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.
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!!!!!!!
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.
I actually felt a bit anxious as the moments got closer to the game, and busied myself snapping away photos…what I do always!
When we got home I was taken by one photo in particular and asked my son about it.
“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. :)
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.
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. :)
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.
It was perfect. :)
Did you enjoy unseasonably warm weather this weekend too?
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.
This is what it says:
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
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. :)
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.
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…..
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?
I love summer and right about now is when I start to plummet into depression as the days getting shorter and I’m cognizant of the fact that it is 7:35 and starting to get dark.
Don’t get me wrong…the kids have been driving me crazy….biting each other, punching each other, whining….I know you know what I’m talking about. And they were not happy to be dragged along today when I had to go to the store (because summertime also means I perpetually have no groceries because I rarely get to the store!).
However, I had a moment when I was checking out and they were all happily comparing their sour spray flavors……….not only will I miss summer in September, but, as crazy as they make me, I am going to miss these guys…….terribly!!!
I’m wondering if I’m the only mom right now who is feeling this way. Fall is going to be so busy. I could use one more month of summer :)
When you marry a guy who is one of SEVEN that’s right SEVEN children, you have a lot of family events to attend, especially in the spring and summertime. (My husband was an uncle at age nine!) I happen to love it coming from a small family.
On Saturday night our gorgeous niece Ari got married and stupid me I didn’t even snap a picture of her and the groom, but I did of course get a picture of her and my monkeys!
After the ceremony some of the kids were playing with the rose petals and I took what I think is one of the most beautiful shots ever.
It kind of makes me cry to look at it…so innocent…
The kids are at a nice age to attend family events and be able to run hang with their cousins and have fun. The only downside was that they crashed by 10:0; they were done!
I kept looking over at their older cousins sitting together sharing drinks and was thinking that it won’t be too long before that’s these guys…and then I got choked up!
My boy just wrapped up a week of intensive hockey camp….well at least I thought it was intensive. I mean when you drop your 8-year-old boy off at the rink and he plays hockey for 3 and a half hours straight with just a few breaks it seems like hockey boot camp! The week was about strengthening stickhandling skills. Stickhandling is all about moving, maneuvering and gaining control over the puck.
The first hour was played on “dry land” in the blazing hot sun. The camp was led by a guy, Sean Skinner, who is a world-renowned hockey trainer. The last two hours were on the ice.
The first day home he was exhausted and starving but as the week progressed he was energized and excited, each day coming home, racing out of the car and practicing his new skills!
This is the I wonder what he’s thinking about shot………but I can pretty much guess……..daydreaming about a potential future in the NHL…..?!?!?
Any other hockey moms out there? I love it….stink and all!
disclaimer……..just so you don’t think I was a complete stalker mom at the camp….my hubs volunteered me to be the camp photographer :)
Why? Because it is in my favorite season….summer! The only bummer is that once it hits, you blink and summer is over. We spent ours celebrating last Saturday night at my husband’s golf club.
There were rides and games for the kids and psychics and caricaturists and tatoo artists too. The highlight of the evening for me is when we all sat for a family caricature! A lady nearby remarked that we all looked “so cute” and I asked if she wouldn’t mind snapping a photo…my fave!
And my hubs who cracks me up everyday thinks he looks better as a caricature than in real life :)
Then before we knew the fireworks started…they were stupendous and wonderful!
Oh summer hang on, we’re having too much fun!!! How was your 4th?!