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Cheers to 2016

It has been an eventful year to say the least. I have much to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to.  I’m grateful to be ringing in the New Year in Cabo!

In this new year I plan to soak up every moment I can. To throw myself deeper in to my passions, to love myself like those I love. I will continue to give of myself and grow as a person. 

I have learned it is ok to ask for help when needed, it’s ok to cry and be afraid, to laugh out loud and to love big. I appreciate the love and strength of my husband who encourages and inspires me daily.  

I am excited for many milestones in the coming year.  I will celebrate 25 years of marriage, renew my vows, travel to Maui for our “Anniversary-moon, become a grandmother, and that is just the start of 2016!

Wishing all of you a Joyous New Year!


What is in a name?

As long as I can remember, the identity of a name has always carried so much weight.  When we are younger and our parents introduced us as their son, or daughter, rank in child order etc.  As we grow up, siblings, friends, best friends, cousins, Aunts, Uncles and GodParents.

You read an article and a name will automatically trigger a feeling or memory.  There are names that remind you of royalty, heritage, bullies, friends, princesses, strength or weakness and on it goes.

I remember the excitement of being a fiancé, a wife, a mom all names that took my breath away.

My better half and I are happy to share that for the first time ever in 2016, we will have the blessing to be called Grandparents.  We are over the moon with excitement at what our grand-peep will decide to call us.

Our oldest daughter is expecting and we look forward to sharing the journey along the way, the blessing she will receive at being a mommy and our role as Grandparents.

Life is Grand!

The Beauty of Dressing to Dine

It has been a while since I’ve posted so I am going to start off short and sweet.  Give your children and yourself the gift of dressing for dinner.

Dining out is a treat, it should be respected.  Over the years, dating, raising children, dining with friends or each other, the art of getting dressed for dinner is often overlooked.  When you are dining out, and prepare for it, the whole atmosphere is pumped up.  Children learn the art of conversation and manners, couples get to escape the ordinary, and the dinner becomes an experience.

We were raised to appreciate going out, raised our children in the same manor and to this day we love getting dressed to go out.  It doesn’t have to be a suit and ballgown, but taking the time for your presentation opens up a night of enchantment and discovery.

Take the time to disconnect from the social media and engage in the presence of who is present!

Have a beautiful week!

This Thankful Mom

Happy Mother’s Day!

I will keep it simple, I am thankful for my birth mother, my mother, my mother-in-law and my husband.  It is without these forces that I would not be blessed with my children.

When I was a child I wanted to be just like my mom, have three children and be a mommy.  My greatest joys, call me Mom.  The gift of being a mother is such a blessing and I am so thankful for the role.  My children are the wonder beyond what I can put in to words, they fill my heart and complete me.

I will embrace the memory of my mother today, because she was a strong woman who would want me to smile and remember her love, I will smile at the thought of my children, who they have grown to be and the destiny that will unfold in their futures.

Sipping my coffee in true motherhood happiness, very early before anyone else is awake!

This Undisciplined Runner

I have an interesting relationship with running. I want to love it, I really do, but I do not allow myself the discipline it takes for consistency. I am competitive by nature and always want to do my best, but something about a race that messes with my ability to stay focused. Being married to a runner, who does train properly, speed workouts, long runs, short runs etc. you would think it would be easy for me to follow his lead. He always amazes me, just by looking at his watch he knows his pace and will adjust accordingly.

If I am being honest with my true self, following a “plan” might be my first issue, my spirit likes to lead. Here is what I realized about myself, when it comes to running my style can be summed up by three words, “Ignorance is Bliss”. I run best when I don’t have a watch, music, do not know the course and just take in the world. The people watching, the sights, listening to my breathing and just running.

My current passion lies in tennis and I do have that to thank for my endurance and allowing me to have the ability to run for 5 miles without tiring or training. I do a lot of cardio on elliptical, bikes and treadmills in the gym. The anxiety kicks in at a track, or a loop where I know the distance and the turn around point and what is expected in the end.

I will continue to dabble in running, because my inner girl does love the freedom, the fresh air and all the fun clothes that go along with the sport!

My goal, to always run like a child chasing butterflies and rainbows!

Easter without the Chicks

We survived Easter without any of our children home, our first holiday without any of the kids. No worries we were not alone, we had each other! We started our day with our favorite tradition of Easter, morning mass. We were blessed with a beautiful day so we packed up food, drink and headed out on the boat for a day of true rest and relaxation.

It was the first Easter without any candy in the house, this was definitely a bonus. We also went without coloring eggs, once again more fun with kids. It has been a long time since we have had Easter Egg hunts, eventually they will return when grandchildren arrive. I missed having the family together in their Easter outfits, a spring tradition I always love.

We were happy knowing our children were happy. We are comfortable knowing change will come as the family continues to grow, move and set their footprints in this world.

On that note I might have set an email to them this morning trying to plan Easter 2017!


In this age of social media and on line albums perhaps this thought is old school. If I were to go back and change anything since we were first married, it would be a journal of us. To write down all the places we have been, the outings we have taken and just fun facts.

It would not require every personal emotion but a log of our journey together. I was reflecting on all that we have seen and done since we were married. I can not always remember the dates or the years and wish I had kept a journal. It would be a fun reflection over time and a great family heirloom and tradition.

As we approach our 24th wedding anniversary I am going to start. Should the day come when we are unable to get out and about, we can reflect on all the adventures we had while the body and mind were able.

I encourage those newly engaged, married, or even those like us who have a few years already in to the institution of marriage to grab a book and start to journal. There is no one to better to tell your story then yourself.