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…

Disney Planning, Again!


For many reasons we have decided to move our January trip to Walt Disney World to March. We swore we would never be those people who planned their trips around school breaks but now that both kids are in high school it is a bit tougher. Christmas break was later this year lasting until January…

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…

Mexican Hot Chocolate Muddy Buddies


Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo today? My daughter made this for us to snack on during the day. She loves making and coming up with all sorts of combinations for Muddy Buddies. This is a great recipe to make with kids. They can stir and pour!

Being Average in a World that Expects You to be Extraordinary


Being average is okay. It almost seems like we need to apologize these days for being average. If you look at a bell curve guess what? Most of us ARE average. Despite what we tell ourselves, our children, and their teachers, most children are average. As my daughter is starting to look at applying to…

Cutting Back: When They Want You to be with Them


Last week I took my son to his weekly cello lesson.  I usually  drop him off at the start of  his lesson, go to a meeting for an Events Committee, leave the meeting a bit early and head out to my daughter’s dance lesson while my partner leaves work to go pick our son up…

Traveling for the Holidays


We were  home for Christmas but had a short trip planned to visit family. We left on Christmas day thinking we would get a jump-start on the driving and arrive early on Monday to visit with my parents, brother and sister-in-law. We had an easy 5-6 hour drive planned for Monday morning. We got a…

The Ghost of Christmas Past


I was thinking this morning, “If the Ghost of Christmas Past appeared to me what would he show me in my life to bring back a belief in the good of people and Christmas?” Bonus points if you can name this movie! A couple of Christmas memories really stand out. I remember being about 8-9…

New Year Blues


As we edge closer to New Year’s Eve I get a bit of the blues. I tend to be weepy as I look at my children, my life and the state of the world around me. The passage of time has always hit me hard. I swear my babies are still 3 and 6. They…

President Trump


I have been trying to figure out what to say today. I am so tired. Last night I went to my 13 year-old son’s room at 1:00 am to check on him after my daughter came to me crying about the outcome of the election. I found him sitting on his bed with laptop trying…

My Story of Growing Fearless Eaters


I had a couple of comments and questions recently about my children. Some of them were envious and mentioned that their children would never eat most of what I serve my family. Believe me it wasn’t always like this. It took years and lots of persistence on my part in helping them get to this…