The End of Ay Mama!

The End of Ay Mama!
This is my final Ay Mama! blog. It is also the final blog of Ay Mama! After today we are completely shutting things down. It makes perfect sense; all of the fabulous Ay Mama! bloggers are much busier now than when the site launched three and a half years ago. It’s no longer practical to... Read more »

This is the End... and a Beginning

This is the End... and a Beginning
After three and a half fun years of writing for ‘Ay, Mama!’, the moms have decided to call it quits. I was ready, to tell the truth, and I am so thankful to have had such an unique opportunity. It still saddens me, especially after looking back at all we’ve been through together. …fuzzy dream segue… We... Read more »

Thank You!

I want to say thank you to everyone who supported Ay Mama!, and a big thank you to Ana who gave me this incredible platform each week to express myself.  It was great therapy for me to write my feelings on how I was dealing with being a mom of two amazing, yet energetic boys.... Read more »
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Goldfish Gets A Gold Star: Part 2

As you learned in my previous post, I’m thrilled with the results from my kids’ swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School. Now, they beg to go swimming every chance they get. Their lessons have brought them a new-found sense of confidence and freedom, turning them into little goldfish. Facility Above and beyond the excellent instruction... Read more »

Goldfish Gets A Gold Star: Part 1

A couple months ago, I reported that Atia and Asher would be taking swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School in Roscoe Village. They were novice swimmers, only comfortable in the water when safeguarded with floatation devices, as most three- and five-year-olds are with limited pool exposure and no formal training. The kids have always loved... Read more »

So long

Today I say good bye to our Ay Mama! readers who have been with us on Chicago Now for the last 5 years. Life has gotten very busy with two children and a full time job. I never thought I would say this, but I don’t have the time to write a weekly post and... Read more »
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"My Honor Flight"

"My Honor Flight"
I am honored to have my stepfather Ed Murphy writing for me today to discuss his experience on his Honor Flight. Semper Fi! (I’m pretty sure I can say that even if I’m not a Marine).   My Honor Flight was on June 18, 2013.  Groups sponsoring flights “transport veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit... Read more »

Up North, in Michigan's Wild Kingdom

Up North, in Michigan's Wild Kingdom
“Mom!” Yells 11 year old Zoe, all excited. “What?” I ask. “A brown ferret or weasel run across our beach!” she squeals. Cool, I think at first, then I worry that it may be someone’s pet that’s escaped or lost. Seeing as the day before, Zoe was running to the dock and heard panting next... Read more »

My Seven-Year Old ‘Teenager’

All of a sudden, my son Cooper is acting like a teenager.  I thought I had years before I had to deal with this, but it’s happening NOW. He is challenging me on everything, saying NO he will not do things I ask of him and thinks most things we go to do are ‘for... Read more »
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Snipe Hunt!

How many of you were ever sent on The Great Snipe Hunt when you were a kid? The perfect adult ruse; get the kids involved in a mythical animal hunt-outdoors. Beer may have been involved… “OK, kids. I have heard that there are snipe in these woods. I have only seen one once, when I was a kid… They... Read more »