I’ve got vacation on the brain. As we cruise into spring and wave goodbye to those three-day holiday weekends of January and February, I need to plan an adventure. Each summer, we take some time as a family to visit a new place, get outdoors and experience something together. With three kids of varying ages, […]
Spring has sprung. The country is thawing. Kids are buckling down for their last months of school. And if you’re a parent, especially a working parent, the clock is ticking to get your summer plans in order. Maybe you work from home, or part-time, or perhaps you will be in the office daily during the […]
We were chattering away on our drive to school when I asked my oldest son about Boy Scout summer camp. “So, do you want to go this year? Sign-ups are now, so we need to decide.” “Mom, are you and dad spending too much money on our activities?” Uh-oh. “What do you mean?” “Well, I […]
4 p.m. baseball practice. Say it ain’t so. When both you and your spouse work full-time, after-school activities can kick your ass. With my job, there is simply no way to get to a 4 p.m. practice, or dance class, or scout meeting. I work 35 miles from home, and if you know anything about […]
Summer is weeks away, and if you are a mom, that means you are likely in full-blown crazy planning mode. You are researching camps, vacations, art classes, beach days, reading programs and trying to plot them on a master family calendar with surgeon-like precision. If you have more than one kid, good luck! I’ve been […]
This past week, my husband and I were able to enjoy a little couple’s getaway. In short, two nights, three days of bliss. Don’t get me wrong. I love my three kids. They make me laugh, see life in new ways and feel like I’m making the world a little brighter. But … absence makes […]
As a working adult who lives in Southern California, the seasons often blur together. It’s like that movie Groundhog Day. Get up, go to work, shuttle the kids around and cram a little “me” time into the wee hours of the evening. There is no three-month long hiatus. Wouldn’t that be nice? Still, I do […]
Spring break season is upon us. My kids are out. My husband is off. Me? I am in the office. Cue big sigh! Just taking one day off and saving up for a couple of extended vacation weeks in the summer. Yes, it’s tough to head to work when everyone else is sleeping in, but […]
A week ago, as I got into my trusty Prius for the long commute home, I gleefully called my husband to report I was officially on vacation. We launched into the Go Go’s Vacation All I Ever Wanted, and instantly I felt a weight lift from my shoulders.
The sweet smell of Coppertone. Kids playing blissfully into the evening hours. Beach days, fun days, lazy days. I love summertime, but summertime today is definitely different than summers spent as a free-spirited youth. Now I’m a grown-up and that means work, work and more work.