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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 | 1527 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 | 1803 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 | 1685 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 | 2797 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 | 1765 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 | 1329 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 | 2411 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 | 3324 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 | 1850 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 | 1679 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 | 1528 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 | 2645 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 | 2587 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The pain of packing

Our family vacation is fast approaching. I love vacations but I dread the packing because my husband and I have completely different approaches. If my husband...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 17, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jun 21, 2014 at 8:21 am | 10 comments | 1730 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Close encounters with wildlife

The best thing about kayaking in Elkhorn Slough near Moss Landing is that the sea otters have...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 8, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jun 13, 2014 at 8:02 am | 8 comments | 1925 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Beach day

The day after school is out, my kids and I pack a picnic, gather friends, and head to Half Moon Bay and the beach. I grew...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 1, 2014
Last comment by LJ, on Jun 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm | 5 comments | 1357 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Honoring and remembering

Teenage boys value sleep, but for more than a dozen years my sons, and my husband, have been waking up at dawn on Memorial Day weekend to join their...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 24, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on May 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm | 6 comments | 1710 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Seeing "Palo Alto" while living in Palo Alto

Yesterday I saw the movie "Palo Alto," and later in the evening attended Paly's swimming and diving team end-of-season banquet. Juxtaposing these two events was...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 20, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on May 27, 2014 at 6:52 pm | 23 comments | 3779 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Bridging on the Golden Gate

Despite having lived in the Bay Area for 25 years, I had never walked all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge until a few weeks ago....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 17, 2014
Last comment by Lauras Mom, on May 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm | 11 comments | 1949 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The best Mother's Day ever

I have unintentionally set myself up for the best Mother's Day ever, not by being an especially caring, patient, and attentive parent in anticipation of the big...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 10, 2014
Last comment by GC, on May 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm | 8 comments | 2160 Views
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