Monday, August 23, 2010

Local Event: Back to School Craft Event This Thursday

Musings of a Housewife and Bloomingdales are hosting a Back to School Craft Event for moms and kids. There will be mini-makeovers, crafts for the kids and more.

Thursday, August 26th, from 10 to noon

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Getting to Know You

Getting to know YOU

The Q's.

1. If you could host a Reality TV show, which one would it be?  Wipeout.  It makes us laugh until we pee our pants.  Not really.  Close though.

2. Do you put your seatbelt on before or after you start the car? After, sometimes even at the stop sign at the end of the street.  Or when one of the kids yells that I don't have it on.  The car does not move unless they are buckled though.

3. Shave or hair removal cream? Shave

4. What's your favorite feature in a house? Space and character.

5. What is your favorite "Fall" scent? Pumpkin spice.  There is also a crisp warm smell in the air when the leaves here in the northeast begin to change.  Yeah, that.

6. What tv show are you looking forward to seeing the most this Fall?? Sons of Anarchy

7. Personal Shopper or Personal Chef? Personal Chef.  Unless the Personal Shopper comes with a neverending money bag.  

8. What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of "Fall"?  It was actually Autumn, but since that is the same word I'll go with leaves.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Review: ABC City Guides for Kids

We received a few of the ABC City Guides for Kids to check out.  As soon as they came in the mail, the kids were super excited to see them.  These cute guides for children go through the alphabet with a photograph (sometimes more than one) for each letter representing places in the city for kids to see.

The first one they wanted to look at was to Orlando City Guide.  We go there just about every other year, so they were excited to see some of the places they recognized.  We also picked out a few new places we didn't know about to go visit the next time we head to Orlando.

We also found many places we would like to visit (and again didn't know were there) in Lancaster County, PA.  We are thinking about planning a trip to Dutch Wonderland, and maybe taking a ride on the Strasburg Railroad.

The girls absolutely love looking at these books.  They will sit and look at the pictures often prompting conversations about things we did while on vacation or what they would like to do on another vacation.  The books are the perfect size for little hands.  They would also fit nicely in a purse or day bag to take along with you.  They are great for toddlers, preschoolers and young children.  We love them and will be picking up the Philadelphia one soon!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Good Caramels

The kids are at an age where they just say some pretty funny things.  They give me quite a chuckle.  I love that they are trying to absorb everything and they are expanding their vocabularies.  Half the time I'm not even sure where they come up with these things.

The other night the girls were playing in one of  their bedrooms while I was folding laundry in mine.  Noodle comes into my room and says, "Hey Mommy, what do you call those candies?  You know the brown ones?"  I paused to think about it and she goes, "Oh yeah! Caramels"  (I know people pronounce that differently so I will say she said it CAR - MULS).  And then we had the following conversation:

Me:  Okay, what about them?

Noodle: I just gave some to LaLa.

Me: We don't have any candy.  What are you talking about?

Noodle: No Mommy, not candy.  You know, like when you do something nice for someone?  Then something good happens to you.  It's called caramels.  I was just sharing really nicely with LaLa.  I gave her good caramels."

I tried my hardest not to laugh as I said, "Well I hope you get lots of good caramels then.  Maybe some good karma too."

Thursday, August 5, 2010

If I Could Do It Over Again...

Kat over on Mama's Losin' It is doing a writer's workshop.  One of the prompts was "If you could do it over again..."   This one got me thinking.  Of course, that's what it was meant to do.  I know it's cliche, but for the most part I wouldn't do it over again.  I would leave everything the way that it was since everything I've done so far has made me the person I am today.  That's what I'm supposed to say, right?

There are some things I might possibly have done a little differently.

I would have been nicer to my sister when we were kids.

I would have gone to class in high school instead of skipping.

I would have taken that high school photography class a little more seriously.

I would have studied more, and been a better student.  Not to say I was a bad student, I just could have been a much better student.  I could have been honor roll material.  At the time I didn't want to apply myself, I was lazy.

I would have gone on a date with that dorky boy in college that I was too embarrassed to talk to in public.  Sometimes dorky boys end up as rich men. 

I would have moved to NYC for a few years after college.  My roommate and I talked about it constantly, but never made it a reality.

I might even have done a semester abroad.  I hear so many stories from people that did and what a great experience they had.

I would have taken that college photography class a little more seriously.

I would have majored in photography/design.

I would have gone to visit my great grandmom that Friday night instead of putting it off until another day.  There wasn't another day for her.

I would have had a big red bouquet on my wedding day, instead of the bouquet of white roses that I thought I wanted.

I would have done everything I could have to put us in a position financially to allow me to stay home with my children.  At the same time, I would still want to send my kids to the school they are in now.  They are learning far more than I could ever have taught them myself.

I might have given one of said kids a different name.  Maybe even the (wrong) name I called her by no less then 5 times in her first 3 months of life.

All of those aside, there are things I wouldn't change for the world.  I love my life and all the things that have made me the person I am today.  I love my husband, my children, my family and the people in my life and if changing something way back when, would mean life didn't lead me to them then I wouldn't change a thing.

Mama's Losin' It