Family and Personal Update


Ah, the routine and chaos of school mixed with the rapid arrival of fall and work insanity has made for an interesting last few months. I always tell my friends that it’s important to take opportunity when it comes, so I’ve been saying ‘yes’ to just a wee bit too much. In fact, I found myself on 6 separate plane trips in the last 10 days. It’s been a whirlwind of traveling, juggling, and mommying.

It was all good stuff – another Hallmark show (I love love love Home & Family and would go there anytime to film with that fun, kind, and generous crew), a NYC trip for a few blogger parties and some amazing possible press opportunities (say a prayer and cross your fingers for us, pretty please), and a mastermind meeting with an amazing group of women (we did an educational seminar on how to value companies to purchase).

It was fascinating, interesting and, I really missed my kids. Facetime is great, but it just doesn’t do much for you when your 4 year old says, “Mommy, I miss you. Why did you have to go away?” Thankfully, we have a trip with Grandma and Grandpa to Arizona (sun!) coming up, and I’m hoping to supermom make up that time.


It’s been awhile since I did a personal update – April in fact – whoops. Sorry about that. The big things are the same: kids are adorable, husband is still fully self-employed and going a gazillion miles an hour, and the laundry pile remains a multi-headed hydra of horror.

Individually, Lily is 4-years-old and loving school. She is in her second year of preschool and is carefree, happy and easygoing. She loves art, and she loves mess. She sings to herself all the time. She’s a little parrot and copies every single thing her brother says.

After school I ask, “Who did you play with?”

She says, “Nobody.”

But her teacher tells us that she knows every single student’s name and is one of the friendliest kids.  She is the social butterfly of the class. Her teacher assures us that Lily is literally playing with everyone, like every single person… which is apparently why she says “nobody.” Go figure.


Jamisen is in first grade, and it has been a revelation. He went from no reading and no writing to reading and writing and doing basic math (2 + 2 = 4). He has homework. He speaks truth, shows incredible curiosity and has nuanced thoughts. The other night at bed, he asked me about the country that was going to bomb us, and I explained the North Korea situation to him.

He said, “But Mom, is that the country that is building up the army? I am pretty sure that’s another country.”

He meant, Russia. Today, when Chris and I were debating about the cause of the rapidly rising national debt, he interrupted us to tell us that we “had to work on being better friends.” Awwww …

I love being a Mom so much and am so relieved to have a job that is creative and flexible, albeit highly over-scheduled as of late. Speaking of over-scheduled, I’m getting ready to lead another Best Day Ever food/alcohol/movement challenge. It starts November 1. Want to join me? Sign up here.