| Aug 2015
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For Alison and Adam

We didn’t know Alison and Adam, but we feel like we do. I know, that sounds like something a politician would say, but in this case, it’s more true than you think. Kim and I worked in local news for a collective 30 years. There is a pretty unique kinship between everyone in the biz. […]
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| Aug 2015
Family Room

The Other Side of Ashley Madison

This has been, I imagine, a horrible week for a lot of married couples around the world, thanks to the Ashley Madison leaks. It’s hard to have sympathy for the “victims” of privacy invasion, considering they willingly signed up for a website that helps them commit adultery, but I don’t wish that kind of pain […]
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| May 2015
Family Room

Girls like Star Wars too!

When Lola was born we were drowning in a sea of pink tutus and princess sleepers. I couldn’t have been happier. Every trip through Target I would find another girl-tastic gem … those little socks that look like teeny ballet slippers? I’ll take 12! When Penn Charles was born, I ventured into the baby boy […]
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| Jan 2015
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“How do you know there’s a heaven?” and other questions I’m not qualified to answer

No good news comes at 5:52 in the morning. Publisher’s Clearinghouse never surprises you with a life-changing check at 5:52 a.m. Your boss doesn’t call and offer you a promotion at 5:52 a.m. Yesterday I got a 5:52 a.m. call. My grandfather had died. My whole heart broke for my grandmother, his life’s love, his […]
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| Jan 2015
Family Room

Everything is a competition here. Even the flu.

Everything is a competition here – even the flu. Don’t get me wrong: Penn and I have a great marriage. But we bring out the best (read: competitive) side in each other. It’s more fun than it sounds. Trust me. We are each other’s main competition and biggest cheerleaders. Example: I encouraged Penn to take […]
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| Dec 2014
Family Room

HOLY %$*& SNL just made fun of us … and it was AWESOME

We LOVE Saturday Night Live. LOVE. Obsessed.  If we were only cool enough to stay awake for it we would have seen them spoof our video. THIS. MAKES. MY. LIFE. Except for the affair and sociopath children — this is pretty spot on.  
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| Dec 2014
Family Room

#JammieTime: Merry Christmas from the Holderness Family!

For the last 11 months, every song we heard on the radio — we tried to morph into some weird family holiday parody. Nothing worked. Then, while on a Thanksgiving morning run, Penn looked at me and said, “I think I’ve got it.” Our year was fast, crazy, and overwhelmingly happy. This song and video […]
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| Dec 2014
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Talk to Santa AND donate to St. Jude!

I’ll be honest – trips to see Santa at the mall have never worked for our family. The lines are long, the pictures are pricey, and one of our kids always freaks out. Evidence below:   So this year we got a chance to talk to THE Santa Claus using www.HelloSanta.com. It’s a live video […]
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