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girlsgonechild Last week, Bo told me "it's not bedtime, it's school time," for the 637893th time as we were turning off the lights to sleep. "Oh yeah? Then let's go to school!" I said. Bo excitedly grabbed her backpack and in her pajamas and bare feet, followed me out to the car where I buckled her in and drove her all the way to school. It was sometime after 9:00pm when we finally arrived and very dark. I asked her if she still thought it was "time for school" as opposed to "bedtime" and she nodded yes. "Alright! Well? We're really going to miss you this evening. I hope you have a great night at school." I unbuckled her and together we walked up the hill, both of us barefoot in the dark. And then, just as we were nearing the preschool entrance gate, Bo pulled back. "It's not time to go to school, actually," she said. "Can we go home?" "Are you sure? We're here. It's pretty dark and everyone else is at home in their beds asleep but you said it was school time, so--" Bo shook her head. "No. I miss Revi and I want to go home..." "I think that's a great idea, said I. So, we got back in the car and went home. (She fell asleep in the car, not surprisingly, and hasn't asked to "go to school" at bedtime since.) Sometimes the only way to fight willpower is with willpowerer. 15h
  •   estellehayes Wise mama. 4h
  •   janmonir I love this. 4h
  •   laprimera Awesome story. That I'm sure you'll be telling her children some day! 4h
  •   amydanel Good for you! Parenting WIN!! 3h
  •   jen_alias Omg I love you and her and you and them. 2h
  •   ulleryme @lucyswenson This is something I will probably do :-) brilliant! 1h
  •   shortstackstitches Best story ever. Calling the bluff is sometimes the best way to teach the lesson. 28min
  •   latialeila The CRAZY things we do as parents!! <3 16min

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girlsgonechild There is no greater story than the one its author feels compelled to tell. Everything that is deeply felt is significant. All journeys matter. Because it isn’t about pursuing happiness but, as Guillebeau’s title so brilliantly articulates, finding happiness within the pursuit. (New post on GGC, sponsored by @RandomHouse ft: @193countries and his book, The Happiness of Pursuit. #FindtheQuest) 21h

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girlsgonechild Love story. 23h

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girlsgonechild ️ Fable 2d

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girlsgonechild Weekly Haul. 2d

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girlsgonechild "Let me in, please. I have peas." 3d
  •   waywardgoddess I swear I saw Fable and Revi's doppelganger today. 3d
  •   trishwise All I hear when I look at this is, "it doesn't have to be a snowman " (and now I'm singing the whole darn song - gah. Hang in there Joan!) 3d

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girlsgonechild Two little monkeys jumping on the bed... New post on GGC/mom.me about bedtime LOL. 4d

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girlsgonechild She was the size of Archer's hand and let us each hold her briefly before peeling off into the night. 5d
  •   __mamaunicorn__ Am I the only one that hates praying mantis? I have one on my bedroom ceiling just sitting there and I can't sleep because it freaks me out so much. Aaaahhhhhh. 5d
  •   mrscave08 My daughter loves them! Well, all bugs. But I'm kind of like @uxormater . Cool but eeeeeeeek! 5d
  •   denisevonminden OMG! This one is so pretty!! We have been raising one since it hatched and it cured me of my fear of manti. They are truly amazing creatures. 4d
  •   run_lift_squat Rebecca, I dont know if you will see this but I just want to thank you for challenging me to think about topics that havent had my attention before. Whether it be kids and their rooms or teaching boys to stand up for others or letting my (future) children be whoever they want to be. I appreciate everything you write! 4d
  •   girlsgonechild @run_lift_squat Thank you for this. All the love, sister. 4d
  •   daytripsla @alexandrawrote Plural of mantis - mantises or mantids are both ok 4d
  •   knitterjen Reminded of a recent visit with my niece. She's a fearless 3 1/2, and we collected sow bugs (pill bugs, potato bugs). I had to resist the willies. Proud that I could. Your mantis is lovely. Wish we'd found one of those! 4d

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girlsgonechild Soon after Roxy Surfboards became a thing, their mag ads were these full-page lists of things relevant to the moment and I was obsessed with them. So much so that I kept my own "Roxy Girl" inspired journal and have 767288292 of these "lists" of things that sort of rhyme/are cool/you go, girl/Roxy. This particular "ad" is first in the series. It was Spring, 1995 and I was 13 and terrible at surfing but I fondly remember my first pair of Roxy board shorts (they were blue and white) and how badass I felt wearing them. Also, Sublime was the coolest, Frances Bean was on all of our minds, Reality Bites was the best soundtrack EVER, CK1 was everything and how awesome were those little black velvet Chinese flats that came in the bags with the red soles? I loved me some of those. Also Kero Kero Keroppi was way . #mydiarymyself cc: @giustajewels @toraason23 5d
  •   kateohfive Relate to and love everything about this. Also as a now grown up tween working in advertising it's rad to see how affected you were by that particular campaign! 5d
  •   uxormater These are like college writing exercises but you imposed them upon yourself voluntarily and unknowingly so like you are a writer just totally natural born. Teenagers are looney but this schizophrenic era is where human calling is FOUND!!! 5d
  •   girlsgonechild @kateohfive it was such a good campaign. I also feel like this was the same year POOT came out with a line of "girls kick ass." - POOT stickers and I had one on my car and my binder and bought the shirt, too. So good. 5d
  •   girlsgonechild @uxormater Yes! I agree! Angst as impetus! 5d
  •   kff You just took me WAY, WAY BACK, girl. (Thank you)! 5d
  •   shannonop Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes. 5d
  •   kcrace Everything you listed was my life in 1995. I remember the Chinese Mary Janes had "buckles" that were soda can tabs if you looked closely. CK1 forever. 4d
  •   coradavidson You just took me back... 3d

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girlsgonechild Throwing it back to last week when Revi cried tears of joy during her first gecko sighting. "It so cute," she sobbed. "It a baby one." 5d

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girlsgonechild Trying to keep the Aloha vibes flowing but, yeah, those faces don't lie... We're all a little off today. None of us were ready to come home, not even close. Kind of want to pull everyone out of school, sell the house and live in a Winnebago that converts into a boat that converts into a Winnebago again and just see things and meet new people and experience new places forever and ever infinity. (cc: @malimish_airstream) 6d

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girlsgonechild feels like a dream 6d

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girlsgonechild Aloha, Hawaii and thank you for your magic. Until next time... 7d

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girlsgonechild "I'm on the phone with the ocean. It's telling me things." 1w

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girlsgonechild We moved. 1w

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girlsgonechild Today we went on a long and treacherous hike (not really) and Revi brought every single one of her sugar packets (blue pail) as well as a handful of ketchups attained during breakfast (strawberry pockets), three leis, two necklaces, almonds-to-go and a seahorse that grows 800 times its size when added to water. 1w

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girlsgonechild Thank you, @toyotausa for three days of awesome and adventure. It's been beyond magical. #surfnsienna 1w

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girlsgonechild Where the ocean meets the sky... 1w
  •   isadoragaudencio beatiful family 1w
  •   nicjustnic The rock that is just to the left of Archer's head looks like the profile of your dog! Double take! 1w
  •   bethysmalls OMG Fable! She's a little lady! 1w
  •   oversewn .....I'll be sailing! 1w
  •   ba1l33 Seriously Fable is a teenager already. 1w
  •   anna_lola Fable is so poised! 1w

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