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Fireworks!

Fireworks; it’s an Independence Day tradition. However, it’s one that we have avoided over the past years. My son doesn’t like loud noises or crowds so we have generally stayed away from fireworks in the past; even gone as far as ensuring he’s asleep before they start if necessary. However, this year, for whatever reason,…

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My American Girl Dream

Most girls who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s in the US knew about American Girl Dolls by Pleasant Company. I was around 8 when I first heard about American Girl. Kristen, Samantha and Molly were all 9 year old girls growing up in different time periods in the US, going through the same…

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Getting My Cheer On

Cheerleading doesn’t get a lot of respect. People don’t know the work that goes into it. The hours spent on flexibility and strength training to get those jumps right, to do those incredible lifts, to throw someone in the air, and make sure they are caught safely. The hours spent working so that routine looks…

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Less Travel, More Depth

I’ve made reference a few times in this blog to our life altering events at the end of 2015. Some of the wonderful that has come out of that experience has been has been new, more fulfilling jobs for both my husband and I and a new house. Some of the changes that they bring…

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Where Is Home?

As I flew back from New Jersey after my sister’s wedding, this time solo with the two kids (husband stayed behind to go on a business trip), I wearily got all our luggage and the two kids on the bus. With my daughter asleep in my arms, my son sat next to me and said:…

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My Sister’s Wedding – The Reception

The official photo session was done, and we were a few bottles of champagne and a beer in when the bridal party poured out of the limo into the Poughkeepsie Grand. There was still about 30 minutes before the cocktail hour started, so I decided to find my family and kids, and see if all…

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My Sister’s Wedding – Photos at the Park

My sister was officially married! They had exchanged rings, lit the unity candle, been declared man and wife, and kissed. We had taken photos in the church but my sister wanted to get some portraits done by the Hudson River. The kids were wound up, so we sent them off with their designated care givers…

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My Sister’s Wedding – The Ceremony

After the chaos of the wedding prep session, it was time to head to the church.       My sister was getting married in her husband’s family church, Poughkeepsie United Methodist. An beautiful building, with a large open parish, it served as a majestic backdrop for this auspicious occasion.        In the back…