Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snow Day

Yesterday was our first snow of the year and they canceled school. I couldn't have asked for a better kick-off to our Christmas Vacation. Snow days force you to stay at home and drop the schedule, and since my agenda often overtakes my life, a day indoors with the kids was exactly what I needed.

Up until yesterday we haven't made time to “stop and smell the pine-trees.” In fact I've been so crazed that we didn't even get our Christmas Cards made and sent this year. (I am currently dealing with major guilt in regards to that. I love the cards. I love making them-- and especially receiving them and seeing how everyones families' are growing. Often it's the only catch up I have with old friends and distant love ones, but I just couldn't get it together this year. Still- I cannot give them up entirely, so we plan on doing a fun Valentines Card, or possibly President's Day.
The swag of cards. I love 'em!

So, what did we fill the day with? First, we cleaned the whole house. That doesn't sound like much fun, (and my kids didn't think it was either), but it set the stage for a peaceful Mom day. With everything clean, I was able to really relax, and although they would never admit it- I think they like playing in a clean space as well.

We baked. We made English Toffee, and Russian Teacakes, both of which are long standing Greene Traditions that I'm passing on It just wouldn't feel like Christmas without either of those.

Russian Tea- Cakes

We played Christmas music all day and took every opportunity we could to sing and dance. We read Christmas stories and scriptures. We shoveled and played in the snow. The kids built a snow fort which they are very proud of.

I found time to sew some projects I've wanted to work on. Currently we're making corn bags to give as gifts. (I guess I should explain what those are- but that's another post.) To top it off, Stanton came home early! To see him in the daylight on a weekday is exciting indeed!


The best thing about our snow day was just being together. I couldn't help but be overwhelmed by how much I love my three munchkins. They are growing up so fast and, as hard as I try, I can't slow it down.

If only everyday were a Snow Day.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pumpkin Love!

My front porch decked out with mums and my favorite pumpkin fellows from
"Christmas Tree Shop!" Love those colors!!

I looked out my front window today and could not help but revel in this, my favorite season: Fall, Glorious Fall! How I wish this time of year could last.

The leaves are beautiful, the sky is blue, the air is crisp and I'm craving soups and cinnamon and all things pumpkin!

And speaking of pumpkin, I made some "Pumpkin Crunch" last night for dessert. This is a great recipe because of how easy it is, and with some vanilla ice-cream and a dollop of whip cream it's always impressive and a nice change from pumpkin pie. ( although if you are counting calories this is not the recipe for you. But, remember we all need to splurge now and then.....)
Pumpkin Crunch
1 package yellow cake mix
1 can (16 oz.)solid pack pumpkin
1 can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped pecans
3 TBSP brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease bottom of 9x13
3. Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in large bowl
4. Pour into pan
5. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture
6. Top with pecans
7. sprinkle with brown sugar
8. drizzle with melted butter
9. bake for approx. 55 minutes
10. Cool Completely

-Serve with whipped cream and/or ice cream
-Refrigerate leftovers

Enjoy! Happy Fall!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Kimball Rides a Bike!

Pardon the fuzzy video quality but this had to be blogged for family history reasons.

Many of you may think that having your 6 yr. old ride a bike is no big deal, but for us it is major! Kimball has been trying to learn for about 3 years now and, for whatever reason, the skill has alluded him. All our attempts have ended in frustration and the older he gets, (and the more of his friends that ride their bikes), the sadder it is.

We happened to be at dinner at our friends' home last week (thanks again Daniels!) when the subject came up and they mentioned a program called "PedalMagic." that teaches a few simple tips that might be of help. So I went home and read up and watched a few online videos to learn more for myself. (If you want the whole program you have to pay for it. I just took the few free tips I could glean from the presses and decided to try those first.)

Anyways, this past Colombus Day we had some extra time and drove to our church parking lot (which is large and flat) to try, yet again, to teach Kimball to ride.

He did it! He actually did it! A few more practices to get the confidence he needs- but we are on our way!

Thanks for the tip Denise and thanks to Pedal Magic!

Almost Done!

The counter tops were installed.
The plumbing was connected.
I have a dishwasher again!!

Life's simple joys!!
Things are getting close to finished. We are functional again. Woo Hoo! Yippee!

We still have a lot cosmetic work to be done such as moldings (crown, base, door and window) Also, the back splash still needs to be installed (pending that I ever make a decision on tile) as well as the under cabinet lighting ( again- having a hard time deciding on it) and then we should be about there. Oh- and bar stools. We'll need a place to sit.

Even unfinished, this new space is so much better than the old. It's more organized, more functional, has much better traffic flow and is all together more pleasant to be in.

I know it's silly, and probably some sort of mental placebo, but I think I've become a better, more compassionate, more patient and benevolent mother now that my primary domain is a nice place to be. (My old nasty tile and falling-off-the-walls kitchen was sucking out my personal joy!- Seriously!)

Thank you to all of you who had us over for dinner, dropped food off, took my kids, chiseled away at tile, or otherwise helped me during this process. You are the best friends ever!

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Stick with Barton's!

Tuesday we took our annual trip to pick apples at the orchard. We had a great time, but it could have been much more enjoyable if I had gone to the farm that I like. Instead, we tried out a place called "Silverman's" in Easton CT.

If you live around here, let me make a suggestion for you: DON'T go to this farm. The owners are crabby, they force you to buy a certain number of bags based on your party size (even if half of those party members are under the age of 4!), they limit you to picking one type of apple only, they charge extra to see their farm animals and they are located right on a busy street which you have to cross with all your kids and produce in hand. I will never make the mistake of going there again.

If you are looking for a fun, family-friendly, good-old-country picking farm to go to- go to Barton Orchards. I love that place! It is a huge friendly farm where you can buy the number of picking bags you want regardless of how many children you gave birth to. You can pick a variety of apples, pumpkins and gourds, as well as raspberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, peaches, and a myriad of other yummies. They have a fun playground for the kids and animals you can look at- for NO additional cost. They usually have a corn-field maze and all sorts of other attractions for the holidays and it's out in big open space where there is room to breath and the kids can truly have an experience that they always will remember. My kids love to go there and every year we leave exhilarated by the experience.

Writing this makes me want to go there this very week, even though I already have more apples (forced upon me at Silvermans because I have more than one child) than I know what to do with.

Live and learn. Live and learn.

At least I got a couple cute pictures:

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Cabinets are Here!!

The tile floor was finished this week. I love it so much. The grout came out lighter than it was supposed to but I will plan to seal it a whole bunch and then never allow red Kool-Aid in my house again.

The walls were painted yesterday. I had big plans for doing some fabulous color and although I tested a number of them on the walls, in the end, I chickened out and went with "Palace White." It's safe. I'm good with safe!

The cabinets were delivered this morning and I got a little teary. I can't wait to start getting them all in place next week!

Friday, September 26, 2008

First Dance Class!

Laura had her first dance class this week. I'm not sure which one of us was more excited. I couldn't wait, and I was really anxious about whether she would like it or not. (OK, OK, I'm sure I would be fine if it didn't end up being her thing, and I would never push it on her if it wasn't. But, I have to admit that, in my heart of hearts, I want to share of love of dance with her. I really, really, really wanted her to like it. )

Yippee! She loved it and can't wait to go back. (I'm a total dork- but I almost cried with joy to see how much she took to it all.) Everyday she asks me if it's time for dance class. What a love!

An Update- Finally!

I lost my Internet connection last week due to some some confusion with Verizon. It has taken them an entire week to get me back online!! So Frustrating!!! I called their "helpful" technicians every single day for the past week, and finally found one today who actually new what he was doing. Yeah!!

I didn't realize until this experience how much I rely on the
Internet. Sure, I use the web for communication- but most importantly it has become my friendly "Great Big Book of Everything" that I turn to with all the constant questions that plague me. Such as: How much Motrin do I give to my kid again? Is this weird lump cancer? How do I make that yummy pizza dough? And, especially at a time like this when I am trying to be my own contractor- What grade of plywood do I need for a subfloor? Should I use nails or screws? I had to borrow friends' computers to research all this stuff- and I'm sure they did not appreciate me hogging their personal screen time!.... Verizon, Schmizon!!!

With that said, here is all the latest on our Kitchen:

We finished the demo and then had some new plumbing and a ton of new electrical done.
After all the hard labor with demolition we were left with calloused hands, sore backs and a patio that looked like this:

Thus, we ordered one of these lovely dumpsters and filled it to the very brim! ( When it came time to fill this sucker my sister-in-law happened to be visiting and I convinced her to help me "woman-handle" the mess. Kimberly you are awesome! Thanks a million!)

Next Step: Stanton and I stayed up late for a few nights to lay a new layer of sub floor. ( Our old one was terrible and could hardly support my 3 yr.old!) Doesn't it look so pretty?
Then the drywall company came. They still have to finish with the second layer- but just looking at the new walls as they are now makes me feel all giddy inside.
The wood floor company is here today to install my new wood transitions and the tile guy comes on Monday. It will be so nice to have a real floor again! So far everything is moving along according to schedule. (Knock on wood!!)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Latest Fancy Pants Item

Fruit Basket Set

Polka Dots (no matching shirt yet)

close up of fish- love 'em!

The "twirl skort"

Laura loves to wear skirts and, to avoid the constant "panty-flash" that comes with that, I try my best to only purchase ones that have built in shorts underneath. Unfortunately most of those seem to be shorter skirts that on her height come off as way too short for my liking.

But, then I found this great pattern at one of my favorite websites. (If you love to sew clothes and projects this is a great site for you!) It is adorable. It looks like a layered skirt but really it's shorts underneath! I just bought t-shirts and embellished them to match.I've made three of these outfits in different fabrics. They are great!

Now Laura can look girly and still maintain a polite decency!

Kitchen- Steps 3 & 4

In our last kitchen update we still had our lovely sea-foam tile floor. After 6 hours of "I think I'm going to fall-over a die," hard labor with a a hammer and crowbar, I got it up. In all honesty it actually took about 8 hours, but the last two were accomplished by my friend's husband. (Marianne and Michael I will owe you forever!!) Stanton was conveniently on a business trip for this stage of the demolition and by the end of the day I was falling apart in tears, so Marianne made me shower and whisked me away while Michael stepped into watch the kids and finish hacking away at that wretched tile. Seriously, show me better friends....impossible!

So- after banishing the ceramic beast we were left with the vinyl floor/press board dragon. ( see above photo) Decorating in the 60's was especially lovely wasn't it? It took another 8 hours of that before mentioned self-torture to get it up ( including a few more hours help from the same great friends)

All I can say is I am so glad that I started a more serious weight-lifting routine this past month! In fact if you ever plan on doing a similar project- make sure you spend a few weeks in the gym doing a lot of dead-lifts. It will save you! I know it did me. Another thing that helped me was my constant mental soundtrack of,"She's a maniac, maniac on the floor!" ( If for some crazy reason you're not familiar with this classic song you can listen to it here.)

So now we are here with only the sub-floor: (which we have discovered is very poor quality and needs to be replaced as well. Of course....)

Last step to demo? Saying goodbye to the stove, sink and dishwasher. For the next month it is barbecue and paper products only- with a side of microwave meals from Trader Joe's( they have some good ones) and generous donations from good neighbors. :)

The adventure continues this week with electrical and plumbing work.

So much fun!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Stanton!

Happy Birthday to You.
Happy Birthday to You.
Happy birthday dear Stanton.
Happy Birthday to You!!!!!!!!

I'm so glad your mine!

I won't embarrass you by posting a picture or saying all the corny things I really want to (at least not here). Instead, I'm giving you huge birthday praise by sharing with everyone a picture of your awesome pumpkin! I even put a standard size drinking glass next to it, so people could see just how big it's growing. I can't wait to display it on the porch for Halloween.

You should have been a farmer!

Kitchen- Part 2

We took out the fridge as well as the cabinets above it. The peninsula is gone as well. Boy does my kitchen feel huge!

I knew that my cabinets were pretty "bargain basement," but I was still surprised to find that they were mostly made of a cardboard material- not even plywood! Worse than that- they were not even screwed to the wall. They were nailed on like swiss cheese! Crazy!! I guess the previous owners didn't want to bother finding any studs so they just threw in a bunch of nails and hoped they would stay put. Double Crazy!! I'm lucky they didn't tumble off the wall and squish me! I had no idea they were this bad! I'm so glad to be rid of them.

Hopefully the last section of cabinets will hold to the wall for another week or so....

Saturday, September 06, 2008

New Hair?

I saw this add in a magazine and pulled it out to put on my refrigerator. Could I pull this look off? I love it on her, and I WANT to love it on me.

It's a little bit sassy, and slightly messy- which my hair always is anyway (the messy part, I mean)- so maybe that would be the way to go, rather than struggling with a roll brush and flat iron everyday.

The sticky part? I think I would need to get a perm which I have not done since the 80's. ( do salons still give those?) Once upon a time my hair was naturally curly enough to do this- but not anymore. Do they have really big rollers so i don't get the Q-Tip look?

The big worry? What if the stylist doesn't do it just right? This is a haircut that could very easily look bad, and stick me in the 1980's "Mom-Do" category, and I can't wear a baseball cap to church.

Thoughts anyone? Should I go for it, or is it too big of a risk?

Friday, September 05, 2008

When you Die....

Kimball- fishing and thinking about all the odd things he thinks about....

This is the latest from my 6 yr. old:

KIMBALL: "Dad, you know how when people die they give some of their things to other people?"


KIMBALL: "You know that thing that you stab into meat and it tells you how hot it is?

DAD: "Yes"

KIMBALL: "When you and Mom are dead, can I have that?"

Great!.... My son is dreaming of the day his parents die- all so he can inherit a cheap meat thermometer.

I am truly valued.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Mess Begins- Yippee!!!

A skinny little doorway- finally nice and open!

Anyone who lives close enough to be in ear shot of me on a regular basis knows that for the last 5 years I have been slightly obsessed with the idea of redoing our kitchen. It's not terribly ugly- but it has a host of "unusual" ( translation: awful, gross and disastrous) elements to it. This is all due to some previous owners who, while ambitious, were not good with tools.

The often heard quote at our house, when referring to one of these said owners various home improvement projects is, "So Wong! So Wong!" (No, that is not mis-spelled- it is a direct quote from an Asian cable guy who came to our house for a ten minute job- which turned into a nightmare 3 hour experience in which he finally came to me with a bewildered and horrified expression and said, "This is all so wong,, soooo wong.") I still feel bad for that man. His was the inaugural visit that kicked off the many visits we have since had from electricians, plumbers, AC service men, contractors, phone service-men, pest control........ you name it, they have been here, and in one form or another have professed that same horrified phrase..."so wong!"

Anyway, above all the other "unusual" hidden elements of my home, the kitchen is the biggest thorn in my side. The floor sinks, the counters slope, the lights flicker, the tile is chipped with yucky grout that seems to get dirtier the more I clean it, and the list goes on and on....It is finally time to say adios to it all! Yippee!! Hallelujah!!

I can hardly wait. We are trying to do most of the work ourselves, and bring in various professionals where needed so that future home owners don't also bemoan any amateur details. If all goes according to schedule we should be done in about 6 weeks. My plan is to expect it to be a bad experience- and that way when the inevitable problems arise I won't be frustrated and disappointed.

Above is a picture of the first wall we removed. We'll start re-framing it in the next couple days. (Thanks due to a highly talented friend. Thanks so much Michael!! We owe you once again) Already I love the open feel from the family room into the kitchen. It's great!

My son once told me that my kitchen re-do was "like the Cold War. You talk and talk about it, but it never actually happens." At the time- his insight could not have been more correct. But, for lack of a better analogy, we are finally going to war! I hope we come out the victors!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Vampire Love!

I've been incognito for awhile now. Summer has a way of keeping me from the computer- which is actually a good thing if you think about it. I've noticed (by checking in on a few of my fellow bloggers), that the excitement and bliss of carefree summer days has affected many of you likewise. It comforts me to know I'm not the only one who has failed to post since mid June.

I'm still in California- but couldn't resist sharing a little about my passion this week. Yep- you guessed it-- vampire love!! (Many of you "literary" types who roll their eyes at anything less posh than Dickens just move aside- I am a simple woman and I absolutely love this stuff!) The fourth book in the Twilight series was fabulous. I prepared myself by re-reading the first 3 books this week. I highly recommend doing that. I can't believe how many of the little details I had forgotten. I love fun writers like this. Who knew a vampire could be so delicious?

The only drawback is that it's over. That's always the sad part about finishing a good book. It's like saying goodbye to a close friend. Sigh.........

I won't spoil it by saying much more- just read it!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I've never been an "Austin Powers" fan. My husband loves him, but I find him gross and disturbing. However, I have discovered a little bit of charm from him that now boosts my everyday life.

Let me explain...

Last Christmas I bought Stanton a GPS Navigation system to have in the car, and since he's rarely home to drive anywhere, I'm the one who benefits most from the gift. ( I love presents like that!) I think it's great fun driving around town having a friendly voice tell me where to go. I even turn it on when I'm driving the carpool and to various locations that I hardly need any help navigating- I just like the adult company. ( Hopefully, that doesn't leave me sounding nearly as pathetic as I think it might.)

Anyway, I usually have the navigator using an Irish or British accent, (those are so much more distinguished sounding than our Yankee-ness), but the other day Stanton added another voice for me to try...Yep, you guessed it----"Austin Powers!"

Ewwww, I thought. The last thing I want is to be accompanied on my drives by a nasty, womanizing, disco freak!

And then "Austin" spoke to me. The next day when I arrived where I wanted to go he announced my route completion with the usual, "you have reached your destination" phrase that all previous navigators had used. But, then he did something different. He shouted "Groovy Driving!! Yeahhhh!"

I love it! How nice to be complemented. No other navigator had ever done that. It made me feel groovy indeed!

So, "Austin" is here to stay. He's my buddy, and I love that he makes me feel extra special every time I get to a new place. What a guy!

Although, I still think the movies are lame. Sorry honey.

Neilson Happenings

We spent the last week in California celebrating a number of special occasions with my family and with Stanton's. We had such a great time, and it was sad to return home only to have to go back to school. (Here in NY we have school until the end of June! Yucky, with a capital Y!! Once June hits it's supposed to be summer people! I need some free time.)

Stanton's younger brother had his two little boys blessed by Grandpa. It was so great to see everyone who traveled in from out of town.

Laura playing "mommy" with her cousin Carson.
My brother Tyler came home from his mission to Spain. We spent the day making signs and banners and blowing up balloons so we could give him a proper and very exuberant "Welcome Home." Times like these call for some of that cheesy family stuff. My kids loved it. And we especially loved seeing him again.
I always love it when we get a cute photo. As usual, Kimball wasn't looking, but I've learned to just be grateful that he no longer pulls a "Ninja Turtle"/karate pose. I'll take the normal child- looking or not- over that any day.
Grandma Greene bought some new Big Wheels ( These are awesome! You can get them here.) and the boys spent hours having their own version Nascar.
The kids with Grandma and Grandpa Neilson.
Nobody loves you like the Grandparenst. My kids are so spoiled!
We head back west in just a few weeks for a long summer trip. I'll be in California with the kids for nearly a month! I can't wait.

The Recorder Concert

Tustin ready for his solo jazz career!
At our elementary school all third graders learn to play the recorder. Ahhh the recorder, what a lovely sounding soothing to the ears and most enjoyable while driving a car...
...Seriously though, the recorder? Could there be a more obnoxious instrument? (especially when played by a beginner.) I realize that the recorder is most likely chosen because it can be acquired in mass quantities for a very low price, and is relatively easy to play. But, with the high taxes I pay, can't we try getting guitars or something? Anything but the recorder! Come on!!!....
...Now that that's off my chest, I have to say that Tustin has absolutely LOVED playing it, and when the entire 3nd grade class performed in their "concert" it was actually quite charming. A hundred recorders playing together in a large room, accompanied by a piano and some singing can be delightful, and it really was. ( I think I even cried at one point.)
But, one lone recorder in my kitchen, living room and vehicle? No Thanks!

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Good Life

Yesterday we spent the day in Massachusetts at a friends farm giving our kids a taste of the country life they are so far removed from. The kids ran in the fields and collected eggs hidden out in the tall grass, (eggs, you ask? Well, it was way too cold to have a good outdoor Easter Egg Hunt in March, when the Easter festivities called for it, so they postponed the affair until now.) they jumped on the trampoline, rode the tractor around and around, roasted s'mores, peeps and whatever else they could put on a stick over the big fire, chased a porcupine, and danced in the barn. It really was a day spent in the “good” life if you ask me, and it once again got me looking for ways to simplify, simplify, simplify! I look at my home and my life and think, "What can I eliminate?"

The school year hustle and bustle, with the lessons, homework, meetings and never ending carpools to here, there, and everywhere, wears on my soul. Some women love it, but if I thought I was capable of doing the home school thing I would seriously consider it. I love the summer when we can do what we want, when we want. I like to be about our own agenda of the library, the beach, the pool, the park, riding bikes, eating watermelon and reading books together on the lawn. That sounds like the good life right?

Unfortunately for us, while the rest of the country, (particularly the west coasters), are mere days away, or perhaps basking in summer already, we are here in Westchester plugging away until the end of June, because this crazy community, (which most of the year I really do love) thinks that long school days and endless lists of homework are the key to a future Harvard education, and ask any East Coast Suburbanite parent, and they will readily support how important an Ivy League Education is a key to ones future happiness!....... (whatever!)......., every now and then a day on the farm is just what we need to re-focus on what's important and of course- what is NOT!

With that in mind I will continue to throw out things we don't use, avoid signing my kids up for the endless list of unnecessary lessons, try each day to stop and "smell the roses" and last, but certainly not least, strive to get my basement and garage organized- (Personally, I think that will be a neccesity if I ever want to be at peace enough to access the good in the "good life." )

....or we could bag it all and follow our friends example and buy a farm. I could dump all our unused garage stuff in a nice big barn and call it good.

But, if we did, I would need to own some cows because goats milk is just plain weird!

Kimball's new summer do!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

A Huge Catch Up!

I have dropped off the blogging planet for awhile. The odds are it will happen again many times over. I will never reach the "daily-blogger" status, if one can call it that. My crazy, non-digital, life seems to take over and either leave me with no free time- or no energy to actually do anything in that free-time.

Once the kids are in bed, I often find my brain switches to hibernation mode, and I can't hardly think of a coherent thought, much less write one. Being a Mom is a constant switch from "go-go-go," to complete exhaustion. Maybe someday I'll learn to find a happy medium.....

Anyway, rather than bypass all the last months happenings that I never mentioned, I thought I would give a quick summary of what I think are some of it's highlights! .....

April 12- We started our garden. Rather than buy the more expensive plants, we started from seeds this year. The kids loved being able pick their own fruit/vegetable.

Stanton is determined to grow 300lb. pumpkins this year and purchased special seeds that hopefully will do the trick.
Planting day even won us a cute picture. Yeah!!!It was only about 3 days before the lettuce sprang up! I can't wait for those salads. The neighborhood bunnies better back off this year!!
April 14th- We had a very bouncy Family Home Evening. We joined up with the Schmidts to have Jumper Ball races. They make adult sizes now, and they are so much fun!! (You can get them here if you're interested)
The starting line....
.....and the finish line!
April 21- drove to Philadelphia with friends to check out the "Star Wars" exhibit at the Franklin Institute. For my own two "Jedi's" ( who wore their cloaks and all) it was terrific. I just had a great time getting away and hanging out with the other mom's.
April 25th- We had an "Under The Sea Adventure" birthday party for Kimball. His actual birthday is two days after Christmas, but let's face it, that is a total bummer, so we held off the celebration with his friends until warmer weather allowed us to keep the party outdoors.
I thought the cake turned out terrific, thanks to Family Fun and a lot of crafty Mom's on the web who post their pictures and ideas for me to plagiarize!
April 28th- We celebrated Tustin's 9th birthday. We'll have his party in a few weeks from now, but for the actual day he chose these fruit tarts from Costco instead of cake. Grandma and Grandpa sent Tustin this Lego Star Wars contraption and he could not have been more pleased. Currently it is overtaking the dining room on various cookie sheets and trays as he figures it all out! We'll be sure and give it a prime shelf location when he's finished. Tustin got his first IPOD! It seems like such a "big kid" thing. Where is my little boy disappearing to? Sigh....May 2nd- Laura fell out of bed and broke her collarbone. (I really need to bedazzle the ugly sling she has to wear.) The good news is that the orthopedic assures me that kid's bones are somewhat magical and she will be back to normal in just a few weeks, with no remaining scars or bumps. May 3rd- I ran in the Revlon Run/Walk 5k in Manhattan, along with some friends and thousands of others. It was great fun. Short and sweet! I love this confetti shot at the START line. It' amazing to me that they can completely shut down roads in New York City for these things. What a great place to live!
So, that's about it. Hopefully it won't be another month before I find time to write again.


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