One of the best Chicago elementary schools, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy

One of the best Chicago elementary schools, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy
To paraphrase the novelist Paul Theroux, “We can’t make our kids’ school days or years longer, but we can strive to make them better.” Thankfully, our boys’ Chicago elementary school community at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy models love and kindness. Data demonstrates how Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, OLMCA, is one of the best... Read more »

Back-to-school summer musings

We excavated “summer goals” buried under folders, gym clothes, Pokemon cards, and paper air planes from one of our boy’s school bags toward the end of the 2019 school year. Our boy wanted to reconnect with old friends, scheduled to visit from other time zones, make new buddies, and read more. I humbly cringe at... Read more »

10 reasons "Spider-Man Far From Home" movie evokes mom joy

10 reasons "Spider-Man Far From Home" movie evokes mom joy
*No spoilers for Spider-Man Far From Home movie* The Spider-Man Far From Home movie’s epic cast showcase Venice, London, Dutch tulip fields, and more. The movie opens with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Smart girls, funny, and endearing teenage characters triumph. Authentic awkwardness, including the frustrating “ghosting”. Samuel Jackson, drones, cool sunglasses, and Mysterio, yo! Coincidentally, my... Read more »
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Top 3 Walt Disney World and Disney cruise family favorites

Top 3 Walt Disney World and Disney cruise family favorites
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. If you can dream it, you can do it. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” declared Walt Disney. As our family splurged on our recent Walt... Read more »

Mother's perspective of Notre Dame Cathedral & child's First Communion

Mother's perspective of Notre Dame Cathedral & child's First Communion
Almost ten years ago in Paris, near the cobblestone streets and Seine River, I obsessed about my next serving of ice cream, crème brûlée, and the baby boy I carried at 20 weeks pregnant. The Gothic structure of Notre Dame, which translates to Our Lady or Mother of God, took our breath away. When recent news... Read more »

Vancouver Canada in the Spring time

“You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well…Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling.” – The New York Times. Vancouver naturally attracts over 10 million tourists a year.  My recent visit to Vancouver started downtown and... Read more »
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The merits of an Irish goodbye

The merits of an Irish goodbye
Since some Irish may exude a loquacious gift of gab, it seems counter intuitive an Irish goodbye is a ghost exit, but Irish people are rich in paradoxes. Some Irish people are notoriously aloof without blatant emotion, they may prefer a discreet departure. The classic love story of the Irish born boxer from Pittsburgh Sean... Read more »

Sweet spot of parenting

Some veteran parents affirm that each parenting stage is full of blessings. The good times in family life generally outweigh more complicated matters and fleeting moments of humbling self-doubt and exhaustion. Some of us can reflect and appreciate how our parents prevailed through it all. Wise elders, including my husband’s parents in heaven, anchor our family... Read more »

'The Game of Life' now includes pets & more

During our 2019 Chicago Polar Vortex, we busted out our eight-year-old’s new ‘The Game of Life’. He read the directions and started each contestant with a car, a ‘spin to win’ token, a child via either pink or blue peg, and one pet, cat or dog, and $200,000. Similar to the old school game, characters may... Read more »
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Arizona family vacation & Mom guilt

Hope you can visit Arizona, the sunshine state that welcomes over 100 million annual overnight visitors. Our first family stay started in the centrally located state capital, Phoenix proper. We didn’t summit their Camelback Mountain with a baby boy on each of our respective backs, but wiped our sweaty brows as we wondered at the views. We planned... Read more »