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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!)

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!

 

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!

 

 

Happy Easter!

20 Apr

I’m not Christian but I am so into that Easter Bunny on behalf of my bunny loving girl.

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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!

Family Fun at Lion Country Safari in Florida

19 Apr

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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.

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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…

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The safari took us about 45 minutes and by the point the kids were done and ready to hit the amusement and water parks!

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There are rides and fun stuff for the kids but also different things like paddle boats that you could take out for a ride.

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And for an additional fee of 5 dollars per ride the kids each rode a camel :)

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is it me or is the camel smiling in this shot?!

is it me or is the camel smiling in this shot?!

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.

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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?

 

 

Feeling Refreshed After A Week in Florida

18 Apr

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?!

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And the beach is usually empty just like that…….we typically have the ocean all to ourselves, just like we like it :)

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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!

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The only problem is that I don’t take enough photos!!! :)

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We did a few other fun things which I will detail in another post.

Today is about unpacking…the unfun part about vacations!

 

 

 

 

Field Trip to the Planetarium

27 Mar

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?” :)

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staring at the stars

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I just love this photo of her hair as she waited to go in!

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)

Cool huh?!

(And thank god there were no pukers on the bus!)

Winter Break Wrap Up

24 Feb

Well we seemed to be the only people on my town who weren’t at Disney or skiing so the only thing left to do this week was to make do with some local fun.

We finally saw Frozen.  Though I usually loathe sitting in a movie theater, especially sitting through a children’s movie, I have to say Frozen is absolutely adorable and like the rest of the world we are all singing the songs like deranged lunatics.  With me it’s just that one line that’s stuck, “do you want to build a snowman?” so now I’m manically singing to the kids “do you want to have a snaaa-aack?” or “do you want to go outsiiii-iiide?” You get it.

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We also hit Chuck-E-Cheese.  I had the kids try to guess where we were going on the way over.  I said no matter where we go no tantrums okay?  They immediately guessed at that point!

When we arrived I bought 40 tokens and arranged for a delicious pizza to arrive in 30 minutes.  I warned the kids that I would not be buying more tokens and asked that they please not get upset when they ran out of tokens.

15 minutes later my son was flipping out on me about you guessed it….his lack of tokens!!!!!!!!!!

We walked around the mall one day and like a typical man my son got fed up with the shopping that was happening with me and the girls.  Are you seeing a theme here with who I can possible label as biggest troublemaker? :)

And my girls got haircuts.  This is a big event because I only take them like twice a year and when I do they get their curls all blown out which is super exciting for them ( I hate this but they insist.)

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Next break is Florida and I can. not. wait!!!!!!!

How was your week?

Winding Down…

29 Dec

I don’t know about you guys but the holidays have wiped me out! I’m so tired, and the kids are sort of draining me driving me really crazy during this long break from school. The day after Christmas the little one requested we spend the day going shopping for toys…can you imagine?!  Every year I tell myself I’m going to try to cut down on the excess but my husband has a large family so the kids end up getting a lot of gifts.  They are so fortunate…but I want them to appreciate what they have and receive and it’s tough instilling that when there’s so much coming at them.

Last night I watched my twins eating dinner in their new pjs (Santa always brings pjs) and I couldn’t get over the cuteness.

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We still have a week to go before school resumes here and we are just taking it easy and hanging out.

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(Ice cream is always great…even when it’s rainy and freezing out like tonight!)

If you, like us, aren’t vacating, how are you occupying the kids during the school break?

Another Christmas Tradition–Gingerbread Houses

23 Dec

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My sister in law’s children are grown, however, she is kind enough to come over every year with beautiful gingerbread houses for my children to decorate. They look forward eagerly to this day even though they decorate houses in school in Girl Scouts and my daughter was even invited to a gingerbread house party. But there’s something about this day with their aunt and their cousin that ranks high in the book of specialness!
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Today we are baking cookies all day.  Just what the kids need…more SUGAR!

What are some of your holiday traditions?

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