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The Importance of Play

We’re in my hometown of Ithaca for three weeks because Matt’s in Oakland for four. He’s got a trial there starting next week, and right now he’s hunkered down in a conference room, ordering meals in. And while he works, … Continue reading

25. June 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Chatter

Some days I miss the quiet, the time to think, to stare up at the ceiling and hear inside myself. But there is so much they want to share with me, and their enthusiasm sucks me in.

29. May 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Broiled Cod and the Key to Marital Bliss

I love waking up to headlines like this: Having Children Adds Stress to Marriage. Really? Because I thought it was the key to marital bliss. Did I mention that our baby woke me up at 5:45 am? And that my … Continue reading

16. March 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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The toughest job, and the toughest skill

On Sunday Matt called home. He’d been out of town for an upcoming trial, and I was short on sleep and patience. My body was like an alarm system; every cry triggered it. And even when our baby slept, I … Continue reading

05. March 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Spring Chickens

Recently I met Matt’s cousin for dinner. She’s 23. Looking at her face, I feel the years between us. She’s still curious, and busy in a way I’m not: studying and working. Socializing. We each ordered a glass of white … Continue reading

01. March 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Staying Sane at Home, Thanks to The Blog Pantry

On Tuesday night, I slipped out of the house and met up with The Blog Pantry gals. My husband, Matt, had been in Japan since Saturday, and our 1-year-old seemed to be protesting his absence by refusing to sleep. It … Continue reading

22. February 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Quality time

I took him to lunch today, for special time between us. He talked non stop, as if he hadn’t gotten a word in since our baby was born, and I swore I’d make more time in my life to just … Continue reading

05. February 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Birthday wishes

They made small talk with me while they waited for their grandson to blow out his birthday candles.  ”I wish I hadn’t been such a martyr,” she mused.  They had raised five kids together.  ”Because the truth is, in the … Continue reading

21. December 2009 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Buttered noodles, and a little bit of independence

Today I informed our 4.5-year-old he could now shower alone. In our spare bathroom. He beamed. “Can I make my own rules in there?” he asked, and I laughed. Because I know whose kid he is. photo2 “This is where … Continue reading

16. December 2009 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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Natural consequences

Whoever came up with “natural consequences” didn’t spend much time with kids. At least our kids. Because catching a chill isn’t a reason to put your coat on. It’s a reason to peddle faster. kid1 The grainy taste of wet … Continue reading

28. November 2009 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
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