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Summer, My Favorite Season…OVER

1 Sep

I’ve been trying to squeeze in lots of pool and beach trips in the last week of summer. They’ve been great.

kids and their cousins enjoying the beach

kids and their cousins enjoying the beach

eating our 1000th ice cream at the pool

eating our 1000th ice cream at the pool

boogie boarding

boogie boarding

But I always feel an overwhelming sense of melancholy as they days get darker early…confirmation that summer is over.
The kids have driven me a bit batty this summer but truth be told I have loved spending the time with them and I will miss them terribly on Tuesday morning. Good thing I will have my Starbucks girls to keep me company.
Meanwhile, while many are out partying tonight, this is what we were doing…

food shopping...this is how we roll...

food shopping…this is how we roll…

Enjoy the last day of the last summer weekend :(

Slow Down Precious Summer!

2 Aug

We got some new school backpacks yesterday so school is officially around the corner. On July 4th, as I sat at the pool with my husband, he said, “that’s it summer is going to fly from here.” He’s right! I blinked and it’s a month later!

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We continue to have fun swimming everyday at our pool or the beach and I am just amazed at how fearless the kids are in the water.

We’ve also been exploring all the parks in the area.  I get wistful how they’ve mastered the monkey bars when I remember how I used to run from one teetering toddler to the next at different edges of the park.

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They participated in a soccer clinic the other night for 2 hours which, no big shock here, was tons of fun for them.  It was a nice mini break for me and since my husband got home from work a tiny bit early we were able to run off and grab a quick bite to eat.

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We are headed to the beach again today which makes me very happy.  How is your summer going?  I was speaking with someone last night who told me she couldn’t wait for it to end and I could barely process what she was saying…I could live summer all year-long. :)

Bring On the Heat!

18 Jul

Okay I know I tend to be a bit of a complainer at times, but though here in New York we are currently in the midst of a heat wave, you won’t hear me whining. Instead, I say bring it! I will literally take this 100 degree weather any day over horrible blizzardy, cold weather.  I love it!

Today we spent 5 HOURS at our town pool.  I can’t even believe we were in 100 degree weather for that long and generally happy!  When we got home the kids got their well deserved 5th ice product of the day…what’s better than Italian Ices for hydration?!

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My little fair-haired beauties were getting so fried on their faces no matter how much sunblock I applied. I’m delighted I found one that really seems to do the trick, because they aren’t happy about wearing hats.  Now I feel much better about our beach days, which are as fabulous as always!

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What about you? Would you rather be in excessive heat or a raging blizzard?!

I’ve got lots more beach left in me this summer!

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Kids are At Soccer Camp and I’m the One Sweating

8 Jul

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I enrolled all 3 of my children in soccer camp this week Mon Tues Wed and Thurs. They all enjoy soccer and the camp meets adjacent to our town pool where they are brought to cool off midday. They were all pretty agreeable and I’ve been looking forward to a little bit of time to myself without the kids in tow, fighting!

However, now that the day is here, I’m having hard a hard time dealing with their absence! Most of you probably think I’m pathetic. My friend just dropped her son, the same age as my son, at sleep away camp and she’s managing just fine. I, on the other hand, felt so guilt ridden, depositing my 3 fair-haired monkeys on a blazing hot soccer field this morning knowing they would be there for the next several hours. When I called my husband right after drop off he said “were they ONLY children on the field?!” I know he was trying to help.

I was happy to see them placed together at drop off!

I was happy to see them placed together at drop off!

All day I’ve been thinking…are they drinking enough? have they reapplied sunblock? are they happy?…instead of enjoying my “freedom”. I did go kickboxing and get some shopping done. But in all honesty I cannot wait to get them and I am hoping and praying they tell me they had a fabulous day.

Admittedly I tend to run more on the anxious side of life. How about you? Do you worry when your kids are in new situations or do you tend to look at things more positively?

Bye Bye First Grade!

22 Jun

The twins had their last day of first grade today. School met for one hour, yes one hour only!

After school we had some friends over and the kids had a big trampoline water fight.


Then we went to our town pool for a couple of hours before we got rained out.

And I wonder why I’m tired all the time :)

(Can’t believe my babies are second graders now!!!!)

Nice Day for the Hot Tub!

22 Aug

We’ve got another virus between the kids which totally sucks! I don’t remember any summer that we’ve dealt with so many illnesses!

It’s a beautiful sunny day though and the healthy kid and a half want to be out. So we went to my sister in law’s pool.

Instead of being in the pool, however, they’re hanging in the hot tub! I can relate to that :)

Do you think kids should be contained to the house when they’re sick?

They’ve Got the Life

21 Jul

 

This is what the summer’s been looking like so far…pool, pool and more pools! (With illness and trauma mixed in…)

You would think I’d be living it up a little, right!?  Wrong! I’m so tired! (And that’s why you haven’t been hearing from me.)  But these kids, I tell you, are loving their lives of leisure.

The twins had 2 weeks of half day camp.  Tomorrow is the end.

Oh good camp is ending.

They said in unison.

Finally we can get a break.

Can you even imagine these little guys are lamenting about the strain of attending camp for 10 days (which they APPEAR to love!)?  And then in the next breath is the daily beg request for ice cream.

Oh and incidentally my son got up the nerve to go down the water slide at our town pool.  He ended up losing his balance and coming down headfirst and backwards.  And this, of course, was my fault.

But even though we’re in a heat wave (and thus frequenting some sort of pool everyday) you won’t ever hear me complain about the steamy weather.  I still love summer, dammit!

Who else is dead tired?

(I know my friend is…she just texted me to say “I’m so tired I’ve been taking advantage of the Starbucks treat receipt!” :) )

Friday of 4th of July Weekend

1 Jul

I love this day.

The sun is blazing. The skies are blue.  The pool is perfect.

The kids are enjoying watermelon on the grass!

It’s the beginning of a great summer holiday weekend.  (Only sad part being that the summer flies from here.)

Happy 4th everyone!

We plan to be outside everyday.  How about you?

Email from the Future, Books and Green Hair

26 Jul

Hey have you ever heard of futureme.org?  It’s a web site where you can create an email to send to the future.  I heard about it last summer and today I received an email I wrote exactly one year ago.

Well, I must have been high when I wrote it, or else in need of a lot of positive affirmation.  Wanna know what I wrote?  Here it is:
Dear FutureMe,

Are you living in that GC house you saw again today?

Are M, M & L fighting all day and driving you crazy? Remember what blessings they are and how blessed you are in general.

Don’t sweat the small stuff!

I love you.

Yes I am living in that house I toured one year ago.  And yes my children still fight constantly.  And those are good reminders to myself.  The ‘i love you’ is very strange and embarrassing and I can’t fathom that I wrote it.

And speaking of the future, I am reading a completely riveting book, The Passage, by Justin Cronin.  Can’t. put. it. down.  Which is why I haven’t posted here in a while.  In fact, I locked myself in the bathroom last night for a few moments while my little guy was having a tantrum and read a few pages!  It would be great to have a wireless reading device for this one though as it is well over seven hundred pages, heavy to lug around. 

Not that I really have the time to be carrying a book around to read…yet I continue to fanatasize about more visits to the adult area of the pool…

We’ve been going to the kiddie pool, however, at least three times a week and I noticed my girl’s hair was getting a green hue to it.  I had always thought green hair was a myth but there it was, right before me.  I sought out some advice on Facebook and ended up finding Ultraswim shampoo at Walgreen (thanks Joanne!).  That shampoo is great.  If you find it pick up more than one because the stores can’t seem to keep them in stock.

It’s been so hot here but you won’t hear me complain.  Summer is my season and I say bring on the heat!  

What have you been doing to deal with the hot weather?

Chew The Fat Friday

16 Jul

Well, it’s very exciting here today because grandma and grandpa are in town.  The kids are wildly happy and are all over them.  The first thing my girl said to my mom after she hugged her was,

Grandma you have old skin on your knees.

Then she looks at her puzzled and says,

Why don’t you have children?

We were in the pool earlier today and I was pushing my little guy around singing ‘”everybody’s gone surfin” and he shouts out,

I know who sings that…The Boys!

He went on talking about his favorite subject, cars…

Why are there so many Lincolns?  Oh, I know they use them for taxi caps!  Mommy what color was your little car, the Chrysler Pizzeria?

Actually Chrysler Pizzeria is about as good a name as PT Cruiser!

He also loves volcanoes and learned about Mt Vesuvius in camp this week and told me all about it…

There was a big volcano that covered everything in fire and dash.

My little one was thrilled to be swimming in her aunt’s

hot pool

But then she got too hot and wanted to go back to the

cold tub

And speaking of which I was talking about why certain foods belong in the freezer and my son says

otherwise the ice cream will turn to melt!

I hope we all don’t turn to melt this weekend…gonna be a hot one!

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