Archive | March, 2011

Sorry Mom

30 Mar

One day I wrote a delightful little post about my darling twins and what they said over breakfast.

Later that day,  I had a bad feeling when my parents showed up on my caller ID.  When I answered the phone my mother sounded like she was experiencing high blood pressure.


…she gasped with her severe Boston accent (which, by the way, seems to get worse when she’s upset),

Yah faahthah and I are very upset with yah blog.  You should not be posting things like that on the intaanet about yah children.  We think it’s very inappropriate and you should remove it!!!!


I thought about her again yesterday when I examined my son’s school work pertaining to the letter P.

Do YOU see anything else on his school sheet that also works as P word?  Or do I have serious mental problems?!

Best Hiccup Cure Ever

27 Mar

I get the hiccups about three times a year and whenever I do it is torture.  I mean I walk around with vomitous sounds and it lasts for several hours, interfering with everything I want to do.  Tonight after dinner I was afflicted and the kids were mocking my sounds!

Like I usually do, I started searching the internet for cures.  I’ve tried the breath holding, drinking water holding your nose, a teaspoon of sugar (gag) and once a bartender even gave me some bitters to swallow.

Well tonight was my lucky night.  I stumbled across this page and I was cured immediately!  I’m so excited that I have to share it.  Here is the crux of the 30-second hiccup cure:

Step 1: Start by inhaling through your mouth until your lungs feel full (when it feels like you cannot inhale any more…. your lungs will basically stop taking in air).

Step 2: Swallow.  You are not really swallowing anything but it seems that without this act, it doesn’t work.  Do not let any air out.

Step 3: Now inhale some more until your lungs feel full again.  You may not be able to inhale a lot, but do get some more air in.  It will start to get difficult to do this as you go, but keep trying.  You obviously can’t suck in as much air as you did initially, but just a little will do (think of it as taking a “sip” of air but directly into your lungs).

Step 4: Swallow again.  This too will start to get difficult as you go.  Do not let any air out.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 (inhale and swallow) until you cannot swallow again.  While it seems you can almost always suck in just a little more air, it is actually the swallowing that gets to be impossible.  When you feel like you cannot swallow again, swallow again anyway.  It will be hard to do, your face will probably turn red, and you may make squeaking sounds.  But you CAN swallow one last time.  By this time, your lungs should also be quite full and it should be difficult to get much more air in as well.  While you should try not to let any air out, if you have really repeated steps 3 and 4 as many times as you can, you probably will end up letting a little air out before you can take that last swallow.  If you find that air keeps escaping out of your nose even early in the process, try squeezing it shut with your fingers.

Step 6: Exhale.

I was cured after the second step!

What do you think?  Do you have a great hiccup cure?

Start Today and Be Grateful

25 Mar

I was going to write about a doctor’s appointment I had today, but then I saw this article:

Brooklyn parents in a race against time as both diagnosed with advanced cancer within a week.

And now I can’t think about anything else.


Give your children and loved ones big hugs today.  We all have gripes and complaints that can be all-consuming.  It’s hard not to get caught up in negativity sometimes.  But right now in this moment, make an effort to stop and to appreciate your wonderful life.  Say thank you even.

Here is what I am grateful for right at this moment:

  • My 3-year-old decked out in her Cinderella costume, giggling.
  • My 5-year-old kissing me awake this morning at 6 a.m. to tell me I look “cute”.
  • My husband’s beautiful x-ray of his repaired neck.
  • My son wanting to hold my hand as we walked to the bus stop this morning.
  • The sun shining.
  • A friend thanking me this morning with a hug.
  • My daughter shouting “that looks just like mommy!” when she saw Kendra Wilkinson on Dancing With the Stars :) (okay I know but really I AM grateful that she sees her mom like that!)

In all seriousness there is power in gratitude.  Start now.

What are you thankful for?

(And check out this book if you need more inspiration.)

New Book: My First Day of Kindergarten by Kristin J. Minuto

24 Mar

Do you have a child approaching kindergarten?

If so, you should definitely check out one of the books we’ve been reading lately,  My First Day of Kindergarten.  My kids were amazed (and it surprised me how excited it got them) that I know the author, Kristen Minuto, a very sweet mother (and teacher) from my town.  It makes reading the book so much more exciting for us and my daughter has even exclaimed, “I really love how she writes!”… I’m not kidding!

My kindergarteners are pretty mesmerized when I read it, as they draw comparisons between their classes and routines and the ones they are hearing about as they follow a little boy through his first day of school.

It’s really a bright, colorful and adorable book that I would absolutely recommend.  We actually started reading books like this as my kids entered nursery school.  I know we’ll be getting a lot of use out of this book as we start talking about kindergarten with my 3-year-old.  You can check out My First Day of Kindergarten here or here.  And speaking of adorable, here is my son’s artistic representation of it from his homework journal :)

Don’t forget how important it is to read to your kids!  What children’s books are you reading these days?

Mickey’s Magic Show and Riding the Railroad

20 Mar

Whenever we pick up my husband after work at the train station, the kids ask when they can go for a ride.  So we surprised them this morning with the news that we would be taking the train into NYC, AND seeing Mickey’s Magic Show.

Highlights of the train ride included looking out the window at all the sights, giving tickets to the conductor, and tricking mom by pretend sleeping.

When we got to Penn Station, the excitement only continued.  I told them all about how busy the train station gets and we did a little people watching while their dad got a snack.  My husband and I frequently find ourselves starved on days like this because we are rushing to organize and get the kids fed and then we completely disregard our own needs for nourishment.  It was at this point I longingly looked over at Starbucks, but there was no time, sigh.

Meanwhile, the kids wanted me to find our house on the NYC subway map!

So then we make it into the packed Madison Square Garden Theater with 15 minute to spare which was perfect.  Ten seconds into the experience the kids start pleading and begging for those light up wand things which you imagine will be broken by the train ride home.   But hey my husband and I relented and figured we bought the kids some delight and ourselves a little peace because they were much more riveted by the show once they had them.

The show was cute and some of the magic was really impressive.  When it was all over the kind lady behind us spotted my camera and suggested we let her take picture…a typical looking family shot for us :) (damn those wands!)

The train ride home was peaceful enough though it was only 1:30…how could that be!?  The kids seemed to have a great time on our excursion and continued the magic on the train…

Do you take your kids to shows?

When You Have No Choice but to Take the Kids with You…

17 Mar

I’ve been having some medical issues and I recently found myself in the situation where I had to take all 3 kids with me to a doctor’s appointment.  The doctor is very busy and frequently running late, but I just had no choice.  Here’s what I did to try to make it as pain free as possible:

1-First I stopped at Target and let the kids pick anything from the dollar area.

2-I made sure they ate, well, right before we left.

3-It was pouring (it figures) so we pretended we were on an adventure to make it through the rain to the door.

4-Although I am an early person, we didn’t walk into the office until the exact minute of my appointment.

5-We still had to wait awhile, so, I gave them each a magazine and had them hunt for things, like words that start with M, etc…

6-I also prepared the staff at the office and they were accommodating…even entertaining the kids in a separate room while I was being examined.

7-And lastly, I gave each kid a bunch of candy when they started to get antsy.  In addition they were all heavily bribed with the knowledge that they would earn more candy and 3 marbles each if they behaved.

It went better than I expected and the patients in the waiting room were entertained too :)  I can’t help but think about the days when they were babies and I was so nervous while venturing out with all three by myself…

What are your tricks for managing the kids when they are in adult environments?


13 Mar

Here we go…I am the mother of 3 future black belts in karate!

But for now, they are just really excited to wear their uniforms and to have an arena where kicking and punching is sanctioned. 

And me?  I’m thrilled that the kids have agreed on a common activity of interest and they can all take class together.  Even better? My best buddy’s son is in the class too so we can have a weekly kidless 15 minute conversation.


What have your experiences with martial arts been like?

I’m thinking about taking kickboxing but I’m feeling a little intimidated at the moment after seeing a couple of minutes of the class…

Pensive Peanut

8 Mar

I dropped the little one off at school this morning. She sat down at the table and made this face.

What was she thinking? She looked so serious and deep in thought, way beyond her 3 years. I stared at those cheeks and chubby little fingers all morning while she was at school. Was something bothering her about being in school? Was she not feeling well?

I was relieved when she raced out at dismissal happy and content. She said she had a great day and was “a good listener”.

My worrying is out of control sometimes. How do you manage your worries about your kids?

Teddy Bear Picnics and Magic Shows = Good Weekend

7 Mar

Last Friday night my 5-year-old attended  Daisy event with her best buddy and fellow troop member.  They were so deliciously cute with their pjs and teddy bears.  My daughter had been to school already and then dance after school so by 7 o’clock she was getting droopy and spaced out.  Thankfully, there were cupcakes to lift everyone’s moods!It’s always a little tortuous dealing with the kids when they are crabby but I did have fun hanging out with my friend (also my daughter’s friend’s mom).  She posted a really cute video snapshot of the evening:  Having Fun With A Great Friend.

On Saturday my little guy had his final basketball practice which concluded with an award.  The pride on his face while he displayed that medal around his neck was so adorable.  He told everyone all about it and wore the medal all weekend long without removing it.

On Sunday it was rainy and dreary.  I was so thankful that I had signed us up for a FREE magic show sponsored by our town’s recreation center.  I’m all about taking advantage of all the kid focused activities that are offered! And once again we saw some friends which always makes it a better time.  The kids giggled away as they watched the magician who seemed to really captivate the crowd.  The best part was when my little guy was chosen to come onto the stage and be a part of an act. 

He initially tried to drag his twin sister up there with him, but he finally mustered up the courage to go forward without her (with the medal still around his neck!).

He’s in need of a haircut right now so he’s sporting a bushy, curly and very blond afro; he looked so cute up there!

For the rest of the weekend he bragged about being in a magic show and it seems he now considers himself a magician!

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

Putting the Kids to Work!

3 Mar

Last night my husband decided to make iced tea after dinner.  When he saw the sink loaded with dishes, something truly miraculous happened……he proceeded to wash them!!!

Now lately my 5-year-old daughter has been so angelic, helpful and all around awesome.  I’m telling you that marble jar has changed her life.  More than the others, she strives to fill that jar up and is shattered when she loses a marble.  I have no idea where she gets these perfectionistic traits from…:)

So on that note, she readily accepted my husband’s plea for her to help him tackle those dishes.  She ran and got a step stool and went to work.  And it wasn’t a bad job.  After that she offered to wipe down the table!  It doesn’t matter that she knows she will earn marbles.  I see her being a kinder and more helpful person to all her family members and I’m loving it.

But the success with the dishes also got me thinking about kids and chores.  As it is now, I expect my kids to bring their plates to the sink, put their dirty clothes in the hamper, and keep their rooms relatively tidy.  They are only 5, 5, and 3 after all…but now I’m wondering if  it’s time they all had a household chore.

Curious to know what your thoughts are…do your kids have chores?  At what age were they when you assigned them?


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