Busy, Busy, Busy


Have you ever been busy — I mean so busy you put a bathroom break on hold to finish one more thing? That is what my life has been lately, racing from here to there, dropping off and picking up, and filling the washer with yet another load of towels.

We all do it; society insists that we all multitask. We are permanently attached to our phones for calls, emails, the schedule for the latest tasks; we eat lunch in the car on the way to pickup and dinner on the way to practice….really do we ever sit down to do just one thing?

Well that is my goal for right now. I am going to stop racing and really focus on the present. With summer school winding down and regular school starting in a few short weeks, I am committing to spend some real, quality, uninterrupted time with my son.

What are we going to do? Nothing earth shattering, but what we do isn’t important. I think we will visit the park where I will play with him and not catch-up on email. We are going to spend some time in the museum where I won’t get testy when he asks me the 10 millionth question as I rush him around to “see” everything because we don’t have time to come back. And, I will say yes to the slip-and-slide, rock collecting expeditions, bubble blowing contests and water blaster fights – all while not caring how much of a mess it is going to make.

That will mean that dishes will sit in the sink, laundry won’t be done as fast, and there will be a few more dust bunnies lurking around. But, guess what, I don’t care. Life is short and for a change, I am going to enjoy the ride!

I’m bringing my camera along, so join me won’t you.

A Patriotic Bracelet


My son made this cute fourth inspired bracelet for me in summer school, and it was so cute I thought I would pass it on.

I know beading is nothing new, but at five-years-old, it was frustrating to him to try to string the beads without dropping them and/or the string.

But, the clever ladies who are heading up the summer school team had a great idea, pipe cleaners! The red, white, blue and clear beads are strung on blue pipe cleaners – very patriotic.

Quick, easy — made with love and given with pride. You can’t ask for better than that!

Alive With Color



“Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and… stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to ‘walk about’ into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?”

—    Wassily Kandinsky


There is a great opportunity right now to experience the work of Kandinsky in the Midwest. The Milwaukee Art Museum is hosting an exhibit from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, exploring the evolution of Wassily Kandinsky.

Considered a master in modern art, Kandinsky was a brilliant artist who against traditional reason, left a promising law career to follow his heart and focus on his love of art. This exhibit looks at his journey as he developed his own unique abstract style.

The museum is located in downtown Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. The grounds are beautiful to experience and it is very family friendly. The building itself features an amazing 217-foot wing-like sunscreen that unfolds twice a day  by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It is really quite cool.

The exhibit runs through September 1 and if you visit on the first Thursday of the month, it is Target sponsored and free!

What a great opportunity to introduce children to interpretive art. And, when you get home, the Website Making Art Fun  has a great Kandinsky printable that your kids can try their own color combinations on!

Have You Checked Out Your Tree?

Do you research your family tree?

Wedding Photo







This is my Grandparents wedding portrait from the 1930’s – don’t they look sophisticated. I love looking at old photos.

I was researching mine on Ancestry, but it became cost prohibited, and once I started, it was hard to stop! With one hint leading to another, it was very easy to loose hours of time searching the past.

Still I am fascinated with the history of “my” story, and would really like to pass that information on to my son, so I found an alternative.

FamilySearch is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For over 100 years, they have maintained a huge collection of records and resources, sharing this genealogical information free of charge. They even offer assistance through call or chat!

You can search census records, birth and death records, look through photos and search military and naturalization records. It is a comprehensive, easy to search site; they offer an amazing resource.

So step into the past and reconnect with family, shake that tree a little bit, you might be surprised what drops out!