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    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

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Monthly Archives: April 2011


Ellie was squawking and screeching.  “WHAT?!” I asked her. “Wiwwie!” Ellie screached, pointing at Willie. He was holding a bowl of chocolate chips he’d scavenged and poured for himself protectively against his chest. I am thrilled to hear Ellie using Will’s name (any time she calls for Woe-woe or this very close to Willie name […]

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Ellie slept through the night again! I, on the other hand, woke up four times.  Once to catch Willie sneaking into our bed, once because my night guard was out of my mouth, laying on the pillow, stabbing me in the face, and another time to find my night guard completely awol. I have been […]

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Our guild has a bit of a chicken thing.  A significant minority of us want to raise backyard chickens.  Kristen and I have talked about it a bunch, and she actually is building a chicken coop this weekend, so when I saw this card design from Syko (the free motion stitching queen) I knew I […]

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I just picked up denture cleaner for my new night guard. I am pretty much the sexiest person I know.

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Me (punctuating each question mark with a kiss): Excuse me, sir. Has anyone told you today that you are wonderful? And smart? And kind? And sweet? And funny? And adorable? And just the best son a mommy could possibly ask for? Will: And helpful, too.

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