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A Tale of Two Pianos

A Tale of Two Pianos

My mom’s great-great grandfather Jacob Zech and his brother were piano makers from San Francisco in the 1800’s.  They made grand pianos, upright pianos, and even some beautifully unique square grand pianos. For as long as I can remember, we’ve had one of their masterpieces in our living room… a 9 1/2 foot concert grand, […]

Un-Shoelaces

Un-Shoelaces

Since Ryder got sick last December, we have encountered a whole host of things we used to take for granted that he can no longer do on his own.  Some of those things have resolved… pulling up his own pants, writing, climbing up to his top bunk, etc.  He still needs help to put a […]

West Nile Virus – It CAN Happen to You!

Many of this summer’s news headlines are focused on the discovery of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, aerial spraying to help prevent it, and confirmed cases for those who contracted it.  If you’re anything like me, you tend to read these stories and move on with your day without giving it much thought.  You’ve been […]

Kids Campus 2014

Kids Campus 2014

I haven’t written in a while.  Mostly because I often get stuck waiting and waiting for something big or deep or “important” to write about.  And sometimes the only thing to write about is something that may seem silly or insignificant that I assume nobody wants to read.  So I choose not to write.  But I have […]

Friends by Chance, Sisters by Choice

Friends by Chance, Sisters by Choice

Fifteen years ago (WHAT?!  Just, wow!) I was a freshman at UOP.  One day, while working in a tiny closet in the office at the Benerd School of Education, I noticed that the girl sitting across the table from me (also an employee) had a ballet shoe keychain attached to her purple backpack.  Little did […]

"Just" a Mom

“Just” a Mom

I hear women say this a lot, and even catch myself saying it more often than I care to admit:  I’m “just” a mom. The plan to be a stay-at-home mom was a total no-brainer for Ryan and me.  That’s been the plan from the very beginning of our relationship, and neither of us have […]

Dear Dove ~ Close, but No Cigar

Over the last few days, a new Dove video has been swirling around Facebook.  It appears that many people (both male and female) have had a very positive reaction to its message that women shouldn’t be so critical of themselves… that we are “more beautiful than we think.” But if I’m being honest, I haven’t […]

On My Mind Lately… {long}

The other day, I posed two questions about music. Then I shared this article on my Facebook page in which the author describes her frustration with the way our culture currently “celebrates” holidays. I totally concur… and apparently, based upon the amount of comments and likes it got, many of my friends do too. So […]

On Friendship

Would you agree with me if I said there are different kinds of friends? You probably have lots of friends (with a little “f”): These are your acquaintances… The people you see on a semi-regular basis.  You smile and wave at each other, and maybe even carry on a brief conversation containing lots of small […]

Most Random Post Ever

Most Random Post Ever

I haven’t blogged in um… hmm… Moving on. This post is simply to earn 25 points toward the chance to WIN a Nikon camera.  I decided when Ryder was tiny that I was tired of carrying around a camera in addition to the million other things I “needed” to make it through the day with […]