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TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

My 34-hour birthday

My birthday last week was extraordinarily long and extra special as well. We traveled back from our week-long trip to Lebanon on my birthday, so with the 10 hour...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 3, 2016
Last comment by Karen, 18 hours ago | 8 comments | 573 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

A week away!

For the past 25 years, I have not traveled with my husband and left our kids at home for more than two days, and I now know why. It is way too much work. Packing...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 19, 2016
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm | 11 comments | 805 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Selling concessions

I helped chaperone the music boosters concession stand at the Palo Alto High School flea market this weekend. The band students sell pastries, coffee, chips and...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 11, 2016
Last comment by Bp, on Jan 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm | 15 comments | 1008 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Jane Austen’s Emma is delightful family fare

There are still tickets available for TheatreWorks' production of Jane Austen's Emma, conveniently staged at Lucie Stern...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 24, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:18 am | 4 comments | 1322 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Friends and books

Our book club has been meeting regularly for over two decades and we were together last night to share holiday cheer. We met when our eldest children, who are now...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 15, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm | 9 comments | 1305 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Games we play

One of the things I look forward to most about the holidays is having a critical mass of folks around for family game nights. Whether it is a raucous round of late...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 6, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm | 7 comments | 1113 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

You're invited!

This Sunday, Dec. 6th, from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, the Shoebox Project is hosting a wrapping party at the Eichler Swim and Tennis...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 30, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 30, 2015 at 8:39 pm | 2 comments | 1190 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

In awe in Yosemite

Last week I accompanied a group of Paly students to Yosemite National Park. Seventy five freshmen, all students in Paly’s TEAM (Together Everybody Achieves...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 19, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm | 13 comments | 1580 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Breakfast for dinner

My daughter's Girl Scout troop enjoys cooking, so an important part of our meetings is preparing and consuming a meal together before we accomplish our other...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Oct. 7, 2015
Last comment by GC, on Nov 20, 2015 at 11:40 am | 11 comments | 1547 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 PR, on Nov 1, 2015 at 8:24 am | 6 comments | 2032 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Aligning

Last year we became friends with two families who had recently relocated to the US for work from two different countries, and had children attending PAUSD schools....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Sep. 2, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Sep 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm | 13 comments | 1264 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Come hear the music!

This summer we rediscovered a favorite activity, the City of Palo Alto's Twilight Concert Series. We love that we can bike or walk to the venues. It's...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 21, 2015
Last comment by musical, on Aug 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm | 3 comments | 1042 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The jury duty juggle

Our household breathed a collective sigh of relief last Friday when, after a week of serving as an "on-call juror", our son was informed that his service...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 16, 2015
Last comment by Improvements, on Aug 20, 2015 at 9:03 pm | 15 comments | 1640 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Fruit and flowers

This summer, in between a minimum of twice weekly trips to the airport (our five children have been coming and going from various adventures at random intervals)...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 8, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm | 8 comments | 1480 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Houston here she comes!

It is immediately obvious whether the person to whom I'm speaking has ever been to Houston when I mention that our soon-to-be-college-graduate daughter is moving...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 12, 2015
Last comment by Peggy and John, on Jun 26, 2015 at 10:41 am | 10 comments | 1616 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

He's back!

We are all happy that our younger son is back home after finishing his first year of college, but the happiest of all of us is the dog. I feed the dog twice a...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 22, 2015
Last comment by PR, on Jun 26, 2015 at 8:42 am | 2 comments | 1657 Views

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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 | 1880 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 | 1699 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 | 2899 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 | 1757 Views
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