Here we go…


Richard’s brother asked how many takes this took to make this video.

Let me tell you—one.  The only one.  I mean, really?  How in the world can you duplicate that?  It was perfect in all timing.

Here I was walking the dogs when I found a fox hole.  And then I called and had my daughter come out.  And then we called and had daddy and Max come out.

And then we decided that Adelyne (because she is normally crazy) would have a bunch of fun dancing to the music in front of the fox hole.  And so we played the music.

Well, Adelyne decided she really wanted the dogs to dance with her.  And, surprisingly???? the dogs were not interested.  So, while she spent her time chasing the dogs, daddy is in the background going crazy with his son to the music.

It is and will be a family classic for keeps.  Now, whose wedding will it play at?  Maxwell’s (in daddy’s arms)?  Adelyne’s (running after the dogs)?  Or perhaps simply at Richard’s birthday or our 50 year anniversary????

In any case, it was fun to make but WAY more fun to watch!




American Ninja Warrior—Love that show!

Okay, seriously. I have absolutely no idea how long American Ninja Warrior has been around. BUT I did discover it this past summer when my kids and I were staying at my sister’s house while my husband was working in Poland.

And not only did I see it—I quickly got. What’s that word? Oh, yeah. ADDICTED to it.

It was so fun and suspenseful and JUST PLAIN exciting to watch.

It was as if I was the mom of the competitors. I nearly bit my nails watching them attempt or complete their runs.

I think there were even a few times that I actually jumped out of my seat or yelled out loud.

It, IT being American Ninja Warrior, is seriously one of the best shows I have ever seen on TV—reality or non-reality TV.

After that introduction, I now encourage you to see my childhood friend and his audition tape for the show.

First of all, you should know that he is practically one of the nicest guys you would ever meet. And his wife is simply stunning. And their children are as cute as can be. In fact, when we were both newlyweds, we lived in the same apartment complex—and then later our daughters were in the same grade at the same school.

It is a fun world sometimes, that is for sure!

With all of that said—his tape is awesome—and it would be awesome to sit on the side of my couch watching him compete for American Ninja Warrior.

Now I encourage you—sit back, watch his audition tape, and let’s just hope that he gets chosen.  Then we all can cheer Chad on as he competes for American Ninja Warrior.

That would be super fun.

I am pretty sure that you would agree.


Here’s the link:  American Ninja Warrior_Chad Brower

Cold and Flu Season is Upon Us…To vaccinate or not vaccinate? That really isn’t the question.

As many of you have started to experience it, you realize…

Oh my!

Cold and Flu Season is just about upon us.

In fact, I have seen the outpouring of Facebook support for the Flu Vaccination.

I have also seen the outpouring of Facebook support for NEVER getting the Flu Vaccination.

Phew.  Both sides covered.  For and Not For.

In case you are curious.  We get it.  The flu vaccination.


When you have a kid like my son, you get it (he’s a former NICU, ICU, Coma survivor If you click the highlighted, you can see a few of his photos). Or else your son suffers. And his life is worth far more than fear, in my humble opinion.

If you don’t get it, I also completely understand. Before I had my son, I was not the biggest fan of pretty much anything medical.

And this is coming from a woman with a tumor at the base of her brain (non-cancerous) on her pituitary next to the optical nerve portion of her brain. (You can read a bit about it here:  pituitary tumors)

Irregardless of the Flu Vaccination or No Flu Vaccination, I am pretty sure it is universal to know that Vitamin C is good for you. No. GREAT for you.  So are mandarins.

Oh, and the little green-shirted cutie is a bonus.

What? You ask now thoroughly confused.

Halo mandarins.

You see, we live overseas, so we can’t watch the commercial on TV or purchase these mandarins, but our nephew (my husband’s brother’s son—-did you follow that?) just landed his first national commercial.  For Halos.  Mandarins.  Mmm.  Mmm.  Good!

It must be all of the smooth talking that got him, our nephew, the part.

That’s a joke, of course, because he is only a year old.

But, and I am not saying this because I am partial or anything (even though I am), you should watch the commercial. It is quite funny.

And the “little brother” sure is cute.

In fact, I think that he makes the commercial! If I was residing in America, I just might run on out and buy some Halos too.

No. I am not being paid a single cent to promote this product 😉

I am just suggesting you watch the clip, keep up on your Vitamin C, and stay healthy—flu vaccine or not.

In any case, I hope you enjoy.  And keep your eyes open for our little nephew—coming soon to a television near you!

Let me know when you see his spot on TV—it’d be fun to hear all about it.  Especially since we don’t get to watch it ourselves.

Thank goodness for YouTube, our friend!

Hugs for a wonderful day.



I don’t noramally say this…

This was one of the most gut-wrenching things that I have seen in a long time.

It’s 3 and 1/2 minutes of your time.

You may say, “I don’t have 3 and 1/2 minutes.”

Well, today you should make time. Time for this video. Time for 3 and 1/2 minutes. Time to gut-check your heart.

You will be very glad you did.

It was beautiful. So beautiful.

Beautiful and sad.

And important. So important.

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”
1 Corinthians 13:1