Ditch the Bricks… and Fly!

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We couldn’t find the shorts.  The shorts that matched the jersey.  The shorts that matched the jersey that were part of the uniform for the first official game of basketball season. Stop the clock.  Sound the horn. Blow all the whistles. For my 10 year-old daughter… this was devastation.  Like “I’ll just quit.  I wasn’t that great at basketball anyway.” … Read More

What We Tell Ourselves Matters

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A few months ago, we painted my daughter’s room.  Initially she requested very bold and bright colors and me, being more reserved, said “Why don’t you do something more subtle and bring those colors into the room through accenting.”  (Inner voice pleading: Please don’t want to do crazy colored walls!) Thankfully, this spurred an idea in my daughter.  With the … Read More

This Summer Keep the Slippage on the Slides

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Summers in Kansas City can bring temperatures upwards of 104 degrees.  This was the case a few years back when our twins Blaize and Milana had swim lessons down at our neighborhood pool.  They were 4 years old at the time and our youngest Rocco was 2.  While one of them was with their swim instructor, Chad and I could … Read More

Too Old for this Shiznit

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  I’ve never plucked my eyebrows.  If you’ve met me then… obvi.  But the other day I noticed a little grey mucker had weaseled his way into my forehead baseline and that puppy got yanked faster than a losing team’s goalie in the final minutes of playoff hockey. A few months ago I purchased neck cream … you know… to … Read More

Life in Death

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My family suffered a pretty big blow a few weeks ago – the loss of my Uncle Bruce.  I’m finding that tears randomly drop down my face into a fat puddle mixed with sadness, disbelief and regret when the still unbelievable notion that he is gone passes through the conscious thought. Death.  What a deal.  I don’t know what is … Read More

Marriage, Mirrors and Dot-to-Dots

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Marriage is not a straight line.   It’s more like a super advanced dot-to-dot and you’re not privy to the picture till you finish all the connecting. But when you’re in the thick of it, that once simple dot to dot feels like decoding a 10 page cryptogram. Last year, my sweet cousin, little Dave asked me to be a reader … Read More

Send the Script out to Sea

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Vacation at this point in my life is really just taking our crazy to a different location.  Yes, there’s less running around to do per se but my people still like to participate in daily and often hourly, passing of the baton, can’t keep it down whack-a-mole, beautiful disaster that apparently is our mixed bag lineage. This year we took … Read More

My daughter serves a great humble pie!

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Milana asked me the other day if I liked being a mom to four kids. Screwballs. I closed my eyes and felt all the shame a mother could feel. You see, she asked me this question about ten minutes after I had a purge of frustration…with my four kids. That one question stopped me in my tracks and has been … Read More