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In the Midst of Glorious Summer

14 Jul

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I love where I am these days.

Yes the kids are driving me nuts.  And yes my house is a mess. But summer is serenity for me.

We are at the beach or the pool everyday and I don’t want it any. other. way!

Life is so rigorous for the kids all year that my plan has been to have few plans this summer….lots of unstructured play with a few little camp days here and there.

How’s your summer been so far?

Memorial Day Birthday Celebration

29 May

My baby girl turned 8 years old this week and I’m blown away more and more by each passing birthday at how rapidly it all flies by.

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2nd grade is when we end the big parties so we went out with a big fun bang.  We had a sunny and glorious afternoon in which we celebrated my baby girl at a local amusement park with a small group of 23 children! It truly was a spectacular day and everyone had fun!

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Though it pains me that she is getting older, her birthday is always so joyous on the long Memorial day weekend during one of my favorite seasons. :)  Did you have a nice extended weekend?

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Roasting Marshmallows…Inside the House!

22 May

We saw those giant marshmallows in BJs tonight and the kids went craaazy.

When we got home they were begging to roast them ASAP.  But at 8:00 on a Friday night there wasn’t anyway we were about to start a bonfire.

So, I ingeniously just turned on the pilot on the stove and there were…roasting marshmallows!


Not that my kids needed any more sugar tonight!


What are some cool mom/dad tricks you utilize to utterly thrill your children?

Another Post About Shopping with the Kids

30 Apr

You would think now that my kids are little people, not babies, that shopping would have gotten a little bit easier than it was when I had to drag a double stroller and pull the shopping cart with the other baby in it.

Wrong.

I had to run to the market on Sunday and all 3 complained, I mean really complained like I was torturing them to death, that they had to come food shopping with me for the 5 ITEMS I needed.

When we arrived at the store all of them, at the age of 9, 9 and almost 8 years old, jumped into the shopping cart which resulted in me pushing 200 pounds of kids around, while they fought, with no room for food.

Thankfully, I had the foresight to throw those damn iPods in my bag. It quieted the fighting. But I still had to push around 200 pounds of child.

 Thanks goodness they’re cute. :)

Easter Bunny

29 Mar

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This weekend was so much fun. On Saturday it was insane in that it was SNOWING here at the end of March but we decided to carry on with a fun spring event and visit the Easter Bunny. A local nursery has the bunny every year and it’s the best thing going.  The line is quick.  It’s free.  You shoot your own photo.  It looks fab…and memories are made!  Cutest thing ever was when my son argued with us that this was not “the real Easter Bunny”.  He knew this was just “someone in a costume” because he could “see the sneakers sticking out”!!!

I love it!  Are you planning on seeing the Easter Bunny?

The Mid Week Day Off From School

14 Nov

Veteran’s Day was this week. I like when the kids get a break but no one likes it more than they do.

I had a few returns to make in a mall where I used to take them at least twice a month to ride a merry-go-round. It was something to do when they were babies. But would they be interested in riding now I wondered….?

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It was so cute to see them hop on all next to each other. But they looked like GIANTS. It made me a bit sad to reflect on the time that’s passed by, as they rode by. Perhaps I’m feeling it more as my twins’ birthdays are one week from today…
But it was a treat to see them on the ride and then I got them some punch balloons.

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We headed to my parents retirement community next where they enjoyed the swimming pool.

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I love this mid-week mini breaks. What did you do on a Veterans Day?

Last September Warm Weekend

28 Sep

We were so thrilled to have a day off today from soccer and hockey, and have the whole family home.  But what was even better was that the sun was shining and it was blazing hot.  I swear I must be afflicted with seasonal affective disorder because I seriously hate the cooler weather, even fall…I mean I think I’m the only person who doesn’t like fall, right? I even got married in the fall!

Honestly who needs to go pumpkin picking in this weather?! I wanted to go to the beach, but no one backed me up.  Instead we spent all day at a park and ended up mini golfing.

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It was perfect. :)

Did you enjoy unseasonably warm weather this weekend too?

Soccer Season Kicks Off!

14 Sep

Our busy fall weekends have begun!

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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?

 

Shopping Buddies

22 Aug

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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 :)

Another Beautiful Wedding

18 Aug

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!

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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.

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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!

 

 

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