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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 »
The Vintage Photo Shoot by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting   Presented without comment (Although, hello, that is a comment…) I had a LOT of fun doing these!   Read on »
Parenting Will Never Be the Same After Blogging by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting H/T Polly Pagenheart, LesbianDad, BlogHer '14 conference This was a quote that I heard today, at the BlogHer conference, and that, combined with the questions I was ... Read on »
Invoking the Travel Karma of Goodness by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I've never made a secret of the fact that I appear to have a dark cloud of bad travel karma hanging over me.  Whatever can happen, usually does. My flight is delaye ... Read on »
Mastering Meatballs by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting One of my favorite parts of going to blogging conferences is getting to meet new people. If they have a really cool blog, even better.  When I went to Miami for the ... Read on »
The Photo Shoot by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting In March, maybe April, I saw an offer on my facebook from a local photographer who specializes in vintage photography. She was offering a vintage photo shoot with old c ... Read on »
The Last Day was The Best Day by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Tonight is our last night in Texas. True to form, we packed as much as we possibly could into our day - we had time at the gun range, shot bow and arrow, worked on trai ... Read on »
Texas, Day 4 by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Without further ado, please enjoy today's video . Another BIG fish! I'm not sure if I will do one tomorrow - the pressure is intense. Thankfully, my dad and step mo ... Read on »
The Fish Story by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Grandpa is a supreme fisherman. He loves to fish and has had some real successes lately - a 25 pounder, several in the 8-12 range, and lots of smaller ones. He loves to ... Read on »
What I Did Over the Summer, Volume 2 by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting A few weeks ago, I posted that I was taking a few of my kids - the group I more commonly refer to as "my shorties" - on a plane trip. We flew out on Saturday morning to ... Read on »
Books and Books and More Books by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I could read all day long. I love to read. Love it.  Every once in a while, when I remember, I like to post the books I've recently read here. I share my thoughts, ... Read on »
Pinterest Success - Vanilla Milk with Chocolate Ice by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I spend a fair amount of time on Pinterest, and lots of that time is looking at yummy foods. I found a recipe for Vanilla Milk with Chocolate Ice about two years ag ... Read on »
What I Did Over the Summer, Volume 1 by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I didn't tell hardly anyone, but we took a road trip last week. We spent a week away in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. This was the first of three big tr ... Read on »
Letters to My Children, a Forgotten Manuscript - Take 5 by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Thank you for humoring me as I post these. It's nice to know that SOMEONE is reading them - even if it's not my kids, lol.    Dear Children, Volunteer your ... Read on »
Letters to My Children, a Forgotten Manuscript - Take 4 by Carmen Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting There's not too many more of these. Thanks for your patience with my ranting.  Dear Daughter, One piece of advice – listen to the old people. When in doubt, ask ... Read on »