Summertime…..

In the good old summertime……I thought life was supposed to be slower, less hectic now that school is out. Wrong! we are so busy I can barely keep track of our social schedule let alone get anything else done. Birthday parties, ballet recital, wedding showers etc. are keeping us VERY busy.
This week Sammy and Norah were both promoted to new Shabbat school classes to coincide with the grade levels in the fall. As always things like this are bittersweet. I am proud of their growth and accomplishments but wistful for the times now past.
I’ve been a bit lax the last few weeks too with so much to do. Tomorrow we are getting back on track, back on schedule and back to some semblance of normality I hope! Back to Sammy reading every day. Back to a reasonable bedtime. Sleepy children are cranky children and mine have been both. We really do so much better with an 8 o’clock bedtime. Its amazing!
We are getting settled into our new place nicely too. It will be so much nicer to be closer to their school in the fall. Already its been wonderful to be closer to school friends. We like our pool. Much closer than before and we have a couple of great parks a very short walking distance away.

Maybe we will still find a couple of lazy days this summer yet.

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Species Confusion

I had to relate this cute incident. At Sammy’s school last week, Prehistoric Pets came to put on a reptile presentation. They also brought a few larger insects. (Yuck!) Anyway, about half way through the presenter brings out an emperor scorpion. They kids start yelling. Pandemonium. Norah turns to me and asks, “Mommy, why is everyone scared of the baby lobster?” Loved it!

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The Ten Commandments

Today is our house cleaning day.  We try and get it all top to bottom.  The kids were assigned to clean their room with the threat of no tv ever again, well at least for a very long time, if it was not tackled promptly.  Tasks assigned I headed to another room to clean it.  About an hour or so later Sammy came to ask me a question.  I asked him how the cleaning was going.  This is his reply:  “Mom, do you remember the ten commandments?”  Wondering where this was going, I said sure.  He replied “So you remember the slaves?  I am playing ten commandments and I’ve made Norah the slave and when she doesn’t clean I poke her.”  Obviously we had a discussion about the merits of this game and he came to realize that making his sister his slave and poking her were not going to be tolerated.  Then I went into the garage, closed the door and laughed until I was crying.  Well, I guess he is paying some attention to the Bible stories.

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The New Project

So I started a new project last night.  Sammy is very quickly outgrowing his toddler size bed.  Since the kid’s bedroom isn’t very big it necessitates a bunk/loft bed solution.  I found a loft bed on Craigs list for only $70.  The structure is awesome but it needs to be cleaned and painted.  What I am so excited about is being able to customize it for the kids.  The bottom will be Norah’s.  I am going to make it very “princessy” and am planning a dress up area and a place to hang her dress up clothes and utilizing the built in drawers for her jewelry, etc.  It also has a built in desk.  I initially considered turning it into a vanity for Norah as well, as Sammy already has a Lego workstation, but I haven’t made a final decision yet.  The top bed is going to be ninja-themed per Sammy’s request.  We found Lego Ninjago bedding and I think I am going to paint the top black.  I want to put a belt rack on the wall up there and maybe a weapons rack too.  It can be his own little dojo.  Today is step one:  clean out the side of the garage so I can get the pieces out of my van and into the garage so I can begin working on them.  It’s going to be a big day!

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Catching up….

So…..yeah I haven’t blogged in like, forever.  We have been very busy and I can’t seem to get this to work with my iphone so when I do have a moment I just can’t seem to get anything to post.   Anyway.  The kids are growing like crazy.  Sammy is about to get his blue belt in Kung Fu, then two weeks later he graduates kindergarten and about a week after that Norah will be in her first dance recital.  Where has the time gone?  Its been a good spring for them so far.  Lots to do and lots to forward.  Sammy is such a Lego kid.  He really wants to go to Legoland and I hope to take him very soon.  Norah is begging for a trip to Disneyland.  Neither of the kids have gone to California Adventure yet, so maybe we can take a weekend and do both parks this summer.  Maybe for my birthday.  I think I want to go as much as they do!  Definitely want to go on the new Little Mermaid ride at C A.  We’ll see……

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A Party for 6 and 3

Yesterday we had our birthday party for Sammy and Norah.  I was disappointed that it rained and we had to move everything indoors, but all the kids seemed to have a really good time anyway.  The cupcakes were great….thank you Forrie and for the Mickey and Minnie Mouse oreos!  The kids ran amok and there were Legos everywhere.  To everyone who came, thank you!  To everyone who couldn’t make it, we love you and maybe you will be able to celebrate with us next year.

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Birthday time

I can’t believe its January already. Norah has turned 3 and Sammy is about to be 6. How did that happen?! I can’t believe how fast they are growing up. We are spending today preparing for their joint birthday party tomorrow. We had planned to have it at the park across the street but with an 80% chance of rain tonight and tomorrow we will have to move it indoors. Oh well! They are both very excited about the party. I will try and post pictures quickly……..

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