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Mommy Musings - He Moved Up

Parenting brings with it many milestones: first steps, first day of school, sleepovers, losing teeth, dates, driver's license, college choices, the list goes on. Read More
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Posted: Mar. 25, 2014 5:17 | Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 1:00

Mommy Musings – Try, Try Again

When our children learn to ride a bike, shoot a basket or kick a goal they often fail – many times. Yet, as their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or loved ones we encourage them to try again. In some cases we require them to. Simply put we discourage them from giving up. We want them to succeed, to stick with it, quite simply to continue to try.

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Posted: Mar. 18, 2014 4:30 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings – Try, Try Again Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings - Live Random

I often wonder how different the world would be if more people deferred from their ‘calendar’ long enough to change a life. Not just any life. Not a specific life with intended purpose, but someone random.

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Mommy Musings - Simplicity

The title for this week’s column is just about as basic as a writer can get. What I’ve come to learn more and more however is how one seemingly ‘small’ thing can be so much bigger once the dirt is unearthed.

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Mommmy Musing's - Pen Pal's and Private Messages

Remember the Pen Pal? I believe it’s back. The craziest part is that it has reappeared in the form many disregard as ‘Facebook silliness.’

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Posted: Jan. 21, 2014 5:04 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 22, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Mommmy Musing's - Pen Pal's and Private Messages  Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings - Healthy Versus Balance

Somebody pinch me, 2014 has found us and to make matters even more crazy … it’s the middle of January.

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Posted: Jan. 14, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings - Healthy Versus Balance Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings - Magic As I See It

I love the magic of the Holiday season.

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Mommy Musings – The Spirit Is Alive

I believe stores should be closed on Thanksgiving.

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The Joy Of Ticketing

 

I have a confession, which may make me less than popular with a few readers. My hope of course is that those affected or bothered don’t take this out on my children and remember this is a ‘grown-up’ problem.

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Mommy Musings – Unintentional Modeling

In the role of parent we are never void of the knowledge that eyes are always watching. Be it the eyes of our children, our peers, family or society at large. No parent is perfect and we all have our moments. ‘Slips’ happen, but if we are truly fortunate the ‘eyes’ bring it to our attention.

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Posted: Nov. 13, 2013 4:13 a.m. | Mommy Musings – Unintentional Modeling Comments 0 Comments

Less Than Perfect

I’m a firm believer in the old adage of ‘older and wiser.’

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Posted: Nov. 05, 2013 1:23 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 06, 2013 1:00 a.m. |  Less Than Perfect Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings – See. Achieve. Believe.

I did it. I accomplished a goal which once seemed inconceivable. A dream so big, I was once not brave enough to dream it.

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MOMMY MUSING'S - Push Your Brave

On Sunday, October 20 dozens upon dozens of women from the tri-city area (Escalon, Oakdale and Riverbank) will flood the streets of San Francisco as participants of the 10th Annual Nike Women’s Marathon benefitting the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

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Posted: Oct. 15, 2013 4:57 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 16, 2013 1:00 a.m. | MOMMY MUSING'S - Push Your Brave Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings – Defining Stranger

Times they are a changing or … are they?

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Mommy Musings - Walk The Talk

I sometimes run out of words.

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Posted: Sep. 16, 2013 5:45 p.m. | Updated: Sep. 18, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings - Walk The Talk Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings

I recently learned of a reader sharing their dissatisfaction with my column. After all, who really cares about my kids and what I have to share about them?

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Posted: Sep. 03, 2013 2:58 p.m. | Updated: Sep. 04, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings   Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings – Rules Not Exceptions

I really had hoped to not have to pen a column on this topic yet again this school year, but once again I’m faced with a frustration I know I am not alone in.

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Mommy Musings - Back To It

It’s hard to believe, yet the time has passed and once again we (us parents) find ourselves amid yet another school year. This is indeed a momentous occasion in our small town of just over 20,000. Whether you are the parent of school aged children or not ... heed fair warning.

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Posted: Aug. 13, 2013 4:39 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 14, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings - Back To It Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings - If I Didn’t

My twenties were not spent changing diapers, shopping for formula or even pushing a stroller. No, quite the opposite. My twenties looked exactly as I had envisioned as a young girl. They were spent completing college, working long hours and building my career. It all seemed perfect.

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Posted: Jul. 30, 2013 3:58 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 31, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings - If I Didn’t Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings The Three Faces Of Mom

Children change us.

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MOMMY MUSINGS – Going The Distance

I’m training for a marathon.

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Posted: Jul. 16, 2013 3:22 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 17, 2013 1:00 a.m. | MOMMY MUSINGS – Going The Distance Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings - Stretching and Splashing

I’m not one to sit quietly when it comes to something I love.  

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Posted: Jul. 08, 2013 4:20 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 10, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings - Stretching and Splashing Comments 0 Comments

MommyMusings - Payment or Purpose

Oh, the joys of parenting and finding our way through traditions and guidelines. I must honestly say, it amazes me (frequently) how often I reflect back on my childhood as a Cliff Notes of sorts to parenting.

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Posted: Jul. 02, 2013 3:00 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 03, 2013 1:00 a.m. | MommyMusings - Payment or Purpose Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings Feels Like Christmas

Today finalizes the annual celebration lovingly referred to in our household as “Christmas in June.”

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Posted: Jun. 18, 2013 3:25 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 19, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings  Feels Like Christmas Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings – Caving To ‘I Never’

I did it. The thing I swore I would ‘never’ do. The purchase I ‘swore’ I would never make. Yep, I folded. The unthinkable. I did the unthinkable.

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Mommy Musings - Forced To Unplug

There should be a support group for people such as myself.

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Mommy Musings – Losing My Cool

It’s happening. The day I hoped would never come. The transition has begun.

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Posted: May. 28, 2013 4:46 p.m. | Updated: May. 29, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings – Losing My Cool Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings-Ponies, Playthings And Grad Caps

Graduation season is once again here.

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Posted: May. 21, 2013 4:49 p.m. | Updated: May. 22, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings-Ponies, Playthings And Grad Caps Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings - A Relayer’s Return And Hope

My column is a week late.

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Posted: May. 07, 2013 11:44 p.m. | Updated: May. 08, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings - A Relayer’s Return And Hope Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings - Explaining The Unexplainable

I’m still recovering from Boston.

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Mommy Musings - Horse Trailers And High Heels

And so it goes … another Rodeo Week has been put to rest in the Chapter Book which encompasses my Oakdale life.

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Mommy Musings – Empowering Adjectives

Transitioning from my Reporter role at the Oakdale Leader was necessary in my life for a number of reasons. The one most at the core were my children. I knew I needed to work full-time. I knew I needed to stay local, but I desperately needed flexibility.

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Mommy Musings - Pint Size Therapy

There are some days I think I’m wiser than others, when it comes to parenting.

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Posted: Mar. 21, 2013 12:46 p.m. | Mommy Musings - Pint Size Therapy Comments 1 Comment
Mommy Musings – A Moment Captured

Mommy Musings – A Moment Captured

 

I was recently challenged by a request to produce some pictures of myself.

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Posted: Mar. 12, 2013 10:18 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 13, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings – A Moment Captured Comments 0 Comments
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Mommy Musings – So They Grow

They’re growing up.

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Posted: Mar. 05, 2013 11:22 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 06, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings – So They Grow Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings – Guilt Free Mommy

There are a number of things I thoroughly enjoy about being a parent. Many of them I have the pleasure of being able to share here, with our readers.

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Posted: Feb. 19, 2013 4:49 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 20, 2013 6:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings – Guilt Free Mommy Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings – Proper Usage of Tools

Generally speaking, I’m an analytical type. More simply put, I think too much.

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Mommy Musings – No ‘ing’ In Sportsmanship

It’s barely February and yet here I find myself, penning yet another ‘sports related’ column.

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Mommy Musings - Holidays At The DMV

My month of December was not dissimilar from most of our readers. It was packed full of parties, shopping, holiday tradition and even a little quality family time.

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Mommy Musings – What Awaits You

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve forced my mind to share some thoughts. Truthfully we all need a reprieve on occasion and as the only staffer who does this weekly, there does come a point where I too must take a break.

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Posted: Jan. 15, 2013 10:22 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings – What Awaits You Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings - We Made It

We survived.

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Mommy Musings - More Than A Small ‘Cow’ Town

Another season has been wrapped up. This year marks one that dreams are made of, for many of this town’s young men and their families. The 2012 Oakdale Mustang football season will now live on in the history books as well as the memories of all who will say ‘I remember when.’

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Posted: Dec. 18, 2012 11:40 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 19, 2012 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings - More Than A Small ‘Cow’ Town Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings - Christmas Wonderment and Lessons

Magic is in the air and I am so grateful.

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Posted: Dec. 11, 2012 11:48 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 12, 2012 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings - Christmas Wonderment and Lessons Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings - The Good We Choose

Finding the right words is not always easy.

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Mommy Musings – Kids, Politics And Responsibility

I honestly don’t remember when I first gained an interest in politics. In a column a few weeks back I candidly shared my interests were pretty typical ‘girly’ in my formative years (i.e.: music and teen heartthrobs).

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Posted: Nov. 13, 2012 11:39 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 14, 2012 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings – Kids, Politics And Responsibility Comments 0 Comments

Mommy Musings – The Evolution Of Candy Gathering

Another Halloween has made it into the Hammond Family memory books. This may also be interpreted as ... mommy has survived yet another Halloween.

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Posted: Nov. 06, 2012 11:07 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 07, 2012 1:00 a.m. | Mommy Musings – The Evolution Of Candy Gathering Comments 0 Comments

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