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.