Posts Tagged ‘family’

Wake Up Call from a War Hero

Big Tiny with a Big Hero!

Big Tiny with a Big Hero!

There’s nothing like a good dose of reality to provide perspective in life.

Please click here for link to this post at Chicago Now.  Thanks, especially to all members of the Greatest Generation.

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04 2010

The Dog Speaks Chinese

Chinese tourists/my parents in my home!

"Chinese tourists" in my home!

After dropping off my parents and brother at O’Hare this afternoon, it hit me that time always seems to fly when I’m off from work.  My family arrived just before the Thanksgiving weekend and it’s been a relaxing and productive time together.

Whenever my techie brother is here, he upgrades all of our computer systems and makes sure my family is in top technical form.   He outfitted my daughter in a new system altogether and then declared that she better “operate 25% smarter”!

He’s the reason my parents are so technically savvy.  They are never without their laptops and iPhones.  In fact, they’re the only senior citizens I know who can teach others about the best apps.  Although they communicate best in Chinese.

"I can understand Chinese?"

"I can understand Chinese?"

My mom kept talking to our dog in Chinese and now she insists that he understands.  Nutty is happy to play with anyone.  He’d likely learn some Swahili just to get a treat.

Both of my children study French.  And since my husband and children speak very little Chinese, it’s always a mishmash of two languages whenever my parents visit.  My father’s English is pretty good but his hearing is limited. And my mother’s hearing is great but her English is limited.  Since her English is better than most people’s Chinese, she’s a good sport when we have fun with her often-amusing broken English.

While listening to classical music in the car, my mother asked “What tiffany this one?”  I bet Mozart would understand what she meant.  After I brushed my daughter’s hair, she felt it and declared, “Wow, that as soft as soup!”   Our favorite is something she uttered while we were visiting them in California.  I was about to use one of their laptops when she steered me towards another one and said, “That laptop no juicy.”  Mother knows best.

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01

12 2009

Dinner at 4:00

Hurry, get the roast in the oven by 2:00!!!

Hurry, get the roast in the oven by 2:00!!!

Despite my extremely early bedtime due to my wacky morning schedule, I still like to cook and organize family dinners when I can.  Today, that meant racing home right after Fox Chicago News at Noon to get a roast in the oven by 2 o’clock.  While it cooks, there’s just enough time for me to write this blog, prepare the rest of the dinner, serve, eat and then drive my daughter to soccer practice.  Leftovers from the roast should help with my dinner menus for the rest of the week.  It all makes hanging out with Richard Marx seem so long ago!

My daughter is an extremely picky eater so meal planning is practically my other full-time job. She eats NO fruit (I’m a parenting failure).  But at least I can get her to eat broccoli. The kid is growing and getting taller so I’ve given up on bartering and bribing.

Of course, the biggest benefit of family meals is the conversation.  My husband is a former Presidential Scholar with an incredible grasp of history and politics.  He likes to ask the kids about their opinions on current events.  My love for words has me constantly asking them to spell some of the words that pop up during the conversation.

My daughter’s home.  In response to my blogging about our abnormal dinner hour and conversation, she says “It’s annoying.  Can’t we just eat?”

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05

10 2009

A Well-Produced Wedding

Here comes the beautiful bride!

Here comes the beautiful bride!

Alicia Bettes is among the many amazing people who work in television news that you never get to see. She produces the noon newscast at Fox Chicago but over the weekend she was behind a far more elaborate production.  Just like her newscasts, her wedding was a show!   We laughed as an adorable bell ringer announced, “The bride is coming, the bride is coming!”.  We cried as we marked a moment of silence for Alicia’s late father.   And we laughed some more as Alicia came back down the aisle as Mrs. Teague, groovin’ to “Unbreakable”!

What joy to see my Fox family outside of work for such a special occasion.  We are always so busy in the newsroom, we seldom have the time to talk about anything other than assignments, stories, scripts, etc.

My Co-anchor Patrick Elwood reads the wedding poem

My Co-anchor Patrick Elwood reads the wedding poem

Bride Alicia looked stunning, of course.  But so did my colleagues. People who work off-camera can usually get away with a pretty casual wardrobe so it’s fun to see our camera guys, editors and producers in suits, ties and dresses.  It’s also great to meet their wives, husbands and significant others – our extended Fox family.

Alicia’s off on her honeymoon now. She had told me Terry was in charge of that production but I have no doubt she’s overseeing that as an “executive producer”!    I’m looking forward to her return to work as Alicia Bettes Teague.  Congratulations!

Alicia & Terry, cutting the cake/backtiming the "show"

Alicia & Terry, cutting the cake/backtiming the "show"

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08 2009