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The Power of Red Nail Polish

red nail polish power

As a child, I spent late afternoons during the school year and long summer days with my grandma Is. She wasn’t a teacher by trade, but she taught me what was important through constant example. Continue reading

Family Means Everything

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Gma Is, Uncle Lloyd and Gma Doris at my wedding

Both of my grandmas taught me many life lessons as I grew up and I was so very lucky that they were both with me until I had my own children. Continue reading

Lessons from Grandma Bauer

Grandma Bauer and Aunt Hyc

My Grandma Bauer was a feisty, loving woman. She came to America from Germany as a young woman. Grandpa Joe also came from Germany. I wish I knew more about their early lives but these are stories I never heard. The first thing she taught me was to be more curious about my relatives because their stories are too important to lose. Continue reading

The Birth of My Princess

princessI had always said that I wanted 4 kids.  My hubby said, “No – 2 is fine”.  I offered a compromise and said “How about 3?” He again was adamant that 2 was fine.  But for some reason, my family didn’t feel complete. Continue reading

My Birth of My Pumpkin

pumpkinI was pregnant again and my doctor had told me that my due date was December 13th, but that this was going to be a big baby.  I remember during one appointment, my doctor did an ultrasound and said, “You’re going to have a boy and he is NOT shy!”  Our little boy was in my belly, arms and legs somewhat outstretched and his privates were very obvious!   Continue reading

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

looksI’ve always been told I look just like my mom.  I could never really see it myself until I was about 18.  I was doing my makeup at her vanity and she was standing behind me.  Looking from her face to mine and back again, it suddenly hit me and I started to cry stating “Oh my God.  I DO look like you.”  Really nice right?  I’m sure mom really appreciated my tears!  I don’t know why I cried – I think Mom looks great and always has.  I should be so lucky to look as good as she does.  Continue reading

Two Halves Make a Whole

same differentThe same or different.  I have two girls, or I should say my husband and I have two girls. If you split me in half, you would have each girl, making one complete person, me.   Continue reading

My One and Only

looking alike

I never thought I would have children, so before the blessed event, I used to piggyback on my sister’s two girls. Appearance-wise, there was a time when the four of us looked very much alike. We were in a Chinese restaurant in Oakland, California one night. When the waitress approached our table, she looked around at the four of us and said “four people, same face!” We had a good laugh and decided the waitress was very observant.  Continue reading

On Children

How much influence do we really have over our children?

Aubrey and I were at Texas Roadhouse with four other mom-daughter couples. We were talking about random topics when the subject of birth stories came up. Aubrey and I quietly listened to everyone’s stories.

I don’t even know the exact time she was born in the early hours of July 27, 2009. Continue reading