Day in the Life

Olympics vs. American Idol

In our house there are two tvs – the big tv is the one in demand – and the faceoff between the Olympics and American Idol resulted in channel switching that made me dizzy.  We all are interested in the Olympics and some of us are interested in Idol. Let the games begin!

It is often a challenge finding appropriate movies that we all want to watch. Thankfully we are past the Disney princess movie stage  but the Disney Channel still looms large on (some of) our program choices. I can take a little of the snappy repartee but after any substantial amount of time or after a certain hour of the day, I am tweaked when I hear even the theme music.  I do happen to like Phineas and Ferb (it is clever) and small doses of Spongebob Squarepants. 

I would love to say that I allow no weekday tv but I do allow a bit after homework  is finished and musical instruments are practiced.  Sometimes I even get the table set or napkins and dish towels folded. Usually not. 

Here is a site that helps check out appropriate movies:   http://www.kids-in-mind.com/help/praise.htm

Nothing like sitting through an inappropriate movie with your child to make you want to check this site. Think of the movie Valentine’s Day ( Valentine\’s Day) with your teen. Painful.

Birthdays are the best

Before I had children, my birthday was a big deal, well, to me it was (I am all in favor of the celebrating your birthday for a month).  Now, on my birthday, I thank my mom for giving birth to me.  For children, the birthday is wonderful in terms of the pure joy but it is also makes me crazy, too.  There is so much pressure to make it a perfect day and, the anticpation (how many times can you answer the question “How many days until my birthday?”).

The best part of your children’s birthdays aren’t the amazing parties (done more than a few), the expensive gifts  (note to husband: still welcome),  but sharing their excitement and, sappy as it sounds, truly celebrating them.  I have learned more from my children than I would have ever thought possible. They have taught me patience, joy, and unconditional love. They have also taught me to slow down and truly notice things.  While I am still a work in progress, I am beyond  happy to have them as my fellow travelers and my children.

Our dog is adorable and, yes, sometimes we dress her up.

Providence RI

More school vacation fun! Went to Providence to visit a sister (I have three) and hang out with the nieces and nephews. We’re all about the food in our family and had to stop by favorite Venda Ravioli on Atwells Ave (www.vendaravioli.com) to pick up lunch -chicken cutlets, pasta salads and some dinner staples. Couldn’t make Seven Stars Bakery  (http://www.sevenstars.com ) this trip but it is a favorite stop and I was loath to miss it – the chocolate almond croissant is perfection.

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