will have to finally tackle the to-do list. Well, somehow, before I make...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 16, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 19, 2014 at 7:13 am | 10 comments | 2459 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Mothers, daughters, books, and boxes

One of the benefits of having our nest a little emptier is that we can spend one-on-one time with our youngest children. For many years, friends and parent educators...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 23, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm | 4 comments | 2037 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Easy living

As I settled in a sunny spot this morning to read the paper and watch my youngest child at a swim meet, I received a text with a photo of snow flurries from my daughter,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 16, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm | 11 comments | 3143 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Dismantling the shrine

Our adult children depart for far-away places with the intention of being gone for many months, but leave their childhood bedrooms in a state that suggests they...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Sep. 23, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Sep 26, 2014 at 10:15 pm | 2 comments | 2091 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Twenty-five years of wedded bliss

My husband and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this month. We met in Palo Alto 30 years ago last week. I had recently moved from the East Coast to Southern...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Sep. 2, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Sep 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm | 6 comments | 1607 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Foothills Park: a world away

Last weekend we celebrated the end of summer vacation with a church camping trip to nearby Foothills Park. This camping trip has become a popular tradition, probably...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 23, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm | 17 comments | 2715 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Trophies for all!

There are 61 trophies on display in our home. I have tried to convince my children to reduce the size of their collections, mostly because I am allergic to dust...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 3, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm | 24 comments | 4728 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The life of Zarf

Are you considering acquiring a tadpole to introduce your young child to the wonders of developmental and marine biology? Consider the possible consequences of such...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 27, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm | 12 comments | 2176 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Why is doing nothing so difficult?

A paper was published this month in the journal Science (choose "writing" and last title under "affective forecasting")...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 18, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:07 am | 7 comments | 1985 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Of snorkeling, sunsets and centipedes

We spent the first few days of our Hawaiian vacation ridding our rental home of occupants of the creepy-crawly kind. The first night I...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 13, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jul 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm | 6 comments | 1853 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Homework help: when less is more

We hear a lot of interesting comments about our large family, but my favorite is the question the custom official at the Beirut airport asked a few years back. ...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 6, 2014
Last comment by parent of students with learning differences, on Jul 8, 2014 at 11:54 am | 17 comments | 3097 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Launching our third

Come September we will be launching our third child to college. His departure is still a few months away, but I recently accompanied him to his university's two-day...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 26, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jul 6, 2014 at 9:15 am | 9 comments | 2855 Views
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