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“Don’t Tell Anyone.”

Frankly these three little harmless words will strike terror into any true southern woman’s heart.  “Not Even Your Best Friends.”  Okay—now we are talking full tilt emotional meltdown. In an effort to keep up my end of the bargain, I simply just stopped talking to anyone.  Much easier—nothing could possible slip out if I just […]

Happily Ever After

Calm, eerily calm.  That is the only way to explain how I felt on our drive to Charleston for Matthew and Kathleen’s wedding.  Maybe it’s the fact that I had made the list, checked it twice, torn up the list, remade the list and checked it again.  Yep, all the ducks appear to be in […]

The Flower Monkey Strikes Again!

Over the past few months the back bedroom of my house, which was originally Matt’s bedroom, then an office, then a guest room has morphed itself once again into an all- out flower shop. My mother-in-law, Jackie, has spent countless hours in that room over the last few months.  Jackie was a florist in her […]

29 Years

June 1st, 1985. David and I had bought a beautiful, run down, in desperate need of TLC Queen Anne Victorian house two months before our wedding.  The only thing that had not been re-muddled in this house was its staircase.   The natural wood was so beautiful that David and I decided to use it as […]

Say Yes to the Dress!

When Christi got engaged, I flew out to Phoenix for a few days and hit what felt like every dress shop in the area.  Our days were filled with yards of white fluffy fabrics, shock from the stickers attached to them, lots of laughter and yes, just a few tears from Mom. When Jess got […]

Spacing is Everything

30 years ago as David and I embarked on the journey of parenthood we felt it was imperative to space our children correctly.  We wanted to make sure they were spaced far enough apart that they could each be independent but close enough together that they would be good playmates when they were little and […]

How Times Have Changed!

I have official survived another tax season!  For those of you unaware, I am an accountant by trade.  I have spent the last 25years running the annual gauntlet that is TAX SEASON.  Unfortunately for us accountants, it’s not like getting ready for a marathon where you can run a few more feet each day for […]

My Foot Is Down

My sweet, wonderful, adorable husband, David, has always been notorious for adamantly slamming his foot into the ground on a subject only to become a malleable ball of mush when push comes to shove. Who was it that made the big announcement that his children were NOT going to ingest sugar?  Who was it that […]

The Dreaded Frownie Face

Kindergarten teachers should be made aware of the power that they wield.  To the ever diligent parent, if Kindergarten goes off well, then the next 12 years of their child’s education will be a breeze.  On the flip side, if you are already struggling in Kindergarten, there’s a good chance that the next 12 years […]

Daddy, Where Is My Castle?

Nothing thrilled David more than when the kids came home from school with a “project” for a class.  He would spend hours combing every aisle at the hobby store seeking inspiration.    David’s first foray into the child school project arena was with Matt at the age of 5 and the annual science fair entry.  Matt’s […]