Tag: Family

What’s for breakfast? How about Kazakhstan toasts

Living with a picky eater is one thing. But living with a picky eater who is a bit ocd, well, that is something completely different. I’m not sure how this ever came up, but one day my son comes up to me and asks, “You know where I’d like to visit?” I was expecting Hawaii.…

Getting involved with the kids . . . in a drinking game

It’s funny how sometimes some of the best memories aren’t planned at all. At a family reunion, I was trying to choose a drink for my son from some limited choices: water, unsweet tea, sweet tea, and strawberry lemonade. “Mmmmmmmm. Strawberry lemonade,” I thought. I didn’t want to get it for myself because of the sugar,…

Escaping to a special place

In times of great stress (or boredom – think long meetings), I have a place I escape to mentally. Actually, I have about five such places. Four of those are just rooms I like. Relaxing places. Calming places. But one of my mental escapes is an event. It was February 2006. My then 12-year-old daughter, H,  and I…