Thursday, December 10, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Thanksgiving was great. This was the first time in 13 years that I was able to have Thanksgiving with my west coast family and my east coast family. I ate turkey and the fixings 3 times. This holiday was so special because I got to be with everyone. I have to thank the Sawyers, I don't think they or anyone will ever know how wonderful this year has been because I got to celebrate with all of them. I also need to thank Sue, and my mom for making such big wonderful meals. I know it was a lot of work. They did it for me and the family and It meant the world to me and the boys. I also got a chance to see Lindsy try on wedding dresses. I feel like I have missed out on so many family experiences because I live 3,000 miles away. I was only home for a week and I made sure to pack it all in knowing darn well I wouldn't be back until August. I also got to see Cindy and attend her towelocs party. It was great to see her shine and show off her wonderful new product. I am normally the one on facebook saying, "wish I was there...take pictures...call me and let me know how it goes." I wish I could go home at the same time every year. However, the after math was not so much fun. My kids take a few days to get back on their schedule and now that Coolidge is in school it is hard to drag him out of bed when he is jet lagged. I too was exhausted and wishing I had done it during a time that they had no school. Traveling that distance can be very hard on me but it was well worth it now that I look back.
Now it is the middle of December and we are jam packed with fun Christmas activities. We just went to see Santa Clause last Saturday. It was the best time I have ever had going to Macy's Santa land. It was the first year that neither of them were scared. There were no melt downs and we even went out to eat afterwards. My boys are growing up and are able to with stand longer lines and restaurants for longer periods of time. Coolidge is asking Santa for a Nintendo Ds and Harry Potter's second book. Brody told him he wants a batman house, batman car and wolverine car. He was a little troubled when we started to leave and Santa hadn't given him his gifts yet. The funniest part was that in line with us was one of my mom's favorite actors from All my children. He was kind enough to take a picture with me so I could make my mom jealous. However, the only person I had to take the photo was Coolidge. It was very funny to see this 6 year old handle such a big camera and be so grown up about it. I wish I had it on video because it was quite humorous.

Ben is working like a dog. On a regular basis has had 3 jobs at a time going on. He works all day and night trying to get his projects done and cater so we can pay the bills. The best part was that he got his first paying job making a web commercial for a carpet company called, "Carpet Network." It is located out in New Jersey. It was his first assignment where he had a deadline and specific instructions on style and timing. I was very impressed and excited for him. Hopefully he will be getting many more. Once the commercial is up I will add the link.


My mom is coming soon. She is spending another Christmas with us. We love having her here and she seems to love being with us. Sometimes I wished she lived closer. I love the idea of her being here for all the fun stuff. She would have loved to see them sit on Santa's lap, put her arm around Cameron, make cookies, decorate the tree and gingerbread houses with us. I also love that she lives in Seattle because I love staying at her home and playing with the boys there. I am noticing that Aj, who's mom recently moved, is probably not going to spend as much time in Seattle this summer. It means she will see her other family members even less. I am not looking forward to that day. My summers in Seattle are just too perfect and I can't imagine them any other way.

Coolidge is doing great in school. He has started Hockey again and is jamming around the rink once again. It is amazing how this time last year he was just learning to skate. He loves skating and asks if he can go constantly. He also started skating with his school again. This year he is learning to skate on both hockey and figure skates. Now that he knows how to skate I am looking forward to see him learn more skills like skating backwards, cross over and using the puck. I keep waiting for him to say I don't want to go anymore because it is such a long day and night for him on those days but he never does. He has more energy than anyone I know. He had his school picture taken. It was nice to get it because last year we never received one because the company who took the photo went bankrupt.

Brody is doing well also. He is learning his letters and loves to trace the letters with the dots. I am impressed with how he has gone from scribbling to trying to color in the lines. He has been using glue, markers, and even some cutting. We are going to get a membership to the American Museum of Natural History so I can take him more often while he is still home with me. It will be so crazy to have both my boys in school next year. As I sit here looking at my little guy sitting on the couch holding his pink nye nye sucking his thumb and I can't even imagine him at school all day.

I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family and friends and it is the time of year that I really see how wonderful they all are. Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a Happy and safe New Year.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween 2009


Fall hit us and so did the drama that comes with that time. Brody, Coolidge and Ben all got sick in October. Two of my good friends called me because they were in the hospital. There is nothing worse than getting a phone call like that. Thank goodness they are both fine and healthy now. I haven't been able to go through a single day without reading, watching or hearing about the swine flu. I don't normally give my kids or myself the flu shot but this year for the first time in my life the H1N1 flu shot is given to kids in all the schools here in NYC. I have to say it is the first time I have ever been scared of the flu and the shot itself. Everyone has got their opinion and everyone thinks they have the flu each time they get a cough. I never really thought twice about vaccinating them but of course like so many I am worried about something that hasn't been out there for years. Coolidge got his H1N1 vaccine and got sick about 5 days later. Part of me felt it was due to the vaccine but his doctor seems to believe he got a viral infection. He is the one with the degree and I truly have never met someone more brilliant, but the other part of me knows Coolidge and thinks he had a reaction. Other than that we have been having a great time.

Coolidge has been maturing so much. He has become a great bike rider and enjoys riding it to school a much as he can. He also is getting better at tying his shoes. Still gets a bit frustrated and takes some time but through practice is really getting the knack of it. He also lost his first tooth. He was so excited that he came into my room at 6:30 just to show me it was loose. He experienced his first friend putting doubt in his mind about the tooth fairy. He came out of school and told me that he heard the tooth fairy wasn't real. I'm sure Santa Clause is coming next. After talking to me about it he either believes she does exist or like so many is willing to over look his doubt to get the money left under his pillow. It is so fun to see how his face is changing just from tooth loss. He is now reading and comes home with reader books every day. I am impressed with how fast he is catching on. The cutest part is how excited he is to read his books at home. He sits down with them and tries to read as many words as he can and then comes up to me to ask what words he doesn't know. It is amazing how exciting it is to see your child learn something new. Coolidge is also 6 going on 13. For some reason he has gained quite the attitude. Sometimes I think it is funny and other times I want to smack the teenager out of him. I guess it is that age of trying to understand the world around you. He is still that kid who will wear just about anything I pull out of his drawer as long as it is not too tight or itches him. However, I am noticing that he cares what others say. When it came time to dress up for Halloween he did want to make a costume unless it was something cool. The shows he likes are starting to go from Little bear to Avatar and now he even likes iCarly or Zack and Cody. It is crazy how fast time goes by.

Brody too is growing and maturing so fast. He is doing great with potty training. Pooping on the potty is still very scary for him. Today he told me he had to go which was a big deal but once he got on there he got too scared to go. Small steps and soon we will be done with pull ups. Brody is in love with wolverine. He has about 3 or 4 wolverines and loves them all in different ways. he dressed up as wolverine for Halloween and loved his costume. I couldn't believe he kept his mask on for about 3 hours straight. Brody too loves his bike and because he rides it so much he practically ran it into the ground after only 5 months. The skuut company sent us a new one because it had a one year warranty. Brody has become quite the playmate for his friends and brother. It is always fun to see them go from alone toddler play to actually interacting and creating with other kids. Him and his brother have a lot in common but also the 3 year difference causes some big problems. Coolidge gets frustrated with him and Brody gets angry at his brother's ability to tease him. Brody has been apart of the babysitting coop for a little while now and really enjoying it. He looks forward to Eliza and Martin coming over and also going to their house. They love the letter of the day and what new project they will do. They have really become the 3 musketeers and sometimes fight like siblings.

Ben is doing well. I am sad to say he got sick on his birthday so we never got to go out and celebrate. I was looking forward to going to dinner and a movie with him. It is not very often that I get to do it and I miss it. He has been working so hard. For those of you who haven't seen it, Ben entered Obama's health care reform challenge. He made a great 30 second commercial staring my little Coolidge. If you haven't seen it you should check it out now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFc3h45AzCE It was not easy making that commercial but so fun to see how it turned out. Ben's editing skills just keep getting better. He is working on another project that I will be so excited to post in the near future.

We had a great Halloween. We had a few friends over here for some food before going trick or Treating. I was worried that it might be a bit crazy in this apartment with all the kids bouncing off the walls and that it was so warm but I have to say they were so well behaved that I was able to handle the fact that I was sweating and my face wouldn't stop itching. Coolidge was a werewolf and Brody of course Wolverine. You have no idea how many stores I went to to get the claws. They didn't quite fit him but he didn't care he loved them anyway. They both put on their costume about a dozen time leading up to Halloween. At least we got our money worth. I imagine Brody will continue to wear it until he finds a new love.

I'm excited to tell you that we are heading home this Saturday for a whole week. Cindy was kind enough to fly me out so I could celebrate her success with Towelocs. I can't tell you how proud I am of her and how excited to see where her new invention goes from here. My mom has been sweet enough to help me fly the boys out with me. I couldn't imagine making a trip home without my boys. They have been longing to go back since we got home. It has been 13 years since I have been home in November. It will be nice to have a pretend Thanksgiving with my family and see my girl Cindy show off her stuff. She entered in contest also for new entrepreneurs and did very well. She was able to make some great connections and face her fear of getting up in front of people she doesn't know. It is hard to put yourself out there along with spending your money not knowing if you will make it back. If you haven't seen you website you really should check it out. I have her towelocs in my bathroom and now can't live without them. I found myself picking those towels up a dozen times and now they stay right where I placed them every time. www.towelocs.com Once you get to website check out the video Ben helped her create to show how her product works.


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Saturday, September 19, 2009

POTTY TRAINING


Well the summer has come to end. The weather here has been great. Since we have been back from our Seattle vacation we have been riding bikes. Coolidge started school and Brody is going through potty training. We spent a couple of weeks getting the kids through jet lag and back on to their normal schedules so the first day of school wouldn't be a rude awakening.

We took Coolidge's training wheels off in the spring and got Brody his first bike. Since then they have been riding on some sort of wheels almost everyday. It used to be like pulling teeth to get Coolidge to ride his bike or scooter but now he is very comfortable and enjoys experimenting with what he can do. His cousins had taught him a few skills during vacation. Brody has become quite the rider. People stop on the street just to watch him ride. They can't believe a little guy could go so fast and have so much fun with this little wooden glider. He makes me laugh everyday. With that said he also makes my heart stop just as often.

Coolidge started his first day of school a little more than a week ago. I can't believe he is in the 1st grade. He is so proud of himself and today I saw how excited he is about learning to read. I know from his amazing imagination that once he reads on his own he will just devour books. We are currently finishing the first Harry Potter book and over time I have noticed how much easier it is for him to sit and listen. Coolidge is so excited to be a big boy. He loves to stand up while riding his bike, go as fast as he can down a hill. My heart cringes and thinks of him crashing and how bad that will feel and look. When I yell slow down he frowns and says, "why?" He is fighting me at night to stop brushing his teeth because he believes he can do it himself and some of his friends do it all on their own. I am trying to do a once over brush for as long as I can because I don't want him to get cavities. I showed my teeth and said, "I wish someone had brushed my teeth at night so I don't have all this silver in my mouth." Luckily that worked but probably not for long. However even though Coolidge desires being big he also craves being out little guy. He loves to be held and carried. He is one of the most caring sweet individuals I have ever met.

Brody is potty training. I don't know why but I remember it being much easier with Coolidge. On the first day Brody peed and pooped in his pants the entire day. On the second we had a lot of success. After that it got much easier. Matter of fact it was so easy I thought this is too good to be true. After one week of great potty behavior Brody decided he didn't want to go on the potty any more. There was a lot of yelling. When I say that I mean he screamed over and over and then I yelled back out of complete frustration. Brody protested pooping all together. He decided no poop needed to come out at all. the only other stubborn person I know is me and I realized I had met my match. I gave up and after some great advice from my friend Kerry. We agreed that we don't ask him if he needs to go potty and if he pees in his pants, so be it. We all know I am a control freak so letting him do that took a lot from me. I also let Ben handle if for two days because my sweet husband who never yells has much more patience and tolerance than me. He did a great job and we got over a huge hurdle. Brody is now doing well. He rarely has a pee accident and is starting to see that pooping on the potty is much better than in his pants. The day we conquer that obstacle, I plan to celebrate. I have potty trained a lot of kids in my day but by far Brody has been the hardest.

Ben and I have been very busy. Ben is working hard on his film and literally breaking his feet to play catch up for all the down time we had in the summer. He doesn't get any work in August so come September Ben works his but off every day to pay bills and pay for our long summer vacation in Seattle. I appreciate all he does. He works hard on every thing he does. I am watching him make his films and see how much he puts into the details. He has never done anything half assed. I love seeing how happy is to make films. I hope that one day catering will be a distant memory for him. I look forward to him making films and being waited on at the party. I am crazy busy because while Ben works all day and night I am on mommy duty. I am a class parent again this year and is quite a lot of work. Instead of putting Brody in nursery school me and two other mom's are doing a co-op. Brody goes to their houses for 3 hours and they bring their kids to me on Wednesday. We just started it but already I am excited for the free time and for Brody to have some creative time and play away for me. He told me today that they did some singing. Petra is great at teaching music to children and Lord knows I suck at that so I am happy he gets to do that with them.

I am sorry to hear that Jerry's mother Lucy passed away. She was one of the sweetest ladies I know, who also made the best apple pie I have ever eaten. I was privilege to know her and be a part of her family. she told me the secret to her pie and I feel I make a close second to hers. I add a few of her delicious dishes to my holiday dinners every year. I am happy to say that she is now with her beloved husband and son and will live on forever in our memories.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

FIRSTS


This has been quite a summer. We have done so much and stumbled upon so many new things that I am having a hard time keeping track of what I need to write about. We just got back from Seattle and had an absolute wonderful time. Me and the boys left Ben behind and spent 3 weeks in Seattle. He later joined us for 2 weeks which is usually when I cram it all in. It happened to be the hottest summer I can ever remember in Seattle of course until Ben arrived. That put a cramp in all the plans I had for when Ben got there but luckily there were enough good days that we still did most of the things we wanted to do.

We first hung out with Aj and her girls. It was the first time we got to meet Elle. As you can see she is so precious. Even though I got to spend 3 days with Aj and the girls it never seems to be enough. My boys just love going over to Max's house and swimming and enjoying the nature all around them. Brody is still asking to ride another horse. Last year I had to get on Harley with him but this year he did it all by himself. That was a first for Brody. This year Coolidge experienced a garden with grandma. She started to grow a whole bunch of vegetables and her and Coolidge cared for them and ate many. Coolidge's favorite was the corn and the huge cucumber. I and so many others enjoyed the tomatoes.

We went to Sun Lakes soon after. I am happy to say it was one of my favorite trips over there. Last year was difficult so I was surprised that every minute was fun and flew by because we were so busy. Shawn (Lindsy's boyfriend) brought his boat. He was kind enough to take everyone of us out for a turn and my boys just loved it. They had their first time on a inner tube. Coolidge was so light that I was afraid he would fly out. They both did great and wanted to do it over and over. I always worry and pack like a crazy woman because of my fear that something bad will happen to one of the kids while we are there. I am amazed that the worst thing was Tyson got a huge knot on his head from a golf ball. After that Sue fractured her back and Lindsy got her toe nail ripped off. I never would have predicted the adults to get the worst injuries. We had so many water toys to play on that we didn't even have time to eat. we usually spend most of our trip sitting in a lawn chair, drinking, eating, and watching the kids run, bike, swim, fight, and dance. I don't even have half the pictures I normally have because I was too busy to think about taking a photo. My brother brought a jet ski and sea doo. I loved riding it and so did my boys. I thought they might be a little scared but they didn't want to get off. I went a little crazy on it once I got the boys to let me have my own turn. The next day my body ached more than if I did a boot camp workout. I actually think I lost weight on this trip.

I spent my birthday in Seattle. As always I did something with my sister and Ben. It isn't very often that I get to hang with them together. We went to a few wineries and had lunch together. I intended on doing something else but my plans fell through and I am happy they did because I always have fun tasting wine with them. We learned a lot from this one and we always get very goofy when the three of us spend time together.

I also got a chance to spend lots of time with my girl Cindy and her beautiful family. It doesn't matter how much time goes by since I last saw them, you would think we have been hanging every weekend. I got a chance to see Cindy's towelocs and we even helped her film a video for her website. She is doing so well and I love her invention so much that I am dying to help her any way I can. Coolidge and Keelan really hit it off and Coolidge just couldn't get enough of him. Brody was much more mature this year so it allowed me to just hang with Cindy and Eric and catch up.

I would have to say that my favorite part of the trip was my mom bonding with the boys. It took Brody a couple of days but once he got used to his surroundings he would get up and hang with grandma while I slept in. He just loved walking around the corner and seeing grandma sitting on the couch waiting for him. My mom was exhausted every night but she made sure to wake up first just so she could see that little face every morning.

My boys were old enough to check out the water slides this year. I spent many years as a kid going to birch bay but I don't think I have been back since I was a teenager. This year we made two trips up there to the water slides and the beach. My boys love to explore the beach and they couldn't get enough of the slides. I am just sorry that Ben didn't get to explore it with us. The weather was so hot that we made sure to be out near the water every time. I loved getting a chance to show my kids a place I spent many summers at with my dad, Sue and siblings. I have to say that this year I was able to do so many things with so many of my family members. All the kids played so well and we had so much fun that it made it very hard to go home this year. Thank goodness we stayed a good long time or I think we all would have had a very tearful goodbye.

Before we left for Seattle Coolidge became a great bike rider. We took his training wheels off at the end of the summer last year. I thought he might need some help learning the balance again but he got on and just started to ride. After lots of practice he was ready to ride with his big cousins. Of course Brody wanted a bike after seeing his brother doing so well. We bought him his first bike (a balance bike, SKUUT). The first day he was a bit awkward on it but by the second day he was gliding like a champ. Now he is moving so fast I can barely keep up with him.

Over the last month Brody learned how to spit in the sink and is brushing his teeth with big kid toothpaste. I also found that Coolidge is getting his 6 year old molars. You should see how proud he is. He was showing Grandma and feeling it with his finger. He loves getting bigger and can't wait to get back into school. When he sees the attention Brody gets he sometimes loves to be a little guy and have me carry him to bed. Sometimes I look at his face and I see that little baby I brought home from the hospital and then I turn around and he turns into a teenager right in front of my eyes. He had a hard time this year because he isn't a baby but he wasn't quite big enough to do a lot of the stuff his cousins could do. He worked hard and did his best and I had to put mommy on the back burner and watch him struggle. Damn being a mom is hard. I am lucky that Brody was oblivious about being a big kid. Next year I am going to have my work cut out for me.














Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day!

Today is Father's day. I feel very blessed to have Ben as the father to my two beautiful boys. I'm watching Coolidge create a card for Ben and it warms my heart. I always imagined the man I was going to marry and what my family would look like as a kid. Now I am a seeing them grow and raising them to be just like their dad. Ben is off enjoying some quiet time brainstorming for his next film. He is working hard and I think you all are going to enjoy this next one as much as "Young Black and Republican." If you didn't see it you really should. I know some of you democrats don't like to watch anything with the word Republican in it but you're really missing a great film. http://blip.tv/file/1959163/ Happy Father's day to all the fathers reading this.

We just celebrated Coolidge and Brody's birthday with a few of their friends. We planned an outside party similar to last year but the rain cut it a little short. We still had a great time and the pinata was the biggest hit according to all the kids. Brody enjoyed himself much more than last year. Last year Brody spent the whole time crying. This time he only cried from fear of the pinata. I thought he might cry because everyone was beating his penguin but he cried because he was scared to hit it. The kids whacked that thing over and over and still no candy. Ben had to get in there and beat it senseless. There was another birthday full of kids cheering Ben on. You could see Ben was enjoying all of it. I am just amazed that I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old. I put a pair of underpants on Brody for the first time and couldn't believe how big he looked. He still likes to me my little baby. Every morning he climbs into my bed and curls right up to me, sucking his thumb and holding his pink nye nye. Part of me is excited for them to get bigger and do more with me, the other part of me hates that one day he wont snuggle with me. I love that they enjoy celebrating their birthday together. As of right now they are each others best friend but you never know if it will stay that way.

A few weeks ago Sara came to New York with all the kids. I am sad to say that the kids and I only got to be with them for a couple of hours but I have to say it was so wonderful to have them around. It was like no time had passed. All the kids played with each other and by chance most of them were there as though they knew she would be there. It made me remember how much I love my friend and how much I miss her being around. I am so happy to say that they are all doing well. I didn't get to see Peter because the poor guy had a rash but I am trying to make a trip out to Arkansas this fall. Coolidge picks up with Sam immediately. They have quite a bond. Coolidge cried because Sam couldn't be here for his birthday. He keeps asking when will they move back and I tell him I wish they would. Little john was so big and still the little love bug I remember. She had a memorial for John here in NYC. I wasn't able to attend because I was out of town. I hate that I missed it but part of me is happy because it would have been so sad. It still feels like yesterday that I got the news. They are a family that inspires me everyday.

My husband has made a request that I add a new section to my blog titled "REALLY?" Let me know what you think.

REALLY?

About a week ago I sent out a mass email about a friends great new product. I am so excited for her and I believe she has created something that will sell like hotcakes. I sent that email out waiting to get these great replies so I could forward them on to my girl Cindy. I got maybe 2 nice responses and my third was a friend who gave me a small lecture on how my message was gender biased. After she gave a quick compliment she felt she needed to point out that by using the terms "mothers" and "grandmothers" that I excluded those who had not bore children, those who had not bore children who in turn bore children, and the entire male population. For this she felt it necessary to take time out of her busy day to make sure I was corrected. "REALLY?" Here I am celebrating the hell out of my girl's new invention and I need a lesson. This politically correct world we are living in these days can be quite stifling. All I wanted to know is-- do you like the damn thing and if you do here is where you can purchase one.



For those interested in checking them out here is the link. http://www.towelocs.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Milestones


I am so happy to say that I got Christie, the kids and my mom to come out and visit us again. This time they flew into NYC and spent two days here before we all drove down to the South Jersey Shore. We had a blast. We spent one whole day showing them a piece of NYC. We started with a subway ride from 110th st to 50th. We first checked out the Top of the Rock. It was a great view of the entire city and I was most impressed with the view of central park in the center of all those buildings. It was my first time and a great way to explain to my mom how massive the city is. She always asking me if certain things she sees on the news or reads in a book are where I live. This way she could see that my area is tiny in comparison. We moved on to 42nd st/Times Square. It was great for them to see Times Square in person. The longer we were there the more busy it got and gave the kids a chance to see how crowded it is here. We did a lot of walking and even made it to Toys R Us where the kids road on a ferris wheel with Ben. It is quite a site to see. Imagine a huge ferris wheel inside a toy store in the middle of Times Square. They even have a life size T-rex that moves and looks quite real. Thank goodness the growl was on real low because I think Brody would have lost his mind. Sad and happy to say that Brody slept through the whole toy store experience. It made that hour just a bit easier. We were unable to make it over to FAO swhartz but the kids were happy to check out the M & M store. Brody loved it there because the music was loud and he loves to groove. I personally didn't enjoy it much and my mom got a reality of how over priced those touristy shops are. She wanted to buy a small bag of m and m's for Brody and they wanted to charge her six dollars. I wish we could have spent more time showing them around but those few things can wear you out because there is a lot of walking involved.

We packed up the rented mini van and headed south the next day. It was our third time at the fairway villas in Galloway. We didn't get the best weather but good enough for us to enjoy the beach and pool for a few days. It was Henry and Kendal's first real time in the Atlantic ocean and learning to body surf. We really only got one great beach day so that kind of sucked for swimming in the ocean but it also made us do more things that we normally wouldn't have checked out. We went to Ripley's believe it or not on the Atlantic City boardwalk. The kids and Christie got a chance to see how strange Atlantic city really is. In the movies it sounds so cool. When you are there it actually seems depressing...The land of broken dreams. The board walk was quite fun. It reminded me of a Hollywood set. If you look at the very first photo you can see the back ground is a little too perfect. We had a great time. Both my kids were very scared of Ripley's but the whole experience was one I will never forget. Ben bought way too many pretzels and Henry decided to see if the seagulls would attack him for some food. We almost peed our pants watching that. We even found a great candy store and bought enough candy for an army. We also went to the smallest aquarium I have ever been to but love that we were able to touch so many of the creatures. The kids loved petting the sting rays. We had a lot of fun firsts happen on this trip. Coolidge learned to swim without any floaties. Every summer we taught him swimming techniques and the first day in the pool he had his floaties on. However, he couldn't stand them and wanted to swim on his own. Over the two weeks. He got stronger and stronger and nothing could hold him back. He would have rathered sit out of the pool than wear a jacket or floaties. Brody went from holding on to me with a death grip to swimming with floaties. The more comfortable he got with me the more he was able to try things. Once he discovered floating on his own he didn't want me to touch him. He swam all around the pool. Next year I see him jumping in face under.

Brody also got a chance to do his first go-kart ride. He loved it so much that he screamed while as we left. I wanted to take him again but they were closed. We also rented a bike that carried us all and road from one end of the board walk to the other. The kids loved it and I wasn't feeling so well so it was nice to just sit and ride. We were so impressed with the beach that Christie had Kendal wrote some beach house numbers down. This family trip was one of my favorites. My goal was to get them to like it so much that they would all want to come every year.

Both my boys recently celebrated their birthday. Coolidge turned 6 and Brody turned 3. I can't believe how fast it has gone by. They are both changing so fast. Coolidge is maturing and learning new things constantly. He recently mastered tieing his own shoes. I love seeing his face when he learns a new skill. He is so proud of himself and I am also so proud of his determination lately. We are going to start potty training Brody this summer. I have been reluctant to potty train him. Partly I think I haven't started is because he doesn't show much interest and part of me knows he will no longer be my baby. With Coolidge I was always ready for the next step but knowing that Brody is my last baby I am slower at pushing him along. I know it is time and I know from experience that I have to be the one ready and then he will follow my lead. I can't even imagine how cute he will be in his big boy underpants.

I can't believe that Coolidge will be finished with kindergarten next week. My little boy is moving up to the first grade. Sometimes I look at him and I see a teenager. My life over the last 3 years went from taking care of other peoples kids to raising my own and being a part of the pta. I love being their mom and can't wait to see them grow every day.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009


spring has sprung and we even had some very hot days. We had a long cold winter so it was hard to complain but 88 in April was just wrong on so many levels. I love that I finally put away all those gloves, scarves, long underwear, winter parkas, boots, and hats. Trying to get out the door everyday with two kids under 5 with all that gear, is sheer torture. And then all the whining once your out because it is so cold. The alternative is to stay inside all day with two kids bouncing off the walls in a small 2 bedroom apartment. Those are days you wish you lived in the suburbs where you can pack them in the car and drive to the local mall and let them run around the little play gym. However, spring arrives and you love the city and swear you are never going to move out. Then that damn ice cream truck comes driving by and your kids are screaming, "Please can we get ice cream," and you are ready to pull out a gun and tell the guy can you drive somewhere else.

Coolidge is coming to the end of Kindergarten. It feels like it just began and now he has barely two months left. I can't believe how much he has matured over the year. He has begun to write, read and even do math. He no longer needs me to walk him to class and is thriving all on his own. He openly is starting conversations with other adults and has come out of his shell. He still has the bit of shyness but for the most part I can see he loves his new found independence. He also went to the dentist recently. The dentist said his teeth look great and to keep on doing what we are doing but a little less sugar. I am pretty good about him not eating too much sugar but that little boy has a sweet tooth just like his dad so I don't know how much more I could cut down without a fight.

Brody has been growing up also. Over the last couple of weeks he has decided he doesn't need a nap. He refuses to go to his bed but will lay on the couch and almost always falls asleep. this is the same guy that just two weeks ago would come to me and say he wanted to go to his bed for nap about the same time every day. I have been wanting the naps to stop but also hate to see them go because I was a guaranteed a small break everyday. I have also had the most interesting experiences with Brody's hair. When I just had Coolidge people would stop me and rave about his hair. I would search for the best shampoo for curly hair because it would get dry and hard to manage the longer it got. I loved having his hair long but hated how much maintenance it would become. Then Brody comes along and most people love his hair also but I have had a couple woman stop me and advice certain hair products for his hair. Now, I don't know if I should feel insulted or happy for the help. One black woman told me to buy Frederick Fekkai. I don't know if you are all familiar with that product, but it cost a pretty penny. I listened to her because she is black and I have stick straight hair and haven't a clue of what to use. At the same time I am looking at him and saying, "For Christ sake, he is TWO." Of course his hair is mess. He spends most of his day wrestling, jumping, falling, sitting in a stroller and moves all over his entire bed. If I did that to my hair it would be a hot mess also. A white woman stopped me at Karate and told me to use another product only found in salons. She said it made their life so much easier. I looked at her hair and thought it doesn't look much different from Brody's. I am not sure what the product was supposed to do but I wasn't impressed. From all these comments I started to seek out kids at the playground that had hair like Brody's. I decided that who I needed to talk to was a black woman who was a mother to a child of mixed races. I found a woman who had a son with big beautiful hair. She told me don't spend all that money. Buy some Pantene, wash it about every 3 days and apply some Indian hemp (or as Ben calls it, "hair grease") and I should be good to go. Thank God for her because I would have gone broke the other way.
We are very excited because My sister Christie, Kendal, Henry and my mother are coming to the East Coast in about a week. It will be Henry and Kendal's first time in NYC. We only have one day here to show them around so we are trying to make the best of that day. We are planning to take them to the top of the Rock. We heard from many that it is a better view than the Empire state building. For those of you who don't know, we are taking them to Rockefeller Center. We are planning to ride the Ferris wheel in Toys R Us in Times Square and to walk around a bit. We plan to also play the largest piano at FAO Scwhartz and then have lunch at one of my favorite Chinese joints. I just can't wait to see them get on the subway. I hope they love it here enough that they will beg their mom to bring them back. We are headed to South Jersey for a bit of a vacation. This will be our third year hanging in Ocean City. Coolidge just loves it there and its a lot cheaper than going to the Caribbean. I can't wait to share our experience with you all after we get back.