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Hello Everybody,  

I’m well “over-the-hill” to middle age but I still feel as young as I did when I was 40.  My husband Ed and I enjoy dancing, hiking, skiing, belly boarding in the surf, boating, and traveling whenever we have the time and money to do so.  Going out for dinner is always fun too.  

This picture was taken in August while I dined on a porch overlooking Lake Murten in Swizterland.  As you can see I also enjoy endulging n a glass of wine or two with dinner. Ed lived in Swizterland for ten years BB (Before Barbara).  He always wants to take me back there so this was our second trip and we will be skiing in Zermatt for Easter, 2009.  

Ed and I have a bleneded family of six children but none together. He has the oldest, Hether who is 40 years young and the youngest, Milanda who is 32.  That means I have the other four. However, I had them in only two pregnancies.    

Yes, my son, Fred was only 3 years old when his triplet sisters, Karen, Tami, and Sherri were born 33 years ago.  While they were growing up, I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom and I loved it.  I strongly recommend staying home with the children if you and your spouse can afford that luxury.  

My family also consists of two sons-in law and four grandchildren.  Unfortunately the grandchildren live 500 miles away so I can only see them for vacations. I still have an occasional bout of empty-nest syndrome because I cannot see the family as frequently as I would like.  I also must confess that I am jealous of those grandmothers who truly can “share in the joys of grandchildren” by babysitting their young charges or at least visiting with them on a more regular basis.  

I have always enjoyed writing and when my children were in elementary school I had my share of published articles, mostly about them.  Then I got a real job and had to put the creative part of me on the back burner. Recently my writer’s urge has resurfaced and I decided to become a blogger with Fabulously 40.  

When I am not visiting my children or traveling with my husband, I think about things I could write.  I also work in a local high school as a Teaching Assistant in the Media Department.  

I write commercials, design posters, and help the students with the live daily television broadcast they do everyday.  It is a fun job and I love it.  I can be in a classroom helping students, without making lessons plans, grading tests, bringing work home, or disciplining the students.    

There you have it—a tiny little piece of me.  I would love to hear from all of you. Perhaps you too miss your grandchildren.  Perhaps you ponder over life choices that you could have made but didn’t.  Perhaps you also enjoy travelogs or anything else.  Maybe you just want to get something off of you chest.


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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Kris Schultz wrote Oct 1, 2008
    • Welcome to Fabulously 40... Once you reach 40 that’s where you stop... at least that’s what I tell people!
      You are as young as you feel.
      Best to you,

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      Barbara Ayres wrote Oct 2, 2008
    • Barb1


      I’m still counting but I don’t know how much longer.  My mother-in-law always said “I’m 39 and holding”  I’ve used that sometimes too.  But as long as I feel young, age is just a number.  


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