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So Your Child is Starting School…Helpful Hints from a Kindergarten Teacher

2 Sep

Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy:

My sister wrote this awesome post as my now 3rd grade twins were entering kindergarten. It’s hard to believe we are now beyond kinde for my baby entering first grade! But it’s filled with such helpful information. Would you add anything?

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My friends and I have all been anxiously texting, BBMing and emailing this weekend as we prepare for the first day of kindergarten on Tuesday.  My mania is high as ever.

I am so fortunate that my sister is a kindergarten teacher.  My friends and I plan to hire her as a support group leader (but she doesn’t know it yet!).

But in the meantime, she’s been nagged by me offered to share some wisdom with us right here; I’m very grateful!

Not a kindergarten parent?  The information will still be helpful, I promise…

It’s Labor Day weekend and you are anxiously awaiting your child’s first day of kindergarten.  Your child has had a couple of years of preschool, you’re finally done with the supply shopping, and you sort of feel ready.

I am a mom of 17 years and a kindergarten teacher. My own children are way past kindergarten…

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World’s Best Mom…

11 May


“When she buys me toys”

This is reminiscent of my Valentine’s Day card! But either way, totally heart melting :)

I can look at this picture all day long and get continued pleasure from it!!!  The hands, the smiles…ahhhh!

I’ve gotten 80% of my Mother’s Day goods from the kids already because they were so excited.  I’m excited to get a little pampering on Sunday…think there’s any chance in hell of that happening!!? :)

Perler Bead Bash

13 Oct

If your kids like crafts than you might want to check out Perler Beads.

This is how I found my clan this morning…all of them working together with their beads.  You basically place them in a design on a grid.  An iron on both sides over wax paper fuses the beads together and it’s done.  I love it as it’s a nice quiet activity that helps the children wind down a bit.  Tons of fun for the kids…and dads too!

Have you ever seen them?

Love the Beach

15 Aug

One of the things I love most about where I live is the proximity to the beach.  In just twenty minutes I can be at some of the most beautiful beaches in NY.  Before children I would spend every summer weekend at the beach.  It’s always been the place where I feel most at peace, must be the Pisces in me!

So naturally once I had kids I couldn’t wait to take them to the beach and re experience some of my much-needed ocean tranquility.

I was deluded!  What kind of peace could I hope to acquire with a 1 year old and two  2 year olds at the ocean!!!  See my little guy holding his hand up?  He tried to manage without getting any sand to touch his skin!  I mean they looked cute and all experiencing it all for the first time but boy were they PIAs!

(I just had to post this picture because it may be the cutest one ever :) )

SO my hopes and dreams were dashed and I was beach less for a couple of years.

However, this summer we’ve gone a couple of times and it’s been great!  The girls are still playing together.

But now for longer and without as much fighting!

It was actually pretty monumental when I found myself relaxing!!!  Of course I had all eyes on them, but I was actually sitting…amazing!  My nephews were there too so the kids were in heaven, especially after they all got ice cream…

Oh it was such a great time, and the best part is that I see the kids loving the beach as much as I do. :)

Do you take your kids to the beach?

Clearly, This Child Is Not Fed Enough…

25 Dec

For all who celebrate, Merry Christmas!

An Affair to Remember

16 Nov

I’ve said good-bye to my constant companions for the past 27 years.  Not a day went by without them, and over the years I spent a lot of money on their maintenance and care.  They were essential to my functioning, in fact, I couldn’t even get out of bed without them…….

My contact lenses….they’ve all been tossed in the garbage.  And exactly one week from today I will say goodbye to their partner, my glasses, in the same fashion.

Hello laser, we have a date very soon!

It’s intriguing to me because how many surgeries are there where the individual looks forward to it excitedly and feels free to tell everyone in sight.  It’s not like you hear people saying, hey guess what I’m having my gallbladder removed next week…can’t wait!  Yeah there are enhancement surgeries but do people really converse about the upcoming tummy tuck?

For those of you who are familiar with corrective laser eye surgery, I will be having PRK, not LASIK.  If you are interested in learning about the differences, click here.

My first challenge will be to get through this week donning glasses (contact removal a week prior to the procedure is a requirement).  Contact wearers you know how it is trying to wear your glasses full-time.  Aside from how superficially displeased I am with how I look in them, in addition to many unpleasant memories of being a “4 eyed” kid, my vision is so much less in them than in contacts.

But I’m really trying to experience every moment of my last week of visual impairment with appreciation.  I’m thankful that I have a wonderful option ahead…an option that will be become reality Thanksgiving week!

Have any of you experienced LASIK or PRK?

Notes From a Babysitter

22 Oct

Two late afternoons per week I am graced with the presence of my lovely and fabulous babysitter.  When I am not working during that time, I tackle appointments, errands, individual kid activities, etc.

Earlier this week I had to take one kid to the doctor and when I came back I dropped her off and got my husband from the train station.  Then we headed out to look for some tables for the living room.

Although I have complete faith in my sitter, I do like to check in with her when I can because afternoon into early evening can be very witchy ( I love that my spell check couldn’t find witchy and wanted me to use bitchy which actually seems to be a more appropriate adjective to describe the scene)  in our house.  This is the actual response I got back from her…

no guys do what you need to do…the storm has past now anyway…you guys really “dodged a bullet” tonight…the girls both decided to fall off the deep end tonight at the same time…I had the little one crying because she didn’t get dessert for throwing the leapster against the wall, she continued to cry because she didn’t want a bath…then the big girl began crying because she wanted a bath and wasn’t getting one…so I had the little one in the bathroom crying and the big girl lying on the hallway floor also crying and poor big guy, the new found voice of reason, trying to calm down his two hysterical sisters…I put the little one to bed first immediately after bath, her feet literally didn’t get to touch the ground as I carried her straight into her room, still crying of course…then I had to wrangle the big girl into her room because she thought she didn’t need to go to bed even though she was still in hysterics…with much resistance, 5 attempts to get out of bed and
a threat from me to confiscate most of her belongings to bring back to my house, she finally gave in and went to sleep…big guy was allowed to sneak out of bed to watch some TV because he was the bestest tonight,but only if he promised to be quiet because I needed to make the big girl believe that he went to bed at the same everyone is in..whew..all in a days work!

Doesn’t she seem awesome?!



The Poor Child…

25 Aug

He can’t even have a good old face in the kitchen floor tantrum without his crazy mom snapping a picture!

Blind, Dry Eyed and Maybe Implant Ready

5 Aug

I can’t see at all. I have to grab my glasses to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night.  I’ve been wearing glasses since the age of 7 when I failed the school eye exam (and then I also had to wear a patch which sucked  and incidentally, so does my sweet girl).  I’ve been wearing contacts since my parents allowed me to at age 12.  I remember the doctor who fitted me for them was very impatient as I tried to learn how to stick those little disks in my eyes.

A bunch of our friends have had Lasik and say it is life altering so my husband and I decided to put our fears aside and finally go for a consultation.  We are tired of glasses and contacts.

Well guess what.  My vision is so bad and my eyes are so dry that I am no good for Lasik!  What a fail!

Instead the doctor suggests an implantable contact lens for my right eye!  To me it sounds like a an eye boob job.  I have never heard of a lens implant……have you?  Apparently Brad Pitt had it, the coordinator informed us, like that’s supposed to impress me. 

My husband, on the other hand, with his average bad vision, is booked for his laser treatment in 2 weeks.  With Lasik, it was explained that there is no recovery time.  With the surface treatment my husband will get (because he is dry-eyed too), his eyes will be funny for about five days. And when I say funny, that also means no driving !  This process, however, (I think it’s called PRK) is less invasive than Lasik. 

If go forward I will be getting that process in my left eye and the implant in my right eye.  And then I will be home, with my 3 monkeys, unable to see right, or leave the house because I won’t be able to drive!

I think about the twilight zone episode about the last guy on earth who is actually happy that he finally has time to read.  He finds a library, trips, and steps on his glasses, and panic ensues.  I know that panic!  I travel with extra glasses, extra contacts AND prescriptions for both.  I literally cannot function without my visual aids.  I think I am legally blind without them. 

So I guess I am leaning toward it and I am curious to hear from anyone who has experience with it.

Can I also mention that I think I am more apprehensive about being trapped in the house with my kids for 5 days then having my eyes manipulated!

Read A Book I Really Liked

21 Jul

I used to be an avid reader, preferring books to television and everything else.  However, I’ve found as I get older and more exhausted with less free time, sadly I am not reading as much as my free time is allocated for other things.  I do go to the library regularly though, and I am a big nerd about reserving books online.  Sometimes I get a book suggestion for the NY Times bestseller list and sometimes from elsewhere. 

I had reserved Emily Giffin’s Heart of the Matter but I don’t even remember where it was suggested to me.  I can tell you I love a book when the first page hooks me (like this did), and despite my mania and distracted life, I want to keep reading every moment I can.

It wasn’t my usual read…….about relationships, adultery, etc as I prefer thrillers (Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, etc) but the writing was stellar and that hooked me.  I don’t want to completely bore you but in some parts the writing was so crafty that I earmarked paragraphs to reread. 

Here’s one where the main character is in Target (hello relatable!) and another mother has made smug comment …

I flash a fake smile of my own, refraining from telling her what I’m really thinking: that it’s an unwise karmic move to go around feeling superior to other mothers. Because, before she knows it, her little angel could become a tattooed teenager hiding joints in her designer handbag and doling out blowjobs in the backseat of her BMW.


This was another excerpt that I liked…

all women compare lives.  We are aware of whose husband works more, who helps more around the house, who makes more money, who is having more sex.  We compare out children, taking note of who is sleeping through the night, eating their vegetables, minding their manners, getting into the right schools.  We know who keeps the best house, throws the best parties, cooks the best meals, has the best tennis game.  We know who among us is the smartest, has the fewest lines around her eyes, has the best figure–whether naturally or artificially.  We are aware of who works full-time, who stays at home with the kids, who manages to do it all and make it look easy, who shops and lunches while the nanny does it all.  We digest it all and then discuss it with our friends.  Comparing and then confiding; it is what women do.

Can you relate to that?  I think it’s spot on and anyone who says it is not is in denial. 

When we moved several months ago, I vowed to myself to try to stay pleasant but detached as I was already aware of cliques and gossip.  I think it’s going okay.

Anyway I enjoyed this book a lot.  I really wish I could write like her.  

 Anyone reading anything great these days?


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