Rainbow Tie Dye 8th Birthday Party

When I was a child, my mom did everything by hand and from scratch. And I hated it. Complained incessantly. I STILL remember how excited I was the October she hurt her back, {she was moving a bureau to dust behind it. No, she wasn’t Fall cleaning, she did this … Continue reading

Just ask.


The most important thing I have learned as a person this year is…  just ask

I come from a long line of hearty New England stock and I was raised with the notion that you don’t 

ask,  for ANYTHING. If you can’t do it yourself or afford to buy it yourself,  you figure out a way to

do it yourself or buy it yourself or you go without.  

 I lived by that rule for the first 37  years of my life.

Then my mother passed away, completely unexpected,  at age 57;

Joining my father, who had passed at age 53exactly 6 and 1/2 years before.

All of a sudden I couldn’t breathe. And everything I wanted in life seemed urgent..

Now, I’m not talking about material things.

I am talking about a quality education for my daughters.

Something for me to do with my time, now that my daughters

were growing up and growing wings…

To be happy, on a daily basis.

To embrace life and live it to the fullest

most importantly, to find out what that  meant to me. 

So I started asking.

 I asked if I could go back  to college.

Admissions and financial aid said, “Yes, here’s how.”

I asked if there was a way my daughters could go to 

a school whose hours and curriculum would fit  my

daughters’ needs for learning and mine for scheduling.

The principcal said, “Yes, and here’s how.”

I asked if there was something that could be done about 

 the daily pain I lived  with, caused by my [old] hip injury. 

My doctor said, “Yes, and here’s who you need to talk to.”

The orthopedic surgeon said, “Yes, and here’s the plan”

People asked me  “Can I order cupcakes from you for my party?”

I said, “Yes,  you can!”  and “Thank you very much.”

When I saw a facebook status from another mom in the school having a horse and pony

at her children’s kindergarten graduation…

I asked if she would like a cupcake tower.

She asked me to DM her.

The result was this remarkably wonderful County Fair kindergarten graduation party.

Which wouldn’t have been complete without  THESE

 farmstand  milk bottles + Yankee Doodle paper straws:

Which I spotted online at http://www.shopsweetlulu.com and just HAD to have.  Except it

was 5 days before the event and I didn’t have $90+ to overnight them – so I asked 

Jesse if she could guarantee I’d get them in time if I ordered them with 3 day

shipping.

She said yes.

And I did!

So if  I could pass one sweet morsel of knowledge,

not necessarily party related, along  to our readers

it would be this…