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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband and four children.

As I write this blog, I'm sitting in the orthodontist office while they work on my daughter's braces. The Wi-Fi here is not working, and I have a lot of work to catch up on but there's little that can be done. That's just the life of a working mom of four.

I've been cognizant lately of just how much time my kids actually take up. I'm lucky enough to work just 25 hours a week and only two days at the office. The other days, I try and squeeze my work in around the kids. That means I work at night. I work at the orthodontist. I work in the carpool line. I work while I eat lunch and sometimes while I'm making dinner. Seems like I'm working all the time. But I'm not really.

Because most of the time, I'm doing all the things a parent does but never really thinks about. Like this orthodontist appointment that I thought would take a half hour but is now going on two hours. Then there are the other niggly things that have been eating up my up time lately such as:

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It's time again to replace the school pictures.

This year I've got two finishing up grammar school so I'm comparing their kindergarten and eighth grade pictures.

lillyThenI think of all my kids, Lilly has changed the most. When she was a baby, she was never still. In her bouncy seat, she would kick her feet so much that she'd kick off her socks and slide down to the bottom if she wasn't strapped in. She'd jabber all the time in baby talk, and whenever I sat down, she would insist on sitting in my lap. Now she saves all her energy for the pool or the lacrosse field — where she's as fast as the wind. At home, she spends most of her time curled up in bed listing to a book on tape. She's so quiet that sometimes I'll forget she's in the house. What hasn't changed is her sweet disposition. She's kind, thoughtful and a huge help around the house. She will do anything I ask and rarely complains. She also has an innocent heart. She'd die if she knew I was telling you, but every now and then she still plays with Barbies. I love that about her.lillyNow

Keep reading to see how cute Adam was.

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FamilyRunWMy kids have been running since just after birth.

Actually, they were in the jog stroller as I ran pushing them, but they've known running all their lives. Before Maggie was even born, I had the jog stroller ready. As soon as her head was stable and the weather was warm enough, out we went.

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SuperMomI just noticed something that's been on our refrigerator for a few months, but had gotten lost amidst all the other papers stuck up there. It gave my day a boost when I stopped to read it again. Here's what it says:

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