I’m not mad at you snow…

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

A snowy day can make you second guess whether or not you should take your child to school (in my area the school is ALWAYS open) or keep her at home (she doesn’t want to stay home, she wants to go to school),

a snowy day can make going to school on foot a little bit harder and wetter,

a snowy day can be majestic until you realize you have to shovel the walkway,

but that’s ok with me because after reaching the school safely and shoveling the snow, this is my reward:

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Pure joy captured: my youngest tasting the snow and giggling away as the snow tickled her face

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She even helped me shovel the sidewalk until…

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…she attacked me with huge snowballs! 🙂

I’m not mad at you snow ’cause you made my little one very happy.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

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Summer blues and an apology to you

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Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

I would like to extend an apology to you all for being such a slacker blogger.  I haven’t posted anything in a while because to be honest with you I’ve got the  summer blues along with a nasty case of allergies that don’t seem to want to go away.  I’m a fall/winter kind of gal.  I enjoy that type of weather, but 80 degrees and above, plus humidity, not so much!  I don’t enjoy getting burn by the scorching sun (no matter how much sunscreen I apply and reapply), having my energy drained away by the NYC humidity (it’s pretty disgusting over here), and most of all the MOSQUITO BITES (they become sickly looking spots, especially on my pale, but soon to be burnt legs.)  Yes, I’m a total bombshell during this season.  Needless to say, I’m in a funk, but trying my best to get out of it by concentrating on my work for this blog.  I wasn’t blogging last year during this time so I hope this will help me keep calm.  Thanks for visiting and yes I understand that there are people with far greater problems.  I acknowledge them and wish them all the best.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Queens Museum of Art

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

On my quest to visit as many sites of NYC with my COOL Culture Family pass (http://www.coolculture.org/), we took a trip to the Queens Museum of Art located at the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  We went on Saturday and outside of the museum there was a family event presented by the COOL Culture program.  They offered live music, games, raffles and prizes.  There was also ginormous chalk pencils on the pathways for children and adults to enjoy.

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You guys know that my girls LOVE to play outside with chalk so this was heaven.

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CHALK FESTIVAL!

After we spent some time making some art outside, we went inside the museum and saw the best exhibit ever.  They have a 9,335 square foot architectural model PANORAMA of the City of New York.  It was built by a team of 100 people and it is amazing to see.   http://www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/visitpanorama

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I don’t have the best camera in the world so I’m clearly not doing justice to this wonderful exhibit.  My husband was able to spot little airplanes actually taking off from the airport with the help of thin, almost invisible wires.  It was pretty cool.

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We also saw an exhibit of photographs taken by public school children, miniature models of buildings (example above), and portrait drawings (above) by some wonderful artists.  This museum is currently under construction so there really wasn’t a lot to see so we decided to go and spend some time at the largest globe in the world, the Unisphere.

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I went back to our car and got our scooters.  We scooted around the Unisphere until it started raining.  Then we made our way home.  It was another great adventure.

Take good care all and many thanks for visiting!

Until next time…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well and having a great Valentine’s Day!

Instead of chocolate covered strawberries, I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  Everyone loved them!  As for my husband’s gift, which I couldn’t show you before because he’s a follower, here’s what I gave him.

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I gave him my HEART!

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I got this cutie at www.uncommongoods.com.  He’s soft, cuddly, and definitely unique!

My daughters loved their Valentine gifts and my oldest had a blast at school celebrating with her teacher and classmates.  Flower vendors were stationed outside of her school selling roses and my daughter asked if she could have a rose.  I said, “Of course, you’re one of my valentines.”

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A rose for her, a big smile for me.

This was definitely a great Valentines Day.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

It wasn’t hard to find Nemo!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  We woke up to another snow day here in Brooklyn, NY, a blizzard named Nemo, and this time there was a lot more snow to play with.  You can already imagine the joy in my daughter’s heart when she looked outside and saw everything covered in glorious snow.

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Miss Cool Shades

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Making it snow

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Here’s my mini snowman!

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Here’s what I did to my mini snowman using the app Doodle Buddy on my ipad.  Hilarious!!

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Time to build a bigger snowman!

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Yup, this snowman likes his beer cold!

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A family who plays in the snow together, stays together!  We had a lot of fun.

Bundle up and take good care all.

Until next time…

Sing along with me: “Oh, the weather outside is baffling!”

Hello everybody.  I hope you guys are well.  Yesterday, schools were closed in observance of Veterans Day and the weather was absolutely beautiful.  Since my husband had the day off as well, we couldn’t waste the opportunity to go to the park and bask in this rare weather.  Off we went and I made sure to have my camera in my bag.

Olivia was ecstatic to find this giant leaf.  It came home with us.

 Sophia kept picking up different sticks and swiping at all the leaves on the ground.

I suddenly realized, hey we can take a pic of ourselves as well. What a concept! 🙂

Here’s my attempt at a shot of nature.

Some days I wish I was a professional photographer with a great camera, but then I see those cameras and think 1. They’re expensive 2. They’re heavy/bulky (that won’t fit in my bag!) 3. Why are there so many buttons on that expensive, bulky camera? and 4. I really don’t want to get mugged.

I’m not too fond of my current camera, but I’m stuck with it, for now.  For me, my perfect camera, and I’m searching, is one that’s small, takes pictures fast and they don’t come out blurry.  I HATE blurry pictures, especially when you get a perfect shot, but oh wait, it’s not perfect because it’s BLURRY!  It drives me nuts!  If anyone out there has any recommendations on a great small camera, oh please let me know.  I would appreciate it.

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…

Playing with snow and in awe of fallen trees

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Yesterday, on the way home from school my daughter finally had a chance to play with snow.  It was melting fast and people had already shoveled it to the side, but she was able to make several snowballs and tossed them here and there.

 

As you can see, she was pretty happy!  We even made a tiny snowman!

Along the way we encountered several fallen trees and I QUICKLY took some pictures.

 

This damaged tree is situated about three blocks from where I live.

This unfortunate tree is right at the beginning of my block.  I live towards the end.

Just around the corner, there was another massive tree that had fallen and landed right in front of the doorway of a private house.  I didn’t go take a picture of that one out of respect to the homeowner.  It was pretty bad and this morning it was still there.

Nature is definitely powerful, frightening, and completely amazing.  All the best to those who have to clean up and may they be safe.

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…

Hope

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Today is Election Day in the USA and my vote has been counted, now I’m crossing my fingers in hopes that my pick wins.

Unfortunately, a Nor’easter is heading to places still reeling after Hurricane Sandy.  I wish I knew how to help or what to say, but I haven’t a clue.  I’ve never experienced losing someone close to me, though I’ve come very close.  I’ve never lost all of my possessions, so I can’t say that I know what it’s like.  I just feel generally heartbroken that people have to go through this.  I just hope communities that were hard hit are able to band together and help one another.  I hope officials are able to help all of those in need.  I hope people DON’T GIVE UP.  I hope donations of all kind keep piling in.  I hope with time everything can heal and communities can build back up.  All I can do right now is hope.

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…

Semi homeschooling for a week

Hi everybody!  I hope you guys are well and safe.  As reported by news articles online, there are still many people without electricity in New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut (I fortunately never lost power).  Staten Islanders are feeling forgotten and help for their area is coming at a snail’s pace.  The MTA is reporting 80 percent of trains back on track and the New York City Marathon has been cancelled.  I can’t stop reading or looking at photos of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Some of the pictures are unbelievable.

 

Before and after of an amusement park pier in Seaside Heights, N.J. courtesy of www.weather.aol.com

This morning I read an article that featured a New Brunswick shop asking for clothing donations for the cold weather.  They provided an address and I quickly went into my daughter’s room and collected several pieces of clothing such as sweaters, a toddler’s down vest, two coats, pants, shirts, scarves, and a baby’s blanket (never been used).  The box is ready to be shipped Monday morning.  It’s the very least I can do and I will be sending out more donations in the future.  May all those affected be able to recover swiftly and you are not forgotten, at least not by me.

This past week of no school had me going online and looking for printable worksheets for my daughter.  I was able to find worksheets on practicing her writing the alphabet, adding, ordinal numbers, less and more, counting, and coloring.  Every day we did several pages without any complaints.  It’s the norm now so things went smoothly.  There was play time, snack time, lunch time, homework time, movie time, and, my favorite, daddy’s home time.  If you would like to print out your own worksheets, give these websites a try:

www.kidslearningstation.com

www.busybeekidsprintables.com

www.mathsisfun.com

www.prek-8.com

Stay alert, stay alive.  Until next time…

a pin for my kids and a couple for my husband

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Things are a bit frustrating over here in NYC.  The subway is trying to get back on track.  My husband told me this morning that they have a subway recovery map on www.mta.info.  It’s weird/amazing to see the subway map shown in a different way.  This recovery map highlights the trains that are currently working, while showing the trains that aren’t (the subway lines are faded out).  If you’re entering Manhattan via car, you can’t drive in solo.  There has to be three people or more with you!  And let me not forget to tell you that gas stations are running low on GAS!  Oh boy, it’s tough out there, but New Yorkers are tougher.  All the best and safe travels to all.

A pin from www.pinterest.com for my kids that speaks the truth!  In my case, I have to think thrice.

 

Here’s a couple of pins for my husband.  He’ll see them as comedic as well as many other men, but unfortunately for them, these are simply true!  🙂

Stay alert, stay alive.  Until next time…