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…

How Often Do You Eat Out?


My niece posted this question on FaceBook the other day and the answers were quite interesting, “How often do you eat out?” Like most people that posted I eat out (this was specifically drive thru/pizza/or Chinese take-out) once or twice a week. I usually eat lunches out because I don’t care for leftovers except pizza,…

An 18th Birthday and Graduation


For her 18th birthday and graduation gift from me my daughter gets this old purple book. It doesn’t look like much and most people would think I was crazy. In 2002 I started a journal for my daughter. She was about 18 months old and I decided I needed to write down the little every…

My Mother’s Day Journey


My daughter next to the Cinderella Wishing Well in Magic Kingdom. For many years I hated Mother’s Day. I thought my body hated me, God hated me, and life was just not fair. I ached to be a mom. Every Mother’s Day as we sat in church and they passed out flowers to all the…

Real Neat Blog Award


I normally do not do these awards but I have been struggling lately and though this may be a fun way to kick-start me back into writing more. It is taking the time to physically sit down and actually write my blog that seems to be the issue. I am keeping myself too busy lately…

A Family Weekend


  Picture from clip art. Our family is away for the weekend. My son is participating in the State competition for Science Olympiad at Michigan State University. He is competing in Rocks and Minerals, Optics, Fast Facts, and Microbes. It will be a crazy busy day but it will be a fun weekend. It is…