Tag Archives: Family

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?

 

Back to School With Mabel’s Labels

7 Sep

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So now that we’ve completed our first week of school we’ve had the weekend to recharge a bit and reflect upon the week. I’ve been contrasting how relaxed I feel today as compared to last Sunday as I scrambled to get all the last minute things done to get 3 children ready for school. Getting kids ready for school = needing lots of labels.

Enter Mabel’s Labels

Mabel’s Labels sells labels for all of your needs from babies to tweens to household labels and child safety labels.  The labels are dishwasher and microwave safe, washer and dryer safe, water proof and UV resistant.

I received the Ultimate Back to School Combo which includes 40 skinny-minis ~ 50 Tag mates ~ 16 Shoe Labels ~ 2 Teeny Tags.  I was able to go on the website and personalize the label and choose the design and color.  (Because I have 3 kids I choose grays and blue with our last name.)  There are so many options!

Though my children are 7, 8 and 8 they still have trouble losing jackets and things so I am thrilled to be to utilize the Tag Mates to label all of their clothing and backpacks.  The labels are also great for the many water bottles we take to all of our sports practices that look like all the others on the field, because my attempts to label with a marker have failed! (Those insulated water bottles aren’t cheap!!!)

Mabel’s Labels has helped this household ease back into school. :)

You can find all of Mabel’s Labels products at http://www.mabelslabels.com/   You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Sample provided for review

Week 1 of School Just About Complete

5 Sep

Today marks the first week of 4th and 2nd grade complete in this house and this may have been the toughest transition back to school my kids have ever experienced.  All Labor day weekend long my daughter kept reminding me not to remind her that school was starting on Tuesday.  Though each day of the long weekend brought the threat of rain, it held out and we raced to our town pool to spend every last moment we could before it closed on Monday.

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Monday night I couldn’t sleep at all…I was getting over a cold and heard my little one coughing throughout the night as well.  But I did get up early for my job as drill sergeant to get everyone ready for that 7:41 bus.  I figured it would be late on the first day as it always is though which would give me some time for pictures…..

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Wrong!

As soon as I snapped this photo we heard that all familiar roar of the bus up the street and we raced down it.  I shoved the kids on.  It was not the send off I wanted…especially for my little one in her new school! I felt so tired and guilty and mixed up.  But luckily I had my annual meet up with friends at Starbucks to look forward to and that helped a lot.

The first day of school was also the hottest day of the year so the poor kids were sweltering.  My daughter came home early and sick! (Luckily she was able to return the next day.)  There’s been a lot of grumpiness and whining and all around malaise.  I know they are tired and so am I but I am thrilled the weather is still summer like!

How has back to school gone for you?

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 :)

A Photo

3 Aug

Last April when we were in Florida I took this shot of my little one and I’m pretty in love with it.

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We were in a safari place, taking a river boat tour.

She’s my baby girl.  :)

Stickhandling Son

28 Jul

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My boy just wrapped up a week of intensive hockey camp….well at least I thought it was intensive.  I mean when you drop your 8-year-old boy off at the rink and he plays hockey for 3 and a half hours straight with just a few breaks it seems like hockey boot camp!  The week was about strengthening stickhandling skills.  Stickhandling is all about moving, maneuvering and gaining control over the puck.

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The first hour was played on “dry land” in the blazing hot sun.  The camp was led by a guy, Sean Skinner, who is a world-renowned hockey trainer.  The last two hours were on the ice.

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The first day home he was exhausted and starving but as the week progressed he was energized and excited, each day coming home, racing out of the car and practicing his new skills!

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This is the I wonder what he’s thinking about shot………but I can pretty much guess……..daydreaming about a potential future in the NHL…..?!?!?

Any other hockey moms out there?  I love it….stink and all!

disclaimer……..just so you don’t think I was a complete stalker mom at the camp….my hubs volunteered me to be the camp photographer :)

 

Destination: Cape Cod

20 Jul

Last week we spent a few days in in Cape Cod.  My parents rented a cottage for the week in West Dennis, MA just steps away from the beach, so we visited for the first half of the week while my sister visited for the last half.  As my parents are Bostonians, I was raised vacationing in Cape Cod so it was funny to travel around and here them saying “Bahhhbra, you wah heeah as a child!”

It was about a 5 hour ride for us from Long Island and it wasn’t too bad, especially since we had a pit stop in a beloved Cracker Barrel (we only get to go when we are on the road!).  As soon as we arrived my girls launched themselves into the waves.  They are fearless.  It’s a little scary.  And they couldn’t have had a better time.

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That night we had LOBSTAH! It was so amazing…but even better was the New England Clam Chowder.  I had been craving it and was totally satiated.

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After dinner my parents got my little one all excited about flying a kite on the beach. You can see what a quick walk it was for us to get to there!

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I loved this moment. :)

Unfortunately, the weather turned bad the next couple of days, so our activities went indoors.

We all tried candlestick bowling for the first time and LOVED it.  We even went back the next day and did it again.  Turns out my little one has mad candlestick bowling skills and smoked us all :)

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My parents took the kids to a bumper car place for another fun experience.

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What my parents love about the Cape is that it is very family friendly.  I think we ate ice cream every day we were there and I probably brought home 4 lbs of fudge :)

Have you ever been?

July 4th…Best Holiday…

12 Jul

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Why? Because it is in my favorite season….summer!  The only bummer is that once it hits, you blink and summer is over. We spent ours celebrating last Saturday night at my husband’s golf club.

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There were rides and games for the kids and psychics and caricaturists and tatoo artists too.  The highlight of the evening for me is when we all sat for a family caricature!  A lady nearby remarked that we all looked “so cute” and I asked if she wouldn’t mind snapping a photo…my fave!

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And my hubs who cracks me up everyday thinks he looks better as a caricature than in real life :)

Then before we knew the fireworks started…they were stupendous and wonderful!

Oh summer hang on, we’re having too much fun!!! How was your 4th?!

 

Celebrating Special Birthdays

5 Jul

Last weekend we celebrated my mother’s 79th birthday…how great does she look!?

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And I remind you that my dad, who doesn’t like his age revealed, took us all away on a big trip to Mexico last summer to celebrate his BIIIIIG birthday!!!  (Seriously if I looked like them I would tell everyone in sight my age!)

To celebrate, we gathered my sister, my brother, spouses, kids and my brother’s friend and we took over half of a little Italian restaurant.

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Because really that’s all my mom wants….to have all her family in one place.  And since it happens so infrequently, we took just a few pictures…

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Love my little poser in the foreground!

How do you celebrate family member’s birthdays?

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!)

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