Suddenly the temperatures dropped in Minnesota this past week. We’ve barely experienced summer, with only a handful of days at 80 degrees or higher. And now we’re back to 60 degree weather again. I’m enjoying adding a layer of clothing each morning – there’s something so comforting about sweaters. But I am not giving up my open-toed shoes yet. I gave my toes a fresh coat of a deep orange polish last night, so at least they’ll match the season.

We’ve made it through the first two weeks of school; my kiddos have transitioned even better than I expected. They seem genuinely excited to see their friends each day. I was worried the homework might trip them up, but it hasn’t been too bad. Although their teachers aren’t requiring massive amounts of reading yet at the beginning of the year, I’m keeping up our 30-minute a day reading requirement from summer and they aren’t revolting yet. If anything, the more we read, the more they fall in love with books. Continue Reading


We all survived the first week of school. The kids are happy to be back with their friends. I’m still trying to catch up as I’m losing an hour of sleep and getting back in the swing of making lunches each night.

To cap off the first week, the kids’ school parish held their annual “Family Fun Fest” and we had so much fun we’ll be remembering it for years. It had all the ingredients for a great festival, very much like the ones I attended growing up. There was live music, bingo, big inflatable structures for the kids, carnival games, food and a silent auction.

Avery had an unlimited bracelet for the inflatables and spent two hours straight running through this big inflatable obstacle course. She was having so much fun, I had to keep pausing her to drink water in between races.

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After a successful year in Kindergarten, Avery had a fun summer and learned how to ride her bike with no training wheels!

Wow, to think just a year ago I was a complete bundle of nerves waiting for my little one with food allergies to start Kindergarten. And WHAM suddenly the year flew by and we’re getting ready to begin first grade in just a few days.

Some of you have asked for updates on Avery’s first year in school and how things went with food allergy management. We had a successful year – there were no food allergy reactions at school or after-school care the entire year. I never received the “dreaded phone call” and my daughter was able to focus her energy on learning to read and making friends.

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In today’s age of compulsive-selfies and over-sharing online, our Facebook and Twitter streams are filled with happy pictures and stories about our friends and family.

But some things don’t get talked about online. Especially when we are struggling in our jobs or marriages.

In the last few years, I can’t tell you how many friends and acquaintances have confided in me about their failing marriages and asked for advice because I’ve been in their shoes.

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My first stop in the ┬ámorning is always to my children’s bedrooms to say “good morning.” Yesterday I found these two cuties having fun together in Alex’s room. I was struck by their sleepy eyes, messy hair and big smiles. And in their cute pajama sets and Avery in her robe. It was one of those moments I wanted to remember forever.┬áSo much so that I had an overwhelming urge to go find my phone so I could take a picture. And even though it turned out grainy and a bit blurry, it captured the essence – the love and happiness – of the moment. And the graininess is reminiscent of the pictures my parents took of me when I was a kid in the ’70s. I loved the moment and I loved the picture of the moment. I can already imagine showing it to them when they’re teenagers.


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