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November 2009

On The Road to a Virtual Voyage!

I figured a  “Throwback Thursday” would be a most appropriate time to wax nostalgic and invite you to join me on my next virtual vacation!  This weekend I will set off on a wondrous adventure “across the pond”  touring southern England!  As if that weren’t fabulous enough, I’m traveling with my daughter Sara, just the two of us, as her graduation gift before she heads off to college next month! 

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  During my 25+ years at ABC7, many of you have watched Sara grow up over the years - here’s the nostalgic part - and during that time she has become an incredible traveler! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She took her first cruise before she was 2 - at 4, she was climbing pyramids in Mexico!

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At 6, Sara accompanied me and my Mom on a trip to Spain - 3 generations in our mother country! At 10, Sara was sightseeing through ancient Greece; at 12 she experienced the glaciers of Alaska!

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I took her to President Obama’s first inauguration - we explored the holy land together with members of our congregation.

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I chaperoned a high school choir trip to Ireland, and back in the states we took road trips to our national parks and the entire stretch of Rt. 66!  Sara’s 18th birthday with a destination party to the “Happiest Place on Earth!”

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I now invite you to join us on our next adventure, as I share our discoveries in London and many other historic places in the UK.  We arrive at Heathrow Airport Monday August 4th; posts on Facebook and Twitter soon to follow!  As this is an “interactive vacation,” feel free to make suggestions, ask questions or give advice - this is the first time in the UK for both of us!

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One more thing - a heartfelt thanks to my incredibly understanding husband for giving Sara and I this special bonding time while he stays at home.  Besides, someone has to watch the dogs, right?!

 

Bon Voyage!

 

 

11/23/2009

On the Road to the Teen Years

Watching Judy Hsu on the air this morning with her 4 young children gave me cause to reflect.  Yes, it's a major balancing act between career and family, especially with that many youngsters under the age of 10!  However, there is a sense of innocence, a feeling that you can actually get through to these young minds and teach them to be productive adults.

My daughter recently turned 14.  Don't get me wrong - I love her more than the Universe; always have, always will....BUT, I feel like aliens have taken over and I no longer recognize this girl!!  Let me say first and foremost, she is a good kid; knows right from wrong and doesn't get into trouble.  She's a good student, has good friends and is polite - at least in public!  But at home - OMG - it's the evil twin!  I don't think I've ever heard the word "NO" spoken quite so much as I have in the past several months.  When I try to reason with her, I get this blank look - like I said, aliens.

Many of my friends who have survived the teen years all echo the same sentiment - they will come back!  My question is - WHEN??  We're not even in high school yet!  And then there's driver's ed, SAT's, boyfriends...IIEEE!

Anybody who knows me, also knows how much I love being a parent and how much I love my daughter. This past weekend my daughter, husband and I were on the ABC7 float at the Mag Mile Lights Fest. I knew the Plain White T's were going to be on the float in front of us.  As we were getting ready for the parade I grabbed my daughter and went up to the band and asked if we could take a picture with them, and get my daughter's CD autographed (as I conveniently pulled it out of my purse along with a Sharpie!).  The beam from that girl's smile lit up the sky!

I guess I'm just looking for a little parenting advice from those who have walked in my shoes!  If I can get through the Terrible Teens, I can get through anything!

11/16/2009

On The Road to Less is More

I've come to the conclusion that I don't need to wait until January 1st, 2010 to make some personal resolutions.  I'm using this brief time before "Holiday Madness" kicks into gear to re-access some things. 

First, I need to clear the clutter!  After I gently encouragedmy 14 year old to remove her "stuff" from every room in the house, I proceeded to rid my closets, cabinets and drawers of things I no longer use. My rule of thumb - if it hasn't been used in 2 years, it's outta there!  Last week, I did the same routine at work.  Each day, before I went home, I spent a little time clearing out old tapes (we're talking 1990's here!), outdated files and general junk before it takes on a life of its own!  Can I even tell you how good it feels to walk into a clean office?!

Next, I'm going to redo my budget. They say the economy is starting to turn around (and BTW, who is "they?"), but my thoughts are, it's going to take a long time for things to recover.  Therefore, I need to make some tough decisions about money...really determine need vs. want...camp vs. college, spring break in a tropical climate vs. Wisconsin - you get the idea.  My family is already talking about ways to scale down the gift giving frenzy this year.

Finally, I'm going to be even more diligent about my health.  I've always believed you have to take care of yourself before you take care of anyone else, and since I have special health concerns as a breast cancer survivor, I really have to take care of myself!  I've added a second workout day to my routine, I've installed a new app to my Ipod to keep track of what I eat, and last but not least, I'm going to try to REDUCE THE STRESS!!

I gladly welcome your suggestions!