Our Presidents Weekend was spent traveling to a suburb of Philadelphia where my son participated in an ice hockey tournament. The entire family accompanied him and we got to experience the whole event for a few days including, taking over the hotel… (that’s the lobby)
Playing lots of screens in down time.
And of course playing lots and lots of ice hockey!
They made it to the championship game and I was on the edge of my seat. I’ve mentioned I’m not an athlete myself and I’m still learning aspects of the game of hockey. But this weekend I realized I truly love this game and I am prouder than ever to call myself a hockey mom. The boys played their hearts out and most of them were so disappointed that they ultimately walked away with second place status in the tournament. They wanted to win!
It was great getting to know the other hockey families and though the season is ending I’m hoping to see a lot of the same faces on the team with him next season.
Now if I can only figure out how to tie these damn skates….!
then I will be a legit hockey mom :)
We went to a children’s Christmas party that we attend annually and it’s through this party I really see the my kids aging….sob! When they were so young it was labor intensive for me at this party, chasing them around, making sure they ate. We would often have to leave BEFORE Santa arrived as my daughter was deathly afraid! Fast forward a bit and my husband and started to be able to sit back and enjoy our meals while the kids enjoyed the face painting, cookie decorating, dancing, and the delight of Santa.
This year? As we geared up I was so excited…the Christmas party is coming up I would declare as it got closer………and shoulders would shrug with barely a smile! I mean, they do all still believe in Santa THANK GOODNESS! But, I can see they are just getting over it all bit.
They are so grown up!
Who can believe Halloween is already way gone and Christmas music is already blasting in the mall!?
Well, the chaotic week of Halloween, I was battling 2 weeks of bronchitis and it wasn’t letting up! We were invited to a screening of Big Hero 6. I was feeling unmotivated but the kids were completely manic when they got wind of this invite and their excitement gave me the energy I needed.
And the movie did not fail us! You know without putting myself down too much, I’m really not a big fan of kid movies………..but. Big Hero 6 I loved. My kids loved. It was adorable. Baymax is our favorite kids movie character ever….”so gentle, cuddly and cute” as my daughter says. Fair warning though. As in most Disney flicks, someone does die, and in being the mess I was/am I even got choked up! (I think my daughter was too but she wouldn’t admit it!)
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, clean freak Wasabi No-Ginger, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6″ is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).
We really enjoyed this adorable movie. Check out Big Hero 6 which is in theaters now!
If you’ve seen it already let me know what you think…
My son is playing on a travel ice hockey team. Most of the time my husband and I are split up managing the kids and the activities and I’m not able to see him play. But last month I was excited that we “traveled” as a family to nearby Queens to watch him play.
I actually felt a bit anxious as the moments got closer to the game, and busied myself snapping away photos…what I do always!
When we got home I was taken by one photo in particular and asked my son about it.
“This was right before you went on the ice” I said to him, “were you nervous about the game?” He said, “No mommy, I was just staring at the Zamboni.”
He wasn’t nervous! I was nervous! Hockey is his passion. It’s about having fun. So here I was projecting my adult feelings about the game onto him when he was just being a child, being mystified about the big truck on the ice. :)
What a great lesson for me! I want to look at this photo forever, slow down time, and remember that he’s still my little boy. :)
My 8 year old daughter had a bad day the other day. I was at work and my husband encouraged her to write about it, since she seems to love writing poems.
Sadness can be anywhere. Sadness can be anything. Sadness can be dropping ice cream on the floor.
Sadness can be losing your best friend. Sadness can effect you in many places, but mostly in your heart.
She’s having a better day today. :)
I awoke this morning to my three hustling and bustling around the kitchen. I heard my little one say, “This is the best day of my life!” They were all working together for a big morning celebration of our anniversary (12 years). This was completely amazing. The fact that they teamed up and truly worked together for one cause…celebrating their mom and dad, well, it was the best gift we could have received.
It’s so developmentally appropriate for children to be self involved. Isn’t wonderful when they surprise us with beautiful acts of kindness and selflessness?
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.
It was perfect. :)
Did you enjoy unseasonably warm weather this weekend too?
I’ve been trying to encourage the kids to do some fall cleaning. My best listener big girl proceeded to throw a big pile of garbage away and I saw this paper floating on the top.
This is what it says:
Beyond the mountains
Beyond the river
Beyond the sky
I can see you so it’s true.
You can trust me guarantee you.
Make it happen
I can see from everywhere.
Hold it in
Watch the sky
Please just don’t you make me cry.
Don’t let it get to you.
Don’t get crushed
Don’t be killed by a big wind gust.
Make it happen
It’s your choice
Beyond the mountain in the sky
Please don’t let it make you cry.
You’ll see heaven
You’ll see hell
Beyond the mountains you may yell.
I’m so glad I retrieved it from the garbage. I wish I had an ounce of her creativity. :)
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 :)