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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?

My Baby Turned 7 Years Old

28 May

I truly love this month.  The days get longer.  Everything starts to get greener and warmer, and my most favorite season is coming around the corner.  It’s also the month my little surprise baby was born just 18 months after I gave birth to TWINS.

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It just makes me love this month even more. And for the last week or so we’ve been celebrating this little red head and the fact that, as she said to me last night she’s “been alive for seven years!!!”

The festivities started with what’s probably now our 3rd party held at Chuck E Cheese. My kids cannot get enough of that place!

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They really have a good time, and the birthday girl was thrilled.

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We continued the celebration over the next week by playing some family golf, going to the beach, and partaking in our traditional birthday hibachi meal.

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We ended up celebrating for days and days but I guess that’s how it should be when you turn 7 years old huh? :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Ever

14 May

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I found this draft in my files…this picture with this title “do you ever” from last December.  I wish I knew exactly where I was going with it then.  But as of this moment this is what it inspires when I gaze at the picture.

Do you ever…..

…catch a glimpse on your child’s face of the adult that he will be?

…catch a glimpse on your big boy’s face of the baby that he always will be?

…want to hug your kid tight and never, ever let go?

I do.

I love my little man so much!

Mother’s Day and Piercings

13 May

While I feel very blessed on Mother’s Day, I do feel for those without Mother’s, or those so desperately trying to be a Mother.  I am a cognizant of the fact that Mother’s Day is a tough day for so many. And while I relish in a day where we celebrate our Mothers, the commercialization of this holiday, like so many of them, really does get to me.  Truly we should celebrate our Mothers everyday, right?

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But I will step off my soap box to say that I did have a beautiful day.  My mother was with my sister, and that was fine.  The day was about just the five of us and the sun was sparkling which always picks me up.  I have laryngitis; that was my gift to the family as I received their beautiful gifts. :)

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My husband and I love Indian food so we decided to introduce the kids to it.  Needless to say we were the only non-Indian family in the Indian restaurant on Mother’s Day!  The kids did put forth a good effort and tried a lot of the foods, but I’m not sure we will be returning with them anytime soon. :)

The other big news is that my little one got her ears pierced.  She was told she would have to wait until age 7 but that’s only 2 weeks away.  She begged and gave me this card in the morning which sealed the deal on early piercings!

 

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How was your Mother’s Day?

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