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Spring Soccer Kicks Off…Roller Hockey Starts Up

11 Apr

The kids started another season of soccer on Saturday and though it is SPRING, we froze our butts off on the field.  It was great to see them all in action after a long, snow filled winter indoors.

We started with my little on at 9 a.m sporting beautiful blue shirts this season.  They drew from a hat for a team name and came up with “Blue Dolphins” to which my angel shrugged her shoulders, announced, “That name really sucks” and walked away.  Ah lovely!  Thankfully it the game was over but it seems like we still need to work her on her attitude!

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Next up was her big sister at 11:00 and somehow it seemed to get colder out.  Bless her this child has inherited my lack of athletic skills but she got out there and played her heart out.  I saw definite improvement since the fall and I pray that she can achieve her GOAL in life right now of scoring just ONE GOAL this season. :)

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At 2:00 we had my son’s game.  I feel bad saying this but the boys games are way more exciting to watch.  Maybe they move faster or there’s more action but the time flies.

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On Sunday the weather was much better for outside sports!  My son was very excited to start-up his roller hockey again after recently completing winter ice hockey.  Moving forward soccer will start to recede as he gets more involved with hockey, his stated passion. :)

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The weekends are busy, but we are together, outdoors and the kids are active.   Truth be told I wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

Are you running around like crazy on the weekends too now that spring has arrived?

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth!

8 Apr

Okay I know it’s a little much with the teeth but I just had to post the update.

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And once again it came out at school which just added to the excitement!

It’s a little sad how the missing teeth changes the appearance right?

Someone is Losing Some Teeth Over Here

6 Apr

First we had two loose teeth:

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Then we had one finally fall out at school:

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Now the other one has shifted over and is hanging by a thread:

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And she yanks and she yanks!

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And sometimes dad does too!

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It’s all very exciting for this 6-year-old…………… :)

In the meantime, I pulled out my son’s tooth and thought I was so masterful at this parental task…I suck.  I can’t for the life of me pull this one out.  How many of you have succeeded at pulling out your kids teeth?

 

 

A Six Year Old’s Favorite Thing About the Wind……

1 Apr

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PARA-SAILING!

I’m so glad I stumbled upon this sheet between the reams of papers jammed in my little one’s backpack today. I think it’s brilliant! And it’s making me wish we were back in Mexico…….

I’m wondering…do you examine all your kids papers in the backpacks each evening?

Field Trip to the Planetarium

27 Mar

Today I was thrilled to be a substitute parent chaperone on for my little one’s field trip.  I hadn’t been able to snatch a spot as a chaperone on any trips for her and I had been bumming all year.  However when I showed up today as a last-minute sub and learned that the bus ride was 45 minutes I was a little horrified!!!!!  Here’s why:

1-I suffer from motion sickness.

2-Theres’s usually a kid who pukes on long bus rides and I’m not good with puke.

But alas we crammed on the nausea inducing bus (with the nauseous child and his vomit bag seated behind me) and made it to the Vanderbilt Museum Planetarium.  I remember going to the Hayden Planetarium as a child and adult and I was excited to see what was in store.

I actually was deluding myself a bit thinking I was going to see Laser Floyd or something…wishful thinking!

The lady who ran the show was a bit of a control freak which was sort of funny to witness in a room filled with over one hundred first graders.  But the kids were actually entertained for an hour learning about the solar system, planets and the constellations.   It was a great bonding moment with my little one….another one I wanted to freeze.  In the middle of it all she said, “Mommy can you take me here sometime?” :)

staring at the stars

staring at the stars

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I just love this photo of her hair as she waited to go in!

Before we knew it our time there was over.  But I did learn something neat…a planetary mnemonic………..

Do you know the planets in the solar system?  Remember Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet…so…think about this…

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)

Cool huh?!

(And thank god there were no pukers on the bus!)

The Sports Store

25 Mar

On Sunday we went shopping for cleats.  With all 3 kids in soccer, it feels like we shop for cleats every other month, yet we always have one thousand pairs at home that don’t fit anyone, sigh.  I don’t know what it is about the sports store (and I’m sure you know the one I’m talking about) but it holds universal appeal for kids once they hit about age 5 and suddenly, it seems, sporting goods, sports apparel for any and all sports, and exercise equipment become must have items from their perspective!

 

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3 pairs of cleats later we made it out safe and sound but I’ve realized  it’s basically it’s not safe to shop in any store when kids are involved  :)

Ice Hockey Season Finishes

10 Mar

For the past 5 months or so, my little man has been going to a terrific ice hockey clinic every Sunday morning, and an accompanying game every Saturday night. This would be a complete drag if the program weren’t so top notch and my little guy didn’t love it so much.

However, I’m happy to report that I’m feeling good today because we’ve wrapped it up this past weekend.  And, with the longer, brighter days, it looks like spring just might be in sight.

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We have about 3 free and clear weekends until soccer starts:)

What are your weekends like these days?

Push Ups With Grandpa

7 Mar

The other day I was talking about exercise with the kids and my son dropped down and started doing push ups.  I was completely amazed.  He easily banged out 10 fast push ups with perfect form.  He told me he does them every morning when he awakens!  I learned my husband encouraged him to start doing them, to build strength, but even he had no idea it was happening and how strong he is becoming.

So when my fit parents were over I asked my son to show my dad his push ups.  It was them my father challenged my little man to a push up competition.  My dad reads this blog and he hates when people bring attention to his age but I’ll remind you that he celebrated a BIG birthday last October for which we celebrated by vacationing in Cancun.

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Watching these two compete was very sweet…I’m not quite sure who won. :)

When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…

13 Jan

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That’s social worker, if you couldn’t figure it out phonetically.

I just about died when I saw this hanging up outside my daughter’s class. So adorable.

It was difficult for me to explain exactly what I do to the kids in my professional life. (I work at a bereavement program for families.) But somehow, this picture tells me she gets it (sad faces), and not only that, that she wants to emulate what I do. Precious!

Have your children talked about what they want to be when they grow up?

Just so you know, I tell them all I want them to be when they grow up is happy. :)

6 Year Old Holiday Wish

16 Dec

Her poster (hanging outside her class) says it all!!!

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