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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?

 

1st Grade Spring Sing

7 May

During my little one’s spring sing this week she looked right at me and flashed this smile.
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It was enough to get the tears going, as they are threatening to start right now just looking at the photo.  There’s just something about my baby hitting milestones that is so much harder to swallow.   And every event she has these days is symbolic of her growing up.

As I sat listening to her sing, choking back the tears, I thought about the twins spring sing.  It was two years ago but it feels like it could have been last month.  I know I tend to ruminate so much in these posts about time passing by.  I think I need to dedicate an entire blog post about it in the near future so I can explain myself.

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She sang her heart out (while mine broke!)!  Despite everything I was feeling, I loved every minute of it.

And really…aren’t school shows the best?

 

My Little Author and Her Special Blanket

1 May

Today was an adorable and delightful day.

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The torrential downpour that had overcome Long Island yesterday, turned into fog this morning, and dissipated into beautiful sunshine by afternoon in time for my little one’s author’s tea.

In first grade the students all write and publish books and then the parents are invited to hear them read.  It’s adorable and I can’t believe it’s been TWO WHOLE YEARS since I attended the twins authors tea…sigh, sob!

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My daughter chose to write a non fiction book on one of the most important things in her world, her gockey.  If you’ve read the book you’ll realize gockey is the name for her special blanket, gockey being how she pronounced blankie as a baby, and the name has stuck. :)

The book details the life of gockey…where I purchased it, what it looks like, and what the future holds for my little one and gockey.  For an added treat today I allowed her to take gockey to school.  At the end of her story she pulled out the real live gockey from under her legs….it was too cute.

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Days like today make me wish I could freeze time or at least slow it down it a little…..

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She’s looking so grown up lately.  But I do love that she still has her gockey!

How many of you have kids with special blankets?

 

“Get Out of My World” — Minecraft Madness

15 Apr

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When the kids get home from school they throw down their backpacks and try to grab their iPods…like little crack addicts they are yearning to get on and play Minecraft.  As soon as they complete their homework they congregate together and start virtually assaulting each other in the world of Minecraft.

And this is what I hear “Get out of my world!  Watch out for the creepers!  Look there’s a zombie!  I need food…who has food!  Hey who’s hitting me!?” And on and on.  Yet they tell me it’s fun.  If I allowed it they would play all. day. long!

Anyone else have Minecraft addicts?

Spring Soccer Kicks Off…Roller Hockey Starts Up

11 Apr

The kids started another season of soccer on Saturday and though it is SPRING, we froze our butts off on the field.  It was great to see them all in action after a long, snow filled winter indoors.

We started with my little on at 9 a.m sporting beautiful blue shirts this season.  They drew from a hat for a team name and came up with “Blue Dolphins” to which my angel shrugged her shoulders, announced, “That name really sucks” and walked away.  Ah lovely!  Thankfully it the game was over but it seems like we still need to work her on her attitude!

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Next up was her big sister at 11:00 and somehow it seemed to get colder out.  Bless her this child has inherited my lack of athletic skills but she got out there and played her heart out.  I saw definite improvement since the fall and I pray that she can achieve her GOAL in life right now of scoring just ONE GOAL this season. :)

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At 2:00 we had my son’s game.  I feel bad saying this but the boys games are way more exciting to watch.  Maybe they move faster or there’s more action but the time flies.

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On Sunday the weather was much better for outside sports!  My son was very excited to start-up his roller hockey again after recently completing winter ice hockey.  Moving forward soccer will start to recede as he gets more involved with hockey, his stated passion. :)

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The weekends are busy, but we are together, outdoors and the kids are active.   Truth be told I wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

Are you running around like crazy on the weekends too now that spring has arrived?

A Six Year Old’s Favorite Thing About the Wind……

1 Apr

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PARA-SAILING!

I’m so glad I stumbled upon this sheet between the reams of papers jammed in my little one’s backpack today. I think it’s brilliant! And it’s making me wish we were back in Mexico…….

I’m wondering…do you examine all your kids papers in the backpacks each evening?

Ice Hockey Season Finishes

10 Mar

For the past 5 months or so, my little man has been going to a terrific ice hockey clinic every Sunday morning, and an accompanying game every Saturday night. This would be a complete drag if the program weren’t so top notch and my little guy didn’t love it so much.

However, I’m happy to report that I’m feeling good today because we’ve wrapped it up this past weekend.  And, with the longer, brighter days, it looks like spring just might be in sight.

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We have about 3 free and clear weekends until soccer starts:)

What are your weekends like these days?

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