Archive for June, 2007

I’m not in Kansas anymore…

June 30, 2007

I spent the last 2 days in Italy. No, not really, but I had to pinch myself a few times to remind myself of where I was. I drove to NY by myself for my grandfather’s wake and funeral (the Italian priest had a prior engagement, so we had to have the Irish priest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Everyone’s name is either Franco, Salvatore, Josephine, Anthony, Maria, or Joseph. That’s about it. Everyone speaks Italian. My parents house gets 24 hours of italian TV pumped in by satellite. Italian radio blasts the latest hits. Rarely will they listen to American music. I had to practically beg my mother to let me listen to the American news. She had to tell me that they were watching the news (um, someone ran over the Italian president’s wife????) **Sigh**
My husband jokes that we need our passports to visit my family in NY.
The 2 days were a blur of aunts and uncles and cousins that I hadn’t seen in forever. My “little” cousin (he’s 27) was here from Italy! He’s been going to school in NY, and I had no idea. Or I forgot. I should stay in touch with my relatives more. I really wish I had gotten some of their addresses, or at least their email addresses, which I am more likely to use. Maybe I will when I go back. With my passport 😉

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June 26, 2007

This morning my grandfather died at 8am. He was 93 years young. He was my Dad’s father and the best grandfather I ever had. His life started out pretty rough, but he pulled through and made an amazing life for himself. He was loved by everyone who knew him. He left behind my grandmother, 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

While we are all sad that he is gone, we are also very happy that he is now at peace and pain free. Fortunatley he didn’t suffer long. What did he die from? Old age. He would say that his heart was not so good, his kidneys were not so good, his blood was not so good, and sometimes his mind was not so good. He was just one of those happy healthy people. God just needed him back now. No one is thrilled that a loved one has to go, but we are all very sure we will see him again.

He always told us how much he loved us and how proud of us he was, and how lucky HE was to have us as his family. But we were the ones who were lucky.

**that’s him in the pic with my grandmother, my mother, and 3 of his 6 great-grandchildren.

My Challenging Child

June 21, 2007

Lately I just don’t know what to do with this child. Challenging is putting it mildly. Never mind that she has given up sleeping. Never mind that she throws classic tantrums–the kind written about in child care books and magazines. But holy smokes!! She is never still!! I can’t take my eyes off of her! She climbs every surface she can, she has to have what she wants RIGHT NOW! She has to open every drawer, closet, cabinet, you name it. She pooped in the bath tub!!! Now I have to give her showers. She can’t be unsupervised for a second when she’s playing with Play Doh because she eats it. She drinks water color water. She eats anything off the floor. She will write all over her face with magic marker, and all over her legs with pen in the 2 minutes it takes me to unload the dishwasher. I can’t do laundry with her around anymore because she tries to drink the fabric softener!!!! She tries jumping off the couch and refuses to hold my hand in parking lots. One day someone is going to think that I’m stealing her. HA! My husband and I joke that no one would kidnap her. EVER. They wouldn’t even make it to the corner with her without turning back around and leaving her behind, realizing their grave mistake!

OH LORD! Seriously, some days I don’t think I can take her.
But, she is so smart. She fully understands 2 languages. She is FEARLESS. She’s not shy. She’s a super happy baby. She idolizes her big brother. She always wants to try new things. Her favorite saying is “I did it” (meaning, I want to do it). She has no idea that she’s actually younger than her brother, and most of the other kids, because she easily keeps up with them. She is so funny! She sticks her tummy out so far sometimes, that my husband calls her The Round Mound. She loves to eat and eat and eat. She sings and dances all the time. She keeps me on my toes, and every day I expect something new from her. She’s never boring.
Whoever marries her one day better be adventurous.

Swimmingly

June 14, 2007

On Monday my 3 year old began swim class. It’s for 5 days in a row, then 6 more classes in July. Including him, there are 5 children all ages 3 and 4 in his class. He is the tiniest one, and to me the cutest (of course), but not due to his looks, but due to his technique. No matter what his instructor tells the kids to do, when it’s his turn, it always comes out the same: doggie paddle swim. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. It’s too funny.
“put your arms over your head, like a rocket and kick kick kick to me”: doggie paddle

“put your arms out to the side, head in the water and kick kick kick to me”: doggie paddle

“we’re going to float on our backs and lay in the water”: doggie paddle

you get the picture.

I’m the only mother to stand right by the pool while the other mothers sit on the lounge chairs chatting. Why? because my 3 year old is still insecure and he wants me around. AND because he is so small, he has floated away twice while the instructor has been with another child, and I have grabbed him both times!!! His instructor has thanked me more than once these last few days for hanging by the pool to keep an extra eye out. I’m good like that.

Do I miss talking to the other mothers? NO. I don’t know any of them, except for one. Her son (who is a great boy) was in my son’s swim class last year. She was too good to talk to me last year, and she’s still too good to talk to me this year. I like to call her LL Bean, because I swear she only wears their clothes. She’s also “older” than me. Oh, is that a stab? I guess it is, hee hee.

Anyway, by the end of this summer I am quite certain that my son will become an expert doggie paddler.

New York

June 13, 2007

We had a great time in NY (Long Island). I’m not really sure who had more fun, my kids or my parents. My father, who has Parkinsons’, climbed on the jungle gym with my kids! He never did that with me or my sisters when he was healthy, and now that he shakes, the jungle gym was calling his name. Whatevs.
I was worried about the drive down (about 4 hours each way) and back, but I made sure I had tons of snacks, books, and toys in the front passenger seat so that I could keep tossing stuff back to them. Fortunately they also slept part of the way.
My main problem was my daughter. Her teething timing is making me nuts. She woke up 2 -3 times each night we were there. UGH. Thank God for coffee.
My parents were thrilled when my son starting crying that he didn’t want to leave. You have never seen happier people in your life.
My son also wanted to make sure my parents wouldn’t get rid of the beds so that he could come back “very, very soon.”

Library pics

June 11, 2007

I couldn’t resist adding these. Can you guess that it’s my favorite children’s section at the library? And yes, it is the one I grew up at, but it’s SO much better now.


Little Miss Sunshine decided to make herself at home and take off her socks and shoes.

Park pics

June 11, 2007

This is my personal favorite park. It’s 1 minute from my parents house and I take my kids there everyday I can when we are visiting. The kids LOVE it and never want to leave.


I’ll write more later…no time now. But we had an awesome time!!!!

(That’s my father with my daughter)

Signing off until Sunday

June 7, 2007

I’m taking the kids to see my parents in NY tomorrow. We’ll be back Sunday.

Have a great week !!!!!

Let the summer day trips begin…

June 6, 2007

Today we went to the New England Aquarium in Boston. The kids LOVED.IT. My son had to stop at every single display, which was wearing my husband out. I had my daughter in the stroller, and she ate snacks most of the time. The other time was spent chasing after her and calling her name at the top of our lungs. I’m buying her a leash for our trip to San Francisco in the fall.


My favorite displays were outside the aquarium. The Boston views, and the view of the Bay, and the view of condo on the wharf where I will retire to. Well, maybe not.

Question of the day

June 6, 2007

How much do you think this guy gets paid to jump into a tank to feed fish and other sea creatures?

I’m thinking not enough, since he does have to swim with this guy. Yes, that is a shark.