Hello! Thank you for taking your time to read what I have to say (or write)! My recently published children’s book, Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale, is the story of two dogs that became brothers. So, I thought for my first blog EVER that I would write about family. (Many of you know that one blog will not cover all the crazy stories that surround my relatives, but here’s one go at it.)

I was the annoying younger sibling to my sister, although I know that I have since passed being annoying and gone to being totally awesome…right, Sherry?! Anyway, it’s interesting that at our ages (all I’ll say is that we can legally drink), we have “moments” every now and again. Although we band together to poke fun at our mom or other fun-to-pick-on family members (i.e. Aunt Barb, whom we adore), put us in a store where there is one really cute shirt in our size AND on sale, all bets are off. And as much as I love Sherry and would take a bullet for her (as long as I was assured that it wouldn’t do much damage and get me loads of attention), if she stood between me and Jon Bon Jovi, I wouldn’t hesitate to trample her to get to him.

We’re not the only people in our family to torment each other. My mother once put Aunt Barb in the dryer…and turned it on. Probably karma, my mom now is the butt of family jokes–like climbing onto a roof to pour a bucket of water on her. For his share, my dad convinced Aunt Barb to stick her tongue on wrought iron in the winter (yes, it stuck) and took me to see Jaws when I was a child. (Stay tuned–the infamous Easter photo courtesy of Mom and Dad will be the topic of a blog itself.) We kind of got him back by forcing him to wear green dread locks in Vegas for St. Patty’s Day (and we have photo and video proof that have not stayed in Vegas…).

I am grateful for these times. They have taught me not to take things so seriously, and, no matter what, I can always count on my family for a laugh, if nothing else. Hopefully you will find some of my future stories amusing too.

While I’m on the topic of being grateful, there are many who helped me with my book and its related activities. Special thanks go to Christa, Ellen, Eileen, Amy, Katie, Aunt Barb, Carissa, Michelle, and everyone else who has helped me or was kind enough to put up with me shoving anything book related down his or her throat. And to those of you who purchased the book (especially those who bought it to support me but don’t know any kids or purchased it without even knowing what it’s about), I am deeply appreciative.

So, until next time…

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