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Happy 5th, D!

It’s 11:13pm – I still have one more chance to wish my boy D a Happy 5th Birthday!

His birthday bash on Saturday is still looming in parts of the house. Deflated balloons scattered about. Far too many portions of chocolate cake in the fridge. The large TUB of sherbert ice cream in the freezer that somehow was forgotten about and did not get served with the chocolate cake. Birthday cards piled up, waiting for thank-you’s to be written.

I’m glad we had such a great day on Saturday because today was an emotional roller coaster. I should have expected it as Grandma and Grandpa had to leave first thing this morning. I kind of think I was more sad to see them go since I still needed to do the grocery shopping and it is a real treat (sarcasm there) to do any kind of shopping with both boys in the cart…

Thankfully D was able to spend some time in a friend’s pool while L and I picked up the groceries. D got some practice time in riding his scooter out on the back patio. I have no doubt he’ll be zooming down the sidewalks in no time and hopefully listening to me when I yell STOP!!

Happy Birthday, D! Once again I’m excited to think about all of the changes the next year will bring for you!



The “Big” Day

It’s 9:40 in the evening. My children are asleep. The house is quiet, even with guests about. The backyard is cleaned up. The dishes are done. The air is cool outdoors. And there’s a smile in my heart about all of the days’ wonderful festivities.

D turns 5 on Monday and his “big” birthday party was today. I love a good party, but the idea of having a “big” party each and every year for both of my children does not excite me in the least. I think birthday parties should be fun, something to look forward to, special, as well as an event that doesn’t set the family back financially. That’s just a few of the reasons Hubs and I refrain from giving a birthday bash every year to the boys.  L will be having his first “big” party next year when he turns 3. The next big party for D won’t be until he’s 10.

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Central coast sand and sun

IMG_2313Summer is in full swing for my little family! The heat has finally kicked in, the squishy pool has made its way out of the garage and into our backyard, and the first of several vacations has already come and gone.

By the way, before children, the word “vacation” typically involved roller coasters, cruise ships, cotton candy, first experiences in new destinations. The word “vacation” would include times of rest, leisure, refreshment.

Not so much now.

I can’t use the word “trip” when talking about visiting family and friends because that sounds too much like a business meeting or something. I can’t say “get away” because we definitely are not getting away from the CHILDREN. And I can’t say “holiday” because I’m not European. So, vacation it is – I just felt the need to clarify that for some reason.

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