Friday, August 02, 2019

Busy Summer For All!

I had plans of writing about our family Summer craziness, but like as usual, events flew by, and there wasn't enough to stop and breathe to write about it. First off, I underestimated how busy we were going to be. I had major plans of lounging around the house with the kids and maybe run around shopping, movies and eating out before we leave for our planned Hawaiian get-a-way.

Fast forward to August - we are no longer leaving for Hawaii. Sad, but honestly, we were all too busy to feel sad. I forget that my kids are not so little anymore where my husband and I can plan our family summer the way we want. No. Not anymore. 

Christian, our College boy, took a Summer internship job at Northwestern University. Matthew left for New Hampshire for an educational Summer program at Phillips Exeter Academy, and we decided to enroll Katie to Summer school, William canceled his vacation time off at work, and so I ended up focusing on my writing projects.

In just a few weeks Fall classes will be starting for all three kids, and we're back to the routine. All three kids are still immersed with their Summer ongoings, and they're having so much fun. In a general scheme of things, we're accomplishing a FUN summer for all. Just not altogether the entire time, but hey, ALL GOOD.

Here are some of our milestone moments in pics this Summer.

Last Day of School pics:
Last day of 6th Grade for Katie

Last Day of HS Sophomore Year for Matthew

Last Day of College Freshman Year for Christian

Here are more of Christian's Dorm Move-Out Day pics:

And he even made a fun video recap of his Freshman Year at Northwestern University:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


To say that "age is just a number" sounds like it's wrong to feel our age.

🎈🎈🎈Today I turn FIFTY. 🎈🎈🎈I think and feel like a 50-year-old ( it's all relative ), and there's nothing wrong with that. Turning 50 is a meaningful milestone for me, and I am choosing to embrace what I have become today.

This 50-year-old body endured severe asthma at a young age, gym rat days in the 80s, various diets and weight changes in the 90s, five pregnancies, four easy & and one arduous labor, three very happy baby deliveries, and two incredibly heartbreaking miscarriages.

This 50-year-old body also endured six needle biopsies, a thyroidectomy, and painfully inflamed lymph nodes called Lymphadenopathy. This lead to what my doctors first believed was Lymphoma that turned out to be a Kikuchi Fujimoto Disease diagnosis after more careful pathology testings. A rare disease that took my spirit and body almost over a year to regain some normalcy. Adding on the numerous infections resulted from my weakened immune system after going through months of drug treatments.

I physically and mentally survived them all, and there's not a day I don't feel grateful to be alive and kicking. My biggest gratitude goes to my greatest love and solid rock - my husband ♥️and three children♥️♥️♥️.

To all of you, my friends and families, thank you for sticking with me through it all. I look forward to many years with you. Here's to my next 20-30-40+ years to come! 🍾 πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³ #ThisIs50
via Instagram

Sunday, June 16, 2019

We won the Father Lottery! Father's Day 2019

Through the years You've never let me down
You turned my life around
The sweetest days I've found, I've found with you
Through the years I've never been afraid
I've loved the life we've made
And I'm so glad I've stayed Right here with you Through the years.

Happy Father’s Day to the most hardworking and dedicated dad that we adore! You simply made our lives sweet.

We love you so much, Baba!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mothers Day 2019

Out to dinner for some Korean BBQ with my squad, my clan, my tribe, my rock, my babies.

My heart! That includes my husband who is my main squeeze. (Hubs is at work as usual, but always in our hearts)

I hope all of you mamas out there filled your tanks and felt more loved than we already are. #HappyMothersDay

Friday, April 19, 2019

61 years in-between these two!

They share a birthday πŸŽ‚. My son turned 16, and my mom turned 77. The family is celebrating their birthdays. Happy Birthday Matt and Grandma!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sixteen! Our Baby Boy is Sixteen!

This middle child of ours has always been the most conscientious and sweetest person, and he’s growing into an incredibly good human being. He’s also smart and hardworking. And of course like most teens, he can be annoying, but we’ll keep him anyway. 😜

My husband and I are so proud to be his baba and mama. Happy Birthday, Matthew! We ♥️ you! 😘😘😘 πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽˆ

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Treasuring Every Moment I Get with My Growing Kids

Writing about things I love in Chicago (and beyond) has its perks. I'm not talking about the incredible shows and meals. Of course those too, but what I truly love the most is when I can have one or all of my children accompany me and experience and discover new things with me. I've dined with them at some pretty exciting places, brought them along to theatre shows, and the whole family even traveled with me to some unimaginable destinations.

However, it's not as easy to seize my children and go to events anymore. They're getting older, and they are obviously NOT as enthused in hanging out with old mama. It takes a lot of convincing. I get it, though, but I continue to have them join me because I know they will enjoy themselves anyway. And 95% of the time, I'm right! 5% of the mistake is from how exhausted they are from school, and here I am dragging them to an event, and they still have homework to get done. I feel terrible, but I also know that they can learn more from exposure and experience.

My middle boy, Matthew, is the hardest to persuade and take along. He's canceled on me a couple of times before, but I still insist that he join me whenever an invite to bring someone with pops up. He went with me this time to the Djembe! Show (link to my Chicagonista write-up if you're interested in learning more) and judging from his participation in the drumming and after-show critiques; I know deep down how much he appreciated being there. I hope he'll join me soon at another event.

I cherish every moment I spend time with each of my children.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

19 Years Old!

19 years ago, this boy made us parents for the first time, but it feels more like it was just yesterday.

Happy Birthday, Christian - We love you and know that we’re so proud of the kind of man you are turning out to be.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Agent Tam Fam

It’s April already?! Wow!

Last week was my College son’s Spring Break. For the first time, all our three kids’ Spring Break schedules landed on different weeks, and so we planned to make the most of it while Christian is home for the week.

Below are some Instagram photos and videos to scroll through from our dinner at the Safehouse, a spy-themed restaurant here in Chicago. Hubs and I thought we were just in for the meal and let our three kids enjoy it, but crossing off the given family missions turned out to be so fun. We were spy agents for the evening, and that restaurant was a bit of Austin Powers and James Bond. We couldn't resist all the goofiness!

Check out the surveillance camera video of what we had to do since none of us knew the password to get in the Safehouse. πŸ˜‚

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Awesome Girls Day at the Museum!

Yesterday my girl Katie and I spent the morning at the #WiredToWear exhibit, a new Museum of Science & Industry exhibit that showcases inventions that transform the way we live. To kick off the exhibit Morning, Makers! breakfast speaker is Katie’s friend, Jordan Reeves. I will be writing about the whole exhibit at, so check over there if you'd like to learn more about the Wired To Wear exhibit.

Jordan is a Missouri native 13 year-old-girl who built a prosthetic arm that shoots glitter. We’re so proud to know her! I happen to love her mama, Jen, too. We’ve been getting together since our girls were little and encouraged Katie and Jordan to write and even became penpals.

Jordan and her mom founded an organization called Born Just Right, a non-profit foundation that develops creative solutions for kids with disabilities.

Check out the last pictures below when Katie and Jordan were hanging out in 2013 at the same museum! They were so little then!