Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1.

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The Substitute Teacher Problem

January 3, 2011 | Comments (2)

The girls’ teacher (Mrs. P) has been on emergency leave since Thanksgiving.  Her husband was in a serious car accident while patrolling on Thanksgiving Day.  As a result, he broke both legs, an arm and a wrist.  He’s in bad shape and we all understand that Mrs. P needs to be home right now. The girls had […]

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The Most Wonderful Two Weeks of the Year

December 20, 2010 | Comments (1)

We’re starting my favorite two weeks of the year.  It’s not just Christmas and New Year’s that make it special.  It’s not just that the girls are going to be home on break.  It’s that my husband is on vacation for the next two weeks.  My husband has a lot of vacation, a perk that […]

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Christmas Decdoration

Who has Time for Holiday Entertaining?

December 6, 2010 | Comments (3)

A girlfriend called to say she was reading a leading magazine and was frustrated with all the stories about how to throw the perfect holiday party. She said, “Who are these women and how do they have enough time to throw the perfect party every year?” I know what she means. I stopped looking at […]

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The Day Leo Said I Hate You

November 30, 2010 | Comments (1)

When our twin girls were born, and I was in that sleep deprived, giddy bliss of new motherhood, a friend laughed and said, “Yeah, they are cute now.  Just wait until they are teens yelling I HATE YOU.  We’ll see how happy you are then.” Those words have stuck in my head. I know the […]

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A Grey Giveaway

November 18, 2010 | Comments (1)

A few years ago, another mom at our girls’ preschool thought I was their grandmother.  It was a humbling moment to be sure.  When I called my husband to tell him I said, “Well, this guarantees that I won’t go grey for a long time.” It’s one of the downfalls of being an  — ahem […]

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Their World Stays the Same

November 3, 2010 | Comments (3)

My father is in the hospital.  For more than a week now we’ve been on a roller coaster of days that often start with the phrase “Are you kidding me?”  We also seem to say, “How did that happen?” a lot these days.  There’s no end in sight right now. Even with this all swirling […]

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Fun at Fright Fest

October 12, 2010 | Comments (3)

We’re big amusement park fans.  This year alone we’ve been to four different parks in three states.  I’m embarrassed to admit our theme park adventures didn’t take us to Six Flags Great America until a representative from Discover Card emailed and invited us to Fright Fest. Fright Fest was a different adventure from what we […]

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When it is too stained to wear?

October 7, 2010 | Comments (3)

Our girls can destroy clothing at an awe-inspiring rate. Last night our brunette twin dropped her dinner on the front of her shirt. Her attempts to remove the food were really quite acrobatic for someone who was seated. After we stopped laughing, we realized she created a big stain on the front of her shirt. […]

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Shakespeare is wasted on the young

September 21, 2010 | Comments (4)

I’ve always struggled reading Shakespeare.   The last time I really made an attempt was back in college.   The words on the page were just difficult and heavy in many ways.  I realize now that the problem was that I was too young to appreciate it. We were invited this weekend to see Romeo and Juliet at […]

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We’re Reading the Signs — It’s Time to Slow Down

September 13, 2010 | Comments (1)

One of the wonderful things about living in the Chicago area is that there are always a dozen fun things we could be doing on any given day.  We’re always on the go doing something we think will be fun.  If it’s also subtly educational, like listening to a concert or going to an outdoor […]

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Where is the outrage?

August 26, 2010 | Comments (4)

Sometimes I wonder if we don’t all deserve the mess Illinois is in.  We are in a financial crisis that threatens to destroy public services from schools to road repairs to health care in a way we cannot even full grasp now.  Still, I don’t hear a lot of outrage. I hear people politely talking about […]

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I Want to Go Back to School

August 14, 2010 | Comments (1)

This is my favorite time of the year.  Even during the time between graduate school and children, when I had no reason to do so, I always marked back to school on my calendar.  I was one of those kids who couldn’t wait to go to school and didn’t want to leave.  Each new school […]

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