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A Song Called ‘Mothers’

17 Feb

For Valentine’s Day my daughter, the poet, wrote me the most amazing song. She wrote it, then typed it so I’m leaving it with her grammar and spelling…

I’ve been waiting for u. To come and look at this tune You’re the best mother in the world. Let me talk to u about it.               

If it wasn’t for my mother . I wouldn’t have a brother. Think  about it carefully. I can trust u too.                                                     

All u do all day is wash and clean and spray. When I think about  u I start to cry deep deep down inside.                                             

But all this song really taught me was to keep on going this way. The messege I ment to send u was Happy Valentine’s Day 

 

She’s 8 years old, clearly with a soul that is much, much older…

I just love these handcrafted gifts and I’m already seeing them diminish slightly as they get older which is sad.

My son threw this together last-minute and when I said, “why no words?” He said, “a picture is specialer”.

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Did you get any endearing V-Day gifts?

Down to the Wire and the Santa Lists Keep Pouring In…

24 Dec

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I told my 6-year-old that everything is already in production but she insisted on leaving this for our elf.  It is the strangest list I’ve ever seen a child ask for with highlights including:

  • copy machine in color
  • pliers and tweezers for teeth
  • cast set with x-ray machine

This child of mine is a little, well different, but this list…whoa!

If you celebrate, hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

6 Year Old Holiday Wish

16 Dec

Her poster (hanging outside her class) says it all!!!

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“Do You Want to Play Camping?”

26 Jul

Today was so beautiful and sunny and for me a warm welcome from the FRIGID fall like temperatures yesterday. We decided to take a break from swimming and use the break in the heat to play at home.

I have to say the kids did a great job entertaining themselves wonderfully with imaginative play. They concocted “camping” yesterday in between the rain and couldn’t wait to play again today. First thing this morning I heard them all buzzing “do you want to play camping?!” and they were outside at 8 a.m!

I’ve been a little lax with my blogging because I’ve been trying to be more present with them, with moments like these.

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And then they ate their 212th Italian Ices of the summer!

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Isn’t it great to see your children playing together?

American Girl Store Sojourn

25 Jun

So if you know me by now you know that I love summer, but I dislike more things, like crowded places that draw lots of children.  (oh there are many more on the list but I’ll save that for another day :) )It’s a struggle to be a parent who wants to make her kids happy, while also being somewhat of an antisocial introverted hermit who would prefer to lay around and read a book.

My kids may be the only ones in our town who have yet to visit Disney.  Oh the poor neglected imps!  The hubs and I loathe and dread the idea and most of our friends think we are crazy because the place is oh so fun which makes us feel like we might be crazy (how can an adult want to go that place, time and time again?!?). But I digress…

The girls, my girls, ages 7 and 6 have been BEGGING to go visit the American Girl Store since they got those darn dolls.  Seems like every little girl around here, by the time she is 5 or so, has a doll or wants a doll and most of them have some monumental visit to the store on the 5th or 6th birthday to pick out the doll or another and have a blast.

Well my neglected girls, shockingly, never did get those visits, though they did get the dolls, so I finally relented and planned the trip with a friend (whose daughter, my daughter’s BFF has been multiple times!) for right after school ended.

And for months and weeks the girls poured over the catalog and fantasized about the experience, while I dreaded it! But when the day finally got here, yesterday, I couldn’t help but feel excited for the girls who had awakened at 5:30 a.m. and dressed and were ready to trek into NYC for their experience.

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We got a lot of sweet smiles from strangers in Penn Station and it was a reminder to me to continue to relish in the sweetness of these girls!

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And truth be told I loved being with them.  My son was with his dad enjoying going to work with him.  I got to catch up with my friend while the girls buzzed about everything they AND their dolls were experiencing!

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The food was not the greatest part of the day, but when the hostess said “how many dolls in your party?”, I did crack a smile!

“Feeding” the dolls was one highlight but definitely the major highlight of this experience was getting their hair styled and ears pierced.  Yes, you heard me right.  I paid real money for hair styles and ear piercings for dolls.  x2.  !!!!!!!!!!

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The ladies styling the hair were so lovely.  They were a highlight for me in how they engaged the girls, got them talking about themselves and gave them tips for taking care of the dolls hair…really lovely ladies!  And the girls, well, they were beside themselves with the results!!!

Really truly all in all it was a super cute day despite all my grumbling and it was such a great opportunity for some family and friend bonding.

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Today my daughter asked when we could go back.  I took a breath and said “not for many, many, many, weeks…”  She said “oh I’m SO GLAD you didn’t say months!” :)

Do you have any American Girl Store thoughts?  Are there any other cranky moms out there?

Hammer Time

15 Jun

If you have children, you know this time of the year, end of school, is often very hectic.  And add to that, the kids get a little haywire from the transition.

Lately we’ve been rushing around so much that it made me more able to appreciate a moment this morning.

Whenever the kids ask one of us what time it is, my husband and I, without fail, bellow, “HAMMER TIME!” and then we ALWAYS break into song.

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This morning, when my son innocently asked the time, (they never seem to learn!) I responded appropriately which was followed by all 4 of us in unison screaming “U CAN’T TOUCH THIS!”.

I put on the video and everyone started dancing, followed by my son, innocently inquiring, “why is he wearing parachute pants?”

Love these moments :)

3 Years and 538 Blog Posts Later

10 May

Three years ago today my blog was born!!!

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I was always a journaler so this has been a great outlet for me to record some of the craziness associated with parenting 3 little curly-haired monkeys who are so close in age.  If I didn’t write some of this stuff down I would never believe it could have ever been said nor could I ever remember it down the road.  Like the other night when my 5-year-old, while we are in the car talking about nothing, says, “Mommy my bus driver has a golden tooth and all the rest of the teeth are yellow.”

She tells me she’s concerned he doesn’t brush his teeth :) and then goes on to tell me she’s the best tooth brusher AND nose blower in the house (and best nose picker, I add).

And on the topic of nose picking, that was one of my goals of this blog.  I set out to write my experiences in an honest way without any fakeness about the joy of parenting.  You know I love my kids but I think I’ve also made it clear how some days really suck.  And that’s okay.

Each time a blog year culminates I take the years worth of posts and convert them into a book.  So really, this blog is providing my family with volumes of our family history.

And if you’ve stuck around the whole time, or pop in here and there, let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking in an interest in what I have to say.  Is there anything you want me to write about?  Have any questions for me?

Have a great weekend!

Bus Stop Limbo

26 Apr

This morning as we walked to the bus stop my 5 year old said, “My new favorite color is white because white makes everything twinkle like the snow.”

Something about that statement almost choked me up.

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Then the three of them started playing limbo while waiting for the bus and it was too much.  I got teary eyed!

Oh I don’t know…I’m a little sleep deprived and sick…but I think it’s just sometimes I want to pause these moments…

It’s beautiful and sunny here.  Enjoy your day. :)

Presenting Anne Frank…

12 Apr

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Could my daughter have picked a harder biographical character to re-enact for school today?!  (I take that back, yes she could have chosen Ruby Bridges…)

After her recent passion with Anne Frank it really was no surprise that it was who she chose to be.

So now as a family we’ve represented Amelia Earhart and Johnny Appleseed and Anne…I’m wondering what the future holds for the little one?!

Have you had to scrounge around for costumes for your school age kids? (I know I probably shouldn’t even call this a costume…it was the best we could do!)

(Editing this to add a letter she gave me after school.  She said , “I need an envelope and a balloon to send this to heaven.  I don’t care if she doesnt’t write back.”)

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Entertaining Kids (and Eating) in Boca Raton, Florida

7 Apr

We just completed our annual trip to Boca Raton for Easter to visit with my in-laws and to enjoy some spring break time away.  I just love it.

First you all know I am such a warm weather loving person and that the beach IS my place of utter peace and harmony.  This is our one yearly getaway so we really all look forward to it and hate when it flies by all too quickly.  And really what was once a really tough travel trip has turned out to be doable now that I have two 7-year-old and one 5 year old…a big difference from two 3 year olds and one 2-year-old!!!

So obviously we spent tons and tons of time at the beach in Boca.  We pretty much had one all to ourselves…

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The next best thing to the beach is the pool!

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this kid has some rough life!

As much as the kids love the beach and the pool,  (and literally had to be dragged in by their fair-haired ears each day) they all insist that we visit some of their favorite spots while we are in Boca.

The first one is Gumbo Limbo Nature Center which is right down the road from us.  Kids learn about endangered plants and animals and get to see turtles and other sea creatures.  It is a huge property where we hike around and they love to climb to the top of a structure each year where we try to spot their grandparents home.

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me out of breath!

I have photos of them as babies on these turtles!

I have photos of them as babies on these turtles!

I love it because we can still be outside while visiting Gumbo Limbo and you know I don’t want to step one foot out of that gorgeous Florida sunshine.  Similarly, we can be outside while visiting another spot, Sugar Sand Park. This is a vast park with many amenities.  We explore only a few, like the carousel…

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They all meet the height restrictions this year which means they can go on adult free…happy news for someone like me who tends to get dizzy while standing still!

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There is also a fabulous playground with structures the kids can climb through and areas where they can get can wet.  They love the playground and talk about it throughout the year.

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As if all that isn’t enough, just a few steps away and we enter a FABULOUS children’s museum that’s as great as any we’ve been to…there are two large fully interactive rooms that the kids could literally be entertained in all day long.

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Because this museum satiates our museum needs we’ve never visited but I’ve heard there’s the Boca Raton Children’s Museum as well.

As for eating, oh man, I ate way too much and went way too long without kick boxing!  A few of our favorites include Pizza Time.  You know as New Yorker’s we are very snobby about our pizza, but our visiting Boca tradition is to stop at Pizza Time right after we arrive because the pizza is that good.  There is something about the sauce and the thin crust that has us all loving it (and believe me we are all pizzaed out after eating it two weeks straight during Hurricane Sandy so that’s saying a lot!)

We tried Matteo’s for the first time which was a bit fancy for the kids but they did great.  And, my son has realized his newfound love for fried calamari which he has asked me to pack it for his lunch tomorrow (“Squidward tastes good mom!”) :)

We always go to Duffy’s because it’s very kid friendly and on Wednesdays kids eat free and they have a balloon guy roaming around.

My husband salivates all year for the place we go to the day after we arrive for lunch which is Baja Cafe.  It is the best Mexican food we eat anywhere and we wish we could find a place like this in NY.  Seriously I drool as I type!!!

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On our last night my in-laws sent me and the hubs to dinner without kids to New York Prime.  I’m not a steak eater but my husband enjoyed his and my salmon was great….place was very expensive though…we would have been just as happy going out in flip-flops to Baja Cafe again :).

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Have you ever been to Boca Raton, Florida?  What have I left out?

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