So, My Ambition was More Than My Will


I had intended on blogging every day while I was at the conference in Rochester, NY. I forget how tiring conferences are. I think all I am doing is sitting and taking notes all day so I will have tons of time and information. What I forgot was that you are up at 6:30-7:00 am…

Off Again!!


Believe it or not I am off again. I am headed to a conference in Rochester, NY (home!) for a week. I am so excited! So, while I will probably be posting sporadically it may not be my usual content. More pictures of food I am eating and hopefully lots of things I am learning…

Revisiting Those New Year Goals – Determination!


Back in January I chose the word determination as my touch stone word for the year. I love the idea of a word rather than a resolution because I tend to break resolutions within hours and set non-realistic plans. But, with a word it is something that I can think of daily or weekly to…

Moving Into the Sandwich Generation


About a year and a half ago I wrote a blog post “Standing on the Edge of the Sandwich Generation” (click for link to original blog post)¬†about a visit my daughter and I made to visit my parents. I knew at that time that they were starting to have a bit of “trouble” getting around….

Throwing Open My Closet Door


There is an episode of the sitcom “Friends” that is about Monica’s closet. Monica is super organized and obsessed with cleaning but she has one secret closet that no one has ever seen because it is her messy closet. I realized the other day I have one of those. I have been slowly getting our…

Summer Musical Theater Camp


My son had a really hard beginning to the week this past week. He was headed to musical theater camp. The problem was this was a brand new camp so we had no idea about the space it was going to be held in, the kids who were going to be there, the flow of…

My 18th Summer


Last year I wrote a blog about how we only have 18 summers with our children before they head out on their own. This is the year of my 18th summer with my daughter. I am happy. I am proud. I am sad. I am a little bit of every emotion depending on what is…

Yes, We All Have These Nights


  I keep repeating the mantra “Only one more party. Only one more party.” The problem with this one is that it is at our house. So we are spending all our free time doing a deep clean. I mean taking everything out of every cupboard and drawer, washing the baseboards, scrubbing every corner of…

5 Summer Salads


It is the season of picnics, fireworks, and parties. I have picked out a few of our favorite salads for today and the few weeks ahead. We love Balsamic vinegar and one of our favorite potato salads is this Balsamic Roasted Red Potato Salad (click for link to recipe). It can be served warm or…

Slowing Down, Almost


Well, the first graduation party is over. It was a beast. We headed to Kalamazoo for the weekend so we could be with friends and family that were driving in and be near where the party was going to be held to make set-up and break down easier. We were holding the party in an…

So Where Have I Been Lately?


I admit life has gotten a bit too hectic for me lately. My son left for the UK on Sunday for ten days. I think getting him ready to go mentally, emotionally, and physically was much harder than I ever thought it would be. Many of you know he is autistic and is going on…