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In the Midst of Glorious Summer

14 Jul

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I love where I am these days.

Yes the kids are driving me nuts.  And yes my house is a mess. But summer is serenity for me.

We are at the beach or the pool everyday and I don’t want it any. other. way!

Life is so rigorous for the kids all year that my plan has been to have few plans this summer….lots of unstructured play with a few little camp days here and there.

How’s your summer been so far?

Last Day of 4th Grade and 2nd Grade

26 Jun

I’ve blinked and the year has come to an end.  It’s getting to be too much as it doesn’t feel like 9 months has gone by since we snapped out first day of school photo.  The kids are so happy summer is here.  I love summer too but I actually feel sad today.  They are growing up too fast.  My big guys have one more year at their school and then it’s middle school!  It’s hard to wrap my brain around that but I guess I have no choice.  How are you coping with the end of school?

Memorial Day Birthday Celebration

29 May

My baby girl turned 8 years old this week and I’m blown away more and more by each passing birthday at how rapidly it all flies by.

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2nd grade is when we end the big parties so we went out with a big fun bang.  We had a sunny and glorious afternoon in which we celebrated my baby girl at a local amusement park with a small group of 23 children! It truly was a spectacular day and everyone had fun!

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Though it pains me that she is getting older, her birthday is always so joyous on the long Memorial day weekend during one of my favorite seasons. :)  Did you have a nice extended weekend?

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My Little Leprechaun

21 Mar

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My 2nd grader is so lucky to have the same teacher that my son had two years ago.  Every year it seems she puts on a little St Patrick’s Day Play in the classroom and invites the parents to come watch.  It’s really a pleasure because as the kids get older there are fewer and fewer invitations to the classroom for anything.

I watched my peanut with such delight and couldn’t believe two whole years have passed since I sat in the same spot, watching the same play with my son as a star.  Truly the time is going way too fast and it does kill me sometimes.

I’m so grateful to have these opportunities to see my children so happy in their school activities…with teachers who are so wonderful.  But how can I slow down time?!

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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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?

 

 

 

 

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?

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?

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 :)

One Party Through the Years

13 Dec

We went to a children’s Christmas party that we attend annually and it’s through this party I really see the my kids aging….sob!  When they were so young it was labor intensive for me at this party, chasing them around, making sure they ate.  We would often have to leave BEFORE Santa arrived as my daughter was deathly afraid!   Fast forward a bit and my husband and started to be able to sit back and enjoy our meals while the kids enjoyed the face painting, cookie decorating, dancing, and the delight of Santa.

This year?  As we geared up I was so excited…the Christmas party is coming up I would declare as it got closer………and shoulders would shrug with barely a smile!  I mean, they do all still believe in Santa THANK GOODNESS! But, I can see they are just getting over it all bit.

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December 2010

December 2011

December 2011

December 2012

December 2012

December 2013

December 2013

December 2014

December 2014

They are so grown up!

 

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