Decisions, decisions

My husband, Marc, and I were getting ready to go out to dinner.  He was putting on his shoes, and I was grabbing my coat, when we heard a sad, little meow. We both looked down to see Alex, the cat, sitting near the garage door staring at us, with big, unhappy eyes.  If he could speak, he would ask, "What is wrong with you two?  Why are you going out?  Don't you want to stay here with me?" "He looks sad," I said to Marc. "Yeah, I know.  He probably doesn't want us to go out," Marc replied. As I scrunched up my face in distress, I said,...more

We did give him some Breyers once we got home... That cat takes after his dad... He LOVES his ...more

Stilettos in the Mud

Stilettos in the Mud as just joined Blogher! I am so excited to take a look at all the wonderful writing featured here. If it catches your fancy...come check us out too!

Diary of A Gas Station Burrito

Have you ever been in the middle of nowhere? I mean really really in the middle of nowhere? ...more

Down syndrome - A normal life.

As I've mentioned on my blog before, when I was about 11 weeks pregnant, we learned that Ellie has Down syndrome.  I started working on a scrapbook of ultrasound pictures and cards for our little girl.  When we had maternity photos taken, we held the scrapbook in several shots.  On Ellie's one month birthday, the weather was sunny and we spent some time hanging out on the porch.  I read, Ellie napped.  And then, I decided that since the sun was shining, I wanted to take more pho...more

What a beautiful little girl. Just beautiful!

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"Blog Bits" or "Rants, Raves & Ramblings"

We had the seventeen year old Girlfriend Kid (yes, I just made that up) over for dinner the other night with her boyfriend. When we were saying our good-byes at the door, she uttered the following, "See you later. Love you guys." She's probably said it before, but since I'm on this whole Girlfriend Mom/parent/pseudo responsible adult kick, it touched me in my soft place, usually reserved for stray dogs and Down Syndrome children. ...more

Whoever would have thought?

Sometime life takes unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes what you think will be an important event or situation turns into nothing. And then, sometimes, the opposite happens. A minor event, one that you don’t give a second thought to, somehow, takes on a different meaning, and makes an lasting impact on you, or someone else’s life. This is one of those stories.Several months back I was contacted by Megan at Build a Sign to host a bumper sticker give away on my blog....more

Life As A Pineapple

Long ago, my friend's friend told her she needed to be, " tough like a pineapple not soft like a peach". The context of the statement was due to some serious boo hooing over a dumb boy. I thought the sentiment was hilarious and have used is as my own ever since. Later I was to discover that a pineapple was the symbol of hospitality. Again, I loved it and adopted this icon to be my own since I've been a Party Planning Goddess my whole life. As I started to study French I listened to how native French speaking people say the word "the" in English....more

I know you are but what am I?

As he descended the down the stairs and entered the dining room where my husband, Marc and I were sitting, the man who was installing the new compressor for our air-conditioning unit asked, “Excuse me? Do you have a band aid?” “Sure,” Marc replied.  “What happened?  Did you hurt yourself?” “Yeah… I cut myself.  I can’t make it through a day without an injury.”  As he placed the bandage on his arm, he continued....more

Perseverance is a Beautiful Quality

Perseverance Defined as steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. My first encounter with organized scholastic sports came as I entered my sophomore year in high school. Trying out for the junior varsity basketball team taught me a life lesson.  I learned at that young impressionable age that the emerging athlete inside me would have struggles, both physically and mentally....more

For your kind words!

It has taken years for me to embrace as well, but it seems I had a good ...more

Running: when not to listen to your body

What do you think about it? (read the article here)...more