My First Travel Hockey Tournament (Officially A Hockey Mom)

20 Feb

Our Presidents Weekend was spent traveling to a suburb of Philadelphia where my son participated in an ice hockey tournament.  The entire family accompanied him and we got to experience the whole event for a few days including, taking over the hotel… (that’s the lobby)

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Playing lots of screens in down time.

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And of course playing lots and lots of ice hockey!

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They made it to the championship game and I was on the edge of my seat.  I’ve mentioned I’m not an athlete myself and I’m still learning aspects of the game of hockey.  But this weekend I realized I truly love this game and I am prouder than ever to call myself a hockey mom.  The boys played their hearts out and most of them were so disappointed that they ultimately walked away with second place status in the tournament.  They wanted to win!

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It was great getting to know the other hockey families and though the season is ending I’m hoping to see a lot of the same faces on the team with him next season.

Now if I can only figure out how to tie these damn skates….!

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then I will be a legit hockey mom :)

 

It’s Twin Thing

12 Feb

My 9-year-old twins are a little like a little married couple.  They fight hard.  They love harder.  But what I sometimes find amusing is that they literally cannot keep their hands off each other.  And really, I think it has to be related to those 9 months together in my womb.  Think about it.  They were squished all over each other for all of those days and there must be a memory of that and a primal need for them to be close now still.

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20 months

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9 years old

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I am sold on the twin bond.  I’ve seen it every day for the past 9 plus years and it’s there.  That’s not to say that these two don’t go at it like crazy, but there’s a real bond on a level that may not even be one that I can fully comprehend.

And I absolutely love it! :)

Anyone else want to share twin observations?

 

 

 

 

Please Say Hello To Laura Ingalls Wilder

28 Jan

Today my little one had to do her biographical presentation.  Parents were instructed not to buy costumes and just to make a simple outfit from something at home.  She has the same wonderful teacher that my son had and I cannot believe it was 2 years ago that he had his presentation.  (Give that a click…it was then I recounted my 5th grade presentation as Amelia Earhart!)

I am DYING from the cuteness of my little one as Laura Ingalls Wilder and I can’t wait until she returns home from school to hear how it all went down.

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I’d say we did well with the look huh?!

P.S  Are you like me and did you spend your entire childhood watching Little House on the Prairie?  I’m older than a lot of my mom friends and they have no clue about the wonders of this program.  I could talk about it for hours.  And some nights the hubs and I jump for joy when we find it on the Hallmark Channel and continue to get immense pleasure from it.  When he does find it he’ll shout out “Manly!”

P.P.S  Now that I’ve revealed this you probably think I’m more batsh*t crazy than ever and that I somehow influenced this choice of character for my daughter.  Nope!  What I love is that her big sister, an avid reader, who has read the books made the suggestion.  It was a great one.  :)

Our Snow Mountain

27 Jan

What a delight today has been having the whole family home safe and together on a Tuesday to play in the snow!!!

We got dumped with about a foot of snow.  The thing that makes it extra exciting for my kids is that we live on a dead-end so when my street gets plowed (and it takes some time!) the snow is all piled into the middle…what becomes our snow mountain!

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They spend a good chunk of time scaling that mountain and sledding down it. It’s great entertainment and we don’t have to go anywhere to get it!

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I love days like today!  Did you get today off too?

Elizabeth Arden Opens a New Red Door Spa at the Garden City Hotel!

26 Jan

Today I am nesting as I await the blizzard.  As much as you know I prefer the sun I say bring it on!  Before it hit 10:00 I had already gone to Trader Joes, Target, run 2 loads of laundry and started sauce and meatballs and chicken soup.  (Listen I didn’t call this blog manic for nothing!) The soup is for my big girl who is home with a sore throat.

We are doing some girl things today and I gave her a little pedicure. During her “spa time”, I found my mind wandering to last week when I attended the grand opening for Elizabeth Arden’s newest Red Door Spa at the luxurious Garden City Hotel.

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Well if you live in Garden City you’ve probably visited that Red Door once or twice.  But the Garden City Hotel’s Red Door is new and wonderful!  As part of The Garden City Hotel’s extensive renovation, the new Red Door Spa is located within a 7,000 square foot lower level complex houses a pool and fitness center.  Starting in spring 2015, spa guests will be able to enjoy the adjacent pool and fitness center before and after their treatments.  How many spas have you been to where you can exercise and swim?!

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The new facility offers six deluxe treatment rooms, five manicure and pedicure thrones, and a full service hair salon. One of the treatment rooms is a couple’s suite and it is inviting and gorgeous.  The salon and spa also features a retail boutique, where guests can discover the latest skin care and beauty trends at the beauty bar, and shop for high-tech skin care and color products from the Elizabeth Arden and Red Door Spa Professional lines, as well as today’s leading hair care brands.

Select treatments will also be offered in-room in the hotel’s 272 newly renovated guest rooms and suites. Executive Chef Michael Mandato in collaboration with Red Door Spa will be introducing spa cuisine dining to further embellish the retreat experience.

Of course there’s easy valet parking in this beautiful environment so there’s no stress at all. :)

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Meanwhile, I’m sitting here with my big girl in my sweats watching 20 episodes of Every Witch Way while she coughs on me.  Would I change a thing? Nah. But I’m still dreaming about the Red Door Spa at the Garden City Hotel!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I Hear We’re Getting Some Snow

25 Jan

It doesn’t matter that we’re anticipating 3 feet of snow.  My little one was excited to play in 3 inches today.

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And she was quite successful!

I don’t doubt we are expecting a lot of snow but I’m quite honestly exhausted from all the hysteria.

My Facebook feed is filled with all of the same images and rants.  Can’t. Take.  It.

So, I’m going to stare at this photo a bit to lighten my mood :)

If you’re in my neck of the woods, stay safe!

 

Love A Long Weekend

20 Jan

This is what our day off looked like, earlier in the week, on MLK Day……….

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I keep telling my boy he has to take it easy on the girls.  But meanwhile my little peanut who is 100% muscle pummels him and everyone in the house so it’s quite a double standard!

With hockey on my little man’s mind constantly he always  tells me matter of factually he is simply “body checking”….when there isn’t a puck in site!  I’m hitting a stage where there’s always an answer for everything…tweens.

But I truly do love a day off with the kids and when they are rolling on the floor that’s my signal that it’s time to change scenery and burn some energy.

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“Look mom take a picture!”

 

So we went swimming!

Many of the families we know went skiing over the long weekend…did you do anything fun?

iPhone Attachment Disorder Officially Labeled

16 Jan

I go to the gym 3 days a week and there are 3 items I carry in with me: keys, water and phone.  With the weather being so frigid here lately I’ve also been bundling up.  So last week I made it into my class and after peeling off all of me layers I realized I didn’t have my phone with me.

With 3 minutes to go until my class was to commence, with the the weather in the single digits outside, the thought did not even occur to me to just carry on and deal with it.  I was COMPELLED, almost panicked  to get out to my car to find that phone.  I told myself I needed it so that I would be reachable if the school needed to call regarding my kids.  But like so many others around me, the bottom line is that I don’t go anywhere without that phone.  It’s a constant companion, one that I feel incomplete without.  And when I saw it under a newspaper in the car I will admit I felt relieved.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that iPhone separation disorder is now a serious psychological problem.  It’s been studied people!  Individuals are becoming psychologically and physiologically attached to these little babies and it’s hindering functioning in some.  In conducting the study, individuals were asked to answer certain mental puzzles without the use of their phone and the results show that while doing the puzzles without the use of their phone, individuals demonstrated increased level of anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate while at the same time their efficiency in solving the puzzle decreased.

The study was performed at the University of Missouri and was published earlier this month: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcc4.12109/full

Can you relate?

First Snow of 2015

6 Jan

I love that my kids still get excited about the snow.  They raced off the bus and had motivation to complete their homework in a hurry…SNOW!

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All the while, I was remembering this day in 1996.  It was a blizzard, and though it was Saturday I was working, in the psych ER of Bellevue Hospital Center in NYC of all places.  When my shift was over , the scenery was surreal.  I couldn’t tell what was street and what was sidewalk.  It was actually beautiful.  My husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) was given Broadway tickets for that night by someone who couldn’t get into the city.  It was a fun night….19 years ago!

How’s the weather by you? Do you remember the blizzard of ’96?

 

Happy 2015

1 Jan

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The holidays swallowed me up these past few weeks, but it’s been nice.  One of the gifts I received was a Kindle to replace my broken one.  It’s just a basic Kindle because I find my iPad is heavy to read with and as some of you probably know, you cannot read in sunlight with an iPad; I’m already daydreaming about summer!

I’ve always been an avid reader but having kids has at times derailed me from that love.  However, this past couple of weeks, when it’s been quiet, instead of being on HERE…i.e…Facebook, WordPress, Instagram or other time sucks…I’ve been reading and it has been really great.  I finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and I am well into Still Alice by Lisa Genova.  I’ve mentioned that I’m a library lover so I rarely even buy books.  I love that you can loan books on the Kindle.

It’s been great to be really reading again and that’s what I’ve decided I want to do more of in 2015.  I have a couple of other intentions for myself but I’m going to keep them private. :)

Are you reading anything right now?  Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?

If I go quiet again on here you’ll know where to find me….in my Kindle :)

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