Top Ten Favorite Dinosaur Books

We have three dino lovers in this house! Although one just looks at the pictures, these are our favorite books that are always out at our house, and that have turned my boys into little paleontologists.   Dinosaurs: The World’s … Continue reading

Christmas Movies Without the Kids

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These are the movies that we, for now, since our kids are 5 and under, watch without our kids.  We are pretty much lazy for over a month to fit it all in, but it’s worth it!

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

White Christmas

Deck The Halls

Miracle on 34th Street

Christmas Episodes of The Office

Christmas Episodes of Friends

Family Stone

The Holiday

It’s A Wonderful Life

Nightmare Before Christmas

Top Ten Kids Christmas Movies

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One thing I love about the holiday season is all the family shows and movies there are to watch.  Ever since I was young, I have been an avid ABC Family 25 days of Christmas fan.   Well, more than a fan.  I wait all year for it.  If you don’t have television, I put together a list of my top ten (but in no particular order) holiday movies to watch with the kiddos.

The Grinch (animated)

The Grinch (live action)

Home Alone (1 and 2)

Elf

A Christmas Story

The Polar Express

The Santa Claus (First one only)

Jingle All The Way

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Muppets Christmas Carol

Now lets pop some popcorn, make some hot chocolate, and snuggle up with family and a movie!

Songs of Summer

Even though school started over a month ago, September is almost half way through, and the weather has already started cooling off, it never feels like the end of summer until we get back from our annual trip to the beach.  We had an amazing time and really just took some time to relax.  Part of relaxing, to me, is listening to some good tunes.  These are the songs I’ve been digging this summer, and now that it’s over I’ve compiled a top six list.  In no particular order….

(click the picture to go to the YouTube video for the song 🙂 )

Fun:  Some Nights

Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen: Good Time

Of Monsters and Men:  Little Talks

The Lumineers: Hey Ho

Taylor Swift

Train: Drive By

12 Steps to Getting Over The Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics are one of my favorite things.  Now that the Olympics are over and I’m in official withdrawals, I thought I’d come on here and go through my 12 steps, or list my 12 things I will miss the most, to get un-addicted to the Olympics.

1. Sitting with the boys and watching Michael Phelps win his 21st Olympic medal, and then going out to the pool and watching Mikey do the backstroke all on his own and hear him say he’s going to be an Olympic swimmer someday.

2.  Taking a time-out in that same pool and explaining to the kids that even though Ryan Lochte pees in the pool, WE do not.

3.  Cheering on Gaby Douglas and remembering how my siblings and I used to memorize Domenique Moceanu’s floor routine from the ’96 Olympics.

4.  Crying every time that Oscar Pistorius crossed the finish line.

5.  Seeing Mary Poppins beat Voldemort in one of the weirdest but coolest moments…and seeing JK Rowling read Peter Pan.

6.  Watching Will and Kate hug and do the wave (I’m one of the weirdos that really loves that British couple 🙂 )

7.  Misty May and Kerri Walsh’s three peat Gold!  Woot Woot!   And have to add Misty May’s after the match camera shout-outs (Happy Birthday Mike!  Here’s to the Troops!  Go Dodgers!)  Love her and will miss watching her.

8.  Seeing  Great Britain’s Mo Farah and the USA’s Galen Rupp get 1-2 in the Men’s 10,000 Meters.  Love cheering for best friends 🙂

9. Watching The Dream Team 6.0 win basketball Gold (and hearing about Superman coming to L.A)

10. Watching Kenya’s David Rudisha crush his world record in 800-meter race with a time of 40.91 seconds.  The person who came in last in that race would’ve got Gold in the last three Summer Olympics.

11.  Even though Bolt was amazing, I’m not going to miss when he says stuff like this: “I am now a living legend.  Bask in my glory.”

12.  Gotta love that Missy Franklin.  She is just so happy all the time!

I will repeat these 12 steps to myself over the next few days as the withdrawal symptoms worsen.  Watching this video and this video sure won’t be good for my dependency, but I just can’t help myself.

Go USA!  104 Medals!  Let’s get ready for Rio!

 

The Contents Of A Blink

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I saw this quote a while back but it has stuck with me.  Stuck with me like a catchy song or a really good laugh.  Throughout the daily tasks of motherhood, whenever I start to think “I can’t wait until I don’t have to do this anymore”….this quote comes back.

The funny thing is, I don’t mind the actual laundry.  I love a hamper full of dirty clothes because it means we made some good memories in them.  I love the smell of the clean laundry wafting through the house because it reminds me that I got a task done.  I also love piles of folded laundry, even the ones I don’t ever put away, because it means that once again, I’m hopefully making memories instead of doing chores.

The things that are on my list of things that I’ll find myself missing when my kids are older are things like taking at least 45 minutes to force them to eat every bite of their dinner because one day I’ll be cooking for two.  Or having to sing six to ten nighttime songs because one day I’ll be waiting up for them to come home and go to bed too tired to talk to me, and then after that they won’t even go to bed in my house.  Or reading Dr Seuss and Jane Yolen until I can barely keep my eyes open, because I know sleep will come much sooner with their textbooks later on.  Or picking up toys and moving rugs and replacing pillows, because all too soon my house will be all too clean…..and all too empty.

This is my top ten list of things I already know I’ll miss and I cherish every moment of them:

1.  Mikey wanting to tell me his favorite color, power ranger, dinosaur, food, etc every five minutes because it changes that often.

2.  Riley asking me to draw with him all day long and thinking I’m the best artist in the whole wide world.

3.  Ty lighting up whenever he sees me like I’m the most important person in the world.

4.  The boys copying everything their daddy does and knowing he’s who they want to be someday.

5.  Mikey randomly complimenting me and meaning it.  Today he loved my purple sandals.  Yesterday it was my Rapunzel hair.

6.  The joy I find every time Ty rolls over to get a toy, or pushes one inch to get closer to his brothers.

7.  The fact that Mikey wants to get “bathtized” and Riley’s favorite animal is a “crocidikle”.

8. Finding papers all over the house with hearts on them from Mikey telling me he loves me.

9. The fact that they’d rather play with me than a video game.  I’m hoping that one never changes.

10.  How quick they are to forgive and how easily they forget that I’m not perfect.

Even today I found myself saying, “Things will be so different when all the kids are in school.”  Then I realize that I blinked and Ty is six months old.  You should see this little cherub.  He is 19 pounds of smiles and seriously makes my life so much easier.  It feels like yesterday I was in the hospital holding Mikey in my arms and falling into the love, doubts, joy, worry, pride and sacrifice that comes along with parenthood.  Now that baby is all of four feet tall (just over one foot shorter than this momma) and has feet one set of toes smaller than mine.

I blinked and he was dancing to Coldplay.

I blinked and my boys are obsessed with Spiderman.

I blinked and I was way past outnumbered.

I don’t even want to think about what’s coming in the next blink.  And the next.

I vow to cherish the laundry.  To cherish the tantrums.  And to keep my eyes wide open.

But the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4 and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.

-Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author.   

Top Ten- Dystopian Literature

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I’ve got Hunger Games on my brain.  Especially this week when the movie is coming out.  Especially because my husband read the books and may be more excited than me to see the movie.  Especially because when a book I love is made into a movie, it brings my two favorite things together.  Books and movies make me happy.

In honor of one of the best dystopian novels to come out in a while, I thought I’d compile my top ten list of my favorite dystopian literature.  I actually only came up with nine, but I researched quite a bit for the tenth spot and have some good reading in my future.

In no particular order:

1. Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

2. Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

3. The Giver Trilogy by Lois Lowry

4.  Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

5. Matched Trilogy by Allie Condie

6. 1984 by George Orwell

7. The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

9. The Farwalker Trilogy by Joni Sensel

All of these are linked to Amazon to buy them or you can also check them out from your local library.  And I wouldn’t put these on here if I didn’t 100% recommend them.  If you’ve read them and want to chat, I’m here for you.

Top Ten: Things I Only Know/Do Because I’m A Parent

1.  I get excited when I see an airplane, train, firetruck, trashtruck, helicopter, etc…even when the kids aren’t around.

2.  I rock like I’m holding a baby even when I’m not holding a baby.

3.  I go on dates to get a break but have to work really hard to talk about anything but the kids.

4.  I wake up singing the theme songs to Umi Zoomi, Dinosaur Train and Dora The Explorer.

5.  I actually learn from the shows mentioned above (Mighty Math Powers! and any animal on Dora or Diego).

6.  Having three boys I resort to bathroom humor much more than I’d like to admit.

7.  My four year old taught me 3/4 of the dinosaurs I know (which is now over 100).

8.  I findd myself fluent in two-year old.

9.  Sudden and Constant fear of heights, cars in driveways, dogs on walks, strange people in Walmart.

10.  Find myself saying, Because I said so and One day you’ll be begging for this nap.

 

Isn’t it great being a parent?  Anything else anyone want to add?