First time

The first time a boy gave me a ring I was in Miss Frankel’s first grade class. It was his grandmother’s ring and I promptly lost it outside my house next to the big oak tree. The first time a boy kissed me I was still in first grade and it was the same boy that gave me the ring. I was in line in the hall of West End on a Friday afternoon waiting to walk home. The first time I was asked to a sleepover it was the same boy who had given me the ring. I was … Read more…

Bar Farley

Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same You wanna be where everybody knows Your name. You wanna go where people know, people are all the same, You wanna go where everybody knows your name. Making your way in the world today Takes everything you’ve got; Taking a break from … Read more…

Master of Disaster

When I was pregnant with Ethan the doctor called him a mack truck. I had to keep going back for ultrasounds because the doctors were afraid he was taking all of Amelia’s (Gigi) nutrients. But when they were born there was only a 6 oz difference and Gigs quickly surpassed Ethan. As a baby and toddler, Ethan earned the name the Master of Disaster. Wherever he went disaster followed. When he was really little and couldn’t control his pee he accidentally peed over the balcony and it landed in Alex’s backpack. Ethan is the reason our Christmas tree must always … Read more…

Feast or Famine

It’s feast or famine with me lately where reading is concerned.  Every spare moment in the last few weeks has been spent writing for my blog, Perfect Mamas blog or my book.  It’s sort of ironic as the one thing a writer needs to do other than write is read.  But I decided to change that on Sunday and read Something Borrowed (See all Literature & Fiction Books); by Emily Giffin. I heard her speak in Atlanta and she was fantastic.  The book was a great summer read and I picked up the second one, Something Blue (See all Contemporary … Read more…

And summer has finally arrived

My kids got out of school last week.  The twins have been out of school since before Memorial Day.  But for me summer is starting today because I  wasn’t able to relax until we put my dad in his final resting place.  Now that we have done that I can let my hair down….well I could if I had hair that could be let down.  I slept better last night and this morning I got up, read the kids some of Little House on the Prairie, worked out and then did a little project with the kids.  We made summer … Read more…

Friends Before Facebook

Four of my dad’s high school friends came from all different parts of the country to attend his service today.  One came from San Diego, two from Michigan and one from North Carolina.  I had met all three of the men and their families at different times in my life.  We visited them in their hometowns of the moment and they came to see us in New York.  It was sad and fabulous all at the same time to see them at the service.  We talked about the time we flew into Denver with my dad to stay at one … Read more…

New York

I didn’t move away from New York as much as I drifted away. Most of my friends stayed in the state of New York to go to college. My dad would not allow me to apply to any of the SUNY schools. He had a short list in his mind of acceptable schools…school names that would sound grand at a cocktail party. That turned out to be very unfortunate for me as he was unable to assist with my tuition during my senior year and the name that he required was expensive. I went home to New York for my … Read more…

Father’s Day

Today is my first Father’s Day without a father. I never gave him his card last year. About a month ago, the twins found it in a chair pocket in the Honda. My heart ripped open when I realized I never gave it to him. I can’t even remember if we saw him on Father’s Day. I know we saw him the week before Father’s Day for his belated birthday celebration but the trips to the doctors and the hospitalizations are all blurry in my head now. Which makes me realize I better keep writing my memories down before they … Read more…

What I’ve learned in the last few days

I have had a very busy last few days.  On Friday morning we set out for my writing conference in Atlanta.  We returned on Sunday.  We drove over 1100 miles in less than 64 hours.  The Farley Family had a lot of together time.  After a crazy day on Monday (I will elaborate in a moment) Justin left for a business trip in Dallas.  He’ll be back tonight and for that I am happy.  I said a bunch of times last month that May was the new December and now I am wondering what the h*!ll June is because it … Read more…

Road trips…

So as you may have read on facebook we have a broken hotel wall and Eva has a chipped tooth. We also saw a police standoff with a dozen policemen pointing their rifles towards the woods and a motorcycle towing a coffin. All of this was reminding me of a list of quotes that Justin kept on our trip to Orlando last year. Enjoy as I spend my weekend with Clark Griswold….. Julie: Don’t bug your brother – he has enough issues. Alex: Was that a burp? Julie: No it was throwup. Julie: There’s an accident 5 miles ahead. Ethan: … Read more…