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A Story About Expectations and Being A Kid

17 Oct

My son is playing on a travel ice hockey team.  Most of the time my husband and I are split up managing the kids and the activities and I’m not able to see him play. But last month I was excited that we “traveled” as a family to nearby Queens to watch him play.

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I actually felt a bit anxious as the moments got closer to the game, and busied myself snapping away photos…what I do always!

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When we got home I was taken by one photo in particular and asked my son about it.

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“This was right before you went on the ice” I said to him, “were you nervous about the game?”  He said, “No mommy, I was just staring at the Zamboni.”

He wasn’t nervous!  I was nervous!  Hockey is his passion.  It’s about having fun.  So here I was projecting my adult feelings about the game onto him when he was just being a child, being mystified about the big truck on the ice. :)

What a great lesson for me!  I want to look at this photo forever, slow down time, and remember that he’s still my little boy. :)

 

Sadness, A Poem

8 Oct

My 8 year old daughter had a bad day the other day.  I was at work and my husband encouraged her to write about it, since she seems to love writing poems.IMG_4403

Sadness

Sadness can be anywhere. Sadness can be anything.  Sadness can be dropping ice cream on the floor.

Sadness can be losing your best friend.  Sadness can effect you in many places, but mostly in your heart.

She’s having a better day today. :)

“This is The Best Day of My Life!”

5 Oct

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I awoke this morning to my three hustling and bustling around the kitchen.  I heard my little one say, “This is the best day of my life!”  They were all working together for a big morning celebration of our anniversary (12 years).  This was completely amazing.  The fact that they teamed up and truly worked together for one cause…celebrating their mom and dad, well, it was the best gift we could have received.

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It’s so developmentally appropriate for children to be self involved.  Isn’t wonderful when they surprise us with beautiful acts of kindness and selflessness?

“Beyond” (A Poem by My 8 Year Old)

24 Sep

I’ve been trying to encourage the kids to do some fall cleaning.  My best listener big girl proceeded to throw a big pile of garbage away and I saw this paper floating on the top.

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This is what it says:

Beyond

Beyond the mountains

Beyond the river

Beyond the sky

I can see you so it’s true.

You can trust me guarantee you.

Make it happen

Whatsoever

I can see from everywhere.

Hold it in

Watch the sky

Please just don’t you make me cry.

Don’t let it get to you.

Don’t get crushed

Don’t be killed by a big wind gust.

Make it happen

It’s your choice

Beyond the mountain in the sky

Please don’t let it make you cry.

You’ll see heaven

You’ll see hell

Beyond the mountains you may yell.

 

I’m so glad I retrieved it from the garbage.   I wish I had an ounce of her creativity. :)

Enter the Euphonium

16 Sep

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My son brought this thing home yesterday and all I can say is O M G !!!!

I can’t even adequately express the noises that are emanating from my home…like an elephant farting maybe?

But he loves it…for now. I mean, I can’t say I haven’t been down this path before!

Do you have any budding musicians in your home?

Stickhandling Son

28 Jul

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My boy just wrapped up a week of intensive hockey camp….well at least I thought it was intensive.  I mean when you drop your 8-year-old boy off at the rink and he plays hockey for 3 and a half hours straight with just a few breaks it seems like hockey boot camp!  The week was about strengthening stickhandling skills.  Stickhandling is all about moving, maneuvering and gaining control over the puck.

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The first hour was played on “dry land” in the blazing hot sun.  The camp was led by a guy, Sean Skinner, who is a world-renowned hockey trainer.  The last two hours were on the ice.

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The first day home he was exhausted and starving but as the week progressed he was energized and excited, each day coming home, racing out of the car and practicing his new skills!

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This is the I wonder what he’s thinking about shot………but I can pretty much guess……..daydreaming about a potential future in the NHL…..?!?!?

Any other hockey moms out there?  I love it….stink and all!

disclaimer……..just so you don’t think I was a complete stalker mom at the camp….my hubs volunteered me to be the camp photographer :)

 

Do You Remember Field Day?

23 Jun

I attended field day at both kids schools over the past couple of weeks and the delight I observed was contagious!

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I was so thankful the twins were playing for the same team this year…grey!

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Field day really marks the beginning of the end of school, so there’s lots of joy around here.

We are saying farewell to 1st and 3rd grades!

 

First Grade Play “Over the Bridge”

19 Jun

Last week my daughter performed in her musical class play which was based upon the book The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  My little one was one of the goats, the nanny goat.

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She had quite a few lines to learn, and did an amazing job.  I was quite honestly impressed with the entire production.

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The teachers, the children…all so special.

The play was professionally filmed with the option to purchase the DVD.  We cannot wait to view it. :)

Has your child every participated in a school play? What a great experience!

 

 

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?

 

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