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October 05, 2007



That's a really gorgeous waterfall.

I haven't caught any of American Princess over here in the UK - I'm guessing it's on one of our satellite channels - but it sounds like JUST my sort of TV. My favourite trash reality is Sweet 16 on MTV.

As for 4 year olds, I think it's in their job description to push boundaries and show stubbornness above and beyond the call of duty :)


Ok, so reading about Grant and his football game brought tears to MY eyes!! Here at work!! He rocks.

And I'm soooo glad you had an awesome birthday--the whole Sundance thing sounds perfect. And with Mark. So perfect.;)

jen paddack-hyde

My daughter had the same experience with softball this past season. They never won a game but she learned how to have fun doing it:)She's already counting down the months until the next softball season:)


Oh yes, I have a 4 year old boy and he is the exact same way, and his dad is a soldier so he is gone 4 months at a time so I know how hard it is. Hang in there!


Maybe this will make you feel a little better, but my 4 year old son tends to act that way quite a bit. We never had too many tantrums, but lately, it seems like he does it a lot more often. It is quite frustrating. Unfortunately, it's even harder when you don't have someone to relieve you for a while. Hang in there. You'll make it. It sounds like Cole has a good mom.
Your pictures here are so beautiful. I look forward to getting out a little bit this fall to take some photos. Mine won't look quite as nice as yours though. Interested in teaching in Ohio? ;)
Sarah D.

Natalie :)

Hi, there! I have two boys, a 4-year-old and a 3-year-old, and their dad just started travelling. They both react in different ways, but both always push the boundaries when their dad is gone. I've noticed that if I don't have an agenda for the week he's gone, and just PLAY with them, it seems to help a lot, but sometimes it's still tough. We just conquered a week without Dad, and they acted up for a couple of days after he came back, too, but I think that was mostly because he was a little sick, so he couldn't give them all the roughhousing they needed.

Good luck, Mama!


Hey! I'm one of the girls form AMerican Princess. I wanted to respond to this site because of the shot of Bridal Veil Falls. I have a home very near that waterfall...in Cashiers, North Carolina. I also ran to those woods to hide when I saw the edited verision of my myself on American Princess. WOW I was a bit shocked by the final version....reality? Cashiers has been my summer home since birth...it is my favorite place that I have ever been and I have traveled quite a bit. I agree that we looked ridiculous on the show but my goal was to be the "crazy funny nice one." I hope at the very least I amused you. By the way this is Kirsten Stiff from American Princess!! XOXOXO Thank you for watching the show!

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