11 Years Ago. 1 Action. Many Changed Lives.

family motivation Oct 27, 2017

Today is the 11th anniversary of the day I took my first step into a new life. I had no idea at the time how much my life would change, but all I knew is that I wasn’t happy and I was searching.

Eleven years ago today I met my now husband for lunch. It was I who reached out to him a few days beforehand. And he was no stranger to me. In fact, he was my college sweetheart.

We had had a torrid love affair back in the late 70s. I say torrid because it was the kind that you read about in novels, the kind that comes around once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky.

Unfortunately, things happened that were not repairable in the relationship at the time so I decided to move on. Looking back, I know that I forced my brain to move on and was quite successful at that, but my heart, which you have much less control over, never really did.

But I let my brain lead. And I found love again, married and had 2 daughters. I built a successful career, had a beautiful home, wonderful,...

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I Love Football!

family laughter Oct 11, 2017

I love football! I was raised on football - Redskins football! This is something I passed along to my children. (Sorry Nikki and Kori!)

I know the rules. I plan my Sunday around football. I know it makes no sense. It’s just a stupid game. (That’s what I tell myself when my team loses which is a lot!)

But it gives me immense pleasure. And I’ve been lucky enough to have 2 husbands who are Redskins fans.  I couldn’t imagine being with a Dallas, Philly or Giants fan. #archrivals

So when I moved to Charlottesville, home of UVA, it was a no-brainer that I’d come to these games and fall in love with this team.

They have struggled, just like the Redskins, but every week I continue to root them on and hope for the best.

Football season and Fall are my favorite time of the year. It’s in my blood and I will be a fan forever. #gohoos #hailtotheredskins#womanwhoknowstherules

Any other women football fans out there? ...

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Hanson Makes Us Happy

family laughter Oct 03, 2017

Thought I'd do a little reliving of my Sunday night with my girls...

I hope this little video makes you happy today. It's of poor quality but I want to share it because it so captures the essence of our amazing relationship. <3

I cherish the moments I spend with my two daughters. And now that they are adults with their own lives, these times get rarer - especially times when it's just the 3 of us.

This video shows a few of these cherished moments doing what we love - singing and dancing to Hanson songs.

We love music in general but it's hard to explain what this band has done for our life.

We've traveled to many places to see them (Orlando, San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, DC) and for many years - I think our first concert was in '97 so that's 20 years.

Hanson makes us happy. Hanson makes us love music. Hanson brings us together.

My kids used to be "closet" fans. At first they hid their love because being a Hanson fan wasn't cool. But at some point they just...

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My Two Favorite Things in the Whole Wide World

family Aug 27, 2017

If you know me, you know my two favorite things in the whole wide world are my 2 girls. The best job I ever had and the best moments of my life are those that have been spent with them. 

They have made me a better human being and that continues as they make me want to reach higher goals by the example they set as the awesome individuals they are. 

They are my sun, moon and stars.  And they always will be. 

So when I get a few special hours with them, l am in Heaven. My best friends. The two most amazing, kind and fun people on Earth!!! My Nikki and Kori

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Thankful for What I Have

family Aug 22, 2017

Weddings are a great time to celebrate not just the love of the bride and groom but your own!#thankfulforwhatihave 

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You Are the Average of the 5 People...

family motivation Aug 21, 2017

As I got ready to head into my new office for the 2nd day, this quote came to my mind. Have you ever heard it?

I think it's quite powerful and very accurate. And it got me thinking it's one of the reasons I was excited to get back into managing technology projects. The people I get to be around end up making me better!!!

I remember when I was in my mid 30s working at the 3rd largest internet provider at the time, AOL. It was known as America Online then.

I remember thinking that I was out of my league being amongst all of the brilliant minds there. I felt so lucky to be around such smart people who were making history.

Once again I got lucky. I get to work side by side with some super smart people. And when this quote came to my mind this morning, it made me realize that this job is EXACTLY where I need to be. 

After 2 days spent with my new coworkers, clearly my average has been raised big time!!! And my brain kinda hurts from it! LOL! #surroundyourselfwithgreatpeople ...

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Happy Birthday Nikki Johnson!

aging family health Aug 15, 2017

I became a mom 35 years ago today. I was only 23 years old!  So it's hard to believe I was ever not a mom. 

The picture below does a poor job of showing how incredibly elated I was. Maybe I was a bit tired or a bit scared - probably a bit of both. 

Back then you did not find out the sex in advance and, truth be told, I wanted a little girl so badly. 

It sounds silly because, for your first, you'd think it wouldn't matter. But I so wanted a perfect little girl.... Obviously I knew deep down I'd love whatever came out, but I braced myself for a boy. 

I was over the moon when the doctor said it was a girl. They whisked her away to the neo-natal unit because she was 3 weeks early but I was never worried. I knew she was perfect and I knew my life would never be the same!!!

Happy Birthday Nikki Johnson!!!! Thanks for giving me the best job I've ever had!  And thanks for breaking me in before your sister arrived! 

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Block Party Success

family Aug 15, 2017

Block party success!!! 

I just have to give major kudos to my hubby for an awesome neighborhood party we just hosted at our house.

I love how he loves people and takes the bull by the horns to make something happen. My whole life I've always been the DOER but sometimes you just want someone else to take the reins.

He planned this whole party. He asked me to do the flyer bc he's challenged with technology but he told me what to put on it.

Then he hand delivered the flyer to every single person. If they weren't home, he went back. He wanted them to have an in-person invite.

He never asked me what we should eat. He planned it all. He ordered it all. He paid for it all. And it was delicious!!!!

They all just left and they said over and over how wonderful it was that we got together and let's do it again soon.

It was an awesome time! But it's all because of him. And I love him for it. 

Now it's time to wine with my favorite guy!!!!

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Rugby is in Our Blood

family motivation Aug 15, 2017

There are some things that are just so much a part of your life... they have made you who you are. This is the game of rugby for me and my hubby. 

Him as a player and me as a fan of men who play rugby. I don't know what it is about rugby players but I find them to be of a unique breed of man. 

Sexy. Strong. Friendly. Loyal. Fun. 

Such great qualities! Such great people!!!

My high school had a rugby team so it's been in my life since the mid 70s - a loooong time! I think I chose my college based on the number of cute rugby guys that were going there! Shows where my priorities were!!!!

I first laid eyes on my husband on the rugby field. I remember that moment so clearly. And that moment changed our lives forever. 

So here we are once again... Player and fan. He's with his buddies again. He's playing in an over 60s division. He's in his element. 

Who would have thought we'd still be here 40 years later?!!!  #rugbyisinourblood

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I am impacting 3 generations!

family motivation Aug 07, 2017

I am so thankful that I am a good role model of healthy living for my grandchildren! 

In fact, I like to say that when I help a fellow Grandma, I am impacting 3 GENERATIONS!!!

How neat is that?!!! And by doing so, I am extending lives and helping families make more memories & do more active things together. 

I can't imagine missing out on doing fun stuff with my grandkids and I plan to be a part of their lives for a looooooong time! 

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