Meet the Carters

Welcome to our blog!  We’d like to introduce you to our family.  My name is William (Will for short) and I run the blog with my beautiful wife Samantha (who everyone calls Sam).  We’re the parents of two young, rambunctious balls of endless energy.  Will Jr. (who goes by Junior)…

10 Practical Tips for Teaching Your Child Good Manners

As a new parent, it never occurred to me that I needed to teach my kids good manners.  I assumed they’d see how polite I was and they’d follow my example.  It wasn’t until our oldest was three that I realized just how wrong I was.  This realization came one…

Apparently, I’m the Strongest Man Alive (and Other Things My Kids Say to Inflate My Ego)

I don’t like to brag, but I’m probably the coolest person ever.  Just ask my kids, they’ll tell you all about it.  Granted, they’re only five and three, and maybe they are a little biased (being my children and all).  But I’ll take the praise they’re handing out because frankly,…

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Addy’s a Little Excited about Preschool

Of all the three-year-olds in the world, Addy may, quite possibly, be the most excited to start preschool.  For her, the thought of attending preschool is so exhilarating that she’s spent much of the last two days quivering with joy. When I say “quivering,” I mean that her body actually physically shakes because she's so darned excited about going to preschool. Now, Addy’s a pretty happy kid, and it’s generally ...
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First You Buy a House, Then You Cry

As Sam and I prepared to buy our first home last November, a friend told me, “Over the next two years, be prepared to spend ten to twenty thousand dollars buying stuff for your house.” At first, I thought he was joking.  He assured me he wasn’t. Then I thought, “No, not us.  We’re frugal.  I’ll bet we’ll only spend a few hundred on the house over the next year ...
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Funny Stuff our Kids Say #12

Our kids love watching “Charlotte’s Web,” the 2006 version starring Dakota Fanning.  For those of you not familiar with the story, it’s about a spider, Charlotte, who befriends a pig, Wilbur.  Over the course of the movie, Charlotte and Wilbur grow close as Charlotte spins webs that end up saving Wilbur’s life.  At the end of the movie, Charlotte dies the day after spinning the last of her impressive webs.  ...
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5 Yearly Traditions that Bring Our Family Together

Our family has a lot of little traditions.  We’ve previously shared five of them that we do on a weekly basis.  In this post, we’ll share five yearly traditions that bring us together as a family. Tradition 1 – Campouts with Dad Every May, Junior and I go camping with a group of dads and their sons.  The campout starts Friday afternoon and goes through Saturday afternoon.  When we arrive ...
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Funny Stuff Our Kids Say #11

Both Junior and Addy are terrified of bugs. Everything from the smallest fruit fly on up makes them quake in their boots. That’s why when Sam captured a cricket under a glass cup in our guest bedroom the other day, both the kids immediately refused to enter the room. This last weekend, I tried taking advantage of their fear of the guest room but having my Sunday afternoon nap there ...
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Our Story: The Boyfriend Tryouts Part 2

Last time, we were thoroughly impressed with the grace that our suave hero, Will, displayed while meeting Sam’s family for the first time.  Now that he’s passed the initial screening, Will confidently looks ahead to the day he meets Sam’s parents in person.  He knows that his unique blend of wit, charm, good looks, and future employment prospects is more than enough to impress any girl’s parents.  But, then again, Sam ...
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I Feel For You, Honey: Why Being a Mom is Completely, Totally, and Undeniably Unfair

I’m all about fairness.  Which is why I feel for my wife.  Simply put, her life isn’t fair – being her is waaaaaay harder than being me.  Don’t believe me?  Read on.  I think I make a fairly compelling case in her favor. When I wanted a baby, I got to make a baby. When Sam wanted a baby, she got to make a baby, grow a baby, push out ...
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27 Essential Questions Expecting Parents Should Ask on a Hospital Tour

As an expecting parent, there are a million things on your mind when you’re getting ready to have your baby.  Because your brain is jam-packed with things like nursery plans, prepping for maternity leave, and figuring out where your mom’s staying when she comes to visit her grandbaby, it’s easy to be a bit preoccupied when you tour the hospital. To make sure you get everything you need out of ...
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And Then I Felt Numb: A Dad’s Journey through Pregnancy and Miscarriage

Few experiences in my life parallel the intensity of emotion I feel when I find out we’re pregnant.  When I first see the positive pregnancy test, a wild, exhilarating feeling grabs hold of my brain and I want to run and jump around like a crazed baboon. Once that insanity subsides, I’m hit with an overwhelming wave of love and tenderness toward my wife, Sam, which promptly leads to me ...
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Apparently, I’m the Strongest Man Alive (and Other Things My Kids Say to Inflate My Ego)

I don’t like to brag, but I’m probably the coolest person ever.  Just ask my kids, they’ll tell you all about it.  Granted, they’re only five and three, and maybe they are a little biased (being my children and all).  But I’ll take the praise they’re handing out because frankly, it’s hilarious. For example, after finishing a basketball season in my work league, Junior asked, “Daddy, are you going to ...
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