Traveling, crafting, and sharing all things Madison Mom and beyond.
"Just introduce yourself to the readers and tell them who you are," said Colleen, when she explained my first assignment as a writer on amadisonmom.net. Sure! Easy one! No problem, Colleen! I'm a wife, a mom of two wonderful (well, usually wonderful) elementary-aged kids, a daughter, a sister, and an aunt. I'm a friend--hopefully a good one. I'm a Madison resident (12 years--time sure flies!), but born and raised in the Philly suburbs, thus will always remain a Phillies fan (no matter how badly their season is going). I'm a former teacher and educational editor. I am currently a stay-at-home mom, running carpools and Brownie meetings. First assignment done! Press send.
But wait, there's more to me than just a list of titles and achievements. There's more that I hope to share with the readers, too. This assignment IS tough! Thanks, a lot, Colleen!
I'm a nature-lover -- If the choice is outside or inside, I'll almost always choose out (unless it is raining and we are camping, then I'd choose inside, for sure!). I love getting my hands dirty. I love rescuing worms from the sidewalks with my kids on rainy days. I love finding new outdoor places to explore with them, and sharing what I find with friends.
I'm a crafter -- I hoard craft supplies, broken necklaces, and paper towel tubes because, you know, I can make something from them! I make goofy homemade games for birthday and classroom parties, or just for my kids to play in the basement on rainy days.
I'm a traveler -- I've traveled throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. My boyfriend (now husband) and I taught English in Japan for a year after college. I love exploring other cultures. Though our traveling has greatly slowed since kids, we have still seen some pretty amazing places with them -- from the national parks out west to the local sites. So many fascinating places are within a short drive of Madison, and I think our family has done a pretty good job of discovering and exploring them.
I'm a sharer -- If I find a great place to explore, I tell people about it, and probably drag a few friends with me next time I go. If I find a new allergy-friendly granola bar that my son can eat (food allergies stink, by the way), I text my fellow allergy parents a picture of the box and tell them where to get it. (Hey, I'd probably actually buy them a box, too.) If a friend needs a dog-sitter, well, I can't help her with that (no pets here), but I will find someone who can. I've discovered that when I share something, others are more open to sharing what they know, which helps us learn from each other and benefits us all as a community.
I'm looking forward to traveling, crafting, and sharing with you as we embark on this new chapter of amadisonmom.net together!