A Story About Expectations and Being A Kid

17 Oct

My son is playing on a travel ice hockey team.  Most of the time my husband and I are split up managing the kids and the activities and I’m not able to see him play. But last month I was excited that we “traveled” as a family to nearby Queens to watch him play.

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I actually felt a bit anxious as the moments got closer to the game, and busied myself snapping away photos…what I do always!

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When we got home I was taken by one photo in particular and asked my son about it.

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“This was right before you went on the ice” I said to him, “were you nervous about the game?”  He said, “No mommy, I was just staring at the Zamboni.”

He wasn’t nervous!  I was nervous!  Hockey is his passion.  It’s about having fun.  So here I was projecting my adult feelings about the game onto him when he was just being a child, being mystified about the big truck on the ice. :)

What a great lesson for me!  I want to look at this photo forever, slow down time, and remember that he’s still my little boy. :)

 

City Sports Opens First Long Island Location…I Checked it Out!

10 Oct

I was invited to take a tour of the newly opened City Sports in Manhasset, NY which is the first Long Island location.  I was delighted to do so because I spend 95% of my existence wearing sneakers and about 80% of my attire is workout gear.

Started in 1983 in Boston by two high school tennis partners looking for athletic gear in their neighborhood, City Sports has more than two dozen locations in the Northeast and boasts an assortment of innovative athletic apparel, equipment and footwear.

When I entered  the store, I saw a staff person stringing a racquet which I learned that they indeed do right on the premises…pretty cool.  I was also drawn to the pink wall honoring breast cancer awareness.

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And hello yoga pants!

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I went downstairs to get fitted for sneakers, but I had to first spend a moment on this wall of backpacks.

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I could hear my son “mom can I get this? mom can get this one?” :)  The only thing that would distract him would be to move him over to the wall of balls!

 

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See how crazy I am?  Here I am supposed to be heading over to get fitted for shoes for ME and I have those kids on my mind…the life of a mom!

But I did make it over to the sneakers and wow…

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There were so many choices…I was overwhelmed!  But I soon realized I didn’t have to be.  I met the most lovely store associate, Luis, who told me he would be fitting me with sneakers.  Yes I had been told that already but really? Do these shoe guys even exist anymore? And in a sports store? Well I’m here to tell you that they do!!!

Luis first asked me to walk so he could observe my gait and then he asked me some questions about my level of activity and where I would be wearing the sneakers.  He correctly guessed my foot issues based on his observations.  I have old lady feet people…tendinitis, fasciitis, pronation and a heel spur which require me to wear ORTHOTICS!!! That’s why I always wear sneakers.  I didn’t think I could put on a orthotic free pair that would feel better than mine. But when I put on the pair I walked away with, I swear to you I almost started to cry they felt so good!  My whole body felt relaxed!

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I purchased the Brooks Adrenaline GTS and my podiatrist gave his seal of approval.  Luis also showed me how to tie them to support my ankles better.  They are wonderful.  They are a little more than I usually spend but they seem to be a great product.

Luis also recommended OOFOS thongs that would give me good cushioning.  I purchased them also and they are amazing!  Normally, I cannot wear thongs due to the lack of support they provide so I am quite excited.

I headed back upstairs to check out the women’s apparel.  I was in all of my glory.  I go to the gym 3 times a week and I end up wearing the same two pairs of pants A LOT with a skank tank top.

It’s about time I got something nice!  I ended up with the Brooks Nightlife Long Sleeve top in blue and the Brooks Infiniti Run Tight.  Though everything I went home with is Brooks, it was just a coincidence, as I saw almost every brand available.

I love the choices and the assistance available at City Sports.  Check it out!

Long Island – Manhasset
1900 Northern Blvd
Manhasset, NY 11030
Phone: 516-365-7649
Mon-Sat: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Apparel samples provided for review

Sadness, A Poem

8 Oct

My 8 year old daughter had a bad day the other day.  I was at work and my husband encouraged her to write about it, since she seems to love writing poems.IMG_4403

Sadness

Sadness can be anywhere. Sadness can be anything.  Sadness can be dropping ice cream on the floor.

Sadness can be losing your best friend.  Sadness can effect you in many places, but mostly in your heart.

She’s having a better day today. :)

“This is The Best Day of My Life!”

5 Oct

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I awoke this morning to my three hustling and bustling around the kitchen.  I heard my little one say, “This is the best day of my life!”  They were all working together for a big morning celebration of our anniversary (12 years).  This was completely amazing.  The fact that they teamed up and truly worked together for one cause…celebrating their mom and dad, well, it was the best gift we could have received.

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It’s so developmentally appropriate for children to be self involved.  Isn’t wonderful when they surprise us with beautiful acts of kindness and selflessness?

Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Screening

4 Oct

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Though I love the sun sometimes I do love a rainy day, especially when it means I don’t have to go to 3 soccer games!  Instead, today we were all able to attend a screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The kids were absolutely thrilled because we’ve all read the book a thousand times.

It’s funny because our day started out a bit like Alexander’s.  We, who are always very early and punctual, got very delayed with my son’s ice hockey game and then got tied up in terrible torrential downpour traffic.  Then we realized he had no shoes and had left them at the hockey rink in our rush to get to the theater!  We finally arrived late (the movie had begun!) and had to sit in the very front row.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is great!  I love any movie with Steve Carell as he is just adorable and always likeable.  (There was some language that was a little racy for my brood but it was brief.)  The movie seems loosely based on the book but now expanded to focus on the entire family experiencing a day where nothing seems to go as planned and ultimately learning to appreciate every day…bad and good!

SYNOPSIS: Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-oldAlexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that beginswith gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family aboutthe misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen tohim. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (DylanMinnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very badday. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

In theaters October 10th!

 

 

Parenting Experience Event

29 Sep

I was delighted to be invited to the Parenting Experience Event by Cercone Brown in NYC where I got to take a look at some great brands.  Here is summary of some of my favorite finds:

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Seventh Generation has developed a hypoallergenic and triclosan-free hand wash.  I’m really excited about this because I am a little nuts with my kids and anti bacterialing them all of them but I’m not crazy about all of the recent warnings that have come about regarding triclosan.  SO excited for this product to hit the shelves!

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Summer Infant is featuring the new Pop ‘n Play Portable Playard which allows you to easily create a safe portable play area for your child. The ultra-lightweight and compact fold playard can be set up and taken down in seconds, making it perfect for use at home, a day at the park, or a weekend at the beach.  I found myself imagining this beautiful playard by my side on the soccer field as I fantasized about having a fourth baby…(and then reality hit and I realized I’m too old and I’m too tired!)

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Zarbee’s has a new line of Immune Support gummies which are great for my brood…3 germy kids all in a petri dish called elementary school :)

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When I started talking to the rep at barkTHINS® it was instantly great conversation.  I sampled thin slivers of chocolate that are easily snap-able for portions you can snack on! Crammed with natural ingredients and fair trade chocolate, barkTHINS® are the perfect snack for the serious chocolate lover.  We talked some more and discovered we went to the same high school (in NJ)…how fun!  So now how can I not have good feelings about this brand?! :)

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I got to sample ProBugs™.  Lifeway ProBugs™ is Organic Whole Milk Kefir for kids with fun characters and flavors, with the added bonus of protein and calcium. Plus it has seven to ten billion CFU’s of 10 live and active cultures (friendly bacteria) per cup. As with all Lifeway Products, this kefir is made with milk from grass-fed cows that is free of rBGH (Bovine Growth Hormones) and antibiotics. I’m loving the easy-to-grip shape and no-spill spout and can’t wait to test it out with my three!

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I was reminiscing about having 3 babies 18 months and younger (OMG I still can’t believe it!) when I checked out the UPPAbaby Vista.  The VISTA is a convertible stroller system that can transport up to three children – without growing wider. Designed to adapt as your family grows, the VISTA accommodates your precious cargo from birth through the toddler years.  How totally awesome is that!!! Geez, I would have loved to have had this beauty around when my babies were babies!

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And finally, I was dying from cuteness checking out Magnificent Baby…infant wear with magnetic fasteners so there’s no need to mess with snaps or velcro…brilliant!  And again, I think about how helpful that would have been for ME! (because it IS all about me right?!)  Seriously though it is amazing how baby products keep evolving to make it a little easier for parents.  Hopefully some of these finds will be helpful for you too!

 

Last September Warm Weekend

28 Sep

We were so thrilled to have a day off today from soccer and hockey, and have the whole family home.  But what was even better was that the sun was shining and it was blazing hot.  I swear I must be afflicted with seasonal affective disorder because I seriously hate the cooler weather, even fall…I mean I think I’m the only person who doesn’t like fall, right? I even got married in the fall!

Honestly who needs to go pumpkin picking in this weather?! I wanted to go to the beach, but no one backed me up.  Instead we spent all day at a park and ended up mini golfing.

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It was perfect. :)

Did you enjoy unseasonably warm weather this weekend too?

“Beyond” (A Poem by My 8 Year Old)

24 Sep

I’ve been trying to encourage the kids to do some fall cleaning.  My best listener big girl proceeded to throw a big pile of garbage away and I saw this paper floating on the top.

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This is what it says:

Beyond

Beyond the mountains

Beyond the river

Beyond the sky

I can see you so it’s true.

You can trust me guarantee you.

Make it happen

Whatsoever

I can see from everywhere.

Hold it in

Watch the sky

Please just don’t you make me cry.

Don’t let it get to you.

Don’t get crushed

Don’t be killed by a big wind gust.

Make it happen

It’s your choice

Beyond the mountain in the sky

Please don’t let it make you cry.

You’ll see heaven

You’ll see hell

Beyond the mountains you may yell.

 

I’m so glad I retrieved it from the garbage.   I wish I had an ounce of her creativity. :)

Enter the Euphonium

16 Sep

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My son brought this thing home yesterday and all I can say is O M G !!!!

I can’t even adequately express the noises that are emanating from my home…like an elephant farting maybe?

But he loves it…for now. I mean, I can’t say I haven’t been down this path before!

Do you have any budding musicians in your home?

Soccer Season Kicks Off!

14 Sep

Our busy fall weekends have begun!

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And that’s okay……I just wish it were a few degrees warmer….I miss my beloved summer!

Have your weekends suddenly filled up as well?

 

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