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Galveston

Mardi Without the Pardi

For our family, the end of February has always meant Galveston Mardi Gras. Every one of us laissez les bons temps  in a different way:  I love huge parades with high-stepping marching bands, Mike likes the beer and soul food, we all enjoy seeing old friends and the eclectic crowds. Nate and Sam come for the...
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Donut Always Follow the Rules

We were in Galveston again this weekend to do some work on the beach house, to relax, and to eat donuts. Galveston is home to the best donuts at a little shop called Home Cut Donuts. That link is to the glowing reviews on Yelp. Home Cut donuts is a no-frill, locals’ spot that will probably...
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Celebrate the Gifts

It’s only Monday morning, and this week is already wearing. me. out. For real, y’all. All the volunteer commitments and kid nurturing, wifing, housekeeping, writing, speaking, email-answering and befriending have clustered up into BIG DEADLINES this week. I’m not complaining, but as I look at this week, I’m seriously wondering… Who will do all that...
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Galveston, Oh, Galveston

Last weekend, our family was walking down Seawall Boulevard in Galveston, looking like we had just stepped out of that website, Stuff White People Like. Mike and the kids were outfitted in outdoor performance clothes and New Balance shoes, while I wore some heavy-duty Yoga wear. We were staying at our house by the water. Our daughters...
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Are Greyhounds Good With Kids? Yes. Golden Retriever Kids.

My friend, who is a vet, calls me a breedist and cringes every time I stereotype dog breeds. She insists that each dog has a unique personality and stereotyping breeds makes people overlook the individual animal. Maybe so, but I think most people are breedists. It’s just sort of conventional wisdom that Golden Retrievers are...
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Awkward Family Vacation Moments

Seventeen days of vacation together gives you family stories. Family stories are those memorable little tales that happen when you least expect it. They are the delight and surprise of life not going according to plan. They are the stories your family will tell the next generation. Hergenrader Family Stories from 2013 Christmas Break 1....
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The Best of Times

Walking through downtown Galveston, on almost the last day of the year, we spotted this cute, handwritten sign. Even though we were all somewhere on the Virus Train of Death and not feeling very well, this stenciled sign made our family smile. Thank you, Charles Dickens, for the poetic words. They have named my blog,...
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25 Things To Do in Galveston During the Winter

Visiting Galveston in the summer is like sitting at the popular table in junior high. Although it’s fun and exhilarating, it’s also crowded and loud. You might find yourself looking around, thinking, “There’s gotta be more than this.” You would be right. During the winter, the crowds thin out, the pageantry fades, and Galveston becomes...
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This is Happy: A List

Fall is in full-swing here in Texas. The temperatures dipped into the 70s this week, which is still not cool enough for these kids to wear outfits. You know, with shirts and actual pants. But this cooler weather has invigorated our family. With shorter days comes the promise of holidays, tastes of pumpkin-everything, and s’mores...
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Overprotected Kids Take Over the Beach

Today I had a wonderful discussion with a new friend about whether or not we’re ruining our kids. We lamented the tension between being a nurturing, involved mom and being an overprotective nutcase. Do young kids need to navigate a bigger, scarier world solo to gain true self-confidence? During our conversation, I said, “One thing we...
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