April 3, Sunday – Cameron’s birthday


My son, Cameron is celebrating a birthday tomorrow on April 3rd. He is 33 years young and is seen above (on the left side) with his brother Blake.  Cameron is motivated and  is an inspiration to all he meets.  He is in the prime of his life with a wedding coming up in the fall and his business is doing well.  I am one proud Mom – and thankful for the many blessings. Cameron is in control of his own life and is enjoying each day.

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Catherine Mary


My Mother, Catherine Mary passed away last month from heart failure.  She was an amazing mother! She was regal, classy, beautiful and most of all….an incredible mother for all of my 58 years on this planet.  She loved her children and grandchildren and supported us through thick and thin.


I have not yet figured out – how I will live without my Mom.  I am still talking to her daily and hoping she hears me. She is still alive inside of each of her children – Gary, Drew and myself.  She is our foundation and key to our success – we are very lucky to be her children.

My Mother leaves behind a legacy and a history of always doing the right thing.  Her parents were Volga Germans from Russia and immigrated to this country when they were very young. My Mother was a first generation American and was born and raised in Chicago.  She spoke German to her sisters and family and moved to Los Angeles when she was 19 years old and met my Dad at a dance. I could go on and on – but I won’t.

My Mom loved Christmas and baking, she loved to watch the Lakers on T.V. – she loved to paint and spent most of her free time as an artist. She was very creative until just before her death.

Rest in peace, Mom – thank you for all of your life lessons.  We love you much ….


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Ingredients for hosting a great Christmas

Reblogging from 2013 – enjoy

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During the holidays, we like to keep things simple at our house. From DIY decor, easy appetizers and of course fun with friends and family. This year we ordered some of the entrees for our Christmas Dinner from Stefano’s Goldenbaked Hams in Yorba Linda, California. They make everything just a little bit easier and also offer complete dinners by calling them just a few days before Christmas. Below is a picture of “Lauren” one of their great Customer Service representatives. She made everything so easy and festive – especially wearing a reindeer hat while at the busy cashier station. Thanks Lauren for always taking care of our family. photo

We also have a tradition on Christmas Morning of making Dutch Babies pancakes, we all love to eat these and they are warm and light yet quick to make.

All you need is the following ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk


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Holiday cards – are you sending out holiday cards this season?

One of my favorite posts from 2012 – on Holiday cards!!

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Making Memories last

One of my most favorite things to do is take photographs of my family.  The holidays come so fast each year and sending a family picture of your loved ones connects us to others that live far away. Everyone is so busy this time of year; sending holiday cards is one way to reflect and reconnect with those special family and friends. The holiday card is really more than a photograph, it is a keepsake.  Will your family being sending a holiday card this year? Here are some helpful tips for making your card stand out:

  • Make it humorous
  • Make it personal
  • Showcase your pets  –  dogs, cats, fish, guinea pigs…
  • Add personality to your holiday card
  • Host a family sports photo day; wear your favorite Team colors
  • Choose a special photo from your summer vacation – to debut on your holiday card
  • Perhaps you had a…

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Having friends in your age group

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Family Wedding – July 2015

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Two weeks ago – my brother, Gary married his beautiful bride, Cindy. What a blessed event, they both overcame obstacles and found a way to be happily ever after. After spending one week in Costa Rica relaxing – they are home beginning their new lives as Mr. and Mrs. – Amen dreams really do come true.

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On the second Sunday in May, American families celebrate Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day – this post was from 2012 but it is still relevant.

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Children of all ages treat their Mothers to something special on Mother’s Day each year.

It is the one day out of the year when Children, young and old, try very hard to show in a credible way how much they love and appreciate their Moms.  In the photograph above are three very important ladies……Aunt Cele, my own Mother, Catherine and a very good friend, Carol Froehlich, which is like an Aunt to me.   The women all have a first name that begins with the letter “C” and all have known one another for more than 70 years.  These women have been through good times and bad and are linked through family and friendship.  I am very lucky – to have still have my Mother with me.  My sons are very fortunate to still have their Grandmother who is active and watches the Lakers with them and can even…

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Get ready to dazzle

This year in 2015, all of us working at the Disneyland Resort in California are getting ready to dazzle.

We are celebrating our 60th Anniversary of DISNEYLAND!!

What a legacy Walt Disney started on July 17, 1955.  Below are some images from our Cast Showcase today.

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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – Orlando, Florida

Last Wednesday while spending time with my colleague in Florida on a business trip she invited me to experience some of the local theater there in Orlando. The show was “Motown the Musical” with over 50 classical hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain high enough” – the show is really the story behind the music of Diana Ross, Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson.


 The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts is a brand new gorgeous theater and is located at 455 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, Florida. For more information you can go to Drphillipscenter.org
The Theater is located in the downtown business area of Orlando, right across from The Amway Center. There is plenty of parking close by, I was really impressed. Coming from Los Angeles where going to the theater is a 2 hour drive and most of which is jammed packed with traffic. This was a delightful look at a smaller city doing everything right. The group that put on the musical is called Florida Theatrical Association and is part of the touring Broadway series. I give the musical an A+ for wonderful sets, elaborate costumes and high energy! 

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Wordless Wednesday – Every picture tells a story

The year was 1998, my children and I were visiting my brother in Manhattan Beach, California.


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