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What my kids really think…

By on Jan 13, 2017 in Personal

I don’t usually do the question/answer things on Facebook but this one has been making its rounds for years. It is always entertaining. So, without any prompting, I asked my kids these questions. I asked them all separately so none of them were influenced by other’s answers. For a little background – Lexxie (L) is 6, Maddox (Mx) is 9 and Madison (Ma) is 14. *What is something I say a lot? L – You sing Mx – Uhhhh…I don’t know. Ma – Ummm…oh my god! *What makes me happy? L – Me and Maddox and Madison not being bad. Mx – (Shrugs – and makes the “dunno” sound) Ma – Drawing *What makes me sad? L – Us being bad. Mx – I don’t know. Ma – Your illness *How tall am I? L – 23 Mx – I don’t know. Ma – 5’4 **Correct answer is 5’3. *What’s my...

Twenty Seventeen

By on Jan 1, 2017 in Personal

Well, I made it! So many things have happened since my last update. I wouldn’t even know where to start. But the most important thing is that I managed to get through 2016. It was touch and go for a while. We rang in the New Year family-style. We played some Exploding Kittens, watched Rockin New Years Eve and toasted the new year. All of the kids managed to make it to midnight even though it was hours past their normal bedtimes. It was worth it.  

Back to School!

By on Sep 2, 2016 in Personal

It is that time of year again…the time that the kids have been dreading. Goodbye summer vacation, hello school year. It really isn’t so bad. The little ones are mostly bummed about bedtime. During the summer (and weekends) they are allowed to stay up until 10pm and they get to take their tablets to bed. On school nights though, they have to hand over their tablets and get in bed at their bedtime (8pm and 9pm for the two littles). I am looking forward to a good year. This year they are in 9th grade, 3rd grade, and 1st grade. I’m not sure where the time went…but it definitely flew by while I was not looking. My oldest is going to an aerospace and advanced technologies academy. This semester she is taking Aerospace Engineering, Honors Math I, Seminar (which is a blend of Language Arts and other things like life skills) and Computer Programming I (Python). She is...

Welcome to the Mark, Travis and Matt show!

By on Aug 16, 2016 in Personal

I spent the entire day working up the energy to make it to this show. This wasn’t just some random concert. If you don’t know me, maybe you have no idea how much I love Blink-182. They have been my favorite band since 1997 and I don’t get many chances to see them play live (because it seems like they so rarely tour in the US). But a few months ago, they announced a tour with their new album. I bought my tickets the minute that presale started. I splurged for 4 front row VIP tickets. I was not going to let some illness stand between my favorite trio and me. I spent the day working on being able to sit up without getting sick. Eventually I was able to get myself up and ready. I was moving slowly, but at least I was moving. The concert was awesome. We got to hang out with the band during sound check. Mark was really chatty – answering questions and telling stories....

Happy Birthday, America!

By on Jul 4, 2016 in Personal

Between town festivals, parties and fireworks on the beach, there is never a shortage of fun things to do on the 4th of July. But this year, I opted for a low-key quiet day at home. We snacked on chopped veggies, fired up the grill and waited for the sun to go down to set off some fireworks. Overall, it was a definite success. At the end of the evening, the kids and I went for a walk around the neighborhood to see how everyone else was celebrating. We were able to watch the town’s firework show from the river’s edge and caught a few exciting backyard fireworks, too.

Thrills, Chills and Fun Times Ahead!

By on Jun 26, 2016 in Personal

I grew up a relatively short distance from Williamsburg, Virginia. This meant that summertime often included trips to Busch Gardens. Being a thrill seeker, these trips have left some awesome lasting memories. As an adult, I still enjoy the thrills and now I get to share them with my kids. But, over time I stopped going as often. Eventually it became a thing for the kids to do with their dad. They would take off early in the morning and come back with pictures and souvenirs and I’d enjoy the stories they would tell me about riding the little Clydesdale horses, the tea cups, and whatever awesome new coasters have been added. This time, however, I had the chance to tag along. When your kids’ ages range from 6 to 14, you expect to split your time between the smaller rides and the larger ones. Otherwise, someone is not going to have such a good time. We were able to kind of...

On an Island in the Sun

By on Jun 23, 2016 in Personal

Here is to another great musical adventure! To keep up with my awesome concert trend, my latest adventure was Weezer / Panic! at the Disco in Virginia Beach. This marks the second time I’ve seen P!ATD within the last year but surprisingly it was my first time seeing Weezer. I’ve been a fan since my teenage years. They definitely didn’t disappoint. Between seeing Weezer and the Offspring lately, I have come to realize one very alarming thing. We are ALL getting…OLD. It is so funny thinking about how those guys looked when I first started listening to them. But some things will never change. I will always <3 Dexter. Hahaha On a serious, or at least less-joking, note…I learned that VIP is the way to go. We went all out for this concert with front row seats (behind the pit…I’m too old for the pit) with VIP access. The VIP entry and lounge make...

Welcome Summer!

By on Jun 16, 2016 in Personal

Summer has finally found us! After a few false starts, it looks like the warm weather is here to stay for a while. I have been looking forward to the telltale signs of the season – the smell of charcoal from the grill in the evening, the sounds of the kids laughing and running around in the yard, lightning bugs illuminating our path during evening strolls… Of course, the presence of summer also means that the kids are home from school. No more homework after dinner and 8pm bedtimes. Instead, they get to trade those in for extended playtime and staying up late (10pm – because we party like rock stars around here). This was a pretty big milestone school year. Lexxie started Kindergarten. She put on a brave face on that first day of school as she walked into her classroom and found her seat. There were no tears – a little apprehension – but she held it...