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Best Job Ever!

family May 08, 2016

These two girls helped form the person I am. I am so thankful that I was picked as their mom. I can't imagine my life without them. They are my biggest accomplishments!!! For me, today should not be a celebration of me for being a mom but a celebration of what being a mom has meant to me...

EVERYTHING!!! #‎motherhood #‎bestjobever

Me Nikki + Kori at my wedding

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Grandchild #3 is on the Way!

family May 03, 2016

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! I didn't realize I'd be as excited again as I was the first 2 times!!! Looking forward to an early Christmas present! :)

3rd grandchild announcement

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Embracing the White Legs!

aging health laughter May 02, 2016

Do you have a body part or attribute you wish was different? For me, I've never liked how pasty white my skin is... Why is it we are never satisfied with what we got? I remember wishing I had skin like my sister. She had the olive skin that tanned so beautifully. I got the skin that would blind you by its whiteness and burns after 10 minutes in the sun... which I ignored and now have a zillion brown spots b/c of that stupidity!

I am happy I got blue eyes & long eyelashes so my strategy is if I smile big enough and bat my eyelashes, people won't notice my pasty white legs!!! LOL!!!! #‎capriseason#‎embracethewhitelegs

If you could change one thing, what would it be?

5-2-16 Capri pants - white legs

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The Real Story Behind My Spare Car

family motivational Apr 19, 2016

This baby is getting the inside & outside treatment today!!! Thankful to have this extra car since my other one is still dead in the garage. BMW

I don't think I'll ever part with this car... It holds a special place in my heart.

Here's the REAL STORY behind my spare car...

We bought it for our oldest daughter for her 21sr birthday. Little did we know that she almost didn't live to see it.

About 31 hours before her 21st birthday she collapsed in the basement of our home from 2 pulmonary embolisms.

If her younger sister had not come home early from her last day of her summer internship that day and been there when her sister collapsed, she most likely would not have survived.

She was rushed to the hospital that coincidentally had a pulmonary specialist in the ER (thank God!) and he immediately recognized her symptoms & began treatment for the blood clots that had filled both lungs.

It is amazing she didn't suffer permanent heart damage. Thanks to the awesome staff at...

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The Hard Part About Being a Parent

aging family health Apr 13, 2016

Nikki moving to CharlestonBeing a parent is soooooo hard no matter how old your kids get. You want what is best for them but that’s not always what’s best for you…

Today my oldest daughter left the state where she was born & raised. She’s left before but I’ve always known it was temporary.

She went to Florida for college but she came back.

She tried NY for a year but she came back.

She tried Charlotte, NC for a year but she came back.

Virginia was in her heart. And even though I knew she was my child with wanderlust, I knew she’d be back.

This time is different. This time I know she won’t be back. She has a family now and they are lucky enough to live anywhere. So they researched the best place to live and raise their children and they picked Charleston.

I know they will be happy there. And I am happy for them. TRULY happy! Because that’s what’s most important to a mom – her child’s happiness.

But I’m still sad for me… ...

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The Difference Between Men and Women

laughter Apr 09, 2016

This picture is hilarious & does a great job of highlighting the difference between men and women. I'd like to share how that came into play in our house last night.the_difference_between_men_and_women_balconies._5035898587

<Important background info: we had a mouse in the house...>

Setting the scene: Mousetrap set up in morning after seeing a mouse in the pantry... Husband & wife watching a movie on the couch. Suddenly, a snap, a whimper, and a cough...

ME: Oh no! The poor little mouse... <tears welling in eyes> HIM: <huge smile, grunt of victory & fist pump>

A few minutes later...

ME: Is that the mouse or the tv? HIM: the tv

A few minutes later...

ME: I think that's the mouse... HIM: <goes to check>

The mouse is still alive and trying to get out of the trap... ugh.

ME: You want to take him outside & let him go? HIM: No. He'll just be some other animal's dinner.

HIM: <disappears with mouse to basement>

A few minutes later...

ME: How'd you do it? With a shovel? HIM: <proudly nods head>

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Love My AOL Family!

family Apr 04, 2016

I don't know if anyone but my fellow AOL old timers will truly understand this.... AOL was such a special place in the early days. And I wasn't early, early - I was just semi early. Back when it was called America Online, and it was #3 behind Prodigy and CompuServe. I began my AOL life in 1993. I spent 13 years there. It changed a lot. And I changed a lot. I had a hard time letting go of it. It was such a big part of my life...

The one thing that I'll always remember & hold dear to my heart is the INCREDIBLE people that worked there. The AMAZINGLY SMART people who I got to work with every day. And the MISSION we locked arm in arm to accomplish that we felt so passionate about - "to build a global medium as central to people's lives as the telephone and the television...and even more valuable..."

I think we succeeded!!!

One thing that I love about AOL and the family I was a part of is that we continue to periodically get together at various events. It's like a high school...

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Incredible 96 Year Old

aging health motivational Apr 03, 2016

I had a chance to meet this incredible 96 year old grandmother of the bride yesterday. I was drawn to her perkiness and wanted to talk to her. In our 1st conversation, I asked her what she does in her spare time. She said she doesn't really watch much tv but she does love Dancing with the Stars.

In our 2nd conversation, I asked how she stays so active and if she exercised. She said no. Remembering our earlier conversation, I asked if she danced and her eyes lit up and she said "oh yes!" I taught dance at Arthur Murray. She didn't elaborate.

Later I spoke with her daughter who told me that her mom and dad met at Arthur Murray as dance instructors. They were married 65 years and he was invited to the White House to give Eleanor Roosevelt dance lessons. And they used to go to Cuba all the time because they had the best Rumba bands there.

WOW!!! What a neat back story! I'm sure she has a lot more great stories. Meeting her yesterday was a highlight of an already amazing day!

My...

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How Much Do You Value the Truth?

educational Mar 18, 2016

The truth is extremely important to me. It always has been and always will be. It’s just one of the values I hold in very high regard. If someone lies to me, it will cause irreparable harm to our relationship.

Unfortunately, I was lied to twice over my vacation, and that is why I will never recommend a Royal Caribbean cruise and, in fact, will tell people not to choose them. They did some damage to their brand, and I am sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Lie #1:

We got through the check-in process fairly quickly and were put in a holding room where we were to wait a short time before boarding the ship. The room, which I’d say held about 500 people, filled up but they were not letting anyone board the boat. As we were beginning to wonder what was going on, a voice came through a loud speaker and told us they were experiencing computer problems. They apologized and said they were hoping to resolve the issues quickly.

I’m not sure what they were...

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How Mentally Tough Are You?

motivational Mar 16, 2016

One of my favorite things to watch is the Olympic games. I admire the heck out of the athletes who have worked so hard to get there. While watching, I sometimes wonder if I have their mental toughness - is my mind capable of pushing my body to its limits and dealing with what I imagine is unbelievable pressure? So when I came upon this great article in a Shape magazine recently called "Think Like a Winner," it resonated. I loved how they explained that there are four aspects to mental toughness: Resilience, Confidence, Grit, and Focus.

Here are a few highlights from the article:

  1. Resilience - The quicker you can bounce back from mishaps, the quicker you'll find success.
    • Welcome failure: We learn more when we lose than when we win. Mistakes teach you what to do differently next time.
    • Fact-check your thoughts: We almost always distort things after a loss and can easily get stuck in a "I'm no good" mode. Watch your inner dialogue. Just because you were edged out by someone else...
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