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We Were Boo-ed

We Were Boo-ed

October 24, 2011 | Comments (1)

The first time it happened, we didn’t even know we’d been boo-ed.  We opened our front door to find an orange, plastic pumpkin with treats and a poem.  The second time it happened, the doorbell rang.  By the time we opened the front door, the goblins were gone.  The treats spilling out of orange, plastic […]

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Boo!!!

Boo!!!

October 20, 2011 | Comments (3)

It’s once again one of my absolute favorite times of the year!  Now don’t hate me Clark Griswold, but I must say that I love Halloween almost as much as I love Christmas.  Cause when else can you dress up like a complete bafoon and have it be socially acceptable??!  And, luckily, my kids really […]

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Girls Sports - A Link to World Peace???

Girls Sports – A Link to World Peace???

October 18, 2011 | Comments (0)

Sports have long been thought of as a vehicle that permits us to rise above differences.  And they do. Many have even gone as far as advocating that sports can cure all that ails relating to intolerance, violence and crisis in our world. I’m not sure I can go that far, but I do feel […]

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Time Spent With Our Children...Priceless

Time Spent With Our Children…Priceless

October 17, 2011 | Comments (0)

My hands smell faintly of garlic and cinnamon as I wrap a fresh Band-Aid around the cut on my finger, the result of over-zealous vegetable chopping and poor timing.  A small price to pay for a day spent with my beautiful daughter. The times that I get to spend with my now adult children are […]

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A tale of a mother's love

A tale of a mother’s love

October 15, 2011 | Comments (2)

We love everything about our lives in Chicago except the fact that we are far from family. With four kids, I definitely have days where I want to run to my “mommy” for some help, encouragement and a little bit of sanity. Thankfully, I have friends around who are almost available to help fill the […]

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Do You Love Fall Like I Love Fall?

Do You Love Fall Like I Love Fall?

October 6, 2011 | Comments (4)

It happens every year in October.  It is as predictable as rain.  I can almost set my watch by it. I get nostalgic.  Not that blue, deep-sigh kind of nostalgic. More of the sweet-bliss kind of nostalgic.  If you love Fall like I love Fall, then, chances are, you know exactly what I am talking […]

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Top 10 Character Traits to Instill in our Young Athletes

Top 10 Character Traits to Instill in our Young Athletes

October 5, 2011 | Comments (2)

After informally surveying approximately 50 individuals, including athletic parents, collegiate athletes and coaches from all different sports and levels, these were the top 10 lessons to emphasize and pass down to our young athletes. 1)   Do your best; No one can ask you anything more than to give it your all. 2)   Train hard and […]

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Does Failure Drive Success?

Does Failure Drive Success?

September 27, 2011 | Comments (2)

At our daughters’ elementary school, there is a lot of talk about character education.  Schools have latched on to the idea that being a good person is as important as being a smart person.  I like the idea because I think anything that helps kids understand that hard-work, personal connections and good character are important […]

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Walk this way, talk this way

Walk this way, talk this way

September 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

If I had a penny for every time my mother said “boys will be boys” I’d be in the South of France right now begging my Cabana boy to bring me another Grand Marnier… Yes, aggression sort of comes with testosterone, but at what point do we step in and say “Dude, is it REALLY […]

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Chicago Getaway: Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island

Chicago Getaway: Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island

September 24, 2011 | Comments (1)

To me, a family vacation is about escaping from my household routines and spending time with my family. It’s about spending time in the moment, not living on a schedule, and of course, eating way too much ice cream. Before school started, we decided to take our boys to Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island […]

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Still Thinking About the First Day of School

Still Thinking About the First Day of School

September 23, 2011 | Comments (0)

It’s hard to believe my youngest son is now on his fourth week of kindergarten today. The first day was a little bumpy as I juggled both of my children’s needs. Plus in the eyes of my kindergartener, I made the vital mistake of leaving him with his dad while I walked my oldest son […]

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End of Summer Road Trip

End of Summer Road Trip

September 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

For the final weekend of summer vacation, my husband and I decided to take the kids on one last getaway. As much as I love the larger quantity of free time I get when the boys are in school, I miss them terribly while they are gone. So we wanted to do something where we […]

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