Parents, if you want wonderful pictures of your children, never teach them to say "cheese"! Please learn from my mistake or you will have thousands of photos just like mine - squinted eyes, scrunched up noses, clenched teeth, and an image that just screams "say cheez!!!". Join me while I search for that one perfect shot that doesn't conjure up images of dairy products. Oh, and unless you like that *messy* look, you'll probably want to clean their faces before you snap away. I never seem to remember myself.

An imporant sidenote is to make sure you document your life! Recording the little details of the who, what, where, when, & why makes for wonderful stories and captures your life for years to come. Because if you are like me, you'll forget it all 5 minutes later!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Post Vacation Depression

Well, I think we are having the summer doldrums right now and so missing our vaca in Maui. We were there for 12 glorious days and now we've been home for almost a month. I didn't sign the kids up for camp this year because I wanted them to use their imaginations, play outside everyday and then be "bored" by the end of the summer so they'd be excited for school to start. Hmmm, WHAT WAS I THINKING????
It seems they've been bored ever since we got home from Hawaii and have been at each other's throats everyday and it is starting to drive me nuts! J has had fits because he can't understand why we can't go back to Maui IMMEDIATELTY - like I'm supposed to be able to wave my magic wand and *poof* we're there. Oh, how I wish life worked this way - there are so many things I'd use that magic wand for! N is "soooooo bored" and all of this toys are "sooooo boring". Life as a 7 year old is so rough. M loves to taunt her big brothers and then yells that they are "MEAN, MEAN, MEAN" when they decide to push back. Add the laundry and humidity to the mix and we are so in a post vaca depression!

Ken & I saw Dave Matthews Sunday night in Hartford. Great show, I think. We had lawn seats - so did every other high school and college kid in the state. Apparantly, DMB is big with the younger generation. And this younger generation seems to worship DMB - screaming every single word to every single song, going totally insane when budda dave would grunt out "thank you", gyrating like they were on the set of MTV Grinds (is that even on anymore?). So we didn't really get to hear Dave sing. But everyone around us seemed to have a trippingly good, smokin' awesome, ravin'licious time. Good grief - this younger generation has made me feel really old and quite prudish. I swear we were the only people there who were sober and came to hear the music, not for the party! We're off to see Nickel Creek next week in Central Park, so hopefully I'll have recovered by then.

Just so I don't sound TOTALLY grumpy (!), things have been pretty good even though it seems I'm dwelling on the downers in this post. M is doing great with the whole toilet-training thing. She decided this week that she was done with diapers and wants to skip over the kiddy toilet - I've got no problem with that! We've had some fun days at the beach by our house and most days the kids are playing in the pop-up pool thing set up in our driveway (classy, I know) and the kids are getting really good at swimming. We had a great outing blueberry picking and are up to our eyeballs in blueberry muffins, blueberry sauce, blueberries for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and now I need to freeze some of the blueberries! The kids have had a lot of fun picking the raspberries around the house before the deer get them - this is a challenge! We're off to Cape May tomorrow for a mini vacation at the beach. Really looking forward this! Hope to cure some of the summer doldrums and depression! Here are some, well several, random pics from this summer...

1 comment:

Mom2Drew said...

I didn't want you to get bored in blog land, so I just want to tell you that your kids are too cute and wow...that sunset is just wonderful!