The Beautiful Family of Christine Marie

7 years ago
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Here’s my elevator speech:  I’m a bumbling, hypercreative, entrepreneurial, education-loving, genius-promoting, gingerbread mom with 4 kids, one Tolga, tribes of innovators, a couple of technology companies (sort of), a line of children’s characters & a chihuahua princess named Bambi that I always dress in pink.


I grew up in a postcard-picturesque, wooded river town in Michigan called Croton Dam. My first job was making ice cream edibles at the Croton Galley when I was 14.  My father was a salesman with an entrepreneurial spirit, a love of animals and a heart for children. He was also quite an animated storyteller and was involved in a myriad of community and civic activities.  I suppose that’s why – for me – being involved in a dizzying number of projects seMy Mom & Tim at his college graduationems perfectly normal and makes me feel wonderfully alive.


Besides, I’m a mother.  Mothers’ brains are wired for multitasking. I mastered multitasking by raising the most creative and energetic batch of offspring on the planet.

So don’t tell me to focus, k?  Otherwise I might -

a. Remind you that I am me, not you. And I can do what I want, thank you.

b. Assume you’re a man. (And I’ll secretly think that you wish you had my skills.)

c. Tell you to read  Concrete Evidence That Women Are Better Multitaskers Than Men

d. I could even remind you that I have completed zillions of things – from idea to finished product or project – so remember that multitasking is not a synonym for “never getting anything done.” Not that I get everything done, but I’m looking for excuses here.

And last but not least, it’s possible I’ll say, “You’re right.  I have way too much on my plate. I really need to cut some things out.”

And then I’ll reschedule our lunch together for 2016.

Just kidding.

My mom was the ultimate multitasker and do-it-yourself mom.  She still is, actually.  She’s cooks fabulous homemade meals daily, unlike moi. She gardens, cans, sews, does crafts, knits, paints, wallpapers, you name it. She was a bookkeeper by day, and a creative genius by night. Which is better than being a Vampire like some other people I know.

When my mom would get an idea for a project that involved electronics or woodworking, my dad would go in the basement and make it for her.  They made the wildest things together, those two. One year it was a robotic Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for the yard that would wave to people driving by during the holidays. They didn’t really look human, but they made people curious about what those red moving blobs were in Charlie and Dorothy’s yard.

My parents both loved to read and they instilled that in us. They were best friends, always goofing off and having fun.

I have three siblings.  Mike, my older brother, is a rock musician and does computer programming.  He turned out to be smarter than anybody gave him credit for n high school, ha! He’s married to Heidi, the love of his life, and they have beautiful dogs together.  They live in a cabin on the side of a mountain in Missouri.  Suzi is my younger sister. She married Lonnie (thanks to me) and is an entrepreneur. Suzi and Lonnie have four children – Josh, Willie, and Danny and a couple years ago they adopted a precious baby girl from China and named her Kolaina, or Koli.  They also have Matthew (Willie’s twin) as a forever part of their family, although left this earth as a baby and has been watching the family activities from Heaven ever since.

Suzi is a bubbly, driven, supermom and she’s also a Mommy Blogger.  READ IT HERE. Lonnie, by the way, is buff.  He’s also Tolga’s ideal for a manly man because he can excavate, hunt, fish, and he built the log cabin they live in.

Suzi, Pam and my mom still live in the same town where we grew up – Croton.

Pam is my fun-loving, beautiful, sweetheart baby sister who is also the adoring mother of four gorgeous girls – Landri, Kayleigh, Miranda and Samantha. Aside from her day job, Pam is a cheerleading coach and a darned good one at that. Her cheerleading squads have won lots of awards. Pam is easy to love and full sparkles and warmth.



Pam and her daughters Sammy, Kayleigh and Miranda.  My neice Landri is below.

Tolga and Christine - piggyback ride

Currently I live in Las Vegas with Tolga. I have four children:  Christian – a hilarious guy and a filmmaker in embryo with creativity from another planet; Tim – an elementary teacher in Venezuela who is also a skateboarder, and uberwitty blogger;  Kandice – a singer/songwriter/actress – a rising star in Hollywood, also a blogger. And then there’s my baby Emerson, a first year college student who aces every class involving numbers or money, and is destined to be the next Donald Trump.  He also happens to be a gamer.  Actually, all the boys were #1 gamers in their day.  Some still hold records. Bad mom!

Oh well, I homeschooled them when they were younger, they were rarely allowed TV, they were literate at a young age and they were older. they loved the online strategy games. READ THIS and THIS and THIS and  THIS.  (Take out the violence, and video games can allegedly make children smarter.  Hmmm.)

Nonetheless, all my children are amazing, kind, unselfish, creative, funny, thinking people.  Occasionally one or two exhibit demented humor or swear words (which results in a mom scolding), but most of you would like them or at least be amused.

About me?  Well, here’s how I sum myself up on my Twitter bio:

CEO, Founder  ✒ Technorazzi ☁ iMediaCandy ♻ Digital MishMasher ♚ Social Media Mom ♻ Software Maker ♛ Blogger ✎ Educator ★ Gingerbread ❤ IPTV Nerd ☯ Feminine Web ✿

People say I am a natural-born people-connector, promoter, marketer, sales person.  I have a B.S. in Psychology and an MBA in 2008.

On the tech side I love digital branding, software innovation, social media, digital marketing.  I have recently started psuedo-managing geeky people or budding superstars I believe will soon drop the word budding.

I’m also involved in some film/TV/music production projects and it’s a stimulating new challenge.

Throw in my love of babies, children, storybooks, teaching children to read, and puppetry and cupcakes as an art form and that pretty much makes me a near-ideal human being – except that I can’t keep my car clean and I lose everything in my purse and I trust people too easily even if they’re about to serial kill me or my dreams. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in the flaw department.

Oh well.  One challenge at a time.

That’s me for now. Welcome to Christine Marie .me

P.S.  And I’m never caught up on laundry either.






Pam, me, mom, Kayleigh holding Koli, Miranda, Suzi

My neice Landri and her baby Gabe

To read more about my life with Tolga, click here.

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