Archive for April 2012

It's all your fault

“Beach towel, extra pair of underwear, oh no, oh no, oh no, damn it!” That was my inner monologue as I realized that I packed everything for swim class except for…THE SWIMSUIT. Amelia was standing in the dressing room in her underwear when she asked, “What happened Mama?” “I forgot your swimsuit, Ame.” “Why Mama,... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Dylan!

We may have gone a little overboard with planning birthday celebrations this year. But 5 is such an important age, don’t you agree? I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that Dylan is 5 already. Our chubby cheeked toddler has transformed to a full-fledged BOY this past year. He is... Read more »

Life in the Bubble

No, I am not talking about that 70s movie with John Travlota and the kid who actually had to live in a bubble (remember that gem?) This past weekend, our village treated its residents and neighbors to a fantastic new event: Irish Fest. Apparently, some of it citizens attended the Village’s Oktober Fest, where one good Irish lass... Read more »

Summer Fun

After ten long months of getting the house ready to sell, putting the house on the market, showings (yuck), looking for a new house, selling our house, packing, buying a new house and unpacking, I am soooo ready for some fun.  2012 is going to be the summer of fun for my family. In the... Read more »

Memories, Life, and Death

Your life is imprinted by the company you keep and those who keep you. As a young girl, the boys and men you meet set forth an expectation that you will either try to live up to or down. One of the young men who helped me understand what it meant to look after young... Read more »

UPDATE | HB 4211 | The Childhood Cancer Research Fund

My previous post MAY 3, 2012 8:30AM – THE DATE’S BEEN SET! Next Thursday, I have been invited to testify before the IL General Assembly’s Revenue & Finance Committee in Springfield, at the capital building. I will be introducing and explaining why House Bill 4211, The Childhood Cancer Research Fund, should be added to IL tax forms. This... Read more »

Sleep specialist

I gave in, I threw in the towel, I called, well, I cried out for help. Coming back from a 5 day vacation where my four year old and I slept in the same room, her infamous and well documented sleeping issues were at their worst. She was not only waking up at 3AM because... Read more »

The What-Ifs?

The month of April is of special significance in our family. If you are a longstanding reader of this blog, you might remember that one April afternoon, four years ago, Bill and I walked into the Delphin Baby House inKostanai,Kazakhstanfor the last time and emerged as a family of three with our newly adopted son,... Read more »

Hello Barrington

So we have landed.  We found a house in Barrington and are moving in soon.  It’s weird for Ken and me as we bought an existing house…something we have never done. Both of our previous houses we built which was awesome because everything was ours.  We picked everything out and made it our own.  It... Read more »

They said there'd be no math...

Within 18 hours, Joe and I will have been married for 15 years – We met as undergrads and doing the quick math, we’ve known each other for…lemme see… carry the 1… hold on, that should be carry the 2 (boys) wait, no, divide by 2 (boys)… times (that’s none of your business)… Shoot! I... Read more »