Thank You, Bradley

I wanted to start a new blog for well over a year. I had my WordPress site set up and ready to go. However, I just couldn’t think what to write about. I didn’t make the time since I didn’t know what to write. I was afraid that whatever I picked would be the wrong…

Betrayal

  I have spent far too much time these past few months doing research, writing and talking to attorneys to try to protect my family. It has put a pall over everything. As if it’s not hard enough to go through holidays missing my mother-in-law from our celebrations. I have spent every holiday and birthday…

Joy Through the Eyes of a Child

I think I enjoyed the Wee Nut’s birthday almost as much as she did. She had an early doctor’s appointment for her yearly checkup, so the two of us went to the Pancake House for breakfast after we dropped Cam off to school. ¬†They brought her a surprise jelly crepe and sang her Happy Birthday!…

Tomorrow, My Baby Turns 9

My little girl has been a wonderful gift. She’s brilliant, talented, kind (but no pushover) and she has a temper to rival her red-haired Irish grandmother. She is also focused, driven and very curious. She tries to organize her classroom, but leaves a hurricane behind her at home. My angel is always on the move….

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

One bite at a time… That’s the old joke, but I’m sure we all have those days and weeks when we are feeling overwhelmed and harried. As a result, we are stressed out and not functioning at our best. So, how do we deal with days like that? I find that making a list helps….

2012 Road Trip

Judy, I intended this blog and the next one to be for you. I had no idea what this road trip meant to Ellen until you shared with me when we spoke. I am honored and humbled that this was one of her favorite things. So, I thought you might like to see pictures of…

Totally Tostadas!

Tonight we had tostadas for dinner. These are a staple at our house. They’re easy to make, delicious and flexible; allowing each person to have exactly what they want on the shell. And, I think they’re easier than tacos, because you don’t have to wrestle with the shell. In a tostada, the shell just lays…

Magical, Healing Chicken Soup

Okay — disclaimers here: it’s not magic, but it may as well be and I don’t know if it’s actually healing, but it makes my kids feel loved and what’s not healing about that? Chicken Soup 1-2 T coconut oil (or use olive oil if you don’t have coconut) 1¬†yellow onion, diced 2 celery sticks,…

On Being Late

I just read the best post on Forbes about being late. I used to be guilty of being late all the time. Then I had my daughter who absolutely freaks out if she’s 2 minutes late for anything. She changed my habits and frankly, it made me realize just how rude I used to be….

Delicious Gluten Free Lasagna

So, one of my family’s favorite foods is my lasagna. I’m sure it’s quite Americanized, but man is it good – even our Italian-raised friend of the family from New Jersey loved it. LASAGNA Red Sauce 2 lbs sweet Italian sausage (bulk – if you can’t find bulk, just slice open the casing on sausages…

Competition Anxiety

Having two children who compete can come with some anxiety (sometimes a lot of anxiety) on their parts. And let’s not even mention daddy’s and mommy’s nerves. My daughter tends to get stage fright a lot more before her performances than my son does before his competitions. As a matter of fact, the only time…

Unanswerable Question

Yesterday, I found out that my youngest sister had invited her abuser (I refuse to call him her husband) back into her life. Not just back into her life, but into my parents’ home, against their wishes. They had asked her to ask him to leave several times, but he wasn’t going anywhere. Finally, mom…