Though I was born and lived the first 20 years of my life in New Jersey, and I do have a strong affinity for the state that is chastised by some, I’ve been living in NY for more than half of my life. I now consider myself a New Yorker and couldn’t be more proud, especially on days like today, 9/11.
I lived in NYC on 9/11, just several miles away from all of the devastation. Like most people, I remember the events of the day vividly….the beautiful blue sky that day, the call that I received that alerted me to the horror, and so on. But unlike other people, I cannot listen to the news on the anniversary, I cannot look at the names, and I have never ever been back to that area. Maybe its post-traumatic stress or some kind of denial. Even writing this is an arduous task.
Instead, every 9/11 I reflect silently and hope and pray for all of the families that were affected. And today I did talk to my children about it as well.
How do you deal, if at all, with 9/11?
Today marks the first week of 4th and 2nd grade complete in this house and this may have been the toughest transition back to school my kids have ever experienced. All Labor day weekend long my daughter kept reminding me not to remind her that school was starting on Tuesday. Though each day of the long weekend brought the threat of rain, it held out and we raced to our town pool to spend every last moment we could before it closed on Monday.
Monday night I couldn’t sleep at all…I was getting over a cold and heard my little one coughing throughout the night as well. But I did get up early for my job as drill sergeant to get everyone ready for that 7:41 bus. I figured it would be late on the first day as it always is though which would give me some time for pictures…..
As soon as I snapped this photo we heard that all familiar roar of the bus up the street and we raced down it. I shoved the kids on. It was not the send off I wanted…especially for my little one in her new school! I felt so tired and guilty and mixed up. But luckily I had my annual meet up with friends at Starbucks to look forward to and that helped a lot.
The first day of school was also the hottest day of the year so the poor kids were sweltering. My daughter came home early and sick! (Luckily she was able to return the next day.) There’s been a lot of grumpiness and whining and all around malaise. I know they are tired and so am I but I am thrilled the weather is still summer like!
How has back to school gone for you?
I love summer and right about now is when I start to plummet into depression as the days getting shorter and I’m cognizant of the fact that it is 7:35 and starting to get dark.
Don’t get me wrong…the kids have been driving me crazy….biting each other, punching each other, whining….I know you know what I’m talking about. And they were not happy to be dragged along today when I had to go to the store (because summertime also means I perpetually have no groceries because I rarely get to the store!).
However, I had a moment when I was checking out and they were all happily comparing their sour spray flavors……….not only will I miss summer in September, but, as crazy as they make me, I am going to miss these guys…….terribly!!!
I’m wondering if I’m the only mom right now who is feeling this way. Fall is going to be so busy. I could use one more month of summer :)
When you marry a guy who is one of SEVEN that’s right SEVEN children, you have a lot of family events to attend, especially in the spring and summertime. (My husband was an uncle at age nine!) I happen to love it coming from a small family.
On Saturday night our gorgeous niece Ari got married and stupid me I didn’t even snap a picture of her and the groom, but I did of course get a picture of her and my monkeys!
After the ceremony some of the kids were playing with the rose petals and I took what I think is one of the most beautiful shots ever.
It kind of makes me cry to look at it…so innocent…
The kids are at a nice age to attend family events and be able to run hang with their cousins and have fun. The only downside was that they crashed by 10:0; they were done!
I kept looking over at their older cousins sitting together sharing drinks and was thinking that it won’t be too long before that’s these guys…and then I got choked up!
Last April when we were in Florida I took this shot of my little one and I’m pretty in love with it.
We were in a safari place, taking a river boat tour.
She’s my baby girl. :)
Why? Because it is in my favorite season….summer! The only bummer is that once it hits, you blink and summer is over. We spent ours celebrating last Saturday night at my husband’s golf club.
There were rides and games for the kids and psychics and caricaturists and tatoo artists too. The highlight of the evening for me is when we all sat for a family caricature! A lady nearby remarked that we all looked “so cute” and I asked if she wouldn’t mind snapping a photo…my fave!
And my hubs who cracks me up everyday thinks he looks better as a caricature than in real life :)
Then before we knew the fireworks started…they were stupendous and wonderful!
Oh summer hang on, we’re having too much fun!!! How was your 4th?!
Last weekend we celebrated my mother’s 79th birthday…how great does she look!?
And I remind you that my dad, who doesn’t like his age revealed, took us all away on a big trip to Mexico last summer to celebrate his BIIIIIG birthday!!! (Seriously if I looked like them I would tell everyone in sight my age!)
To celebrate, we gathered my sister, my brother, spouses, kids and my brother’s friend and we took over half of a little Italian restaurant.
Because really that’s all my mom wants….to have all her family in one place. And since it happens so infrequently, we took just a few pictures…
Love my little poser in the foreground!
How do you celebrate family member’s birthdays?
Another thing I love about summertime is the sometimes influx of family parties. My husband is one of seven so there’s usually some event happening beginning around May…a graduation, wedding, a baby shower, wedding shower…etc. And when the gathering happens, it’s never small!
Last Saturday night my sister-in-law got married and we had such a fun time celebrating with her. Because the family is so large (21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren on the way!), when the majority is together the opportunity is grabbed to snap some photos!
I snuck this shot in of most of the grand and great-grandchildren with their grandparents (some couldn’t make the wedding) while the photographer was setting up):
Before kids you could never find me on the dance floor but my girls had me up there all night…
Their fun and delight was contagious. I didn’t care how uncoordinated I looked. :) And I wasn’t the only one who got worn out by the end of the night!
But the best part was that we got a great family photo before we even raced off to the wedding!
I cherish these days. :)
(Sorry I neglected to snap a photo of the bride and groom!)
Today is the last day of school and all of us coincidentally are in blue, similarly to the first day. It’s hard for me to believe they will all be together in the ‘big school’ next year…my babies!
For the past couple of half days I’ve been racing around, running to Target, stocking up as if I were hurricane prepping. My last hour this morning will be a continuation of the stockpiling because we all know what it’s like shopping with kids!
Good thing it’s my favorite season!
Today we had such a great day celebrating dad…
and one Grandpa (the other is out of state) who we surprise visited this morning.
yes my daughter has fake doodee on her knee…….!!!!
But the weekend was so happy because our fabulous town pool opened, and this for me is a glorious time because it tells me summer is coming! The kids raced in on Saturday and were the very first in this entire town to utilize the water slides. Let that be known people!
And on Friday night we did a quick spontaneous trip to the beach for dinner which was so cool. We were the only people there because the day had been a little weather iffy. The kids were so thrilled to get their ocean fix. It was something a little different.
We had a great meal tonight for Father’s Day where all my kids decided they hated lobster……WHAT?! How can that be?! It’s been my favorite food in the world since the age of 4! My parents are native Bostonians where “Lobstah” is loved by all! But then I remembered as a child my dad never got to eat his lobster as he spent his time cracking mine………..maybe sticking to burgers and steak isn’t such a bad thing after all. :)
Happy Father’s Day!