Breaking My Silence

Posted on March 29th, 2014 by Jean

Hi friends! I’ve been gone too long. I miss you! I’ve been wondering what to write and when to write. My family is going through some adversity, and to be honest, we have some local haters out there who would love it if I said I was hurt or scared. So I won’t divulge what we are facing. Just know that we are a strong, happy family. We are healthy. We have the love and support of our family, friends, clients, and our community. We will get through this, and then I’ll speak loud and clear.

Some of you may know what we are going through because of our business blog where we have spoken out as much as we can.

WeddingOn a positive note, the girls are doing great and looking forward to attending a wedding in May! The last wedding we attended was so long ago that the kids don’t remember it. Now they are able to choose their dresses, sandals and accessories. They can’t wait to see the bride & groom, and to see what all the hub-bub is about. Weddings are so magical. This one will be at a local golf resort, and we’ll be sure to take lots of photos.

The girls were on March Break this week, and we were able to fit in a day of boating. Oh it felt great to be on the river, the wind blowing through out hair, and to sit on the beach with our toes in the water.

In April, we’ll be venturing to Knott’s Berry Farm, a first for Tom and the girls. I haven’t been in 20-some years, so it will be new to me too! If you have any advice, we’d love to hear it.

Again, I apologize for being away. I’ll be making the rounds to say hello and see what is new with you.

Introducing me!

Posted on January 15th, 2014 by Jean

I thought I’d follow along with the Zero To Hero assignments to improve my site. The first challenge is to introduce myself.

Hello! I’m Jean, a 40-something woman making her way through life, trying to juggle family, business and everything in between. We live in Arizona although I hail from the Bay Area of California and spent my high school years in Reno, Nevada. I also did a short stint in Appleton, Wisconsin, and spent two summers in Sarasota, Florida.

My husband, Tom, and I have been together twelve years. We run our own business (celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!) publishing the local real estate guide. It is a full color, glossy magazine of which we are very proud. It is distributed in California, Nevada and Arizona.

We have two daughters, ages 11 and 9, who love school, dancing, drawing, acting, acrobatics, and animals. During the summer months, we travel to Anaheim as a family, and enjoy many of that area’s attractions. On shorter breaks, we visit local points of interest such as Grand Canyon Caverns, the Wild Animal Park in Valentine, or the old mining town of Oatman. We also enjoy boating on the Colorado River which is 3 miles from our house.

When I need to get away, I visit nearby Las Vegas, a 90-minute drive north, to shop at the various malls and enjoy a decadent meal. I always bring a treat home such as cupcakes, cheesecake, or fresh fruit from Trader Joe’s.

Before falling off to sleep at night, I watch recorded episodes of The Housewives of (name any city), Vanderpump Rules, The Shahs of Sunset – all things Bravo – or The Dead Files, Ghost Hunters, The Haunting Of – all things Travel Channel. I wake up to Headline News or Weekend Express every morning. I love to know what’s going on in the world.

I don’t exercise. I don’t eat right. But I think about both every day.

I’m not very crafty, but I will attempt crafts for the sake of my children.

I’m shy and reserved, but I won’t take crap.

I enjoy learning and sharing knowledge.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please ask.

Homage to Kid History

Posted on January 11th, 2014 by Jean

A few weeks ago, I confessed my Kid History Obsession, and promised to try to emulate these family-friendly videos. Here is our attempt at telling a true story from my youth. Please enjoy!

Thanks to my husband and kids for playing along, and BIG thanks to my brother for covering for me so I wouldn’t have MY nail pulled off!