Life and Family

Easter Egg Hunt and a Happy Good Friday

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Happy Good Friday everyone! Today, I am extracting the kids out of school early to take them to a presentation of a living stations of the cross over at my mother-in-law’s church.  It is put on by the parish youth group and they do a wonderful job. This is our second Good Friday doing this, […]

Robert Burns Night with The Scots Highland Pipes and Drums


Grant is part Scottish. His father, James Maloney, was born in Scotland. He passed away a few years before I met Grant in 1996. Despite having not met him, I can tell from photographs of him  (always a twinkle in his eye) and stories about him told by Gerene, Grant’s mother, that James was a […]

Mohawk Rug Donated to My Sister-in-Law’s 4th Grade Classroom


Back in November, I posted a review and giveaway for Mohawk Home. It happened to be my first year hosting Thanksgiving and I needed a large 8 ft. x 10 ft. area rug to go underneath the dining room table to be moved to the living room for the occasion. The rug I selected for […]

Holiday Concert


The kids’ band holiday concert always helps to put me in the holiday spirit. I get to relax (forget about all the shopping and wrapping I have to do) and listen to the kids play and sing holiday tunes. So last night we bundled up (It was below freezing!) and headed out to Ryan’s school […]

Caught Being Good in Middle School


Ever since Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it seems like middle school kids get a bad rap for being  “moronic” and doing things like passing around the “cheese touch”. Well, I can proudly tell you that the middle schoolers in my son’s school are often times “caught being good.” My son’s middle school has a […]

My Radio Commercial


“I like radio better than television because if you make a mistake on radio, they don’t know. You can make up anything on the radio.”        – Phil Rizzuto Years ago, someone told me that I had a nice voice and that I would sound great on radio. Or was it, I had a […]

No More Line Cutters at Disney?


source We waited 45 minutes in line for the Safari ride at Disney’s Wild Kingdom a couple of years ago. We waited over 1 hour to go on the Winnie the Pooh ride in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. If you’ve ever been on the Winnie the Pooh ride with older kids, you would know that was […]

Getting a Will Part One: Interview with Attorney Michael D. DellaMonaca


Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane / In 2012, a survey from, a legal services web site, found that 50% of Americans with children do not have a will and 41% of baby boomers (age 55-64) don’t have one. If you are like half of American parents, you haven’t legally determined who would inherit […]

A Despicable Me 2 Birthday Party at the Movie Theater


While most kids really like to watch TV shows and movies, Ryan really loves watching TV shows and movies. A movie party suited him just fine. We celebrated Ryan’s ninth birthday on Saturday with his friends at the Gardner Cinema. The Gardner Cinemas offers a birthday party package that includes unlimited popcorn, and soda, in […]

Free Chicken Coop on


As many of you know, we welcomed 6 chicks into the fold this past May. They are so cute when they are this tiny. It seems like overnight that these chicks grew to three times their size. (They aren’t even full grown yet.) Not so cute anymore are they? I am surprised Ryan didn’t opt […]