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Are you ready for Dinosaur Adventures?

Obviously, our mischievous Elf, Bella, is ready for adventures with dinosaurs. Luckily, Dinosaur Adventure is going to be in our area.

Dinosaur Adventure will be at the following locations:

Toledo, OH – Seagate Convention Center, Dec. 7 and 8
Raleigh, NC – NC State Fairgrounds – Jim Graham Building – Dec. 14 – 15
Allentown, PA – Allentown Fairgrounds – Dec. 21 – 22
Pittsburgh, PA – Monroeville Convention Center – Dec. 27- 29

Dinosaur Adventure is an all-new, one of a kind exhibit featuring realistic, life-sized dinosaurs that come alive with their life-like movement and roars. Learn about the most popular dinosaurs -Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Diplodocus, Velociraptor, and explore recent finds with exciting discoveries!

As part of Dinosaur Adventure, children of all ages will enjoy a variety of activities: fossil crafting, Jurassic jeeps, themed obstacle courses, riding their favorite dinosaur, and more! The whole family will also be amused by our live entertainment featuring a walking dinosaur show, and a baby dinosaur meet & greet.

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Wonder Woman Wednesday: Banana Pancakes

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It’s a new year. It’s not necessarily a new me. However, I have been in the kitchen more . . . on purpose.

Since it is the last day of the kid’s Christmas vacation and we all survived, I made banana pancakes. The first batch didn’t look very good. It took a lot of convincing to get the kid to eat.

She said something that I’ve never heard from any of my children. She said, “These are really good mommy. You should make some more.”

It was a New Year’s miracle.

I feel like I could be Wonder Woman in the kitchen. It could happen, right?! I could wear my tiara next time.

 

 

Christmas Eve with Eva: Baking Cookies

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This year, Eva and I made cookies for Santa. Usually, I buy them already made.
She wanted to help. Since I cannot find the mixer, Eva was in charge of mashing everything together. Then she put the cookie dough on the sheet. Most of it made it to the cookie sheet. A small percentage was eaten. It could not be helped.

She wanted to help pour the milk for Santa but it was only 4 p.m. Santa- or anyone else really- should not be served sour milk.

P.S. Santa, could you bring us a new mixer for Christmas?

Thanks!

Love + Gravity

Love + Gravity

After the rush to find matching clothes and  shoes, the morning conversation with the kid usually goes like this:

The kid: Do you think love is stronger than gravity?

Me: I don’t know exactly.

The kid: I wonder . . .

Me: (trying to crash into anyone from staring at the kid in amazement. Yes, I should turn around now.) Yeah, I wonder . . .

For the rest of the day, I really contemplated whether love is stronger than gravity. I suppose love and gravity have a few things in common. Can they really be compared?

You can’t see love or gravity. You can probably see examples of love but you can’t really see any rays of love shooting out of your significant others eyes. The love rays could be problematic if the ex that you still sort of pine for walks into the room. Then everyone knows that you still love them.

Some would say that love and gravity can keep you grounded.However, being grounded by love doesn’t happen for everyone. We all know people that cannot commit to anyone, not even their own children. Love for other people is not inherent in all people.

Gravity on the other hand is with us all of the time,

We can try to block out love but it’s a bit impossible to defy gravity, unless you are in fact Idina Menzel or an astronaut.

School has Come Back to Life

It’s back-to-school time: do you love the start of school or dread it?

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Loves her Batman backpack

I thought that I would be so happy to see my kids go off to school. I dreamed about all of the things I would do with my free time. It was going to be glorious.

I can go shopping by myself again but I’m broke after all of the moving. Who is broke after all of the back to school shopping? There will be no shopping today for many of us. I did a u-turn in the Dollar Store parking lot. It’s the best I can do today.

When I dropped of the youngest kid at school, I drove around the block and parked across the street. There were no open spaces in the parking lot. All of the parents had the same idea – hovering and stalking their children.

It was my youngest kid’s first day at a brand new school. I wanted to make sure she didn’t get lost. I also wanted to see that she wasn’t a hot mess like me. I peeked in on her classroom. She was perfectly fine. No tears or anything. She did so much better at not crying than I did today.

When Your Daughter becomes a Fire Breathing Dragon

This is my daughter. She used to be a sweet, loving little girl.

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Apparently that has changed. I get it. People change. Life goes on. The little girl we once knew is no more.

She used to make cute drawings for me with bunnies and hearts for Christmas. I still have them in a frame.

Now she leaves notes like this around the house. So sweet of her.

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The dragon is quite lovely though. If you look close enough, you’ll see a cute little bunny running away from the dragon.

I just wasn’t prepared for all of this hostility from her. Her sisters have been fire breathing dragons since birth. Maybe this daughter is just a late bloomer?

However, I do know why she was angry. She wanted me to move a box of her sister’s toys out of her room. I asked if we could leave it until the morning because it was 10 p.m. and I didn’t know where to put it.

The temper tantrum ensued. Then the note.

So here is my plan.

  1. If the box hasn’t moved, I will move it whether or not I agree with her. Maybe I invaded her space too much with the box of toys?
  2. I’ll keep making rules that she hates. She really hates the “You have to sleep” rule, followed by the “You have to eat” edict.
  3. I’ll be the mommy forever. Follow her around. Embarrass her every now and then with dancing in public or something.
  4. Remember that the sweet, kind, funny girl is still in there somewhere.

My mom said I hated her until I was 20. So in ten more years, she and I will look back on this and laugh. Or she’ll still be trying to burn me to a crisp.

Psssst. . . . I have about Ten Minutes of Quiet Time Left . . . .

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Summer vacay is here. For the kids. They are having a wonderful time. This week, they’ve only whined about two times apiece so that’s 6 instances of whining. I will take it.

I really only have about ten minutes left before they wake up and take over the universe aka the Internet. It’s ok because I have laundry and packing to do. And then more laundry and packing.

Has anyone else left a bag outside of the car and driven off without it? Then did anyone also have the bag stolen within 20 minutes of leaving? Quickest. Thieves. Ever.

Have fun at the beach thieves! Hope you enjoy my book that I was almost finished with. Sorry, I forgot to leave the sunblock for you but you’ll have some nice bathing suits at any rate.

Needless to say my kids received some snazzy new bathing suits and beach towels. It all worked out in the end.

The kids have also been reading quite a bit for the summer reading program. I’m so happy to see them read a book instead of play video games.

I wish that someone took a picture of me at the end of the night – falling asleep with my sunglasses still on. Maybe it’s for the best. It’s a happy sort of exhaustion I think.

So I’ve been published on Sammiches and Psych Meds again. It’s a post about my dad. It’s similar to the last post about him but not exactly. http://www.sammichespsychmeds.com/my-dad-deserves-better-than-the-worlds-okayest-daughter/