A Dream in Clay

To Sleep.  Dear Sleep, Oh If Only to Dream, Of Royal Wedding Teas, And Spots of Clotted Cream.     A Full Night’s Sleep, Would Be So Dear, I May Have Had One, Late Last Year.     Again I Try,  Turn Off the Light, Fresh Clothesline-Dried Sheets, A Good Sleep in Sight.     […]

The Magical Tip for Effortless Travel(!)

Simple.  Two Words. START EARLY. We are a Family of 4.  With School-Age Kids.  Full-Time Working Parents. Travel for Us is When Everyone is Free to Travel. So to Beat the Crowds and Get the Most of the Vacation Time…. YES, START EARLY. 4:30AM Early.  On the Airport Parking Bus to the Airport. 6AM.  Flight […]

Why Disney? Why Indeed!

Disneyland.  California. Outrageously Expensive.  Crowded. Miles of Walking.  Endless Hours of Waiting. Silliness.  Goofiness. Winding Lines.  70 Minute Waits. 2.5 Minute Attractions. $6 Hot Dog. $10 Bag of Carmel Corn. $92 Lunch with Show for Everyone over 7. Why Disney? Because It is the Perfect Backdrop for Magic. Together with the People You Love. Experiencing […]

And then there’s January

January.  Not One of the Top Ten Months of the Year. It’s Long.  Cold.  Usually Grey. The Glitter, Glitz and Lights of the Holidays are Done. The Countdown to Spring Begins. How Do You Breeze through January? How About a Bike Ride? Test Driving a Shiny New Christmas Model Might Quash January Blahs. Bike Riding […]

The Mantra for 2018. Ready?

Just Jump. Simple.  Right? Not Really.  In Fact, Just Jump is Going to Be Tough to Execute. But I Have To Do It.  Maybe You Do Too. Enough With Being Afraid.  Anxious.  Bone-Scared. That is for Last Year.  2017.  Never Again. Just Jump. Take Educated Risks.  Take the Next Step. Sometimes Alone.  Sometimes Together. Mostly […]

On to a Beginning

What’s One of the Best Things about the End of the Year? A Shot at a New Beginning. I’m Not Going to Gloss Over This Next Statement.  2017 was Tough. Crazy Tough. But I Wouldn’t Change Anything, Even if I Could, because We Have Learned and Grown and Come Together. Sometimes Kicking and Screaming and […]

Behind the Curtain…A Dungeon Mom’s Tale of The Nutcracker

Degas-Inspired Ballerinas.  Graceful and Strong. Dazzling Sets.  Victorian Christmas Décor. Excited Children in their Taffeta Finery.  Candy Canes tucked in their Pockets. Make Way for The Nutcracker at The Kimo Theatre. Downtown Albuquerque. Magic. This is What We See From the House Seats. But What Goes On Behind the Curtain?   Does All the Magic […]

The Cat Proof Christmas Tree DIY Plan

Christmas Trees and Cats.  Disasters in the Making. Even Thinking about the Tree and this Crazy Cat was making my Head Hurt. Reading about how dangerous Tinsel Eating and Pine Oil is to Cats, I Was Dreading the Whole Christmas Tree Thing. But Christmas Without a Tree?  Not Going to Happen. So over the Last […]

Christmas Trees Costco Style

Christmas and Making Memories.  Memories to Hold On to Forever. Finding the Perfect Tree is a Special Christmas Memory. I would love to Fill Our Girls with the Memory of Traveling to the Jemez Mountains to Trudge through the Snow to Chop Down Our Tree. Dressed in Down and Furry Hats.  Hiking Boots and Wooly […]

Hop on The Polar Express

“On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed.  I did not rustle the sheets  I breathed slowly and silently.  I was listening for a sound-a sound a friend had told me I’d never hear-ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.” Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express If You Were Asked to Board a […]