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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