Shenanigans

I had a dream…

November 19, 2015

Recently at a mom’s dinner people were talking about abbreviating the camp session to allow for some non-structured family fun time. At first I almost fell out of my chair. You mean to tell me you hung out with your children and it was just fun? I always subscribed to the theory of more school, more camp, more supervised structure […]


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Play Dates Gone Awry

November 12, 2015

I’m starting to really dislike play dates…gasp!!! ┬áMy idea of a play date is a light snack, some engaging creative play, followed up by a break with maybe another light snack or drink of water, complete with some more engaging play. Sounds pretty good and relatively freeing for the mother overseeing the play date. Generally speaking that is not at […]


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Post-Vacation Mama

October 28, 2015

It took me exactly one week and a day to reach the place of pre-vacation. By that I mean, it took me a week and a day to reach the point of no patience, complete and utter disregard for the nonstop shenanigans. Frankly I see that as success. The problem begs that I would have to leave my children for […]


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It’s not pretty

October 7, 2015

Allowing my seven year old to stay up late and watch the Cubs’ game sounded like a tolerable request when Adam was responsible for putting Drew to sleep upon completion of the game and dealing with him in the morning. What is completely not tolerable is the fact that Adam conveniently needed to go out of town this week, leaving […]


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I’m Done!!!

June 30, 2015

June is a very exciting, busy month. I don’t  want to wish away a second of our “summer” (I’d like it to act a little more like summer!!)!!  That being said, I could not be happier for June to be over.  A birthday in our family is not just one day filled with frosting and friends. A birthday is a […]


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Dear Gabby

June 26, 2015

You spend your life sandwiched between the oldest and youngest in our family. But right there in the middle, you’ve carved out a special place in our lives and my heart. You have a contagious enthusiasm for everything, an easy going acumen and a flavor for all things feminine. In this crazy world of boys, I’m so glad I have […]


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Attitude Adjustment

May 20, 2015

This might come as a surprise to some of you readers but I don’t always have the most positive attitude where my kids are concerned. It’s not that I’m negative per se, but I don’t always stop and smell the roses. And I will without a doubt be crying about that in years, or blogs, to come. Lately, however, I […]


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Dance Mom

May 11, 2015

I wanted a daughter for one reason – to relive my dance life. Ok not exactly but it is a major bonus. The best part of it all is that I don’t actually feel like I’m influencing her to like dance – she naturally seems inclined to it! I know most little girls dance at some point in their life. […]


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Hard Knocks Life

May 5, 2015

I am never going to be the preferred parent, I’m working on coming to terms with it. I think I’ve made it to the top five, that’s not too bad right?!? From the moment I started dropping Drew off at daycare as an infant, he scooted off. I used to say that I’d like him to feel some sadness in […]


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Star of the Show

April 28, 2015

As an only child and a girl, sports were never a part of my vocabulary. There wasn’t much diversity to extra curricular activities either – dance, dance and more dance. You can imagine how happy I was when Gabby took to dance similarly to me. After years of freezing her tushee off at Drew’s soccer games, I decided to offer […]


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