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This is a Listicle Friday post. It’s the prompt for Week 2 of the newly formatted Finish the Sentence Friday writing community. I’m cohosting with Kenya Johnson of Sporadically Yours. This week we’re sharing 10 of our favorite things. I don’t much care for whiskers on kittens as I’m unable to breathe if I’m anywhere near a cat. […]

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  • Kenya G. Johnson - I don’t know if I grinned more at your favorite things or the fact that we are doing THIS. So cool!

    I don’t own ANY Uggs, maybe it’s not cold enough here to appreciate having a pair. I had on flip flops yesterday because my slippers were too hot. You know I love love love Apple products too but they are slowing making me mad with the updates and seemingly slowing down devices that are hardly old. I don’t think I’ll ever jump ship though. I like Apple grass.

    And just wait until Tucker’s voice starts to change. It’s going to stab you in the heart. Actually it’s kind of subtle, you’ll look back on a video and realize he doesn’t sound like that anymore. 🙁January 11, 2018 – 9:50 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - It really is so cool that we’re doing this! I love it. And Uggs are so comfortable. You don’t have to wear socks with them (I don’t but maybe that’s weird). They’d be too hot with socks, I think. It’s hot here today like we texted but I haven’t been out really.
      Yeah, the updates with Apple are nuts. I’m still on the iPhone 7S and although the 10 looks cool, I think I can wait a little while this time.
      ARRRGH to Tucker’s voice starting to change. Reading that makes me want to take more videos of him now. I love love his voice. Sigh.January 12, 2018 – 6:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Dana - I only own Ugg slippers, but I would wear them 24/7 if I could. In the winter, I almost do. Except when I’m in bed with my flannel sheets, which are one of my new favorite things. But I’m with you on good sheets.

    And to what Kenya said about Tucker’s voice ^^^ – so true about when it changes. Now I listen to videos when James had a boy voice, and it’s hard to remember him sounding that way. Sigh.January 11, 2018 – 10:08 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Aw to James boy voice. Like I said to Kenya, you all make me want to take more videos! Sigh sigh sigh for sure. YAY for Ugg slippers and flannel sheets. Good sheets are a big win.January 12, 2018 – 6:26 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - Great list! I share several of your favorites…as for your #1, yup, I totally get that. I remember that same feeling of wanting to hear my son’s voice. I remember the exact moment when I first heard him try to approximate the word “cookie” by saying, “cook, cook.” Pure music to my ears. 🙂January 12, 2018 – 8:59 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Awww to “cook, cook!” So cute! Those first words and attempts are precious and will be with me always. I know it. Thanks, Emily! xoxoJanuary 12, 2018 – 6:27 pmReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - Ok. I honestly have never liked UGG boots, but those are kinda cute. Someone else posted a picture of some really cute UGG booties – like not “furry” ones – on Instagram over Christmas and I thought they were fabulous. And yes to good sheets! One of those adult realizations, isn’t it? Love that you and Kenya are teaming up and hope to do better with linking up this year!January 12, 2018 – 12:44 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I used to not like Ugg boots either but now I love them. They’re so comfy and comfy and well. Comfy! Maybe Ugg boots are in your future. I hope to see you more this year too! I hope this new format will get some of us back together more often. I miss those earlier days.January 12, 2018 – 6:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Kerry - Don’t you just love the sound flip-flops make when you walk? Know that sound I am referring to? I hate the part of winter where I must wear boots because I can never find a pair that fit me, as I have legs that are too thick for most pairs. Now flip flops I can get behind. My feet aren’t that big that it’s an issue to find a pair of flip flops that work.

    Wow. I have never said that much on the subject of flip flops before. Ah well.

    Love your list. Might have a few similar favourite things when I write up my own list later.January 13, 2018 – 10:18 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Kerry,
      I really really REALLY love the sound flip-flops make when you walk. Sorta like “flip, flop” maybe? Click clack? I love. I didn’t used to love that sound as it felt so un-shy but now I do love it. A friend of mine has a similar issue with finding boots – her calves are wide but she’s found a few pairs that are made for wider calves. I have a hard time finding boots for Tucker. His feet aren’t really “wide,” but they’re extra tall or something? Like from bottom of foot to top, they’re thicker than most people’s and no boots (or dress shoes) fit him. We have to get the extra wide with velcro ties and even those are at their limits. HAHA to never having said as much about flip flops. I hope you join in!January 13, 2018 – 9:14 pmReplyCancel

      • Kerry - It’s kind of a sucking sound, which many find irritating, but I like it.January 14, 2018 – 7:38 pmReplyCancel

  • clark - we called them ‘loris’ back when I was a kid (as opposed to back when I was young)… totally enjoyed wearing them. Even developed the odd, toe-clench technique that made running possible.
    I think this re-(something) of the FTSF will be fun.January 13, 2018 – 6:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi Campbell - The toe-clench technique in making running possible in boots like this is a skill that should never be lost on anybody. You should probably buy some, just for that reason! And I think the re-something of FTSF will be fun, too. 🙂January 13, 2018 – 9:34 pmReplyCancel

Hey friends. I know you’re confused about why I’m publishing on a Tuesday when I’ve been such a slacker reliable weekly writer of Finish the Sentence Friday. I have a super duper exciting announcement about Finish the Sentence Friday improvements and a new host! I know! I’m bouncing too! But, like all super duper exciting announcements and […]

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  • Linda Atwell - This is awesome!
    I hope you are having a blast in Colorado.
    Maybe I’ll even be able to participate in these once in a while!January 9, 2018 – 11:27 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I hope you will! We’re actually back from Colorado but it was fun. Tucker got to snow tube with his cousins for the third year in a row on NY day and that was magical. So was seeing family and friends.January 10, 2018 – 6:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Kelly L McKenzie - WOW! Gotta say I love this idea. I think it shakes things up in a refreshingly good way.

    I am sorry I’ve been neglectful lately with FTSF, guys. I’ve met some wonderful folks over here and I look forward to participating more and reading the posts.January 9, 2018 – 11:30 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I love that you love this idea, Kelly! I think you’re right about it shaking things up and no need to apologize for missing FTSF lately. I know life gets in the way of blogging. It’s pretty much the only time I post any longer. I hope you’ll join us!January 10, 2018 – 6:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Lizzi - WELL! This does sound exciting! Hope all goes well. Love the new idea and new graphic…and your new co-host is most definitely awesome.

    Might even join in, occasionally 😉

    (P.S. Ya gotta open parentheses to close them, or it makes it a parenthesis and that’s just lonely!!! I’M FLOORED ya did that *bitch, whine*)January 10, 2018 – 4:31 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Join in join in join in join in join in!!! Um, what parenthesis. Did I mess up? I posted late and am SICK but edited some today… and now I don’t see them. Ugh. Did I really???? Nah. I don’t believe it.January 10, 2018 – 7:09 pmReplyCancel

      • Lizzi - I *think* you edited it out without realising 😉January 11, 2018 – 2:01 amReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - I’m so thrilled! That’s a line a movie “Lady Sings the Blues”, so I said it in Diana Ross’s voice. Can’t remember if she was so thrilled for real or sarcastic, but I am so thrilled for real, ready to get this party started! Thanks for being on board, if you had approached me with this idea in a day, I would have had a heart attack.January 10, 2018 – 6:38 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I’m so thrilled for real too and completely ready to get the party started! Whoot! HAHA to the heart attack. Honestly, when you said “and I’d be the co-host” I thought “Um, I don’t really want a co-host” until I heard the idea and then really wanted to do this with you. I’m so grateful for your idea. I love it and think it’s brilliant.January 10, 2018 – 7:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Dana - Yay – how exciting! You and Kenya are two of my oldest blogging friends (as in I’ve known you the longest – you’re not old!)…I miss those days of connecting.January 10, 2018 – 8:45 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - LOL to clarifying that we’re old because you’ve known us the longest instead of just being old. 😀 I miss those days, too. Maybe this will help.January 10, 2018 – 7:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - Wow, this post was like a trip down memory lane for me — bloppy bloggers, blogging awards — fun times! And, I LOVE this new format — great idea and great new co-host too! Maybe this will give me motivation to participate more now. I’ve always loved FTSF because who doesn’t appreciate prompts?! Especially for bloggers with dwindling content like me! Looking forward to this!January 10, 2018 – 9:46 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I know right? I remember the first blogging award and I was FLOORED. I miss those days a little bit. And yeah, I have dwindling content too. I hope you’ll join!!! It’s a fun idea!January 10, 2018 – 7:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Tamara - I. Love. It. And if that’s the same Jena Schwartz, not only do we have mutual blogging friends, but she lives two towns over. We were at the same Regina Spektor concert.January 10, 2018 – 5:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - It is Jena Schwartz. She’s amazing. You’re amazing. No wonder you live so close to one another. That’s really cool you were at the same concert!January 10, 2018 – 7:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - Love the pre-set schedule. Sounds like a fun concept!January 11, 2018 – 9:11 amReplyCancel

  • Kerry - You are right in that it isn’t such a bad idea to shake things up sometimes. I don’t always like writing lists, but maybe I can come up with ten things I love for this first one.

    I’ve been taking part in a stream of consciousness post each week (or nearly always each week) for a few years now: SoCS or Stream of Consciousness Saturday. I may combine both once a month.

    Not so sure about the photo one, but we’ll see. I can do the others. Sure.January 12, 2018 – 12:17 amReplyCancel

The calendar did that flip, flip, swish, swish thing again, and it’s almost 2018. And so, tonight, I look at the most unforgettable moments of 2017 (the best, the worst). 2017 holds wonder and light, and also intense grief and loss. I suppose all years do, although some are better than worse. 2017 was the […]

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  • JT Walters - This year my first book will be published, I will have (1) art exhibition and Alex returns. The first to are for me but the last is my only real wish!December 28, 2017 – 11:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - Happy New Year Kristi! And may 2018 bring you many moments of joy, growth, acceptance, love and an awesome man-bun. 🙂December 29, 2017 – 9:42 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks, Emily! Happy happy new year to you! Here’s to all of those things for you and yours (although maybe your boys aren’t hoping for a man-bun but you know, other than that 😉December 29, 2017 – 10:47 pmReplyCancel

  • Kerry - Beautiful, as always, Kristi.

    Bad year in so many ways, but personally it was long awaited and I wasn’t about to let a certain foolish man child ruin that.

    Future on your nightstand. What a symbolic image that is.

    As for and speaking of this is us…the show returns on Tuesday night and I can’t think of a better way to start off 2018, but that’s just me.

    Happy New Year’s Kristi and I may just combine my end-of-the-year reflections post with both Ten Things of Thankful and FTSF.December 30, 2017 – 9:16 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thank you Kerry and yes, it’s important to not let that manchild ruin things but wow it’s hard to avoid the confusion and anger and… I can’t wait for This is Us again! I so hope you end up linking up with Ten Things and FTSF. Happy happy New Year, my friend. I hope 2018 is fabulous for you (I know it will be!). xoDecember 31, 2017 – 12:57 amReplyCancel

  • Dana - Middle aged is me now too, and most of the time, that’s okay. Wrinkles are life lines – years of smiling and laughing and scrunching up the head in concentration. May 2018 bring more laughter and smiling, and less of all the bad stuff. And a lunch or two with you.December 30, 2017 – 3:20 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Here’s to way more smiles and at LEAST a lunch or two with you. I try to remember that wrinkles are lifelines but wowza sometimes I look in the mirror and am surprised, dangit. Happy New Year, Dana!December 31, 2017 – 1:05 amReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - I really can’t wait to see the man-bun!
    Again, as always, you put into words what I feel inside – that these kids are still more ours than the future. So true. For now. It’s a beautiful and terrifying thing.
    I hope the year ahead is a good one for us all, in all the ways we need it to be. xoxoJanuary 1, 2018 – 10:47 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I’ll definitely post manbun photos. And yeah, to the beautiful and terrifying. I hope 2018 is great for all of us as well. So much. XOXOJanuary 3, 2018 – 12:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Echo - 2017 was a shite year for us! It, literally, sent me to the Sanitarium! I definitely need 2018 to be better, so I am all for that rebel yell!!!!January 3, 2018 – 6:16 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - UGH to the Sanitarium! No more can they keep us in!
      Listen, damn it, we will win!
      Here’s to rebel yelling really effing loud and changing the whole wide world. xoJanuary 3, 2018 – 11:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda Atwell - This is perfect.
    I LOVE the picture of Tucker with Men in Black. How cool is that. And I cannot believe how much your little man looks like you! More and more all the time. I can’t wait to see a picture of his man-bun.
    I hope this year is better than last year. Maybe DT will be impeached?
    Hugs.January 4, 2018 – 2:46 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - OMG from your lips. DT being impeached would be wonderful. Perfect! I’ll be sure to post some man bun photos 😉 and Happy New Year, my friend! xoJanuary 4, 2018 – 3:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - I think this time last year I was still in denial about 45. I can’t believe a year later that hasn’t been resolved. Sigh.

    I can’t wait for the debut of Tucker’s man bun. Maybe by his birthday/beach week?

    And Will Smith looks so real. They didn’t do as good with Tommy Lee Jones. Maybe they had a hard time trying to put in his wrinkles. LOL!January 7, 2018 – 5:37 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Right? Tommy’s face looks saggy or something but Will’s looks awesome… Maybe the man bun by this summer/birthday/beach, unless he cuts it off before then? I think he thinks about cutting it off but doesn’t want the attention of “omg Tux, you cut your hair!” and all that goes with it. We’ll see… And yeah, I’m in denial about 49. Gulllllllp. January 7, 2018 – 9:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Lux - Oh that is a beautiful way of putting things into perspective. Yes, time is fleeting. And the moments we hold dear are gone before we even notice. But the memories remain. Time is so important. That’s a favorite gift of mine to receive and give.January 8, 2018 – 3:43 amReplyCancel

  • My Inner Chick - **A ball caught rather than missed.

    A joke that flew rather than fell.

    Pants fitting just right.

    The time we said exactly what we wanted to – no more, no less.

    Love, returned.**

    beautiful, darling!

    OMGgggosh, and that photo above w/ Tucker and Men In Black, CLASSIC & Priceless. xxx from MN.January 13, 2018 – 1:47 pmReplyCancel

It’s a running joke that Miss America wishes for world peace. I’m not sure why it’s funny; maybe because it’s impossible to imagine actual world peace. Maybe, because the overly-made-up women saying that world peace exists live in what seems to be a bubble to the rest of us who live mostly in yoga pants […]

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  • Kerri - Oh my friend I literally just says to a friend just bc your struggle isn’t the same as mine doesn’t mean it’s not just intense. We all have battles. I love your wish for more compsssion

    And if we can get world peace you get bonus points!December 14, 2017 – 10:43 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - So true. It’s hard to not feel guilty BUT something can pretty much always always be worse. So then what? We’re not allowed to feel like a struggle is a struggle? Your friend is lucky to have such a wise friend in you! December 15, 2017 – 9:16 pmReplyCancel

  • JT Walters - I wish for Alex to come home!!December 14, 2017 – 11:41 pmReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - Beautiful wishes!! I have loved watching Tucker’s progress through your blog. Parenting is such journey no matter “what kind” if kids we are given. Like most journeys, it’s harder for some and seems easier for others. There’s a quote somewhere about being kind because “everyone is struggling with something.” I think that’s true. Often, we can’t see the struggles of others so we assume we are the only ones, or that our struggles are insignificant. But, our struggles are ours – whatever they are, big or small – and we have to acknowledge them and appreciate them for what they teach us.

    Merry Christmas!!!December 15, 2017 – 7:11 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Merry Christmas, Lisa! And you’re so right – our struggles are our struggles. Just because somebody struggles “MORE” doesn’t negate what we’re going through. December 15, 2017 – 9:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - Those are wonderful wishes! And those videos of Tucker? Wow — so amazing! You make me want to look back and find old ones of my big dude…I still remember and laugh at how high his voice was and now he’s got this deep man voice! Happy Holidays Kristi!!December 15, 2017 – 11:58 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Oh you so should find old videos of big dude! I was surprised by the one of Tucker. I’d honestly forgotten that it was so hard for him to say his name. When he gets close, he looks for the smile and approval too – LOVE that (and sometimes fiercely miss little him!). Happy Holidays, Emily! December 15, 2017 – 9:19 pmReplyCancel

  • UP - If only more of thought this way…sighDecember 15, 2017 – 4:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I’m just so touched by the videos to see how far he has come!! There is much to be thankful for once we count all the little things that are alright in our own lives!December 15, 2017 – 6:24 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks, Roshni! He really has come SO FAR. Here’s to remembering to count all the things right in our lives. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday! December 15, 2017 – 9:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - Amazing how much these kids of ours have grown, isn’t it? I’m still amazed by that kind of thing every single day.
    I know what you mean about the guilt! I often feel like I have no business wishing for this or that when others have it so much worse. But it’s very true that our struggles are all real and should never be measured next to another person’s. It is in those moments when I catch myself saying “but this person…” and think there but for the Grace of God go I and I remember to be grateful for what I do have. As for world peace, I don’t know about that one. Maybe the key is more compassion as a step toward that hope.December 16, 2017 – 9:32 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I can’t believe how much they’ve grown, Lisa. Truly and really. I like the idea of the key being more compassion as a step toward hoping for world peace, although wow, it’s hard to imagine it ever actually happening, you know? December 17, 2017 – 7:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - “Sorry when I said, Hi Justin.” Love it!!! Love seeing him grow up! I also that he’s not shy in videos and doesn’t mind you recording.January 7, 2018 – 5:22 pmReplyCancel

In case you haven’t been out in public recently, or gone outside to see that your neighbors have strung lights and brought pine trees into their homes and then decorated them with baubles and shiny things, I’m here to remind you. The holidays are coming, and because they are, many of us can use a […]

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  • Emily - Wait, there are ticks on Christmas trees??! Ok, now i understand why people get artificial trees. That may be us this year!!November 30, 2017 – 10:45 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - SORRY!!! I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I read a story once, and there were ticks, and they went out of town and and and and…. and now I’m paranoid about this! But maybe it’s just me (except ticks do actually live in pine trees, right?) GAH. SORRY!!!
       November 30, 2017 – 10:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Dana - I’m not sure how I survived before online shopping – I love being able to get most of my gifts while in my pajamas. Unicorn farts…that is genius! One of the perks of not celebrating Christmas is that I am much less stressed in December than most people. I hope you follow your own guide and are able to enjoy the season, Kristi!

    Signed, Your organized-but-not-a-serial-killer friend Dana 🙂December 1, 2017 – 9:32 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - HAHA now I just have to remember to DO IT. I thought of it while writing this because Tucker will LOVE that, but I need to make a note in my calendar so I’m sure to remember. And yay to not being a serial killer (not that I had any doubt). xoxo December 2, 2017 – 10:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa L. - This is fabulous. So much truth. So much wisdom. Here’s to a lazy, non-sucky holiday! Cheers! xoDecember 1, 2017 – 1:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Kerry - Lovely post Kristi. May I share?

    Just thinking and talking and sharing all the holiday traditions, I always loved that CB special and his sad little tree. Many decorations are at odds with my cat since I got him three years ago. I do have a set of lights strung around the inside of my bedroom window. My ex did this and I like having them so close. I can hardly see Christmas lights anymore and that makes me sad sometimes, but my mom knows and understands and works to put some up, in only white because red are invisible to me now, all over the outside of my house in the hopes I can still enjoy them.

    Yay for all moms at this time of year and all year round, including you, even if you don’t think you’re anything but lazy about it all.

    My brother and his wife have begun the elf on a shelf thing with their two kids and I am glad they love it. Yeah, still a little creepy to me.

    We all really do just need to do what works for us and our families. Nobody else matters in this case.

    Love your point about the serial killers. Organized isn’t always a positive trait in everyone.

    I am writing a lot about Christmas tradition, but was unwell and missed participating in this one. Still, I love yours and will go read the other submissions.December 4, 2017 – 12:51 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thank you, Kerry! I’d love for you to share if you’d like to! I’ve heard a few stories about how tree decorations and cats aren’t the best combination. That’s nice that your mom puts up the white lights outside – can you still see them a bit? LOL to the elf on the shelf. I think it’s really creepy but sometimes worry that I made Tucker miss out on something that so many kids really enjoy. I briefly considered getting one when he was tiny, but saw a huge display at Target and I don’t know – I just couldn’t get into it. Oh well. Probably too late now anyway! Tucker still believes in Santa although I don’t know how long that will last. I’m going to go read what you’ve written about Christmas tradition now. Sorry you missed out on this one but I’ll have another holiday prompt this month – feel free to link up one you’ve already written! December 5, 2017 – 12:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - LOL to unicorn fart. There’s a prank box at Bed Bath and Beyond, I really want to go back and get it. It’s says something like it’s an ear wax cleaning kit. I’m always on Christopher about cleaning his ears and I saw that prank boxes and that was too funny. I could put a gift card inside but the look on his face to that would be priceless. Ok I’m going to get it. What’s 20% off of $3.99. I have a million BB&B coupons.

    My house finally smells like cinnamon. My parents were here and they decorated the day after Thanksgiving. My mom brought me some stuff she didn’t need and they got me in the mood to decorate. So I was done on November 30th and tweaked over the weekend. I’m not usually on board until after our birthday’s mid month. But it certainly does get you in the mood to go and buy a prank box. 😉

    Future tip for undoing it all – an excellent audiobook!December 6, 2017 – 9:16 amReplyCancel

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