Home for the holidays …

There is a term that is used around this time of year that I didn’t quite understand until I had older kids who left home. I thought I understood the words, but I didn’t. At least not on a mom level. Now it is a term I use as frequently as life allows. And they are words that fill my heart with a joy I have never known.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get to go HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!


Tennis (LOVE) …

Tennis has been a part of my world for a very long time. But I almost NEVER play. My best friend in elementary school and her family played. My boyfriend in high school played. And just before Sidney turned 7 years old she asked if she could learn to play. She loved it so much that she played from age 7 all the way through high school. Libs played when she was really little at about age 4 or 5. Then she returned to it about a year and half ago and is now on her high school team. I’ve literally been around tennis my whole life and I have completely enjoyed my view from the sidelines.

Tonight will be my sixth attendance at a high school tennis banquet. These banquets are always so special. I realized, as the years have passed, that these banquets are not just a time to reflect on the commitment and hard work of the athletes and coaches, but also of a surrogate family who has blessed my daughters beyond measure. I have watched, year after year, as their coaches influenced their lives (and futures) in beautiful and profound ways. They have taught them so much. Lessons that taught them patience, perseverance and humility. They taught them how to win gracefully and how lose even more gracefully. They have celebrated with them and protected them. They have helped them grow into the strong young women they are today. And as a mom, I couldn’t be more grateful for their commitment to them!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have some big LOVE for some very special people!!!

Old school Hollywood …

Tonight Libs and I are having a Mother and Daughter date night! We are heading to dinner and the theatre. Theatre has changed significantly since I was a child. Change is good but I love to pass on the tradition of how it used to be to my children. There is definitely a special feel to it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you DO Hollywood OLD SCHOOL!!!

Get this party started …

FALL. BREAK. I know I said this yesterday, but I am so excited! We have a lot of fun planned over the next 10 days. It’s going to be like a really LONG Thanksgiving extravaganza! And the best part is that I get to spend all of it with my family and friends. YAY!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get the party started!!!

Giddy with happiness …

Today marks the start of Reese’s Fall Break. Tomorrow marks Libs’. Sunday evening my son George flies home and then Wednesday evening my oldest daughter Sidney does. There is only one way to describe me right now.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are giddy with happiness!!!

Keeping my cool, parenting and IKEA …

In the past I have described parenting as a cross between two professions. The first, an air traffic controller and, the second, a hostage negotiator. After 20 years of parenting experience I am pretty sure I could do both those jobs simultaneously. My proof? Not just anyone can get a HANGRY 8 year old to stop alternating between laying on the floor, climbing the walls (literally) and throwing stuffed animals into the high ceilings of IKEA … without breaking a sweat.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you keep your cool!!!