trip to chicago

When I took Brooke to San Francisco last summer to drop her off for her ballet summer intensive, we went a day early to spend some tourist time together. It was really nice for us to have that time together doing mother-daughter bonding before parting for three weeks, and we decided to do it again this year in Chicago. Here are some of the highlights of our weekend.   Hotel We stayed at the Palmer House Hilton, and it is… Read more »

This weekend I was lucky enough to be surrounded by nearly 6,000 young performing artists at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. My sons participated in the festival for the third year. The purpose of the event is not necessarily to create 6,000 new Broadway actors and actresses but to use the power of musical theater to teach kids important lessons about creativity, self-confidence, and hard work. The funny thing is that every year I think I learn more than… Read more »

christmas

  This morning my son sweetly reminded me that Christmas Eve is just eight days away. I know he meant well by it, but it really just felt a little like he was trolling me. I love the Christmas season. I love Christmas scents and flavors, decorations, music, and all the holly and jolly. Unfortunately, I am a total loser and procrastinator when it comes to living out that Christmas spirit. In my defense, the 2-3 weeks after Thanksgiving are probably… Read more »

my first concert

Attending your first proper concert is a right of passage. It is part of the process of defining yourself, your tastes, and coming of age in the modern world. Last week I got to take my daughter to Atlanta for her first proper concert (not counting The Wiggles even though those guys rock…haha!) as a gift for her 13th birthday. She is a huge Troye Sivan fan, and she made me listen to enough of his music that I became… Read more »

getting to know me

We all know that kids have a wonderful way of being brutally honest. What makes it so wonderful is there is nothing but purity at the heart of their answers. Kids are not tempered by a politically correct filter, and most of the time, their responses are not an attempt at emotional manipulation.   Every once in a while I see these posts going around Facebook where you should ask your kids to respond to a set of questions. These… Read more »

I have a girl confession to make. Until I had a daughter who decided that she wanted to be a dancer, I really didn’t know a thing about makeup. Over the past few years, however, I have learned a lot about stage makeup in particular. It takes some practice, but you can create some amazing looks with makeup. In fact, stage makeup is great because you can create art on someone’s face. So, I thought I would share some examples of Halloween… Read more »