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So, we conquered Disney World

Our kids have been begging us to go to Disney World for awhile now. The place really must be magical because we have done nothing to plant this desire in their hearts. We don’t even get the Disney channel. My 5y/o has been counting her change once per month and asking questions like “Is 73 monies enough to go to Disney World?”

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You’re pregnant. That’ll cost you. Here are 8 tips to prepare financially.

I was recently asked for some thoughts on “how to prepare for a baby financially”. I thought some of you internet people might be able to use this information; so, I turned my thoughts into a blog post. Here you go:

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2010 – A Year in Review

2010 was a crazy year for the Wood Family. Here are a few highlights. I’ve left out tons of great times with friends, family, etc. because it seems like too much typing. To get an idea of a typical 2010 day in our house, view this post. I’m mainly writing this for my own reference so that 2010 won’t be forgotten. In related news, this post may be a bit boring…unless of course you are a stalker…then, this post will probably be amazing for you.

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“Daddy, there’s a flower in my nose.”

My wife left town for a few days to visit some friends in the far away land of Austin, TX. I stayed behind to man the fortress with our 6 kids (ages 6, 4, 4, 2, 2, and 1 at the time) (that’s right). Saturday night we go through the normal bedtime routine: read Bible stories, say prayers, get tucked into bed. Approximately thirty minutes post-routine I hear one of my 4y/o daughters crying. I go into her room to check on her.

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The Nap Time Experiment

So, nap times can sometimes be painful. Forcing a kid to take a nap for the sake of a cranky-free evening can be a taxing debacle. Punishing my child when he gets out of bed works; but, I hate doing it. So, a few Sundays ago I thought I’d experiment with a different parenting theory: rather than punish him, I’d gently place him back in bed every time he got up. It would be a bit of a hassle, but all I’d be missing out on was bits and pieces of the Cowboys’ inevitable failure. I was curious…how many times would it take? Here’s the answer: #1. Into bed he goes. (Yes, he is using a Ms. Piggy/Muppet Band pillow case ala 1983. Yes, he is using his sister’s comforter. Yes, he is fully clothed-shoes and all-the kid loves to wear his shoes. Stop judging me and enjoy the experiment.) “Good night. Stay in bed.” I exit the room and listen for the sounds of the inevitable escape. 

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