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Amanda Magee lives in the Adirondacks of New York State, where she is raising her three daughters with her husband Sean. She owns an advertising agency. She's been known to tweet irreverently about life, work and everything in between at @amandamagee. She blogs about life with 3 girls, and how the bitter and the sweet tumble together, at amandamagee.com.

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Making Passes and Taking Hits

(14) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 10:54 AM

This post is a first for me and I thought it needed a brief introduction. I usually keep marriage along the periphery of the stories I tell. The silos of parenting and life are not as concise as they can seem in storytelling, they aren't silos at all; they're brushstrokes...

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Like the Present

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 3:40 PM

They started warning of a storm on Sunday; by Tuesday excitement was crackling, kids and parents alike were talking about backwards PJs and upside-down spoons to help the storm along. It look remarkably flat and unremarkable to me. I kept the girls' excitement in check with mild clucking...

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Self, Easy

(47) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 7:05 AM

I don't think that getting older is hard; I think that what's hard is that as each year passes the inevitability of pain gets closer. Incremental change happens in life no matter what I do to prevent it -- wrinkles, thrown-out backs, an inability to listen to 18-year-olds sing about...

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Melting Icicles

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Sean and I have joked that the girls are like a time lapse -- their stair-step ages making for a perfect peek into what is ahead/behind for each. Lately I've been making a concerted effort to revel in now; now being that Briar is 9, Avery is 7 and Finley...

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The Weight Is Over

(14) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 7:46 AM

She was sitting in the tub, a fever threatening and a belly full of upset. She'd been trying to get comfortable for an hour, multiple trips to the bathroom to vomit proving unproductive. At one point I even told her how to help herself throw up. It terrified me; with...

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Resolve to Mean It

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Each year I welcome the holidays with childlike wonder, soaking up the hope and patience that come to visit. Less than a month later I stow the decorations and vacuum the pine needles in a frenzy to reclaim order. Usually the cleaning blitz extends beyond the decorations as I scour...

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Do You See Me?

(6) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 10:28 AM

I've clicked the camera icon on my phone before, inspired by something I hear the girls doing around the corner, an unexpected blossom on a gray day or by my hair doing exactly what I ask of it. I do it to preserve a moment, sometimes for myself, other times...

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Hands of Time

(3) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 4:52 PM

The girls were playing outside after an intense 45 minutes of practicing spelling, working through their math and gleefully reciting poetry. I should say that it was intense for me, juggling their desire to each be my main focus and the reality that when it comes to NY Common Core...

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Power of Two

(16) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 2:40 PM

"If it's possible, Jeannie and I would like to talk to you and Sean about something tonight. Nothing bad. Happy news." I'd been talking to Sean's mom about various bus drop-offs and pick-ups when she asked.

"Sure, we should be home around 8," I told her.

"Ok, sounds great. See...

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9/11

(5) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Twelve years ago at this time, we were just waking up.

An hour from now, we'd be in the car on the way to the realtor's office off Commonwealth Avenue. We were going to sign the lease on our first place together.

Twelve years ago, there were no wedding rings,...

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From Two Lines to 'Blurred Lines'

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 3:55 PM

I was sitting in a booth at one of the restaurants near our office as I waited for people to arrive. It was the third meeting of the day, following an equally-ambitiously booked schedule the day before. I looked around, admiring the massive beams overhead and listening to the murmurs...

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Separation Anxiety

(7) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 3:13 PM

The girls have been struggling with a kind of separation anxiety lately. There have been more than five announcements of separations/divorce from couples they know over the last year. When it first began it was easy enough to gently explain that sometimes, like with being sisters, you need to get...

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Cartwheeling Into Fall

(13) Comments | Posted August 10, 2013 | 3:31 PM

Cartwheeling into fall as another summer winds down, I feel profound gratitude for all the year has given me. This particular year has been a challenge, but the way the endless childhood of summer meets the vibrant promise of autumn, I can only celebrate. This time of year...

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Face It

(13) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 3:12 PM

Standing at the mirror, I take inventory of the day and of my face. I play back the conversations I had at work and my train of thought on the solitary drive home. I scan the shape of my face and find it's more angular than before. I am not...

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I Went to Arianna Huffington's House and all I Got Was This Entirely New and Satisfying Way to See Things and Order My Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 11:51 AM

2013 is the year I'll celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary, turn 40 and meet an early September day when all three of my daughters head off to school on the bus. Behind those milestones are things I hadn't anticipated -- closing our store, realizing that an 8-year relationship was over...

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Life Plans: Use Pencils

(2) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 11:36 AM

The other day, I was driving toward our house to meet the bus. I was coming around a bend that always gives me pause; something about it makes me brace for a child darting into the road. One night, I was coming home very late, and just as I came...

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In What World?

(12) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 3:54 PM

In what world would you ever justify a crime by laying blame on the victim?

If I leave my front door unlocked, does it give someone permission to come inside?

If the door is thrown wide open, does that mean that anyone is invited to come and take whatever they'd...

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Even Still

(14) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 2:23 PM

I used to believe that there was a formula --

...step on a crack, break your mother's back

I thought that if even against my better judgement or despite my best efforts, if I indeed stepped on a crack, that I could avoid the next seven cracks...

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Home at Work

(2) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 6:21 PM

When I met Sean, I told him that I wasn't looking to make friends. He told me he wasn't asking me to marry him. It wasn't the last time that I would be faced with something that I hadn't quite thought all the way through. Eventually, he did ask me...

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This Is Childhood: Eight

(29) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:27 AM

This post is the eighth in the series "This Is Childhood," which captures moments in our children's lives, from age 1 to 10.

Eight. More than eight years with you.

These years are motion and fire. They are amorphous and finite at once, molten lava coursing through time,...

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