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And Now She's an Alley
March 4, 2015 6:10 PM by Devon Alley
So, there was a very big piece of news that happened several months ago that I never got around to sharing. Life has been, as I've mentioned several times over again, extremely busy as of late, so I've been terribly delinquent in updating my blog, which Read More...
A Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year
December 30, 2014 11:35 AM by Devon Alley
I think A. was more excited about this Christmas than she has been in years. I'm not entirely sure what exactly gave her such a dose of Christmas cheer. Maybe it was the fact that I enlisted her to help me play Santa Claus for the rest of the family. Read More...
It's a Very Ludwig Halloween
December 5, 2014 9:51 AM by Devon Alley
It's still sometimes a little baffling to me that Halloween - a day that used to be full of struggles, conflict, and meltdowns just a few years ago - has become A.'s favorite holiday. The entire month of October has become a sort of Halloween season. Read More...
It's a Jolly Holiday
January 2, 2014 1:23 PM by Devon Alley
Well, here were are at the beginning of another year. The holidays went extremely well, if I do say so myself. I think this was probably one year where A. felt the least overwhelmed. During the holiday season, it's easy for A. to reach a point of "too Read More...
Halloween Hijinks
November 5, 2013 1:11 PM by Devon Alley
It always amuses me to think that, just a few years ago, A. was absolutely terrified of Halloween, and it was, by far, her least favorite holiday. These days, she relishes the creepy and the grotesque, and she absolutely delights in the holiday as much Read More...
Daughter of the Ocean, Queen of the Sky
August 6, 2013 12:20 PM by Devon Alley
If there's one thing A. enjoys, it's a trip to the beach. So, for our family vacation this summer, we traveled to Perdido Key, Florida, to spend a week on the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. Needless to say, A. had a blast. There's a lot to be said for Read More...
Ringing In 2007
June 24, 2013 12:25 PM by Devon Alley
In these snippets from the archives, A. and I organize a pretty awesome New Year's Eve party, and then hunker down to ring in 2007. December 31st, 2006: Instead of attempting to go out into the world for a New Year's Eve celebration, or even inviting Read More...
From the Archives: Tidings of Comfort and Fluffy Puppies
October 14, 2012 5:58 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I share stories of our Christmas adventures, including A.'s obsession with puppies, and her desire to build a wall of toys around her wherever we went. December 24th, 2004: I've been a little distracted by Christmas for Read More...
Mommy the Toy Maker
February 28, 2012 2:08 PM by Devon Alley
For many years now, A. has carried a long-standing obsession with an obscure final boss from a Kirby 64 video game -- the infamous Zero-Two . I can't remember exactly when the obsession began, but I do know that she wanted to dress up like this character Read More...
A Very Merry Christmas
December 27, 2011 1:08 PM by Devon Alley
[ Here's a pic of A. in a santa hat .] This may have been one of the smoothest Christmases we've had so far. Honestly, I attribute this mostly to the amazing progress A. has made this year, and how much she's grown her maturity and sense of responsibility. Read More...
Five Things to be Thankful For
November 27, 2011 9:01 PM by Devon Alley
Be Thankful for Thanksgiving. This is actually a new prospect for me. Historically, Thanksgiving has been one of my least favorite holidays. When I was a quasi-anorexic goth adolescent, I wasn't really interested in a holiday centered around consuming Read More...
This is Halloween, This is Halloween...
October 31, 2011 8:19 PM by Devon Alley
I love, love, love Halloween so, so much. And this Halloween has been special because it's been the first year that A. really seemed to enjoy it almost as much as I do. A.'s actually been excited about Halloween for several weeks now. She's been pestering Read More...
A. the Glamorous Vampire
September 28, 2011 7:36 AM by Devon Alley
As I've posted before, Halloween is often a very difficult time for A. She's not a fan of the holiday, she is easily scared by the spooky items that are so popular around Halloween, and even getting her to dress as her favorite Nintendo characters and Read More...
Easter Addendum - Sharing the Peeps
April 24, 2011 10:20 PM by Devon Alley
First of all -- I am pleasantly overwhelmed by the degree of response and feedback I've received so far to the entry I posted last night. It's so very wonderful to read opinions and responses from so many people, and I absolutely intend to reply back Read More...
Christmas Excitement and Holiday Hangovers
January 11, 2011 11:41 PM by Devon Alley
It's a highly predictable pattern, but for some reason it throws me off every year. A. is always extremely excited about Christmas. Every year, about a week before Christmas -- about the time school lets out, actually -- she starts getting excited. Usually, Read More...


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