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Shopping Buddies

22 Aug

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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 :)

Another Beautiful Wedding

18 Aug

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!

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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.

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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!

 

 

A Photo

3 Aug

Last April when we were in Florida I took this shot of my little one and I’m pretty in love with it.

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We were in a safari place, taking a river boat tour.

She’s my baby girl.  :)

July 4th…Best Holiday…

12 Jul

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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.

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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!

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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?!

 

Celebrating Special Birthdays

5 Jul

Last weekend we celebrated my mother’s 79th birthday…how great does she look!?

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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.

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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…

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Love my little poser in the foreground!

How do you celebrate family member’s birthdays?

A Family Wedding

29 Jun

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):

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Before kids you could never find me on the dance floor but my girls had me up there all night…

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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!

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But the best part was that we got a great family photo before we even raced off to the wedding!

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I cherish these days. :)

(Sorry I neglected to snap a photo of the bride and groom!)

The Last Hour of 1st and 3rd Grades

26 Jun

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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!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…(Father’s Day Weekend)

15 Jun

Today we had such a great day celebrating dad…
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and one Grandpa (the other is out of state) who we surprise visited this morning.

yes my daughter has fake doodee on her knee.......!!!!

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!

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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.

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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. :)

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Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

Mom I Gave Back the Violin TODAY…Third Grade Spring Concert

10 Jun

That’s what my daughter exclaimed when she got off of the bus today.  She was delighted, FINALLY, that she made it through her year of the violin.

When she decided to sign up to take violin at the end of last year I was excited for her.  I started violin in the 4th grade and played through the 12th grade.  I asked if she knew I had played.  She said she had but that her choice had nothing to do with me.  I thought it was a nice choice actually because, though she is a tiny petite thing, she has beautiful long fingers…maybe that would give her an advantage…?!

For the first week or so she practiced a little and then, nothing. I’m sure you can imagine how it went from there.  As the weeks wore on she became very disenchanted and wanted to quit. The violin is tough after all!  I told her she could absolutely quit, but not until she completed the year.

Her complaints turned to anxiety as her spring concert approached…she would be on stage playing her violin in the orchestra.

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Nightly cram sessions in pjs like this in the kitchen started happening. It was then I saw her really making an effort, but it was also too late at this point, only days before the concert! “I’ll just blend in” she wisely told me. :)

me playing the violin in elementary school!

me playing the violin in elementary school!

When the big day arrived I was excited to see both of my twins all dressed and ready to go. The 3rd graders also had prepared songs on their recorders.
IMG_7829My husband and I were actually a little nervous for my daughter when we arrived at the school for the concert!!! But when the orchestra appeared and I found my little peanut, my nerves diminished.  She looked so adorable, so mature, and very confident!

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And she did it.

Her recorder was a breeze after that!

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Next up was my little man.  When he was a kindergarten, I got a call from his music teacher basically giving me the heads up that he was failing music.  You heard me correctly.  My 5 year old failed music.  So we never have really high expectations when it comes to this guy and singing. :)

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After the concert I said gee son it didn’t look like you were singing, it appeared like you were only moving your mouth.  He said “I wasn’t singing I was lip singing which is better than singing.”  I guess this guy has never heard of the term lip syncing. :)

So there you have it!  We made it through a year of violin and music!

Oh and did I mention that my son has signed up to play the sax next year!!!? :)

What’s your experience been like with your kids and musical instruments?

 

Moving Up In Girl Scouts

1 Jun

As we complete another year in school, my girls have also completed another year in Girl Scouts, both bridging up to higher levels.  My big girl has advanced to a junior Girl Scout and my little one to a Brownie.

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Once again I ask where the time has gone because it seemed like yesterday my big girl was starting Girl Scouts and that was 3 years ago!

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My girls seem to really love Girl Scouts and it’s such a nice positive experience.  I remember loving it in my childhood too!  What’s your experience been, if any, with Girl Scouts?

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