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The Importance of Kid Free Time

10 Aug

My husband and I just got back from 36 hours away from our kids.  We traveled to a spa just a few hours away with our good friends. We spent 90% of the time in the plush robes from the spa where we got massages, jacuzzi, steam and sauna time, had tea and scones and wine and cheese and wonderful meals outdoors surrounded by nature.  At night we let loose a little and went to a nearby casino which was also a treat and something we rarely do.  I felt so sleepy throughout the events and my friend commented, “because you’re SO relaxed.”

And it’s true.  My twins are almost 10 years and this is only the third time we’ve had a night away like this without the kids.  It’s not that I’m a crazy, helicopter mom who can’t leave her kids.  It’s just really hard to find someone willing to watch twin infants, babies or toddlers or then twins toddlers PLUS an infant!

We got so used to not going away without them, that, now that they are older, we sort of stopped trying…until this trip.

It was so fun and really relaxing…a very special treat.

But here’s the cool part.  When we came back…….and the kids were way excited for our return, as we were happy to see them as well…..my little one said,

Mommy…you seem…like nicer!

And then my other daughter said,

Yeah you do seem different…very relaxed….

So clearly this is evidence that some rejuvenation for me has a wonderful and positive impact on the kids.  This is an important piece for me to keep in mind.

How about you…do you ever get time away from your kid(s)?

In the Midst of Glorious Summer

14 Jul

I love where I am these days.

Yes the kids are driving me nuts.  And yes my house is a mess. But summer is serenity for me.

We are at the beach or the pool everyday and I don’t want it any. other. way!

Life is so rigorous for the kids all year that my plan has been to have few plans this summer….lots of unstructured play with a few little camp days here and there.

How’s your summer been so far?

Last Day of 4th Grade and 2nd Grade

26 Jun

I’ve blinked and the year has come to an end.  It’s getting to be too much as it doesn’t feel like 9 months has gone by since we snapped out first day of school photo.  The kids are so happy summer is here.  I love summer too but I actually feel sad today.  They are growing up too fast.  My big guys have one more year at their school and then it’s middle school!  It’s hard to wrap my brain around that but I guess I have no choice.  How are you coping with the end of school?

Memorial Day Birthday Celebration

29 May

My baby girl turned 8 years old this week and I’m blown away more and more by each passing birthday at how rapidly it all flies by.


2nd grade is when we end the big parties so we went out with a big fun bang.  We had a sunny and glorious afternoon in which we celebrated my baby girl at a local amusement park with a small group of 23 children! It truly was a spectacular day and everyone had fun!



Though it pains me that she is getting older, her birthday is always so joyous on the long Memorial day weekend during one of my favorite seasons. :)  Did you have a nice extended weekend?


Roasting Marshmallows…Inside the House!

22 May

We saw those giant marshmallows in BJs tonight and the kids went craaazy.

When we got home they were begging to roast them ASAP.  But at 8:00 on a Friday night there wasn’t anyway we were about to start a bonfire.

So, I ingeniously just turned on the pilot on the stove and there were…roasting marshmallows!

Not that my kids needed any more sugar tonight!

What are some cool mom/dad tricks you utilize to utterly thrill your children?

Another Post About Shopping with the Kids

30 Apr

You would think now that my kids are little people, not babies, that shopping would have gotten a little bit easier than it was when I had to drag a double stroller and pull the shopping cart with the other baby in it.


I had to run to the market on Sunday and all 3 complained, I mean really complained like I was torturing them to death, that they had to come food shopping with me for the 5 ITEMS I needed.

When we arrived at the store all of them, at the age of 9, 9 and almost 8 years old, jumped into the shopping cart which resulted in me pushing 200 pounds of kids around, while they fought, with no room for food.

Thankfully, I had the foresight to throw those damn iPods in my bag. It quieted the fighting. But I still had to push around 200 pounds of child.

 Thanks goodness they’re cute. :)

Easter Bunny

29 Mar

This weekend was so much fun. On Saturday it was insane in that it was SNOWING here at the end of March but we decided to carry on with a fun spring event and visit the Easter Bunny. A local nursery has the bunny every year and it’s the best thing going.  The line is quick.  It’s free.  You shoot your own photo.  It looks fab…and memories are made!  Cutest thing ever was when my son argued with us that this was not “the real Easter Bunny”.  He knew this was just “someone in a costume” because he could “see the sneakers sticking out”!!!

I love it!  Are you planning on seeing the Easter Bunny?

My Little Leprechaun

21 Mar


My 2nd grader is so lucky to have the same teacher that my son had two years ago.  Every year it seems she puts on a little St Patrick’s Day Play in the classroom and invites the parents to come watch.  It’s really a pleasure because as the kids get older there are fewer and fewer invitations to the classroom for anything.

I watched my peanut with such delight and couldn’t believe two whole years have passed since I sat in the same spot, watching the same play with my son as a star.  Truly the time is going way too fast and it does kill me sometimes.

I’m so grateful to have these opportunities to see my children so happy in their school activities…with teachers who are so wonderful.  But how can I slow down time?!

Dad vs Son

15 Mar


My son’s first travel ice hockey season wrapped up last weekend and it was wonderful.  The season culminated with a fun game of dads vs sons and it was a complete joy to watch.


I was completely freaked out when the season started and I saw that schedule and the 42 games, 2 tournaments and roughly 80 practices we had to work our way through. But I am now such a convert.  I totally see the merits of a travel team.  The work we the parents put in on behalf of the kids is worth it to witness the growth, the bonding, the sportsmanship and a day like this day which will always be one I remember fondly. <3


Has your child ever competed against you or your spouse?

It’s Twin Thing

12 Feb

My 9-year-old twins are a little like a little married couple.  They fight hard.  They love harder.  But what I sometimes find amusing is that they literally cannot keep their hands off each other.  And really, I think it has to be related to those 9 months together in my womb.  Think about it.  They were squished all over each other for all of those days and there must be a memory of that and a primal need for them to be close now still.

11 weeks

11 weeks


20 months

20 months


9 years old

9 years old

I am sold on the twin bond.  I’ve seen it every day for the past 9 plus years and it’s there.  That’s not to say that these two don’t go at it like crazy, but there’s a real bond on a level that may not even be one that I can fully comprehend.

And I absolutely love it! :)

Anyone else want to share twin observations?






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