For the past 5 months or so, my little man has been going to a terrific ice hockey clinic every Sunday morning, and an accompanying game every Saturday night. This would be a complete drag if the program weren’t so top notch and my little guy didn’t love it so much.
However, I’m happy to report that I’m feeling good today because we’ve wrapped it up this past weekend. And, with the longer, brighter days, it looks like spring just might be in sight.
We have about 3 free and clear weekends until soccer starts.
What are your weekends like these days?
The other day I was talking about exercise with the kids and my son dropped down and started doing push ups. I was completely amazed. He easily banged out 10 fast push ups with perfect form. He told me he does them every morning when he awakens! I learned my husband encouraged him to start doing them, to build strength, but even he had no idea it was happening and how strong he is becoming.
So when my fit parents were over I asked my son to show my dad his push ups. It was them my father challenged my little man to a push up competition. My dad reads this blog and he hates when people bring attention to his age but I’ll remind you that he celebrated a BIG birthday last October for which we celebrated by vacationing in Cancun.
How many grandpas do you know that can do push ups?!
Watching these two compete was very sweet…I’m not quite sure who won.
You wake up on your birthday to kisses and squeals of delight. Any disdain you may feel about aging is replaced by the excitement of your kids as they present you with handmade cards and goodies that they tell you they worked really, really, hard on.
They tell everyone throughout the day that it’s their mommy’s birthday…teachers, friends, strangers…and try their hardest to demonstrate their best behavior of the year.
Over a special dinner celebration the kids tell the waiters it’s mom’s birthday too and to make sure to bring her a candle…….which they argue over who will blow out (and it sometimes it has to be re lit several times).
It’s my idea of a perfect birthday.
Well we seemed to be the only people on my town who weren’t at Disney or skiing so the only thing left to do this week was to make do with some local fun.
We finally saw Frozen. Though I usually loathe sitting in a movie theater, especially sitting through a children’s movie, I have to say Frozen is absolutely adorable and like the rest of the world we are all singing the songs like deranged lunatics. With me it’s just that one line that’s stuck, “do you want to build a snowman?” so now I’m manically singing to the kids “do you want to have a snaaa-aack?” or “do you want to go outsiiii-iiide?” You get it.
We also hit Chuck-E-Cheese. I had the kids try to guess where we were going on the way over. I said no matter where we go no tantrums okay? They immediately guessed at that point!
When we arrived I bought 40 tokens and arranged for a delicious pizza to arrive in 30 minutes. I warned the kids that I would not be buying more tokens and asked that they please not get upset when they ran out of tokens.
15 minutes later my son was flipping out on me about you guessed it….his lack of tokens!!!!!!!!!!
We walked around the mall one day and like a typical man my son got fed up with the shopping that was happening with me and the girls. Are you seeing a theme here with who I can possible label as biggest troublemaker?
And my girls got haircuts. This is a big event because I only take them like twice a year and when I do they get their curls all blown out which is super exciting for them ( I hate this but they insist.)
Next break is Florida and I can. not. wait!!!!!!!
How was your week?
Yesterday it got up 55 degrees here in the NY area which was so welcome after multiple days of arctic weather. I was trying to think of what we could do outside, as there’s still so much snow everywhere. So, I was thrilled when our pals Vera from Lady and the Blog and her daughter Natalie who also now has a blog, Girl and the Blog, contacted us and said come to the Marimekko Kids Spring Preview in NYC today with us! We did a bit of scrambling and off we went!
The girls were so excited to spend the day together and I was thrilled to have some alone time with my big girl. Although she is a twin, she is sort of my middle child…overshadowed by her “big” (by 9 minutes) brother at times and sometimes also by her baby sister. With three little ones, it’s hard to get alone time with any of the kids, so it was very special. To add to it, the sun was shining and you know that made me feel great!
The Marimekko store matched our great moods with its popping, beautiful, bright colors. The kids were excited to partake in the face painting that was being offered.
There was a fashion show with moms and their children walking…lots of bold, unconventional patterns…really cool! (Unfortunately I spazzed out while this was happening with a low battery issue!) But the girls were more than happy to pose themselves around the store…
We are all ready for Spring here…how about you?
For Valentine’s Day my daughter, the poet, wrote me the most amazing song. She wrote it, then typed it so I’m leaving it with her grammar and spelling…
I’ve been waiting for u. To come and look at this tune You’re the best mother in the world. Let me talk to u about it.
If it wasn’t for my mother . I wouldn’t have a brother. Think about it carefully. I can trust u too.
All u do all day is wash and clean and spray. When I think about u I start to cry deep deep down inside.
But all this song really taught me was to keep on going this way. The messege I ment to send u was Happy Valentine’s Day
She’s 8 years old, clearly with a soul that is much, much older…
I just love these handcrafted gifts and I’m already seeing them diminish slightly as they get older which is sad.
My son threw this together last-minute and when I said, “why no words?” He said, “a picture is specialer”.
Did you get any endearing V-Day gifts?
My most precious jewels!❤️❤️❤️
My son has been playing roller hockey for two or three years now and he really loves it. This winter we enrolled him in ice hockey for the first time and his love for hockey has grown ever more. His dad plays hockey; he idolizes his dad. So I guess it makes sense that he has a love for the sport also.
It’s an absolute thrill for me to watch him. I’m so uncoordinated. I trip over absolutely nothing so you can imagine what I look like with a pair of skates on! To see him play really makes me almost tear up! He says hockey is his “passion”
So nice that he’s found it at age eight, huh?
When my husband is working nearby (he is usually gone all day in Manhattan) he usually offers to drive the kids to school as a treat and a way to spend a little bit of extra special time with them. Today was one of those mornings; I decided to join the them as I wanted to check out the drop off process.
However, there was no process to check out because we got to school too early. The twins were more than happy to show me where I should escort them to wait for school to commence…
And I just had to snap a picture of them sitting there on the bench waiting for school to start…that look on my son’s face…
I’m glad I got to share in the moment today and I love that the kids have these dates with their daddy!
Do you ever have simple special moments like this?