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Happy 2014!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014 and may the mystery shot sock monkey bring you happy surprises all year long.

Twin Anchors

Twin Anchors, Chicago, IL


Child’s Play

Special Gifts Theatre, is a very special place, indeed. Located in the north suburbs of Chicago, SGT provides a unique experience for children who may otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in a drama experience. For months the special ed teachers, therapists and theatre arts instructors, with the help of peer mentors, guide the two casts of children with special needs to perform in two spectacular shows. This year’s show, Beauty and the Beast, has an especially amazing actor playing the part of Chip!

See some behind the scenes of the 2009 production below:

To learn more about the history of SGT, click here.

Thanks to all the people at Special Gifts Theatre for making this such an amazing experience for the children who participate and their parents, too.

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our pit completed… in-ground trampoline

How in the world can you make a trampoline accessible?

Thanks to one of Meredith Sinclair’s (Hoo-dee-Hoo) tweets, I found the perfect solution in an in-ground trampoline. Didn’t take much convincing of Otis Carter (Carter Albarran Landscape Group), our amazing landscaper, to give it a try. Now, our guy with cerebral palsy can walk right out onto it & bounce to his little heart’s content.

We might be the only people here in the arctic, snowy climate of Chicago to have attempted a pit trampoline- we’ll see how it fares after a blizzard or two. For right now, it’s just a lot of fun.

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Whooo-hooo!


Head First Studio

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My friend, Richard Malstrom, has a recording studio with Pat Noyes, right here in Chicago. Musicians can rehearse, record and get help putting music together in a big loft with a huge skylight. The boys & I got to visit today, make some music & laugh a lot.

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We loved the space almost as much as we love Richard-

and can you ever have too many microphones?

Find out more about Head First Studio here:

http://headfirststudio.com/index.html

 

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Insert Hammock Here

I LOVE summer!

No homework, sunshine all the time & kids, kids, kids. Yes, I love having those energetic, fighting, wiggling, whining, yelling, laughing, screaming, naughty children home with me. I make them go on adventures with me, and make them stay home & clean with me and we all drive each other crazy. And what a guilt-free way to avoid all that stuff I hate- bills, working out, cleaning, errands, fighting with the insurance company, and mostly the have-tos of life. I can’t possibly get to that now. The kids are home!

Is it summer yet?
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Chicago 4/18/2011


Go, Team GL, Go!

Mercedes-Benz is hosting a crazy twitter race that ends at the Super Bowl, and Meredith Sinclair (hoo-dee-hoo.com) & Jennie Marshall (nuckingfutsmama.com), two amazing women & friends living in Wilmette, are gunning to win. They’ll have to beat out 3 other teams by gaining points from tweets and competing in challenges along the way. THE Serena Williams, of tennis fame, is their personal Team Coach and the team is raising $$ for the Serena Williams Foundation.

The ultimate prize? They each get to take home their own all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe for keeps!

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet is the car in which they’ll be making their way to Dallas…

If you want the details, here’s the whole story from CNBC:  http://classic.cnbc.com/id/41060446

Can’t wait to see those brand new Mercedes rolling around town-


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