…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.
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?
This morning as we walked to the bus stop my 5 year old said, “My new favorite color is white because white makes everything twinkle like the snow.”
Something about that statement almost choked me up.
Then the three of them started playing limbo while waiting for the bus and it was too much. I got teary eyed!
Oh I don’t know…I’m a little sleep deprived and sick…but I think it’s just sometimes I want to pause these moments…
It’s beautiful and sunny here. Enjoy your day.
In my community, kindergarten and 1st grade are spent in one school and there are lots of opportunities for parents to get involved in classroom projects and field trips.
Once they hit second grade, however, it’s big league. Immersed with grades up to fifth it’s hardcore and there are very few chances for parents to be involved with the kids during the school day.
So I thought I was very fortunate to have secured a coveted spot as a parent volunteer on Friday helping to serve on one of a few special pizza Fridays. The twins were happy and immediately grilled me as to which side of the cafeteria I would be serving on, which thrust me into another twin mom dilemma, given that they both were on opposite sides of the cafeteria.
But ultimately, I ended up serving on my son’s side because it was via his class that I signed up to be a volunteer. That didn’t stop me, however, from visiting with my girl twin to get some midday smooches.
She and her pals were more than happy to ham it up for the camera.
Her brother on the other hand got a little cool for his momma when he was around his friends.
It was such a thrill to see them in their element! I was told there are so few 5th grade parent volunteers to serve the students because by 5th grade the kids absolutely do not want their parents coming around
It’s unfathomable that another school year will be soon completed…
Do you grab opportunities to help out at your child/ren’s school?
A few days ago the little one, who is an extreme lover of anything bunnies, excitedly thought about the approach of Easter and made a run around the house to gather all of her bunny ears. We had no idea she owns 57 pairs ( you don’t even want to know how many bunny stuffed animals lurk in her room ).
The kids spent a few cute minutes modeling each one. And I of course had to snap some photos. But this may be one of my all time favs ever because I love how my too cool little man can’t shake his giggles with the ears, little sis is laughing as she looks at him, and my big girl, always the cooperator, is perma smiling for yet another photo!
Whatever you celebrate, whatever you are doing, hope your day is happy and filled with family and love!
Today the kids once again dressed so
peculiarly stylishly that I wanted to snap a photo as a follow-up to yesterday’s post.
However, I could not get them to stand still long enough without fighting about where to stand, to snap a picture. Yes you heard me. The fight was about who stands in the middle.
Have I mentioned that it is just DAY TWO of spring break and they are already driving me to insanity?
Are school break weeks longer weeks for any other moms or is it just me?!