Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring Break {Part Two}

After our day at the Jersey Shore we all slept well which was a good thing since the next day was jam-packed. Mom and I took the kiddos in to New York City for a day with my brother. Two Spring Breaks ago the kiddos and I spent a day with Uncle Tom in NYC and the kids have been begging to go back. I wish I had taken a picture of when I told them that the stars had lined up for them again - they were so excited!


A big part to our NYC trip was just getting into the city. First we took the train into the city. L was so excited to be on a train. I can't count the number of times he said "cool" during the ride.


Unfortunately, L was not as excited for his first cab ride. Smiles from the older two. L not so much!


After a quick stop at Uncle Tom's apartment we headed up to the Upper West Side.  Our first stop was at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. The museum has five levels and each level has a different themed exhibit. We spent most of our time on the lower level which housed the STEAM exhibit. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. This level was filled with hands on experiments and DIY projects.


In all honesty, this is the only level that appealed to all three of my kiddos. It is really is hard to make an eleven year old, nine year old and five year old happy with the same activity so I think CMOM is really doing something right with their STEAM exhibit!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring Break {Part One}

The kiddos had off last week for Spring Break. To be honest I am not sure who was looking forward to it more - we were all in need of a nice break. No school, no PTO meetings, no field hockey or lacrosse. The only bummer was that Hubby was not able to take any time off. So last Monday the kiddos and I packed up the car and headed North for three days.


Our first stop was the Jersey Shore. (And no it is nothing like MTV makes it out to be!) We had a nice time chatting with my Gram and filling her in on all the things we have been up to this year. Then we took a walk up to the beach.  



The boys wasted no time at all. They had their shoes off, feet in the sand and digging for treasures in 10 seconds tops! I just love their enthusiasm but I do wish that beach "treasures" didn't smell as much as they do.


One little sad note about our time on the beach was that I was reminded that B is not a little girl anymore. The little girl that would have not minded the cold sea breeze and digging in the sand is gone. But at least my tween was sweet enough to let L chase her all over the beach.


All in all it was a perfect start to our Spring Break. I even convinced the boys to stay out of the water. I call that winning!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boston Strong

I am not a runner. Never have been and never will be! That being said, I love the Boston Marathon. There is just something about this race that makes it so special. The history of the race might have something to do with it. Or it might be because racers need to either qualify (BQ) or need to raise money for charity in order to get a race bib. Plus the fact that all of Massachusetts is off from work on Marathon Monday is a pretty cool bonus!


So much hard work and dedication goes into every runner's training. You can see the pride on their faces as the run by. While the tragedy of last year's race will be felt by all running today; I hope and pray that this year all of the racers and fans have a safe race. Boston Strong!!!

**That crazy guy with his hands up is Hubby in 2009.**

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Break

Hello everyone! Hubby here filling in briefly for Eileen. She is visiting family for a few days and apparently without internet access because of some wifi issue. She will get back to posting as soon as she can.

Silly Cousins

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of time spent with my cousins. Holiday dinners, days at the shore and family vacations were filled with silly laughter that only happens when hanging out with family. And it warms my heart that kiddos love to be with their cousins, too.


So when we had a chance to get together with Hubby's sibling and their sweet kiddos, we said count us in! Due to busy schedules and travel over Spring break we will not be able to all be together for Easter so we celebrated a week early. Poppy and Gigi had some eggs ready to hid for the little ones. 


The kids where just too cute running all over the backyard looks for eggs. I love how each one of them declared that they had the most! 


The egg hunt was followed by a lovely dinner. Gigi always spoils us with a yummy dinner. And of course the silly cousins didn't let dinner get in the way of their fun. I mean really, who knew Gigi's napkins could have so many uses!?! These "dessert bandits" thought they were the high of hilarity!!!


And of course we we tried to get a group picture. Maybe by the time the youngest is in middle school they will all look at the camera and smile. Dare to dream right!?!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Murrysville, Pennsylvania


God bless the Murrysville community.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Little Lacrosse

 I am really not sure how it happened. All in one week I registration L for kindergarten next fall and he started playing lacrosse. To say that I have been a ball of emotions this week would be an understatement!


Is it just me or does the uniform make him look like a 10 year old!?! Or at least the toughest 5 year old on the block? After we got L suited up he looked so big to me.


Then he lined up with the rest of the boys.... We knew he was going to be the youngest boy on the team but he really just seemed so much smaller.


Thank goodness I didn't have much to worry about. L really held his own. I am sure having an older brother that plays lax helps a bit too. Especial when M makes L practice with him in the backyard as much as possible.


For a first go I would say it was a huge success for all of the boys. I can not tell you the number of times I heard the boys state that it was "the best day ever!" I hope they all stay so excited by being part of a team.
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