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Amy Bader is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. A photography course in high school sent her to college with a journalism degree in mind, but some surprises along the way led to a career in veterinary medicine. Motherhood has brought things full circle, and now she is concentrating on her photography, finding her creative self and expressing the joys in life. When she isn’t chasing her boy/girl twins, helping her older son with homework, washing the dog, or cooking a meal -- she is probably watching some new tutorial or dreaming of art supplies. It’s a crazy life, but a good one.

A Double Dose of Birthday

Disclaimer:  I am not a party planner. There, now I can share a bit about my twins’ fifth birthday party.  I come from a big family where birthdays aren’t too big of a deal.  But my oldest, well, he LIVES to celebrate birthdays and has thus talked us in to throwing many the party on […]

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Summer Vacation Traditions

As my kids are getting older (and let’s face it, I’m getting older) I’ve begun to long for a simpler approach to our summer trip.  In past years when we were far from family and tight on funds, we visited relatives.  More recently, being closer to more family and having a bit more flexibility, we […]

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A Little “Gift”

TGIF!  Before a holiday weekend!  Woo HOO!  And to those of you starting summer vacation — WOW!  Have a blast! I thought I’d share a little fun thing I just learned how to do — create an animated gif.  Ever seen one?  Well, here’s mine to share:This is my son doing the running long jump […]

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Transitioning to Real Life

We are always transitioning from one phase of life to another.  Some go by so quickly that we don’t even notice until it is over.  Others are so painfully slow we think we might lose our minds! I’m facing a big change this fall — all my kids will be in school full time.  Yes, […]

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Rekindling Romance

Well, certainly rekindling the romance is best done on a tropical vacation.  Away from children, with warm sunshine, peacefulness and drinks-with-an-umbrella just a request away.  As a matter of fact, this is precisely what we did just last month.  Yes that image above is the sunset from our romantic beach front dinner.  It was wonderful.  […]

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Starting New Traditions

When my first born was a pre-schooler he was fascinated with programs about garbage.  If the library had a DVD about trash, it was in his little hands.  We watched them ALL.  Many times.  After watching footage of  landfills repeatedly, it’s sort of tough not to think twice before you just chuck something into the […]

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Reinvention

I’m not sure what is happening with me recently, but my mind is roiling with ideas.  Maybe it because I turned 40 this past winter.  Maybe it is the beginning of the school year, which is always more of my personal new year.  Maybe it is all these intense topics that call for women to […]

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