Our busy fall weekends have begun!
And that’s okay……I just wish it were a few degrees warmer….I miss my beloved summer!
Have your weekends suddenly filled up as well?
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 :)
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!
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.
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!
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):
Before kids you could never find me on the dance floor but my girls had me up there all night…
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!
But the best part was that we got a great family photo before we even raced off to the wedding!
I cherish these days. :)
(Sorry I neglected to snap a photo of the bride and groom!)
I attended field day at both kids schools over the past couple of weeks and the delight I observed was contagious!
I was so thankful the twins were playing for the same team this year…grey!
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!
and one Grandpa (the other is out of state) who we surprise visited this morning.
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!
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.
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. :)
Happy Father’s Day!
I’m not Christian but I am so into that Easter Bunny on behalf of my bunny loving girl.
I had to mad bribe my son to smile and it worked!
We are off to my sister in laws today for an egg hunt and some family time. Whatever you do today, whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope the day is enjoyable!
I’m not being paid to write this post. I felt compelled to share our experience at this amazing place. We’ve been traveling to Florida for the past several years and basically hitting the same fun spots each time. But it was while I was chatting with a friend a few weeks back that she told me about this Lion Country Safari….a safari in Florida you ask!? YES! I don’t know about you, but I won’t be traveling to Africa anytime soon so this is about as close as I’ll get to a real live safari and wow it did not fail to completely wow me.
We headed there on a day when the weather was a bit iffy. You pay a fee per person in your car (you can also rent one there) and we found a coupon on the website. You are provided with a CD to play as you travel through the safari. The instructions are to keep windows up at all times.
And wow. I’ll let my pictures do some of the talking.
Other than the lions behind the fence all the animals roam freely; those zebras were right in front of the car blocking our path!
A total highlight for me were the giraffes….my favorite animal….they were everywhere and so gorgeous…
The safari took us about 45 minutes and by the point the kids were done and ready to hit the amusement and water parks!
There are rides and fun stuff for the kids but also different things like paddle boats that you could take out for a ride.
And for an additional fee of 5 dollars per ride the kids each rode a camel :)
My daughter’s highlight of the trip was her chance to feed a giraffe. I think this is one of the coolest shots I have ever taken.
I you tell I’d much rather the kids spend time in a place like this than that other place in Florida with all the mice & princesses!
Have you ever been here?
Yesterday we returned home from our trip to Boca Raton. We’ve been fortunate to be going there almost annually the past several years around spring break to visit with my in-laws and catch some great sun. This is their backyard…I mean can you just die?!
And the beach is usually empty just like that…….we typically have the ocean all to ourselves, just like we like it :)
When we weren’t at the beach we were in the pool…….or I should really say, the kids and their dad were in the pool, while I lounged and occasionally sat up and took photos!
The only problem is that I don’t take enough photos!!! :)
We did a few other fun things which I will detail in another post.
Today is about unpacking…the unfun part about vacations!
Today I was thrilled to be a substitute parent chaperone on for my little one’s field trip. I hadn’t been able to snatch a spot as a chaperone on any trips for her and I had been bumming all year. However when I showed up today as a last-minute sub and learned that the bus ride was 45 minutes I was a little horrified!!!!! Here’s why:
1-I suffer from motion sickness.
2-Theres’s usually a kid who pukes on long bus rides and I’m not good with puke.
But alas we crammed on the nausea inducing bus (with the nauseous child and his vomit bag seated behind me) and made it to the Vanderbilt Museum Planetarium. I remember going to the Hayden Planetarium as a child and adult and I was excited to see what was in store.
I actually was deluding myself a bit thinking I was going to see Laser Floyd or something…wishful thinking!
The lady who ran the show was a bit of a control freak which was sort of funny to witness in a room filled with over one hundred first graders. But the kids were actually entertained for an hour learning about the solar system, planets and the constellations. It was a great bonding moment with my little one….another one I wanted to freeze. In the middle of it all she said, “Mommy can you take me here sometime?” :)
Before we knew it our time there was over. But I did learn something neat…a planetary mnemonic………..
Do you know the planets in the solar system? Remember Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet…so…think about this…
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
(And thank god there were no pukers on the bus!)