Archive | July, 2012

Braceleted Boy

29 Jul

For the first time since I met him almost 7 years ago, my little man is aware of his appearance.  Gone are the days when I could lay out an outfit and find him dressed in it moments later with no questions asked.  He now has certain ideas about what he likes and what he doesn’t like.

One of his likes as of late is bracelets…specifically lacrosse and duct tape.  They seem to be the style around these parts.  The lacrosse bracelets are made from lacrosse laces (with lacrosse being hugely popular here).  And we can’t make a trip to Home Depot these days without relentless begging for more duct tape!

The result is a fair little boy with multicolored arms!


25 Jul

This summer, audiences across North America have been experiencing the magic of fire-breathing dragons that soar through arena skies in DREAMWORKS’ HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR.  The tour is produced by RZO Dragon Productions to deliver 23 dragons, some with wingspans of up to 46 feet, Viking warriors and world-class circus artists and acrobats, to perform against a state-of-the-art, wall-to-floor immersive projection measuring more than 20,000 square feet.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON lands locally at Nassau Coliseum from August 2 – 4 and IZOD Center from September 27 – 30. I am super excited that we will be seeing the show next week! My husband, and therefore my son too, love anything Viking or Barbaric…throw some dragons into the mix and we are all going to be beside ourselves.

Tickets are available now and may be purchased through the arena Box Offices, by going to or calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. A limited number of Special premium Dragon Hot Seats, VIP and family packages are also available.  Check out all the details and other show dates and venues here:

But wait I forgot the best part….Just Another Manic Mommy readers can get 25% off weekday performances (including Friday nights) with code MOM at – for select seats.  Cool!

I can’t wait…see you at the show!

Luckiest Girl

22 Jul

My little one found three four-leaf clovers the other day. We are adding this to the one she found a few weeks back.  I had researched at that time and learned that for every one four-leaf clovers there exists 10,000 three-leaf clovers. My entire childhood was spent searching for four-leaf clovers with no luck ever!

She really has this uncanny ability to find things.  I went over to the same patch of clovers where she found the three special ones figuring there had to be a bunch.  I couldn’t find anything with four leaves!

I have them wrapped in Glad Press N Seal right now.  Any creative people have ideas about how I should display them?

Little Sisters (And A Great Shot)

18 Jul

My daughter is such a great big sister and this is how she gets treated!

(I captured this on my crappy Blackberry camera and just love it!)

Golf Lessons x3

16 Jul

My husband plays golf and belongs to a golf club; we often dine there and go to events. The kids love it and have consequently expressed interest in learning how to play golf. (I really want to learn too!)

This is the first “sport” they’ve ever taken all together. The promised me they were truly interested and wanted to be enrolled. My son had received left handed golf clubs as a gift and luckily some generous friends passed down not one but two sets of clubs their children outgrew.

Sunday morning was the first lesson.

It was hot, humid and early and we had a birthday party to go to right after. The twins did okay but the little one threw a fit and said she “hated golf”.

We just couldn’t engage her. And she is the most strong-willed kid I have so I just quit.
The twins seem committed. I’m looking forward to the evolving golf skills!
Do your kids play?

IKEA Outing

15 Jul

Oh my I get a little stressed and confused in IKEA.  The one closest to us is giant, always crowded and I’m always feeling lost.  The kids, however, got comfortable right away when we went yesterday.

You really can’t beat some of the prices.  We needed a specific piece of furniture called a sofa table, which sits sort of hidden behind a sofa.  I priced them on the internet and then find one for 1/3 the price at IKEA.  It came in a thousand pieces but luckily my husband can put anything together (or take it apart!) with ease.

It’s getting a tiny bit easier shopping with the kids.  Bribing them with slurpees before hand probably didn’t hurt. :)

Do you have any tricks when you take your kids along to a store?

Writing on the Wall

10 Jul

I’m doing a major clean out in the kids’ rooms which includes scrubbing dirt and whatever else off the walls. When I got to this section of my daughter’s wall, right near her closet around her eye level, I hesitated with my Magic Eraser in mid air.

Writing on anything but paper is a big no-no in our house, but, I can’t bring myself to clean it off…this self portrait of my little imp!
What would you do?

Kids’ Lemonade Stand and Good People

10 Jul

Yesterday the kids had a play date and were pleasantly surprised to learn that they were going to create and work a lemonade stand.

This was thrilling for so many reasons on so many levels but mainly because a lemonade stand is just not doable on our street…where maybe one vehicle rolls down every two hours (don’t get me wrong…we love that!)

It was so adorable how the kids jumped up and down and screamed to try to get customers.  As I sat and watched I had one of those “moments” and started to feel a little choked up….how the kids are so innocent and adorable and how time is passing by.

Also though I was struck with the kindness of everyday people.  I mean people actually stopped their cars to get out and hand over a dollar for crappy lemonade…and some insisted on giving two dollars.  The “buyers” engaged the kids in conversation and gave them a lot of positive reinforcement and kindness.  It meant a lot to me and it’s a reminder that there are lots of great people in the world!

It was another memorable summer day and a time we will look back on fondly.  My friend wrote about it too and has some cute pictures…check it out!

Have you ever done a lemonade stand with your children?

Milkshakes at Grandma and Grandpa’s House

8 Jul

Since my parents moved nearby it’s been great to have so many more opportunities to spend time with them.  Tonight they invited the kids over for dessert.

The kids were so excited when my dad said he would be making milkshakes as this is something I never do.  My father told them he would share his secret, delicious recipe with them.  He calls this shake a “black and white”. (I guess everyone did in the 40’s and 50’s!!!)

It was so cute watching the kids watch my dad and listening to their questions.

They were riveted and made mental notes of the ingredients…milk, vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup!

But did they enjoy the final product, you may be wondering….

They say a picture says a thousand words… :)

(I love the happy grandma in the background!)

Do your kids enjoy any special activities with their grandparents?

Happy 4th!

4 Jul

We’ve had several days of BBQs, fireworks, swimming pools, face painting and other 4th festivities…yet somehow my kids are not even tired :)

How was your Independence Day?


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