I just love that photo. It’s my 9-year-old (as of today) twins getting sung to at Red Robin by 10 members of the wait staff. We were all feeling a little kooky and punch drunk coming off of 5 hours at Great Wolf Lodge. Yup you heard me. Somehow the hubs and I got dragged back this year as a way of avoiding birthday parties. I kinda of loathe that place. But the kids….they can’t get enough.
And it’s 2 hours away which isn’t bad. We spend one night and that’s our big birthday vacation celebration. After Red Robin we went back for more “fun” and the next morning we were at it again at 9 a.m! Thank goodness Starbucks is in the building. The wear and tear on mine and the hubs bodies is deep from this trip. But, I must say the highlight was when the attendant at the hydroplunge ride looked at me and my 55 pound 9-year-old and said,
are you guys a minimum of 150 pounds together?
Um what?! I don’t know who you are kid at Great Wold Lodge, but I LOVE YOU!
Back home and today is the official birthday which means we went out for hibachi tonight. As we ate I thought about 9 years ago, and how I barely remember these guys.
Nonetheless it was a wonderful day. I just wish it would all slow down!
Have a great weekend! (We are soccer free and loving it!)
It was just two Hanukkahs ago when former Hasbro marketing executive Neal Hoffman was at a favorite retailer holiday shopping with his two boys.
“I want an Elf on a Shelf” proclaimed Neal’s 5 year-old son.
At that moment, a light bulb went off in Neal’s entrepreneurial head. Why couldn’t Jewish children and parents have their own Jewish-themed tradition…and the Mensch on a Bench was born. Mensch on a Bench became last Hanukkah’s surprise mega-hit which sold out in just 10 days, and is this year’s “Basement to Big Time” story.
As a family that celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas, I can relate to Neals story! I suspect our Elf, Smiley, will become fast friends with our Mensch, because he does gravitate towards our menorah and driedals. :) Check him out here.
Mensch on a Bench is a 12’’ doll with an accompanying hardcover story book that tells the story of Hanukkah from the view of Moshe the Mensch. It introduces children to the traditions of Hanukkah and teaches them to be good and honorable people…Mensches. The doll holds the Shamash (leader) candle and needs to be moved each night to watch over the Menorah.
In year 2, Hoffman has added new pages to the Mensch on a Bench book to teach children the Hanukkah prayers and how to play dreidel. There is even a page to write down their favorite memories of each holiday season.
The Mensch on a Bench is fun way to start another family tradition at Hanukkah. Mensch on a Bench is available at retailers such as Target; Bed Bath and Beyond; Michael’s Arts & Crafts Stores, Barnes & Noble, Toys R’ Us and more. Shop now at www.themenschonabench.com. and use coupon code OYVEY at checkout to receive 10% off your order.
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Sample provided for review.
Veteran’s Day was this week. I like when the kids get a break but no one likes it more than they do.
I had a few returns to make in a mall where I used to take them at least twice a month to ride a merry-go-round. It was something to do when they were babies. But would they be interested in riding now I wondered….?
It was so cute to see them hop on all next to each other. But they looked like GIANTS. It made me a bit sad to reflect on the time that’s passed by, as they rode by. Perhaps I’m feeling it more as my twins’ birthdays are one week from today…
But it was a treat to see them on the ride and then I got them some punch balloons.
We headed to my parents retirement community next where they enjoyed the swimming pool.
I love this mid-week mini breaks. What did you do on a Veterans Day?
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…
Tuesday was Election Day, the kids had off from school. I’m not a big scheduler on these days off because the kids have such hectic schedules altogether and I believe they need a nice day off (i.e I didn’t take advantage of the Girl Scout bowling trip or the various camps being offered for the day). However, I do try to plan some fun for the four of us and what that usually involves is a discussion leading up to the day and a decision about what will make everyone happy. We had decided to to head to my parents over 55 community to go swimming and that was an easy great idea.
But when I got to my car I found an alert light on and the plans had to be aborted for a moment. Of all days! I’m a freak about safety when it comes to the kids. The last thing I need is to be broken down with them in the car so I told them we needed to head into the auto body shop for a quick check. I made it very clear that it was tight in that little waiting room and they needed to not fight, wait patiently, and keep occupied. But, if they could do it, I would take them to Wendy’s afterward, followed by the fun afternoon of swimming.
Everyone who came into the place looked at these 3 and smiled or laughed. :)
They were great, and it’s not because they are great kids.
Here’s why it worked:
1-Communication–I made it clear what was happening BEFORE we got to our destination.
2-Expectations–I made it clear what I expected in terms of their behavior.
3-Distraction–I made sure they had enough things to keep them busy.
4-Rewards!–I told them I would be happy to take them to Wendy’s (their choice) when we were through.
30 pleasant minutes later with one nail removed from my tire we drove off to a nice lunch and a great day of swimming!
How do you manage when your child/ren have to tag along to your boring appointments?
Last weekend we celebrated my father’s 81st birthday. It was a simple family gathering with my sister and brother. Since we aren’t all together that often I thought it would be nice to snap a photo of the five of us…our primary family.
I think the birthday boy looks better than anyone…yet I know he’s going to be mad at me for revealing his age!
Happy Birthday Dad!!!!!!!
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?