It’s half past 2018

I haven’t felt much like writing (read that as lazy and unfocused). But I guess it’s about that time to catch things up a bit and touch base. Get pen to paper so to speak, and let the words flow. 

This summer I turned… 46. That’s more than half way to 90! I decided to grow my hair out again, and am returning to my natural color. That’s right. I’m swearing off bleaching with the 40 vol peroxide, having the gorgeous purple colored dyes, and getting back “to my roots” as they say. Oh and I have BANGS! LaPetite also took off about 15 inches of hair and is sporting a cooler layered look. 


This summer marks some major changes in our lives. 

LP is no longer dancing, and has turned her focus to music. More specifically- playing the drums. She also has been in the kitchen a lot more after taking a cooking camp. I tend to micromanage, so I’m allowing here to just have fun and be creative, and am letting her do more on her own.


We’ve had both of my parents visit this summer (separately of course) and a belated birthday surprise houseguest (my sister KT) so this really has been an eventful summer in many ways. These might not be the glamorous of shots, but I’m not usually one to have my camera out snapping pictures at every corner. I take mental photographs. 


Lets see, what else… I’ve gotten back to painting. It’s been good to be creative. 


Oh and my boys are still alive and kicking! 


So that is about it for now. 


The jencation has morphed into a momcation, as I tend to invite another mom I know to break away. For those who don’t know what a jencation is, it’s a vacation that I take without my family. I’m kicked out of the house for a weekend, leave for some destination without the boy and kiddo, and spend some girl time with a friend. 

Here are some of the cities I’ve visited:

10/2015 Savannah, GA-  I especially loved the overall charm of Savannah’s cobblestone streets and historic downtown buildings and the Victorian District. Delicious southern homestyle cooking, and downtown there’s beautifully manicured parklike squares every few blocks with benches to sit under old oak trees. Really just picturesque. Savannah is also the oldest city in GA, and one of the original 13 colonies.

03/2016 Austin, TX- Before moving to ATX, I took a momcation to check out the city that I was soon to call home. Stayed downtown, had lots of whiskey and tacos, and through it all, found a place to live. I realized on this mom-cation that I was moving to a bigger city from where I had grown up. Austin is the capital city of TX, and home to the University of Texas. And did I mention is the live music capital of the world and has some of the best most delicious BBQ!

08/2017 San Antonio, TX-  Do you remember the Alamo?  I stayed in the Historic (read that as haunted) Menger Hotel directly across from the Alamo site. Every night people were “ghost-hunting” throughout the halls. San Antonio has a lovely river walk, so many little shops and eateries dotted along the river. Nice cool breezes and foliage. It’s especially beautiful when lit up at night.

11/2018 Next on my list is Salem, MA! I’ll be checking out the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston, and spending the weekend in Salem, home of the Salem witch trials. I’ll be on the prowl for pubs, lobster rolls and visiting the oldest candy shop in the United States. The Boston area is has an impressive maritime history museum, and maybe some whale watching, if we’re lucky!

Feel free to comment below, I’m open for suggestions on where my next mom-cation will take me.