Saturday, May 24, 2008

Leaving for Las Vegas

We have had some pretty strange weather. One day it feels like summer and then the next it is raining and feels like fall. I'm not in a rush for it to get jungle hot but a bit more consistency would be nice when you have kids. We had a great Mother's day. Ben took the boys to his mom's house for the first half of the day. I puttered around the house and just had some nice quiet time to myself. When you have a 4 year old and a toddler quiet time is priceless. My cousin Kiera and her little bundle of joy Ari, were visiting us for a week. It was great to have them hang with us. Coolidge and Brody loved entertaining him and Ari got a chance to see what it would be like to have two big brothers. Ari and Kiera also experienced what it would be like to live in the big city. The noise level, the commuting and the notorious park life.

Some of you already know that Ben made it to phase three of the DGA. He is now competing with the 12 finalist and will go for one last interview with the board of the DGA. I am extremely proud of him. They will pick anywhere between 5-7 people out of this 12. He is preparing and still working very hard. The interview wont be until the middle of June. With all of his experience I can't imagine why they wouldn't pick him. I believe he would be a great asset to them and they would be very pleased with his work ethic. I will let you all know as soon as I do. Please send him all your prayers and good thoughts.

Coolidge is getting ready to graduate from Pre K. I can't believe the whole year has gone by. It seems like just yesterday I took him for his first day. I have to say I have been very happy with my choice to keep him in a short day instead of rushing him into a full day of school at 4. So many of us moms worry about our choices and just want to do the right thing. Sometimes you feel it was right at the time, but wish you had done it different later. I was lucky this time that I didn't have any regrets. He met a bunch of great friends and teachers. I am also sad that they lost their funding and that it wont even be an option for when Brody is 4. Both Brody and Coolidge came down with a 24 hour flu. Just when I thought the cold season was over I was dealing with fevers, aches, pains and throwing up. I have to say this was the worst year for sickness. I have never seen Brody so lethargic. He usually can muster up the energy to do some sort of play but all he wanted to do was lay on the couch or have me to hold him. It is so hard to see your children go through that.

I put together our first picnic in the park. Spring is one of the best seasons in NYC because when the weather starts to warm up every body starts to smile and there is a bounce in your step. It was great to get out with some of the families in the neighborhood. We each brought some food, blankets, and lets not forget the wine. The kids run around while we laugh and enjoy the weather. You aren't in a hurry to get home to feed your kids because there is plenty of food, so you soak up the day and finally when the melt down begins, pack up and take your kids home for a bath and put them to bed. Those experiences making living in the city all worth it.
Now I am getting myself ready for a well needed vacation. I am going to Las Vegas with my siblings, parents and some friends at the end of the week. It will only be for about 4 days but it is all I need to re energize. Just after Coolidge turned one I took a trip to Arizona with my sister and Sue. I had a bit of sadness leaving Coolidge at first. Soon after I realized this was just what my body and soul needed. It felt good to only have myself to take care of. I spent 3 days in Arizona and i will have to say that it was first time I really enjoyed every moment and soaked it all in. Once you have a child you become third and now I am 4th on the list that I take care of. Don't get me wrong I take time for myself from time to time but when I take these long weekends once a year, I, for 4 whole days get to put me first. It is great and I recommend it to every mother out there. It will be my first time leaving Brody. It will be hard to leave them but I know it will all be great because I have done it once before. I wanted to add a video of Brody's new found love, "spinning." One of these days I will get a video of him break dancing. You'll love it.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day



Happy Mother's Day to all of those mothers who are reading my blog. Being a mother is the most amazing thing I have done with my life. I am blessed to have two very special boys. I always imagined I would be a mom but never had a clue of how it would change my life. The day Coolidge was born I felt emotions I never knew existed. I felt the true meaning of unconditional love. I also never thought I could love another child as much as I love him until I gave birth to Brody. It changed how I see the world and most definitely made me more conservative. I have had an appreciation for my mother for a long time and find new reasons while raising my boys. I want to thank my mom, sister, and many other mom's in my life who guide me, inspire me and are a shoulder for me to lean on when I need them. I also want to thank my husband because I couldn't be the mom I am without him. He is such a wonderful support for me. It is great to raise my children with someone who knows just what I need before I even have to ask. It is very hard to explain to someone how it feels to be a mom. Only a mom can truly understand the overwhelming emotion of love, fear, worry, care, empathy and anger that can go through your body. I have now been a mom for almost 5 years now and am looking forward but also scared of all the years I have ahead of me.