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Enter the Euphonium

16 Sep

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My son brought this thing home yesterday and all I can say is O M G !!!!

I can’t even adequately express the noises that are emanating from my home…like an elephant farting maybe?

But he loves it…for now. I mean, I can’t say I haven’t been down this path before!

Do you have any budding musicians in your home?

Back to School With Mabel’s Labels

7 Sep

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So now that we’ve completed our first week of school we’ve had the weekend to recharge a bit and reflect upon the week. I’ve been contrasting how relaxed I feel today as compared to last Sunday as I scrambled to get all the last minute things done to get 3 children ready for school. Getting kids ready for school = needing lots of labels.

Enter Mabel’s Labels

Mabel’s Labels sells labels for all of your needs from babies to tweens to household labels and child safety labels.  The labels are dishwasher and microwave safe, washer and dryer safe, water proof and UV resistant.

I received the Ultimate Back to School Combo which includes 40 skinny-minis ~ 50 Tag mates ~ 16 Shoe Labels ~ 2 Teeny Tags.  I was able to go on the website and personalize the label and choose the design and color.  (Because I have 3 kids I choose grays and blue with our last name.)  There are so many options!

Though my children are 7, 8 and 8 they still have trouble losing jackets and things so I am thrilled to be to utilize the Tag Mates to label all of their clothing and backpacks.  The labels are also great for the many water bottles we take to all of our sports practices that look like all the others on the field, because my attempts to label with a marker have failed! (Those insulated water bottles aren’t cheap!!!)

Mabel’s Labels has helped this household ease back into school. :)

You can find all of Mabel’s Labels products at http://www.mabelslabels.com/   You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Sample provided for review

Week 1 of School Just About Complete

5 Sep

Today marks the first week of 4th and 2nd grade complete in this house and this may have been the toughest transition back to school my kids have ever experienced.  All Labor day weekend long my daughter kept reminding me not to remind her that school was starting on Tuesday.  Though each day of the long weekend brought the threat of rain, it held out and we raced to our town pool to spend every last moment we could before it closed on Monday.

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Monday night I couldn’t sleep at all…I was getting over a cold and heard my little one coughing throughout the night as well.  But I did get up early for my job as drill sergeant to get everyone ready for that 7:41 bus.  I figured it would be late on the first day as it always is though which would give me some time for pictures…..

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Wrong!

As soon as I snapped this photo we heard that all familiar roar of the bus up the street and we raced down it.  I shoved the kids on.  It was not the send off I wanted…especially for my little one in her new school! I felt so tired and guilty and mixed up.  But luckily I had my annual meet up with friends at Starbucks to look forward to and that helped a lot.

The first day of school was also the hottest day of the year so the poor kids were sweltering.  My daughter came home early and sick! (Luckily she was able to return the next day.)  There’s been a lot of grumpiness and whining and all around malaise.  I know they are tired and so am I but I am thrilled the weather is still summer like!

How has back to school gone for you?

The Last Hour of 1st and 3rd Grades

26 Jun

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Today is the last day of school and all of us coincidentally are in blue, similarly to the first day.  It’s hard for me to believe they will all be together in the ‘big school’ next year…my babies!

For the past couple of half days I’ve been racing around, running to Target, stocking up as if I were hurricane prepping.  My last hour this morning will be a continuation of the stockpiling because we all know what it’s like shopping with kids!

Good thing it’s my favorite season!

Do You Remember Field Day?

23 Jun

I attended field day at both kids schools over the past couple of weeks and the delight I observed was contagious!

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I was so thankful the twins were playing for the same team this year…grey!

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Field day really marks the beginning of the end of school, so there’s lots of joy around here.

We are saying farewell to 1st and 3rd grades!

 

First Grade Play “Over the Bridge”

19 Jun

Last week my daughter performed in her musical class play which was based upon the book The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  My little one was one of the goats, the nanny goat.

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She had quite a few lines to learn, and did an amazing job.  I was quite honestly impressed with the entire production.

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The teachers, the children…all so special.

The play was professionally filmed with the option to purchase the DVD.  We cannot wait to view it. :)

Has your child every participated in a school play? What a great experience!

 

 

Mom I Gave Back the Violin TODAY…Third Grade Spring Concert

10 Jun

That’s what my daughter exclaimed when she got off of the bus today.  She was delighted, FINALLY, that she made it through her year of the violin.

When she decided to sign up to take violin at the end of last year I was excited for her.  I started violin in the 4th grade and played through the 12th grade.  I asked if she knew I had played.  She said she had but that her choice had nothing to do with me.  I thought it was a nice choice actually because, though she is a tiny petite thing, she has beautiful long fingers…maybe that would give her an advantage…?!

For the first week or so she practiced a little and then, nothing. I’m sure you can imagine how it went from there.  As the weeks wore on she became very disenchanted and wanted to quit. The violin is tough after all!  I told her she could absolutely quit, but not until she completed the year.

Her complaints turned to anxiety as her spring concert approached…she would be on stage playing her violin in the orchestra.

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Nightly cram sessions in pjs like this in the kitchen started happening. It was then I saw her really making an effort, but it was also too late at this point, only days before the concert! “I’ll just blend in” she wisely told me. :)

me playing the violin in elementary school!

me playing the violin in elementary school!

When the big day arrived I was excited to see both of my twins all dressed and ready to go. The 3rd graders also had prepared songs on their recorders.
IMG_7829My husband and I were actually a little nervous for my daughter when we arrived at the school for the concert!!! But when the orchestra appeared and I found my little peanut, my nerves diminished.  She looked so adorable, so mature, and very confident!

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And she did it.

Her recorder was a breeze after that!

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Next up was my little man.  When he was a kindergarten, I got a call from his music teacher basically giving me the heads up that he was failing music.  You heard me correctly.  My 5 year old failed music.  So we never have really high expectations when it comes to this guy and singing. :)

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After the concert I said gee son it didn’t look like you were singing, it appeared like you were only moving your mouth.  He said “I wasn’t singing I was lip singing which is better than singing.”  I guess this guy has never heard of the term lip syncing. :)

So there you have it!  We made it through a year of violin and music!

Oh and did I mention that my son has signed up to play the sax next year!!!? :)

What’s your experience been like with your kids and musical instruments?

 

1st Grade Spring Sing

7 May

During my little one’s spring sing this week she looked right at me and flashed this smile.
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It was enough to get the tears going, as they are threatening to start right now just looking at the photo.  There’s just something about my baby hitting milestones that is so much harder to swallow.   And every event she has these days is symbolic of her growing up.

As I sat listening to her sing, choking back the tears, I thought about the twins spring sing.  It was two years ago but it feels like it could have been last month.  I know I tend to ruminate so much in these posts about time passing by.  I think I need to dedicate an entire blog post about it in the near future so I can explain myself.

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She sang her heart out (while mine broke!)!  Despite everything I was feeling, I loved every minute of it.

And really…aren’t school shows the best?

 

My Little Author and Her Special Blanket

1 May

Today was an adorable and delightful day.

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The torrential downpour that had overcome Long Island yesterday, turned into fog this morning, and dissipated into beautiful sunshine by afternoon in time for my little one’s author’s tea.

In first grade the students all write and publish books and then the parents are invited to hear them read.  It’s adorable and I can’t believe it’s been TWO WHOLE YEARS since I attended the twins authors tea…sigh, sob!

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My daughter chose to write a non fiction book on one of the most important things in her world, her gockey.  If you’ve read the book you’ll realize gockey is the name for her special blanket, gockey being how she pronounced blankie as a baby, and the name has stuck. :)

The book details the life of gockey…where I purchased it, what it looks like, and what the future holds for my little one and gockey.  For an added treat today I allowed her to take gockey to school.  At the end of her story she pulled out the real live gockey from under her legs….it was too cute.

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Days like today make me wish I could freeze time or at least slow it down it a little…..

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She’s looking so grown up lately.  But I do love that she still has her gockey!

How many of you have kids with special blankets?

 

“Get Out of My World” — Minecraft Madness

15 Apr

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When the kids get home from school they throw down their backpacks and try to grab their iPods…like little crack addicts they are yearning to get on and play Minecraft.  As soon as they complete their homework they congregate together and start virtually assaulting each other in the world of Minecraft.

And this is what I hear “Get out of my world!  Watch out for the creepers!  Look there’s a zombie!  I need food…who has food!  Hey who’s hitting me!?” And on and on.  Yet they tell me it’s fun.  If I allowed it they would play all. day. long!

Anyone else have Minecraft addicts?

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