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Author Archive: Angela Borchert

Small investment goes a long way

The odds of my kids earning athletic scholarships to college are slim. It’s not that they don’t have talent (honestly, it’s too early to tell, anyway), it’s that athletic scholarships are hard to come by. I am not one of those parents who is banking on an athletic scholarship to fund their college educations. So for […]

Just like a cat, kids can be gone in a flash

There are stray cats in my neighborhood. They eat other cats’ food and roam in our neighborhood, but I am pretty sure they are not part of the neighborhood watch program. They use everyone’s grass as a dumping ground. It’s a big concern and my neighbor has thought about calling the humane society or SPCA […]

Mom and Dad conversation just isn’t happening

Some moms go back to work after having kids because they desire adult conversation. They say they can’t imagine spending an entire day talking about “Dora the Explorer,” “Sesame Street” and debating what’s a better lunch – grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly. Being around adults in an office allows moms to interact with […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Extreme measures are necessary sometimes

One of my least favorite things to do as a parent is to discipline my kids. I want us to get along all the time. I don’t want any screaming in my house, no crying, no talking back. I just want them to do what we ask them to do and have peace every day. […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 6 Replies

Impulsive shopping did me in

As much as I love to stroll shops and be selective about my purchases, I am also an impulsive shopper. After spending an hour or so in a shop, trying on clothes or shoes, something catches my eye while standing in the checkout line. I must have it. A pack of gum at the grocery […]

Don’t be so cold, Mom: Take us out!

Movies have always been a big part of our lives. Date nights always consisted of dinner and a movie. As the Academy Awards neared, my husband and I always made sure to see as many movies nominated for Best Picture as we could. One of the first date night movies we went to see was […]

January 30, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

I took the pledge, will you?

A shoe breezes by my ear and nearly knocks me off course. A sock follows shortly after. Oh, you need a tissue? OK, here. Can you reach? In addition to objects making their way into the front seat of my car, sibling battles are also common. Not to mention the many times I have to avoid […]

January 16, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

2014′s goals have set themselves

New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays. I couldn’t care less about New Year’s Day, actually (except for the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl). I am more of a New Year’s Eve kind of girl. It’s something about the start of a new year that excites me. I am not one for New […]

It’s not in our nature to be sneaky

We were so careful. Different wrapping paper, carefully labeled presents handwritten with our opposite writing hand, so as to disguise the real giver of the gifts. Six years of being cautious because you never know what little trick will give away Santa Claus’ real identity. There’s a separate stash of Christmas wrapping paper in the […]

Parent-teacher conferences a real thrill

Parent-teacher conferences remain a vivid memory from my childhood. I tagged along with my parents to Cleo Gordon Elementary School in Fairfield, showed my dad around the classroom while my mom talked to the teacher about my grades, behavior and attitude. I kept one ear on the conversation, though, and every year it was exactly […]

A lot of responsibility to being a good neighbor

One egg. That’s all I needed. One egg to make my perfect banana bread. I reached for my cell-phone to text my neighbor and then remembered that her car wasn’t in the driveway when I got home earlier in the day. Call another neighbor, you say? Yeah, right! Which one? My parents taught me a […]

I’m not crazy, I’m a hard worker

Exercise is a big part of my life. People ask me all the time how I stay motivated to get up early and work out nearly every day. I like to think that I am self-motivated, but there are a lot of external factors that inspire me. Of course, I can download new music to my […]

Blood donation an easy way to volunteer my time

My family never would’ve pegged me as someone who volunteers to donate blood. As a kid with epilepsy, I had to visit the blood-draw clinic a lot to get my levels checked. I was not an easy patient. I kicked and screamed at the top of my lungs and gave my parents headaches over just a […]

We are the Borcherts and we love cereal

Every family has a preferred meal of the day. Some families have big, elaborate dinners. Some (like ours) go all out at breakfast. I am not talking about brunch on Sunday. I am talking about weekday breakfasts, get-your-day-started-off-on-the-right-foot breakfasts. Every Sunday, sure, we go all out with pancakes and either bacon or sausage. My kids […]

October 10, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

A common debate to educational struggles

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards in California schools this year. I’ve read editorials, a lot of letters to the editor and several articles in many different publications about Common Core. I’ve read that kids are going to be asked to think more critically, […]

You gotta have thick skin in this house

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” As a young sportswriter, I quickly developed thick skin. It seemed like no one ever agreed with my opinion. No one ever liked what I wrote and I was constantly receiving emails and phone calls telling me how awful I was. I shed […]

Paying it forward as best I can

Home economics was never going to be my major in college. I wasn’t cut out to be a chef or a seamstress. In middle school, I took home economics and it was a complete disaster. We had to make and eat a dish that involved a tomato – not my favorite food. I helped make […]

Disneyland family vacation lives up to billing

Family vacations run few and far between in the Borchert household. There is one week during the year when we can pack up the kids, leave the house and enjoy some time away from Vacaville. If we go anywhere outside of that one-week window, we are probably obligated to do so by a family member […]

Let’s hold off on all the formalities

I never met Mrs. Borchert, my mother-in-law. In my world, I am Mrs. Borchert. Don’t get me wrong, even though we never had the pleasure to meet, I have the utmost respect for the late Mrs. Borchert. From everything that I’ve been told about my husband’s mother, she was amazing. Just as amazing as my […]

Let’s hear it for the baby sitter!

My husband and I understand the importance of date nights. In a way, we’ve been a little lazy about making them more of a priority in our relationship. We like going to the movies, going out to dinner, taking on new adventures together and getting away from the kids for a few hours. Our families […]

July 18, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Fourth of July brings great family traditions

My family is very patriotic. Some of us also have very strong political beliefs. So Independence Day is a big deal for us. I remember the days when I used to work at the Daily Republic as a sports writer. I was low woman on the totem pole back then, so I worked most of […]

How did they grow up so fast?

I never thought we would get through colic. But we did. I never thought we would find the reason behind our oldest daughter’s constipation problems. But we did. When our youngest was born seven weeks premature, it was rough – even though she didn’t have a health problem. But we got through it and she […]

June 20, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

We’re together – through sickness and health

From the time we start dating, we are thinking about what we want in a significant other. Who will be my perfect match? Will it be my best friend? Will it be the person I can see myself growing old with? Or will I marry my soul mate? I never understood when someone said they […]

Little sister comes to the rescue

Working parents need all the help they can get. Some working parents, like my husband and me, are fortunate enough to have family living close enough to help out with baby-sitting, child care during basketball games and whatever other random tasks we can concoct. We have very supportive families and our little family of four […]

If I only knew then what I know now

I consider myself a somewhat experienced mom (with big emphasis on the word “somewhat”). I have pregnant friends and I am eager to share my parenting wisdom. I was once in their shoes. I wasn’t always super mom. In college, I wasn’t thinking about getting married or having kids. I was very career-focused. While other […]

Yeah, because I need stress when I shop

There are some things that people shouldn’t mess with in a mom’s life. No. 1, don’t mess with my kids. No. 2, don’t mess with my family. No. 3, don’t mess with my grocery store. If I need to run out to my local grocery store at 6 a.m. without having taken a shower, likely without a […]

No place for patience in potty training

WHY IS POTTY TRAINING SO DIFFICULT? I don’t mean to yell, but why can’t this kid just sit on the potty and go No. 2 as easy as she goes No. 1? I know there are a ton of resources that I could leverage to help me with this battle, but I’ve been through this […]

The surprise at the top of the hill

Sometimes our kids surprise us. Not in a storm-into-my-room-at-6 a.m.-on-a-Sunday-morning surprise. That’s a bad surprise. I’m talking about the good surprises. My kids don’t know the full meaning of hard work. We tell them to work hard at everything they do and try hard, but they don’t know how to work hard. That’s OK, they […]

March 28, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Liar, liar pants on fire

Smarties, Pixie Stix and dried mangos. These are some of the items that my daughter sneaked over the past couple of weeks while my husband and I weren’t looking. What’s worse is that she got caught and then lied about it. I’m obviously not OK with her sneaking Smarties before breakfast on a Monday morning, but […]

March 14, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged | 1 Reply

Too much estrogen makes us all a little nuts

My husband and I sat together patiently while my exposed belly was being reviewed by my doctor via ultrasound. I was 32 weeks pregnant, had been on bed rest for almost three weeks, but the doctor said things were looking up. This was the one appointment when I forgot to remind her that we didn’t […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

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