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. :)
My son brought this thing home yesterday and all I can say is O M G !!!!
I can’t even adequately express the noises that are emanating from my home…like an elephant farting maybe?
But he loves it…for now. I mean, I can’t say I haven’t been down this path before!
Do you have any budding musicians in your home?
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?
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. :)
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Sample provided for review
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.
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…..
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?
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 :)