Summer Fun at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

If you are looking for something to do in the Dallas area this summer, look no further than one of my favorite local destinations: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science. There is so much to explore there this summer that I wanted to share all the goings on! I was recently invited to Family [Read On]

Summer Bucket List – 2016 Edition

  Monday was the first day of summer and the start of the third week of summer vacation. During the first two weeks, my 12-year-old had an overcrowded schedule with early morning strength and conditioning training, a soccer camp, a basketball camp, and evening soccer trainings and goalkeeper trainings…oh, and percussion lessons, too. Meanwhile, all of my daughter’s swimming [Read On]

My Summer Survival Plan

I’m not even one week into summer vacation, and the writing is on the wall. Forget about keeping my kids entertained. My goal is going to be keeping MY sanity this summer and reaching the start of school without a full head of gray hair. The battle has begun. The survival plan needed to be [Read On]

Sweet Corn and Summer

What is summer without a parade? Well, it’s not the same.  Since I’ve yet to find a proper parade here in the UK, when my brother reminded me on our first night back in Illinois that the Mendota Sweet Corn Festival was going on , I dragged the kids there. Never mind that it was [Read On]

What To Do On A Rainy Summer Day, or, “Sugar Anyone?”

This morning, as it rained buckets, I wasn’t much in the mood to leave the house, so I baked a batch of chocolate cupcakes. When they had cooled, I set out frosting and pretty much every sprinkle, jimmie and Smartie I had in the house, and told the kids to have at it. I knew [Read On]

The Simplicity of Childhood

This afternoon, after checking in at our hotel and wandering out for a bite to eat, we went for a walk in the neighborhood. After a morning of travel with a lot of “behave…or else” threats hanging over their heads, the kidlings needed to blow off some steam. We found a lovely park with a [Read On]

The Family That Jumps Together

There was much rejoicing at our house yesterday – the trampoline has been reassembled in its new garden. And not by me this time. No siree bob. It was put together by the Hubs. On his own. And I didn’t even hear any swearing! (At least, not from where I stood. Far, far across the [Read On]

Silent Sunday

Finding a Warm Memory

I don’t get people who throw parties with the theme of “Christmas in July”. Don’t get me wrong – I love Christmas. I love parties. But seriously? What I don’t like is cold weather. I don’t like it at all, (and don’t give me that crap that I grew up in Chicago, so I should [Read On]

Pajama time

I love vacation. I like NOT having to get up and rush anywhere. I like lounging in my pajamas. I told the kids they can stay in their pajamas until noon. They can jump on the trampoline in their pajamas if they want to, even! Oh, sure, we’ll go on walks, have picnics down at [Read On]