Picking The Perfect Pumpkin

October 13, 2015

Every October my mother used to love to go pumpkin picking with my kids and me. We’d usually drive to an orchard that had both apples and pumpkins and she would delight in watching her grandkids romp around the trees looking for apples, and sampling a few along the way. When the boys tired of […]

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One Less Dude In The House

September 22, 2015
English: View of Anderson Hall at Asheville Sc...

Well, it finally happened: My first Dude has left the nest. As you may recall, Big Dude has chosen to go to boarding school for his remaining time in high school. He found the right fit school, for both his academic and athletic development. In the weeks leading up to his departure, my Facebook newsfeed […]

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The Dreaded Summer Job

August 18, 2015
Meatballs III: Summer Job

Anybody who follows me on Facebook may have noticed this past summer that I’d occasionally receive comments or messages on my Wall from Big Dude that made it seem as if he was being held captive at a job in New Hampshire. Yes, he claimed to be miserable, that he wanted to come home early, […]

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Hearing Myself Through Childhood Letters

August 13, 2015

Looking at old photos from childhood is heartwarming, especially for a nostalgic person like me. But, it wasn’t until I recently received a package of old letters that I had written as a child that I realized how fascinating it is to “hear” yourself from your youth. The letters were sent to me from a […]

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Big Dude Turns 18…With A Special Gift From Me

August 6, 2015

Well, I did it. For anyone who’s been reading my blog from the early days (anyone? anyone?), you may recall the post where I divulged that I’ve been writing letters to my three boys since they were little. My plan was/is to write about their milestones, as well as fun times they may have already […]

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A BIG Birthday Milestone: I’m Halfway There…?

July 28, 2015
Jon Bon Jovi

I recently celebrated a “big” birthday and I’ve been trying to decide how I feel about it. If you’re wondering which birthday I’m talking about, let’s just say Bon Jovi sings it best: If I truly am “halfway there” as Bon Jovi says, then I also want to make sure I’m not just “livin’ on […]

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My First Job…

July 9, 2015

It’s weird to be writing about my first job now, especially because I haven’t been officially employed by someone else (other than some freelance work) for about 16 years…but that’s another story. I decided to participate in this week’s Finish-The-Sentence Friday* blog hop because it’s a great time for me to reflect on my first […]

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A Montana Retreat: Beauty, Inspiration and A Circle of Trust

June 15, 2015

So, I have a “big” birthday coming up (yeah, you know, I’m turning 29 again – wink wink) and I wasn’t sure I wanted to have a party. For my 40th, I had rejected the party idea and chose a nice vacation instead. For this one, I knew I wanted to do something special, something I would […]

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Middle Dude’s 2nd Annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand

June 8, 2015

  It’s that time of year again…lemonade time! It also means it’s time to raise money for a very important cause: childhood cancer. Middle Dude and I are already preparing to make our homemade lemonade (with a little help from Ina Garten’s recipe) and we hope you’ll be ready to drink a cup and help […]

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Sleep-Away Camp: The New Rehab (For Video Game Addicts)

June 2, 2015
No Video Games

It’s no secret that Little Dude loves his video games. A few years ago we attempted to put restrictions on his playing time. But then his diagnosis and subsequent year-long treatment happened and any restrictions were quickly tossed aside in favor of keeping him as comfortable and happy whenever possible. Post-treatment we remained lax, rationalizing that […]

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Lie Flat On The Lawn

May 26, 2015
North lawn

Two days ago, I found out that one of my childhood friends had suddenly passed away, shortly after her 50th birthday. She was one of those friends that was an important part of my growing up years. As we entered middle school, we drifted apart, but still remained friends or at least “friendly” through high […]

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