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Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

I find myself in a bit of a conundrum upon this writing, because the three things I most want to talk about a) don’t really go together and b) don’t support my mission of not putting things about my children on the interworld that I or they may regret. So I’ll start with the outlier…I …

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Our Christmas season is in full bloom now, with the annual advent of the advent calendar starting today. It is a much different scene thanks to the kids all being old enough to somewhat understand (or at least notice there is a seven foot tree in the living room) and start to get excited. As …

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Well it happened. Christmas came and Christmas went and now we’re in that weird limbo week where if you have a job you might be at it, but nothing is happening. We can’t quite get back to normal because there’s still New Year’s but am I the only one feeling vaguely guilty and unsettled by …

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It is the week before Christmas and all through the house…is a frickin’ MESS!!! What the heck? Why didn’t anyone tell me little kids were such slobs? Maybe they did and I was just too busy enjoying my peaceful, mess-free, noise-free twenties and thirties, with absolutely no idea that I even had a maternal clock …

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I have noticed a tendency for people to become a little stressed and overwhelmed during the holidays. If you are not enjoying this time of year 100%, please know that you are obviously doing something wrong. There is no reason why the month of December shouldn’t be an endless stretch of cuddles and love-soaked moments …

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I wrote last week about my trepidation about setting up a Christmas tree with Bisky and the boys. As you can see from the pictures, the tree was indeed erected, with surprising little fall out. I keep underestimating the twins’ ability to do stuff, and they actually both enjoyed hanging the ornaments on the tree. …

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So, in the spirit of unrealistic expectations and consumer-driven manipulation, the Maldonado family is endeavoring on a sacred American/Canadian tradition today-fighting over Christmas decorations! (can I hear a woohoo from everyone under ten and a groan of commiseration from everyone else?) I wanted to document as much as possible while still sane enough to be …

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