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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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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!)

Mensch On A Bench – A Must Have Item for Hanukkah! @menschonabench

17 Nov

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It was just two Hanukkahs ago when former Hasbro marketing executive Neal Hoffman was at a favorite retailer holiday shopping with his two boys.

“I want an Elf on a Shelf” proclaimed Neal’s 5 year-old son.

At that moment, a light bulb went off in Neal’s entrepreneurial head. Why couldn’t Jewish children and parents have their own Jewish-themed tradition…and the Mensch on a Bench was born. Mensch on a Bench became last Hanukkah’s surprise mega-hit which sold out in just 10 days, and is this year’s “Basement to Big Time” story.

As a family that celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas, I can relate to Neals story!  I suspect our Elf, Smiley, will become fast friends with our Mensch, because he does gravitate towards our menorah and driedals. :)  Check him out here.

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Mensch on a Bench is a 12’’ doll with an accompanying hardcover story book that tells the story of Hanukkah from the view of Moshe the Mensch.  It introduces children to the traditions of Hanukkah and teaches them to be good and honorable people…Mensches.  The doll holds the Shamash (leader) candle and needs to be moved each night to watch over the Menorah.

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In year 2, Hoffman has added new pages to the Mensch on a Bench book to teach children the Hanukkah prayers and how to play dreidel.  There is even a page to write down their favorite memories of each holiday season.

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The Mensch on a Bench is fun way to start another family tradition at Hanukkah. Mensch on a Bench is available at retailers such as Target; Bed Bath and Beyond; Michael’s Arts & Crafts Stores, Barnes & Noble, Toys R’ Us and more.  Shop now at www.themenschonabench.com. and use coupon code OYVEY at checkout to receive 10% off your order.

Be sure to check out Mensch on a Bench on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. 

 

Sample provided for review.

 

 

 

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?

My Dad’s Birthday

24 Oct

Last weekend we celebrated my father’s 81st birthday. It was a simple family gathering with my sister and brother. Since we aren’t all together that often I thought it would be nice to snap a photo of the five of us…our primary family.

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I think the birthday boy looks better than anyone…yet I know he’s going to be mad at me for revealing his age!

Happy Birthday Dad!!!!!!!

A Story About Expectations and Being A Kid

17 Oct

My son is playing on a travel ice hockey team.  Most of the time my husband and I are split up managing the kids and the activities and I’m not able to see him play. But last month I was excited that we “traveled” as a family to nearby Queens to watch him play.

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I actually felt a bit anxious as the moments got closer to the game, and busied myself snapping away photos…what I do always!

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When we got home I was taken by one photo in particular and asked my son about it.

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“This was right before you went on the ice” I said to him, “were you nervous about the game?”  He said, “No mommy, I was just staring at the Zamboni.”

He wasn’t nervous!  I was nervous!  Hockey is his passion.  It’s about having fun.  So here I was projecting my adult feelings about the game onto him when he was just being a child, being mystified about the big truck on the ice. :)

What a great lesson for me!  I want to look at this photo forever, slow down time, and remember that he’s still my little boy. :)

 

Sadness, A Poem

8 Oct

My 8 year old daughter had a bad day the other day.  I was at work and my husband encouraged her to write about it, since she seems to love writing poems.IMG_4403

Sadness

Sadness can be anywhere. Sadness can be anything.  Sadness can be dropping ice cream on the floor.

Sadness can be losing your best friend.  Sadness can effect you in many places, but mostly in your heart.

She’s having a better day today. :)

Last September Warm Weekend

28 Sep

We were so thrilled to have a day off today from soccer and hockey, and have the whole family home.  But what was even better was that the sun was shining and it was blazing hot.  I swear I must be afflicted with seasonal affective disorder because I seriously hate the cooler weather, even fall…I mean I think I’m the only person who doesn’t like fall, right? I even got married in the fall!

Honestly who needs to go pumpkin picking in this weather?! I wanted to go to the beach, but no one backed me up.  Instead we spent all day at a park and ended up mini golfing.

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It was perfect. :)

Did you enjoy unseasonably warm weather this weekend too?

“Beyond” (A Poem by My 8 Year Old)

24 Sep

I’ve been trying to encourage the kids to do some fall cleaning.  My best listener big girl proceeded to throw a big pile of garbage away and I saw this paper floating on the top.

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This is what it says:

Beyond

Beyond the mountains

Beyond the river

Beyond the sky

I can see you so it’s true.

You can trust me guarantee you.

Make it happen

Whatsoever

I can see from everywhere.

Hold it in

Watch the sky

Please just don’t you make me cry.

Don’t let it get to you.

Don’t get crushed

Don’t be killed by a big wind gust.

Make it happen

It’s your choice

Beyond the mountain in the sky

Please don’t let it make you cry.

You’ll see heaven

You’ll see hell

Beyond the mountains you may yell.

 

I’m so glad I retrieved it from the garbage.   I wish I had an ounce of her creativity. :)

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