Our big guy’s birthday.

I can’t even believe that Parker is 8. That’s 2 years from double digits. Half way to driving. 10 years from college. Cray Cray.

 photo PicMonkeyCollage_zps3d813ba1.jpgHis birthday was pretty laid back. We had planned to take him bowling at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn but due to the government shutdown, the bowling alley was closed. We offered to look into a different place to go and even suggested going into Manhattan  to the Lego store but he decided that he just wanted to hang out at home, play with his new Legos and the Kindle Fire that Josh and I got him and order a pizza. So that’s what we did. As you can tell, I never even got my camera out so all of these photos are iPhone/Instagram.

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Happy Birthday big guy. We love you so!





  • I’ve always been the tough parent in our family and because of this, the boys respond differently to me than they do to Josh when it comes to discipline. The other night I was making dinner and Josh and Parker began to have an argument. Anytime this happens I stay out of it because obviously, Josh is equally Parker’s parent and disciplinarian and I don’t need to disrespect that. But on this day, Parker just wouldn’t stop and I was tired of seeing him walk all over his dad so I interjected, shut it down and Parker was off to his room without another word. Apparently Josh was impressed because he said, “Man, I wish I was a mom. Moms get shit done.” haha I think that’s a great motto for mothers everywhere!
  • I read this blog post the other day after seeing it on Facebook and love it. It immediately made me think of the 5 love languages. Mine are definitely words of affirmation and acts of service while Josh’s are words of affirmation and physical touch. Anyway, Pop Chassid is right on. I’ve been with my husband for a good amount of time (almost 13 years now!) and I can say that it took us a long time to truly love each other. Probably longer than a lot of couples because we were kids when we met and started dating. I think understanding and feeling love as a verb is what makes couples work.
  • Ruby is obsessed with blankets. She calls them her “me me’s” and doesn’t like when anyone else in the house has a me me because obviously, it belongs to her.

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  • Corn is not a vegetable. It drives me nuts that some people consider it to be one. It is a grain. That’s why it’s a serving of whole grains (even popcorn!) and why you can grind it and make things like tortillas and breads.
  • We’re still cable free. We almost caved and ordered DirectTV but we’re completely used to only having a few channels now. Plus Apple TV is awesome. We can basically still watch everything we watched before, just on our computer streamed to our television. It’s incredible to think that just by making this cut we’re saving $1200 a year.
  • While looking at “the world’s best photographs” on Youtube, the boys came across a picture titled something like starving child. Needless to say, the appearance of a starving little boy basically traumatized them and they couldn’t stop talking about it for a couple of weeks. One night they were both being particularly difficult at dinner time and Theo dropped his new favorite phrase (which has since been banned in our house), “It’s not fair.” I can’t stand when people misuse the word fair so I reminded him that what he was experiencing was, in fact, fair and that a better example of something that wasn’t fair was the little boy behind the image who has done nothing to deserve to starve. The reminder hit home and he quietly finished his dinner without any further discussion on what in his life in unfair. Sometimes, even 5 year olds need a little perspective.

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  • Josh and I considered watching a new television series until we saw what time it starts. And then Josh said, “Ooooh. 10:00 o’clock. Maybe not.” Ha! We’re old.
  • Parker has decided to go to Six Flags for his birthday, which is in less than 2 weeks. I was going to let him skip school and spend his whole day at the amusement park but they’re not open throughout the week anymore so we’re planning  to celebrate the weekend after. I can not believe he’s almost 8.
  • We’re taking the kids to the Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play this weekend. The boys LOVE Big Time Rush and they’re performing a concert as part of it. We’re all pretty excited!
  • I can’t remember if I wrote about this before or not but Parker is taking piano lessons again. He’s only had two lessons so far but it seems that he’s subconsciously remembering a little of what he learned from before. He took lessons for eight months when he was four but not surprisingly he lost interest. He’s been asking me to start up again for about the past year so we finally got around to it a month ago.
  • Theo loves school. He’s made lots of friends and even had a little girl give him her hair tie, which I of course made him send back after gagging a little over another kid’s hair accessory. Josh on the the other hand gave T a high five and the old “That’s my boy!” According to Theo his “best friend’s” name is Fross. I assume he’s mispronouncing the boy’s name but you can’t be too sure in NY.
  • I am officially Facebook free. I deleted my personal account after Josh spent two blissful weeks without his. It has just become more of a negative place than positive and since I blog about what’s going on with us and post pictures everyday on Instagram, Facebook isn’t necessary for keeping family up to date anymore. The friends I communicate with the most on Facebook are also the ones I communicate with the most in real life and nearly everyone else I want to keep in contact with is on Instagram so I still get a glimpse into their lives. It’s a weird change since I’ve had a Facebook account for about seven years (minus that two week vaca I took after a crazy, wild, embarrassing night) but I’ll get used to it. I’m still trying to figure out This Organic Life’s Facebook page (which you can “like” for an easy way to follow along).
  • This is a video I took of Ruby and I this morning. She’s saying new words everyday. If you can’t tell from my reaction, she’s never said, “George” before.

  • It’s almost the weekend!!!!

Birthday Weekend!

What a great weekend! Friday started off with the arrival of our friends Gerard and Chelsea from back home. They came to spend the weekend and celebrate with us the big day – Josh’s 30th birthday! We took the kids and headed into Manhattan for a late lunch and then came back to the house to get ready for a night out sans children! We put the kids to bed, gave the sitter the rundown and were on our way to the Brooklyn Brewery.
Screen Shot 2013-08-11 at 8.18.48 AMThe beer was excellent and the atmosphere was cool but we were definitely out of place amongst all of the hipsters. A friend of mine had joked that we needed to wear our flannel and skinny jeans to fit in and she was right – so after a couple of beers we decided to leave and grab a late dinner back in Manhattan. Earlier at lunch, we had eaten outside at a pizza bar on Stone Street and were all drooling over these fries we saw from another restaurant. Seven hours later and we were still thinking about those fries so we headed back to Stone Street and made our way to The Growler. photo IMG_5892_zps209d0add.jpgThis place was fantastic! We got a table, ordered a few more beers and had a great meal. The atmosphere was much more our style and though it was a low key restaurant/bar, there was a dj for the night which made it a little more upbeat. After dinner and some laughs over our inability to take a good picture we bought Josh a birthday cupcake from the ferry terminal and called it a night.

Saturday was a beach day. We headed to our usual spot on the Jersey Shore and spent hours playing in the water, sand and surf. photo IMG_5935_zpscff80e83.jpg photo IMG_5951_zps35a1228b.jpg photo IMG_6023_zps581316a5.jpg photo IMG_5961_zps4bcb9c9b.jpg photo IMG_6014_zpscd017225.jpg photo IMG_5974_zps8b287a06.jpg photo IMG_6008_zps0398e5a9.jpg photo IMG_6018_zps10d3c7e3.jpg photo IMG_6020_zps359c49b2.jpg photo IMG_6022_zps9d90d435.jpg photo IMG_5995_zps79005abb.jpgWe asked a man to take our picture and this is as good as we got. Not a good picture but a great day!  photo IMG_6033_zps1f3718ad.jpgOur friends were leaving Sunday but before they headed back to Ohio we wanted to squeeze in one more day of fun so we left the house before noon and made our way to the famous Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn. Josh, the kids and I have been to the original before (now called Juliana’s) but never to the one that’s rated the best pizza in NYC (and one of the top five in the US!) so we waited in the 30 minute line outside until it was our turn for lunch. The pizza was delicious but I have to say, definitely not the best in NYC. photo IMG_6075_zpsf0ed7b62.jpg photo IMG_6087_zpsd31a12e0.jpgAfter lunch we walked the Brooklyn bridge, took the the train to Times Square and made our routine visit to the M&M store. photo IMG_6098_zpsb14f1d12.jpg photo IMG_6110_zps3aeaeebe.jpgWe didn’t have much time to spend since Gerard and Chelsea had to get on the road so we called it a day and said our goodbyes. Though it’s really no fun when we have to say goodbye to our friends and family, I’m so glad we had this weekend together and I can’t wait to do it again. And one last happy birthday wish for my studly husband. I hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as the kids and I did. After all, “you only turn 30 once!”