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TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The jury duty juggle

Our household breathed a collective sigh of relief last Friday when, after a week of serving as an "on-call juror", our son was informed that his service was not...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 16, 2015
Last comment by malvika, on Jul 20, 2017 at 4:18 am | 16 comments | 8009 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Giving thanks by passing it forward

During the first few years we had kids, we kept careful track of what favors we owed to other parents. We worried whether we were doing our share, and we kept a...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 24, 2013
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 3, 2013 at 10:19 am | 15 comments | 7767 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Selling concessions

I helped chaperone the music boosters concession stand at the Palo Alto High School flea market this weekend. The band students sell pastries, coffee, chips and...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 11, 2016
Last comment by Bp, on Jan 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm | 15 comments | 4719 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The teenage brain

Recent studies have shed light on what is happening in adolescents' brains that make this a uniquely fascinating, but also perplexing and concerning life phase....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 21, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Feb 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm | 14 comments | 8520 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Cold in California

Brrr! I grew up in states with real winters, snow and ice, but my children spend more time being cold in California than I ever did in the Midwest, because they...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 10, 2013
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 12, 2013 at 10:28 am | 14 comments | 12742 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Will self-driving cars hurt Cozy Coupe sales?

Yesterday morning I maneuvered my too-adorable two-year-old cousin down the sidewalk in a vibrant orange and yellow Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, while she delightedly...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Sep. 21, 2016
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Sep 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm | 13 comments | 18653 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

In awe in Yosemite

Last week I accompanied a group of Paly students to Yosemite National Park. Seventy five freshmen, all students in Paly’s TEAM (Together Everybody Achieves...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 19, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm | 13 comments | 4710 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Aligning

Last year we became friends with two families who had recently relocated to the US for work from two different countries, and had children attending PAUSD schools....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Sep. 2, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Sep 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm | 13 comments | 4576 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The favored child

I became aware that my family thinks I love the dog best when I received a Mother's Day card which read, "Happy Mother's Day from your favorite child?you know, the...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 22, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 29, 2014 at 11:15 am | 12 comments | 6739 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The life of Zarf

Are you considering acquiring a tadpole to introduce your young child to the wonders of developmental and marine biology? Consider the possible consequences of such...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 27, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm | 12 comments | 5950 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Hosting a wedding!

When dear friends asked if they could be married in our yard, of course I said yes! The couple had met at a brunch we hosted, and I was honored and delighted that...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 20, 2018
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 24, 2018 at 8:54 am | 12 comments | 3059 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Cold and wet in the dark

It is cold and I am shivering in my swimsuit. Why am I diving into a pool in the early morning darkness in the dead of winter? It's my kids' fault. A number...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 15, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm | 12 comments | 6057 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Breakfast for dinner

My daughter's Girl Scout troop enjoys cooking, so an important part of our meetings is preparing and consuming a meal together before we accomplish our other tasks....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Oct. 7, 2015
Last comment by GC, on Nov 20, 2015 at 11:40 am | 11 comments | 4704 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Sharing the facts of life

My preteen daughter and I spent the last two Wednesday evenings at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 28, 2014
Last comment by Charles, on Apr 30, 2014 at 3:11 pm |
11 comments | 8255 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

An injury

Last week our 12-year-old daughter broke her ankle playing basketball. It is just short of miraculous that we have five kids and have had only one other bone broken....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 4, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Mar 10, 2015 at 11:46 am | 11 comments | 5782 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Bridging on the Golden Gate

Despite having lived in the Bay Area for 25 years, I had never walked all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge until a few weeks ago....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 17, 2014
Last comment by Lauras Mom, on May 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm | 11 comments | 7575 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Easy living

As I settled in a sunny spot this morning to read the paper and watch my youngest child at a swim meet, I received a text with a photo of snow flurries from my daughter,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 16, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm | 11 comments | 6506 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Finding the fun in fundraising

Up until a few weeks ago, I have assiduously avoided fundraising. With my medical background, I felt I could be more useful lice checking at school, instructing...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 13, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Mar 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm | 11 comments | 5192 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Camping Comfortably

Last Friday I let go of the illusion that I am not middle-aged when I walked into REI in search of a new sleeping pad for camping. I have always prided myself on...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 24, 2015
Last comment by malvika, on Jul 20, 2017 at 4:25 am | 11 comments | 6347 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

A week away!

For the past 25 years, I have not traveled with my husband and left our kids at home for more than two days, and I now know why. It is way too much work. Packing...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 19, 2016
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm | 11 comments | 4013 Views
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