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Travel is Fascinating by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I've traveled twice in two weeks, and I've experienced some really interesting things.  - There was a lady in the airport standing in the middle of the hallway, han ... Read on »
Who's Got a Bucket List??? by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I used to have a bucket list. I did. It's not that I've done all of the things on it - far from it, I think I've done four - it's just that, for now,  It doesn't me ... Read on »
The Masses Spend a Week with the Chevy Traverse by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting You may remember that the kind folks at Chevy were nice enough to loan us a a few weeks ago. As an on-the-go family of eight, we need a vehicle that is able to keep ... Read on »
Surrounded by White Boards by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Over the weekend, I put a picture up on my Facebook and one of my friends commented on the dual white boards in the background.  I'm alllll about the White Boards.  ... Read on »
Navel Gazing, Part I by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Or, What I Have Learned About Myself I always need music around me. Depending upon the mood du jour, it might be opera, orchestral, bluesy folk rock, Led Zeppeli ... Read on »
Anticipation, Chevy Traverse Style by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting When I was asked by Chevy if we wanted to spend a week driving the , documenting our experiences with video, I thought it would be fun. It wasn't until I asked my kid ... Read on »
Friday Night Follies by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting It's Friday night. I don't know about you, but it was a difficult week - four day weeks always seem to be especially hellacious. It's like the universe just wants to cr ... Read on »
Sticking Myself Out There by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I love the game show Jeopardy! I watch very little tv, but that show is a rare miss for me. (I watch it while I'm cleaning up the kitchen/badgering people to pack t ... Read on »
Tomato Jam, the Video Version by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I've talked about it here before, but one of my favorite summer things is growing tomatoes. They are FANTASTIC things, summer tomatoes. The very best thing. Winter toma ... Read on »
I Know Why I'm Crazy by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I know, I know - Back to School always kills me. Every stinkin' year. You'd think, with 18 of these under my belt, I'd know that when I start to feel like I'm totally g ... Read on »
Bagel Bites - A Delicious Snack - and a Giveaway for You! by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Now that school is starting for the year, I know a lot of us are looking for a quality after-school snack to share to calm the masses and stifle the complaining. I kn ... Read on »
Learning to Walk All Over Again by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I remember the first pair of high heels I bought. I saved my babysitting money – you know, at the time I only made two or three dollars an hour – and when I finally had ... Read on »
We Will Always be Drawn to Each Other's Stories by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I remember reading anything that I could get my hands on when I was a kid.  My mom's Good Housekeeping magazines - do you remember the yellow section that used to b ... Read on »
It Began with a Cold by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting As most of the time these things do, it began innocently. My kids have all been passing a cold back and forth, and from all accounts, it's a doozy. Saturday morning ... Read on »
To Everything There is a Season by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting It never fails for me.  The end of the school year cannot come fast enough. I'm worn out, beaten down, and ready for a break. I want to sit at the beach, drink icy ... Read on »
The Final Tally by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Saturday, we did #StarbucksforJo - and a bunch of friends joined. I ended up with 55 photos and a face full of tears.  It was really amazing and heartwarming.  ... Read on »
August 9 - #StarbucksforJo by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting August 9 - in just a few hours - will be one year since Joann left us.  Tomorrow is the day to start a viral movement with #StarbucksforJo - or #RememberingJoann - ... Read on »
Lift 'Em Up Where They Belong by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Every six months or so, I make an appointment. I take time out of my schedule to go get it done.  I consider it a very important part of my "Let's help Carmen look ... Read on »
#StarbucksForJo by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Saturday will be a year. A year since a very special person left my life. Someone I miss every single day - my sister in law, Joann, who died from liver cancer.  ... Read on »
The Summer "Adventure" by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting When I took my kids to Texas, we were able to visit Whataburger. Now, you should know that I rarely eat fast food. Don't often take my kids to any of the choices. N ... Read on »