2016 and Beyond

2016 was hard. There is no doubt about that. It the year people will remember as the one that took too many of our idols, the one were we saw too much violence and hate, and the one were many Americans and the world lost hope and stood in sadness and disbelief as a tyrant…

A Note on the Upcoming Election

I am going to broach a topic that I would not normally discuss on this blog. But as we get closer to the election, as I watch more news and read more polls, I can’t help but have so many feeling and emotions come up. So I’m going to write this knowing that not everyone…

My Mother’s Wedding

Late in life love – it was something I didn’t believe in. I never had any examples of it in my extended family as I was growing up. My grandmother who got separated from her boyfriend, moved in with us when she was 50 and never dated or married again. I thought that was the…

Sacramento Train Museum

When Grandpa visited our new home, we wanted to do something fun for the kids and for Grandpa. Grandpa is a history buff and a long time railroad man (working for the commuter rail in New Jersey his whole career). My kids are avid Thomas fans, the trains still come out to play on a…

Fireworks!

Fireworks; it’s an Independence Day tradition. However, it’s one that we have avoided over the past years. My son doesn’t like loud noises or crowds so we have generally stayed away from fireworks in the past; even gone as far as ensuring he’s asleep before they start if necessary. However, this year, for whatever reason,…

My American Girl Dream

Most girls who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s in the US knew about American Girl Dolls by Pleasant Company. I was around 8 when I first heard about American Girl. Kristen, Samantha and Molly were all 9 year old girls growing up in different time periods in the US, going through the same…