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18 Signs You’re a Portland Mom in the Fall

This season in Portland brings shorter rainy days, soccer games, and pumpkin everything. Here are 18 signs you might be a Portland mom in the fall: 1. The first soccer game fell on a glorious 85-degree-day in August. You worked on your tan on the sidelines (just kidding, we’re Portlanders so we wear sunscreen). The season’s last game takes place on a dark, dreary […]

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It’s Enough to Not Be Enough

Recently, a friend contacted me when an exchange student (scheduled to arrive in one week) suddenly had no Oregon host family. The student’s photo attached to the email smiled back at me, and after seeing him I couldn’t stop thinking about him. We had just spent the day moving houses, so my husband and I (crazily) […]

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Common Core Math, Uncommon Thinking

While Common Core math has helped my eight-year-old in school, it has exceeded my 40-year-old addition skills. I was in the car with the kids one day, attempting to add double-digit numbers. I vocalized the problem out loud, simultaneously picturing it in my mind’s eye, and vainly attempted to carry figures. My second grader overheard me, […]

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Library Love: 5 Reasons to Visit

Ahhh, the library! Where we can talk (quietly!) and our kids can learn stuff. After all, readers are leaders. I saw that on a sign at the library… While our family lives in Lake Oswego, we call the Tualatin Library home. Besides respite from the Portland drizzle, here’s FIVE reasons to frequent your local library. 1. Online Access No […]

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