You wake up on your birthday to kisses and squeals of delight. Any disdain you may feel about aging is replaced by the excitement of your kids as they present you with handmade cards and goodies that they tell you they worked really, really, hard on.
They tell everyone throughout the day that it’s their mommy’s birthday…teachers, friends, strangers…and try their hardest to demonstrate their best behavior of the year.
Over a special dinner celebration the kids tell the waiters it’s mom’s birthday too and to make sure to bring her a candle…….which they argue over who will blow out (and it sometimes it has to be re lit several times).
It’s my idea of a perfect birthday.
For Valentine’s Day my daughter, the poet, wrote me the most amazing song. She wrote it, then typed it so I’m leaving it with her grammar and spelling…
I’ve been waiting for u. To come and look at this tune You’re the best mother in the world. Let me talk to u about it.
If it wasn’t for my mother . I wouldn’t have a brother. Think about it carefully. I can trust u too.
All u do all day is wash and clean and spray. When I think about u I start to cry deep deep down inside.
But all this song really taught me was to keep on going this way. The messege I ment to send u was Happy Valentine’s Day
She’s 8 years old, clearly with a soul that is much, much older…
I just love these handcrafted gifts and I’m already seeing them diminish slightly as they get older which is sad.
My son threw this together last-minute and when I said, “why no words?” He said, “a picture is specialer”.
Did you get any endearing V-Day gifts?
My most precious jewels!❤️❤️❤️
When my husband is working nearby (he is usually gone all day in Manhattan) he usually offers to drive the kids to school as a treat and a way to spend a little bit of extra special time with them. Today was one of those mornings; I decided to join the them as I wanted to check out the drop off process.
However, there was no process to check out because we got to school too early. The twins were more than happy to show me where I should escort them to wait for school to commence…
And I just had to snap a picture of them sitting there on the bench waiting for school to start…that look on my son’s face…
I’m glad I got to share in the moment today and I love that the kids have these dates with their daddy!
Do you ever have simple special moments like this?
Today we are all home frolicking in the much-anticipated snowstorm that has hit the northeast. I guess I shouldn’t really say WE as I’m actually curled up under multiple sweaters and blankets with a hot cup of tea just WATCHING the frolicking.
It’s so rare my husband gets a day off so I’m thrilled that his office closed today. And more thrilled that I didn’t have to be the one clearing the driveway
Last night as we watched the snow come down the kids were bouncing off the walls beyond excited. We let them stay up late hanging out with their friend who lives a couple of houses away and was over hanging with us. She snapped this photo which is so funny:
Did you have snow today too?
Yesterday my little one had her Winter Festival. It doesn’t feel like it was 3 whole years ago her twins siblings had their kindergarten winter festival in the school, and then their first grade one. And then of course last year it was hard to believe I was sitting in my baby’s kindergarten winter festival and now here we are and this is the last winter festival I will be attending.
I arrived 45 minutes early for a front row seat to soak up every glorious moment.
One of the many highlights was when she played the glockenspiel
Now a few weeks back my 3rd graders also got to participate in shows of their own…Thanksgiving shows. So half the third grade classes performed at 9:00 and the other half at 10:15 and you guessed it…I had one twin in each cluster so we watched the same 3 plays twice and ironically my twins each performed the same play!
But, they were adorable! Both the pilgrim…
and the Native American!
Have you been attending some amazing performances too!?
…tonight when the kids were supposed to be eating dinner.
Off the wall…all of them, I tell ya.
Oh it’s this crazy time of year and it has to be affecting them as well!
Is it happening in your home too?
Last week my twins celebrated another birthday. It doesn’t feel like a whole year has passed since they turned 7!!!
I had told them last year that in third grade we would be stopping the big bashes. Fall birthdays are rough as the friendships are still new…I’m over inviting half the class but if they just invite a few friends to a little celebration I worry about feelings being hurt. And the stress is all magnified times two…so…
In lieu of parties we did a quick overnight to Great
Germ Wolf Lodge because my kids cannot get enough of that place. The good news is that it was a great time to go as it was empty but the bad news was that I couldn’t breathe and my asthma kicked up bad this time in there. Because it was so empty we rode on every ride one thousand and one times. (It was a great time to go but honestly I don’t know that I’m ever able to return…my breathing was that bad…)
Both coming and going we stopped at Cracker Barrel restaurant because we don’t have any around here and it’s now part of our GW Lodge routine. I really love those Chicken N Dumplins and the kids of course just love to go crazy in that store. I got a lot of good ideas for holiday gifts for the kids.
On the actual birthday, one twin’s teacher allowed me to visit, the other allowed instructed me only to send in treats. My daughter wanted those number custom 8 Dunkin Donuts because “no one does cupcakes in 3rd grade MOM”. I did have loads of fun visiting my son in his classroom. We played a game and then I made sure to embarrass him by showing all his classmates this adorable baby picture!
That night we did our birthday tradition of going out for Japanese hibatchi…it’s always a lot of fun.
I’m still getting a little choked up looking at the baby picture….how does time seem to moving faster as they get older?
Every summer for the past few we have been delighting the kids with the promise of an Adventureland visit at least once during the warm months. The love it so much and I know my husband gets a little thrill taking his children to a park that he used to go to as a child. It’s been pretty wild watching them grow literally on the rides each summer….starting out as little peanuts who barely made the height requirements for anything fun.
We did have a very scary incident on a ride one year and I am absolutely thrilled that definite changes have been made on that ride, I’m pretty sure, because of the concerns I raised. I feel very pleased about that and how everything was handled.
This summer’s visit was no different in that there was total enjoyment. What was different is that the little guys are now big guys meeting many of the height requirements enabling them to go on the some of the bigger rides without an adult chaperone…very exciting!
I love it when the twins seemingly bond with one another, and since the little one was too little to ride on the big rides without a parent they did seem to be together a lot and I was LOVING it!
Luckily the little one wasn’t too daunted as she had some good times with her dad.
No way was mom gonna walk around with soggy underpants all afternoon!!!
After 4 hours at the park we spent the next 5 hours at a BBQ. I love summer!!!!!!!
And I love big bro walking his sister out of the park…!
Is going to an amusement park part of your summer ritual?
Today was so beautiful and sunny and for me a warm welcome from the FRIGID fall like temperatures yesterday. We decided to take a break from swimming and use the break in the heat to play at home.
I have to say the kids did a great job entertaining themselves wonderfully with imaginative play. They concocted “camping” yesterday in between the rain and couldn’t wait to play again today. First thing this morning I heard them all buzzing “do you want to play camping?!” and they were outside at 8 a.m!
I’ve been a little lax with my blogging because I’ve been trying to be more present with them, with moments like these.
And then they ate their 212th Italian Ices of the summer!
Isn’t it great to see your children playing together?