Summer Highlights by Sharon O’Donnell


So it's October, and I haven't even posted anything from this summer. Wow, does time truly fly.  So here are some highlights: [caption id="attachment_25911" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Two oldest sons and husband crossing bridge on a 4 day backpacking adventure in Grand Canyon. I stayed home to be with high school sophomore ...

Sweet Summer Impressions by Andrea Santo Felcone


We have a favorite beach town we like to visit when on our family vacation. Maybe that makes us predictable or boring, but I don't mind, because each time we approach the place in a new way. The comfortable atmosphere shortens the amount of time it takes for the beach ...

Summer and the Promise of Shiny Objects by Andrea Santo Felcone


Putting aside the obvious reasons—heat, sweat, humidity, and the crazy tan I will inevitably acquire and sport until Thanksgiving—I hate Summer. The dreaded Summer swim lessons as a child were only going to end if I jumped off the diving board. I was never going to jump off the diving ...

A Special Place by Sharon O’Donnell


The past few weeks have been hectic but fun.  First, my middle son and I accompanied my oldest son to Charlottesville, VA for an orientation meeting for grad students in  his Masters of Accounting program. I absolutley LOVED traveling with my two oldest sons and reveling in the kind of ...

The Sprint to Summer by Margaret Hart


The month of May was hectic in our household. Work, travel, soccer, school, dance, volunteer projects, and the celebration of a milestone and end-of-year activities for our son. We started the month with our son making his First Holy Communion. The ceremony was beautiful and he was chosen to read a ...

I’m Not Ready… by Cara Potapshyn Meyers


...for the unofficial end to summer. Heck, it’s still eighty-something degrees out and my vegetable plants are just beginning to sprout! School started here yesterday. Yet, as organized as I am when it comes to my son, we were all scrambling to make sure we had all of the school supplies, ...

Front Porch Sittin’ by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


We have lived on our street for just over 8 years. It's a typical neighborhood, a few elderly residents still holding on, empty-nesters that are enjoying the extra room, some cohabitators, and those like us, with children. When we were looking at the house to buy, I hadn't paid any ...

Pickles and Other Stuff by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


I was born in the summer, and have always been much more productive and connected during the May-September months. My dad was a backyard gardener, the closest thing he could get to having his own farm. He came from a long line of Iowa farmers, and I always thought he ...

How Time Flies by Heather Bowles


Good evening ladies! Has it really been so long since I've posted? For those of you who have been asking, I'm terribly sorry for the disappearance act. Since I announced my pregnancy, it seems every thing that happens is urgent, everything is pressing, and nothing can be turned down. I ...

Tips on Swimsuits for a 40-Something Mom by Melissa Swedoski


Ah, yes, summer is finally here. Technically, it's been here for those of us in the south/southwest for a couple of months, but now that all of us are on the same page, let me focus on a topic that is HOT every time summer comes around: What the heck ...