Snow Plow Parents
Like the snow removal apparatus, a Snow Plow Parent will be sure to… CONTINUE READING >>
We’re pretty much together 24/7 and it’s seldom a problem with us.
We work hard on keeping our relationship fresh (to varying degrees, of course!) and continue to try new things together.
But sometimes a girl… CONTINUE READING >>
Honestly, David (we’ll call him The Beanpole) wouldn’t have made it through otherwise.
It still strikes us strange that The Beanpole, who by that time had appeared on stage in front of hundreds of thousands of people as a musician, could be so nervous.
<–Just look at the body language! Have you EVER seen a more uncomfortable groom? Sheesh.
Our ideal wedding was… CONTINUE READING >>
Every once in a while, we are hit over the head by a ton of bricks. While this would normally be cause for concern, this particular brickload is one of gratitude.
We have been blessed with amazing accolades from amazing folks! We have done really fun interviews and have been included in some pretty prestigious publications. We are truly honored. Click in to see why... CONTINUE READING >>
Putting together a family vacation after the kids are grown and living on their own seems like it should be a snap compared to traveling with toddlers, or worse yet, teenagers.
So why is it so hard?
With no roadside diaper changes, exploding sippy cup disasters… CONTINUE READING >>
Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All (Skyhorse Publishing)
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And this time we landed on the cover of AARP Magazine! Well, sort of.
Becoming cover models is just one of the myriads of fun activities we participated in while visiting Beantown.
While pretending to be celebrities, we found ourselves mingling with several real celebrities… CONTINUE READING >>
Honestly, I’ve never been to a theater where the crowd was howling with this level of laughter…. CONTINUE READING >>
There must be something more to volunteering than the oft said “it makes us feel good to DO good.” I believe it goes deeper.
When the chicks fly the coop we lose the built-in community that comes with raising a brood. Gone are the sports team gatherings, the school plays and scout meetings. Entire peer groups disappear overnight. It can get kind of lonely… CONTINUE READING >>
Is it okay to call a professor to dispute a test score? Should we proofread papers? Should we have access to grades if we are paying tuition? Should we storm the Dean’s office?
This recovering helicopter mom got the straight dope from college professors – and you won’t believe their stories… CONTINUE READING >>
Our first place was a one bedroom, former screened-in porch that had all the weather proofing of the average wiffle ball. It was a veritable private zoo of insect vermin — and we were glad to have it. We were proud and happy to be on our own.
Who are we to deny our offspring those same pleasures?… CONTINUE READING >>
The dreaded time when the spawn are technically adults but still in high school. At that age, it would seem that “adult” means the freedom to head out and start being stupid at top speed.
The standard “Not in my house” or “As long as you live under my roof, you’ll abide by my rules” replies didn’t seem to sink in with our young ‘uns. In fact, I could almost see the heels digging in to the floor.
One day while driving our oldest, The Piglet, to school, I got fed up and burst out with what became known in our family as “THE Talk.” No, not THAT “the talk”, this one:… CONTINUE READING >>
I am not completely an empty nester unfortunately. My 20 year old son was not able to return to college this fall because of the lack of loans and grants available to him. So now he is doing nothing except for playing the computer game WoW (World of Warcraft) most of his waking hours. He did just purchase a small business that will make him a small living, but I pray he goes back to college. He is very bright and it would be such a waste if he didn’t. –Hannah
Hannah, my heart… CONTINUE READING >>
Honestly, in the days before cell phones and the internet, we’re not sure how anyone would have been able to stay connected while pursuing the lifestyle we have chosen.
Mostly because our phone conversations with family and friends almost always begin with the question… CONTINUE READING >>
Like living to 120 years-old or climbing Mount Everest. Of the three, the most feasible to me was the jump.
Which turned out to be a bit odd, because there was no… CONTINUE READING >>
Most of the questions involved the logistics of pulling off our GypsyNester lifestyle, things like selling the house, making an income, traveling and the like.
But one question completely caught me by surprise… CONTINUE READING >>
The key for us empty nesters is to decide what we are seeking when we travel, then match the destination to our desires.
If we plan ahead for our levels of comfort, cost, and activity level, checking most anything off the… CONTINUE READING >>
As our offspring have grown older and more secure in their adult lives the idea of them returning to the nest as boomerang kids has become much less of an issue for us.
But a recent article in The Tribune, “How to deal with adult children who move back home,” reminded us that for many would be, no should be, empty nesters it is still an ongoing fact of life.
The first thing that struck us from the article were these statistics… CONTINUE READING >>
Maybe I was too jet lagged. Maybe it was too early in the morning. Maybe it was the ten extra pounds of delicious-food Europe weight. Maybe 50-ish is a bit too old to take up a new trick this physical – the reflexes ain’t what they used to be! Maybe I should shut up and stop… CONTINUE READING and watch the video >>