Happy Father’s Day!


I wrote this post about my father last year and feel it is even more appropriate this year as my children are starting to navigate the political, social, and human aspects of life. Extremely grateful for the spirit of volunteerism and ethics both of my parents instilled in me and I am passing down to…

A Big Weekend in Our House


Sunday is the day I usually talk about my family. This past weekend has been a whirlwind in our house. Friday night my son had his 8th grade “Farewell.” They don’t say graduation in our district except for 12th grade. I like that. In 5th grade they do a “Walk Away.” All the 5th grade…

Do You Have a Leftover Meal?


Lately I have been going back and watching televisions shows from many years ago that I did not get to watch the first time they were on television. So, I have watched West Wing, How I Met Your Mother, and now Malcolm in the Middle. One of the best moments so far for me is…

An Impromptu Memorial Day Picnic


Our lives have been so busy that I marked Saturday and Monday on our calendar as “Do NOT schedule anything.” of course that did not completely work but it kept us down to a sane three or four items in the day and not have it jam-packed. As we were at the grocery store picking…

The Game We Play and What My Family has Gained from It


I have quite a few new followers (thank you, thank you, thank you) and thought it was time to update everyone  about the  dinner game I play with my family and what we have gained from it. Almost four and a half years ago I was tired of cooking. I didn’t want to cook dinner…

This is NOT German Style Pork Chops


We all have “those” days. This was mine. My daughter had wanted German Style Pork Chops with Ginger Snap Gravy with German potato salad and braised red cabbage for her birthday dinner. She had dance so before we left the house early in the morning I had her start the pork chops so at least…

Eighteen Summers


Someone said this to me the other day, “All we get is eighteen summers with them.” That hit me like a ton of bricks. I never thought about it in those terms. I am very aware that my daughter is ending her junior year of high school and her brother is ending his eighth grade…

Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms! These are my “babies.” No they are still no longer babies but they will always be my babies. I hope you all get to spend the day doing what you like with those you love! ❤ ❤ ❤

High School Musical Jr.


It’s a Wild Cats weekend in our house. The musical this year at our middle school is High School Musical Jr. Just about one year ago my son, who is Autistic, wanted to be in Lion King Jr. So he taught himself to sing. You can read that blog post here (click for link to…

What I Want for Mother’s Day


I received this Mother’s Day card from Chick-fil-A for being on Chick-fil-A Moms Panel. My kids will love the sweet treats! Yes, I said my kids. I know I do this all the time and I am sure many of you do too. I think of my kids first then I am somewhere down the…

What Did You Do This Past Weekend?


My daughter and I spent the last weekend together at the Wisconsin Springtime Feis and the Celtic Spirit Feis. I love spending time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My daughter laughed at me as we drove into the city and said, “I could live here.”  She told me I say that every time we drive into a…

My Top 20 Summer Bucket List


I don’t have a bucket list, maybe I should, but it seems a bit overwhelming. I decided to start small with a summer bucket list. Sunset picnic on the beach with a nice glass of wine. Visit a farmer’s market and find ingredients to make a non-planned dinner with what we find. Visit one new…