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…

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…

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…

On His Own


This has been a strange two weeks for me. My son went to camp for the first time on his own. The past two years he has been to the same fine arts camp he is at now but his sister has always been on the same campus. It was always comforting to me have…

Irish Fest


We are spending the weekend enjoying the Irish Fest. Lots of Irish dancing, music and well, beer. We love it! Hope you all have great weekend! Slainte!

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…

Blending In and Letting Go


This what I am doing this morning. My daughter is on her final college tour before she starts to make her decisions. This school is at the bottom of her list of choices right now but we all felt she needed to take the tour and see how it felt for her. So, I let…

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pizza


There was a restaurant back in Rochester, New York that we used to call for breakfast pizzas to be made for special occasions. We had them for teacher recognition breakfasts, family brunches and sleepover breakfasts. Since we moved we have not found anything similar. I have thought about making them several times over the years…

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…

Just a Taste of Europe


My daughter has just ended her first week in Europe. If her pictures, texts and a phone calls are any indication she will be heading back at her next opportunity. We are encouraging her to try to take advantage of all that she can while she is there from sights to food. Here are a…

Letting Go, Bit by Bit


This was my living room on Monday evening. Normally I would NEVER take a photo like this let alone post it on the internet.  But, this is a significant piece in our life right now. Our goals in raising our children have always been that by the time they left our house they would be…