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Easter Bunny

29 Mar

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Arden Opens a New Red Door Spa at the Garden City Hotel!

26 Jan

Today I am nesting as I await the blizzard.  As much as you know I prefer the sun I say bring it on!  Before it hit 10:00 I had already gone to Trader Joes, Target, run 2 loads of laundry and started sauce and meatballs and chicken soup.  (Listen I didn’t call this blog manic for nothing!) The soup is for my big girl who is home with a sore throat.

We are doing some girl things today and I gave her a little pedicure. During her “spa time”, I found my mind wandering to last week when I attended the grand opening for Elizabeth Arden’s newest Red Door Spa at the luxurious Garden City Hotel.

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Well if you live in Garden City you’ve probably visited that Red Door once or twice.  But the Garden City Hotel’s Red Door is new and wonderful!  As part of The Garden City Hotel’s extensive renovation, the new Red Door Spa is located within a 7,000 square foot lower level complex houses a pool and fitness center.  Starting in spring 2015, spa guests will be able to enjoy the adjacent pool and fitness center before and after their treatments.  How many spas have you been to where you can exercise and swim?!

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The new facility offers six deluxe treatment rooms, five manicure and pedicure thrones, and a full service hair salon. One of the treatment rooms is a couple’s suite and it is inviting and gorgeous.  The salon and spa also features a retail boutique, where guests can discover the latest skin care and beauty trends at the beauty bar, and shop for high-tech skin care and color products from the Elizabeth Arden and Red Door Spa Professional lines, as well as today’s leading hair care brands.

Select treatments will also be offered in-room in the hotel’s 272 newly renovated guest rooms and suites. Executive Chef Michael Mandato in collaboration with Red Door Spa will be introducing spa cuisine dining to further embellish the retreat experience.

Of course there’s easy valet parking in this beautiful environment so there’s no stress at all. :)

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Meanwhile, I’m sitting here with my big girl in my sweats watching 20 episodes of Every Witch Way while she coughs on me.  Would I change a thing? Nah. But I’m still dreaming about the Red Door Spa at the Garden City Hotel!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I Hear We’re Getting Some Snow

25 Jan

It doesn’t matter that we’re anticipating 3 feet of snow.  My little one was excited to play in 3 inches today.

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And she was quite successful!

I don’t doubt we are expecting a lot of snow but I’m quite honestly exhausted from all the hysteria.

My Facebook feed is filled with all of the same images and rants.  Can’t. Take.  It.

So, I’m going to stare at this photo a bit to lighten my mood :)

If you’re in my neck of the woods, stay safe!

 

One Party Through the Years

13 Dec

We went to a children’s Christmas party that we attend annually and it’s through this party I really see the my kids aging….sob!  When they were so young it was labor intensive for me at this party, chasing them around, making sure they ate.  We would often have to leave BEFORE Santa arrived as my daughter was deathly afraid!   Fast forward a bit and my husband and started to be able to sit back and enjoy our meals while the kids enjoyed the face painting, cookie decorating, dancing, and the delight of Santa.

This year?  As we geared up I was so excited…the Christmas party is coming up I would declare as it got closer………and shoulders would shrug with barely a smile!  I mean, they do all still believe in Santa THANK GOODNESS! But, I can see they are just getting over it all bit.

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December 2010

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December 2012

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December 2013

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They are so grown up!

 

Celebrating Turning 9 Years Old

21 Nov

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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.

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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!

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Have a great weekend! (We are soccer free and loving it!)

The Mid Week Day Off From School

14 Nov

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….?

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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.

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We headed to my parents retirement community next where they enjoyed the swimming pool.

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I love this mid-week mini breaks. What did you do on a Veterans Day?

Stuck in the Auto Body Shop or Tips For Getting Through Boring Appointments With Kids

6 Nov

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.

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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?

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