Tuesday, December 16, 2014

You're a mean one...

Our little apartment is finally being holiday-fied, just in time for the 1st night of Hanukkah tomorrow. With two religions to decorate for, our place is shining with Christmas balls, twinkling lights, and a variety of ornaments mixed in with my menorahs and bowls of gelt. We're not quite done yet, but my living room is already glowing with the warmth and sweetness of the holidays.

Truth be told, it drives me a little crazy, but before you get out your holiday sticks to beat down the bitchy Grinch-Jew, hear me out.

I love the holidays. I love giving gifts and being with family and receiving stacks of holiday cards in the mail. I adore holiday food and I freaking LOVE holiday baked goods. I love the magic of Christmas Eve and the excitement of Christmas morning, especially now that I have a son. Oh, and houses covered in lights. Swoon.

That whole week that contains Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Years Day? Love it, along with the eight nights of Hanukkah, which always is easy-breezy. But when Christmas ads start the day after Halloween and the traffic gets insane, I get a little panicky. It seems counter-intuitive to place so much pressure on creating holiday magic when that very pressure makes it SO NOT MAGICAL.

I know that a lot of people thrive on it. Their trees go up in early November and they start listening to the 24-hour Christmas Songs station on the radio. They have all of their holiday shit together, and I am fully jealous of that. I am far too high-strung to be able to enjoy the holidays without feeling so much pressure- it's the same reason that wedding planning didn't agree with me. My wedding day was amazing, but planning it nearly drove me to distraction. I was far too wrapped up in creating a perfect day to get any enjoyment of out of the creating.

So how does a psycho high strung person, such as myself, get through the holidays? It's hard- I always set my expectations high. I set them too high, and they inevitably fail. I used to go nuts (and broke) trying to make every wish and want come true for everyone. I still wish that I could make all of those things happen, but it's just not possible, so I've scaled back considerably. I set limits that I can meet and try not to venture out into the stores too often (can we give a "hell, yeah!" to Amazon? It has revolutionized my life!). And while the preparation might drive me a little nuts, there is always the magic of Christmas and the electricity and wonder of New Year's Eve to ease my nerves.

We put our little Christmas tree tonight. I will, most likely, spend the next two weeks protecting it from PJ's curious and destructive hands. Shopping will make me kind of crazy, and the disruption to our routine will make PJ a little unsettled. It will be hard for a bitch like me to control my temper and patience, but it will all be worth it for the one truly magical Christmas Day.






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    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Yeah, it seems like yesterday.

    The day before Thanksgiving, this guy turned 5.

    Crazy Dress-Up Day at school- Cheer practice tee and fox pajama pants. So stylish. 
    It feels like five years have gone by so slowly, and in the blink of an eye at the same time. Sometimes, when he deigns to give me a hug, I think about this big boy I have my arms around and how his entire body could nestle into my chest when he was a newborn.

    Four was quite a year for us. It often felt like PJ was living out his Terrible Twos and Even Worse Threes in the body of a great big four year old. There were a few moments that made me afraid one of us wasn't going to make it to the Five Year Road Marker. But, we've done it. My best guy has started full-day school, just received his first actual, in an envelope report card, and had a big-kid birthday party at a trampoline park. Last night, he read his bed time story to me. My baby is five years old. Next year, he will need a second hand to display his age in fingers.

    I usually am a person of many words, but it's so hard to find the right ones to properly express just how much this little wonder has changed my life. When PJ is at his best, when he's at his bravest, when he's at his worst and most fearful- it's just all good. It is not always easy, but it is always good.

    I often tell the story of how my pregnancy with PJ was a surprise. I remember standing in the bathroom with two pink lines in my hand, freaking out. I peed on a handful of sticks, trying to make sense of it all. But it was real- PJ was here to stay and I have never been more aware of anything than the feeling of him growing inside of me. Every kick, every movement (or every non-kick and non-movement, torture for a hyper-overbearing mama!) felt like something amazing was happening. And then, a moment that began five years ago; he joined us on the outside and was laid in my arms, so skinny and blonde and looking just. like. Pete.

    The kid has been on the outside for five years now. I've watched him grow and learn and surprise me every day with all he has to offer. It made me realize that even though I gave birth to this kid, even though he's on the outside, our babies are always on the inside, too. Always.

    This past year was PJ's biggest yet. He performed in front of hundreds of people with the Storm Twisters. He rode the waves of the Atlantic on a surfboard, and try soccer for the first time. He rode horses and slid down giant, inflatable water slides. He took a trip on a pirate ship, shooting water cannons at the bad guys. He tried out Parkour and had his first ride on a zip line. At night, before I tuck him into bed, we still read our bedtime story but, now, PJ can read nearly all of the words.


    There just aren't enough things to say about this little wonder, one who is so big and lives so bravely and seems to love life, even when it is hard. It is sometimes difficult to reconcile the brave boy who was the first and youngest on the water slide with the unsettled, agitated child who can have so much trouble controlling the energy and uneasiness in his little body. It's hard sometimes- hard to keep the thought "You know, if it weren't for Autism..." out of  my head.

    But, if it weren't for Autism, I would have another little boy. Not PJ. It certainly doesn't define him, but it is a part of him. One part, just like his bravery is another part and his strange propensity to replace words of songs and stories with "sandwich" is yet another. There are a million pieces that come together to make this amazing, beautiful, funny, sweet, smart, defiant, precious son of mine. They have been five years in the making, and I can't wait for so many more birthday and new pieces of his being to form.

    Happy, happy 5th birthday to you, Peter Joseph!





    Welcome to the big reveal of the Time for Mom Holiday Kids Craft Challenge!  We were excited to see so many link ups with yours kids crafts and all the kids crafts post will be posted to our Kids Holiday Craft Board on Pinterest!




    And now on to the part you've been waiting for, the winners!









    Our two runners up are:

    • Yarn Christmas Tree by Busy Bee Kate!  A super cute idea where you create a tree out of yarn with the help of your kid(s) and then have them decorate it using various odds and ends from your craft box!

    • I Spy Ornament by Krystal's Kitsch!  Have your kid(s) help you fill a clear plastic ornament with shredded gum wrappers, glitter and more to create a personalize I Spy ornament!



    • And now our grand prize winner...







      These Candy Cane gift-tags from SAHM I Am are our challenge winner!  These gift tags were created using peppermint scented shaving cream to marble the tags by her sons!  Check out the full directions on her blog!  Lauren's craft swept the votes and the Time for Mom hostesses agreed she was the clear winner of our craft challenge and the giftcard prize!  Congratulations Lauren!




      Thanks to everyone who linked up and participated in our challenge this last week!  Be sure to check out the pinterest board for all the kids crafts from the challenge, and let us know if you'd like to see another challenge again in the future!




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      Wednesday, December 3, 2014

      The beat goes on and on and on and on and...

      It's been radio silence here on my blog for the past two weeks.
      There were a few times that I sat down to write
        and just had nothing,
      mainly because I was tired.
      But's it's been a very busy few weeks,
       full of celebrations,
      holidays,
      long weekends,
        and a few kind-of-scary-yet-exciting things.
      PJ turned 5 years old, and we celebrated with our families.
      I can not believe that my son is 5.
      How did that happen?
      We enjoyed Thanksgiving with my parents,
        Marla and Steve,
       and my Aunt Sandi.
      Pete was even able to enjoy dinner before he headed to work.
      PJ performed songs from his newly-acquired repertoire of
       Songs About Turkeys.
      The long weekend was a busy one.
      Monday arrived.
      PJ went back to school,
       everyone went back to work,
      and my sister was admitted to the hospital
      for a double mastectomy.
      The surgery was "easy"
       in that there were no surprises,
      her body cooperated,
      and all of her pathology reports came back clean.
      A huge decision that will hopefully have a worthwhile payout.
      She is coming home tomorrow sore, but healing.
      There is so much to talk about
        and so many stories to tell.
      But being tired has taken some of my focus,
        so the stories will have to wait another day.
      For now, I am thankful for so many things;
       for my smart, brave, amazing five year old son,
       for my little family,
      and for my insanely brave sister.

      Time for bed.

      Monday, November 17, 2014

      Create in me a miracle, something clean and something beautiful...

      Burst of Creativity

      I have always been a creative person, rather than a pragmatic one. I grew up a little dreamy, and loved to give in to the urge to write a poem or sing a song. As I grew, I learned to balance all of that with a more practical side of myself, but I never stopped loving the joy of creativity.

      Now that I am a grown-up, a wife and a mother, it can sometimes be difficult to find moments to express creativity just for the sheer joy of it. Women in particular, and of any age, are so busy and carry so many roles. We have ample opportunity to create, to make Valentines for your child’s classmates or put together a Halloween costume. We use our creative muscles to keep our family’s lives going every day. As a woman, my place in my life allows me the chance to share my creativity with the people I love which is an amazing thing! But it’s finding the time to create for no other reason than the sake of creativity that can be elusive.

      If you are a creative person, the chance to express that is like breathing. It is something you need to do to live. We can get caught up in taking care of our children, our spouses, our jobs and our friends, but when an airplane is going down, protocol is to place the mask on yourself before helping others. Taking just a few minutes to be creative just for the sheer joy of it can help us better take care of those around us.

      And don’t worry, we do not have to bow to the subtle pressures of Pinterest when we pour out our art. It’s not about perfection but, rather, expression. Carry a small notebook in your purse or diaper bag to jot down a few lines of poetry or the outline of that short story you've been dreaming of. If something beautiful catches your eye, snap a picture of it with your phone. Collect those pictures later and create an album or a lovely set of stationary. Get into the crayons after the kids are in bed and draw for the sheer pleasure of it. The time for this might come in short bursts, but even if it is brief, it’s your time to use. Why not use it to express yourself?


      These bursts can be the start of something big- staring a blog, writing your novel, painting that mural you always wanted in the living room- or stay small, acting as little anchors of sanity in a sea of chaos. There’s no race or deadline when we create for ourselves, just the pleasure of having created. 













      Check these great post from last week out! 


      • 7 Days of Toddler Thankfulness 


      • Everything Bagels Recipe 


      • Woodland Animals Peg Dolls


      • Made to be Loved (not pictured)


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        Sunday, November 16, 2014

        There’ll be magic, there’ll be fun!

        Just a quick note tonight...


        PJ had his first show tonight with cheer team, the South Jersey Storm. We are back for a second season and so happy to be there! PJ needs me less now- last season, I had to be out on the floor with him for practice. This year, he can be out there with his coach and team and learned his routine all by himself. The routine seems to get better and fine-tuned as the season moves along, so it's likely that tonight's show was just a preview for what we'll see as the year moves along. But all of that aside, there's nothing in the world that can beat watching my son be part of group that loves him so much, and that he loves back.

        In fact, they love him so much that they all leap up to chase him when he decides to be a brat face and make a run for it!!

        I can not stop laughing at this picture! Thanks to my friend Sara for snagging it! 
        This weekend was filled, from start to finish, with so much love and happiness and celebration (more on that later) and this performance was the perfect way to cap it off. I can go to bed tonight (and I can't wait to do so because I am freaking tired!) with my heart full from all of it!




        Wednesday, November 12, 2014

        God only knows what I'd be without you...

        I got to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes today- being alone in the car, blasting music. It's a rare thing for me since I became a mother. With PJ in the car I have to watch the content and the volume of the music choices but when I'm alone, I love to blast whatever music is playing and sing at the top of my lungs. I set my iPhone on "Shuffle" and the car filled with "America" by Simon and Garfunkel, "Levon" by Elton John, "Pet Sounds" by The Beach Boys. It was mixed in with some LL Cool J, Britney Spears, and the soundtrack to the movie "Pitch Perfect." 

        As the songs ticked by, I started thinking about my taste in music and where it came from. The answer to that is, largely, from my parents. I can score the entire soundtrack of my childhood with the music my parents listened to in the car. My parents had control over the radio, and the music from two Philadelphia stations (Oldies 98 and WMGK Magic 103) would flood the car during every drive. Not all of their choices stuck- I passed on my Mom's penchant for John Denver and my Dad's taste in The Doors (yuck). But I can see now exactly where my parents taste in music influenced my own. I prefer gorgeous voices, lyrics that tell a story, amazing harmonies. Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Carole King, Fleetwood Mac, The Eurythmics, and Motown, Motown, Motown- I can see myself sitting in the back seat of my parent’s car, singing those songs. 

        My musical preferences expanded as I got older. School choirs gave me a taste of classical music and my own love of singing took me right to the music of Broadway. A few questionable choices snuck in here and there (ahemDebbie Gibson) and new talents came onto my radar as musical trends changed. But if you take my favorite band from my 20's and 30's, Barenaked Ladies, and draw a line it goes directly to The Beach Boys. The powerhouse vocals of Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy? Draw the line to Art Garfunkel, one of my favorite voices of all time. If you made a flowchart of every song I added to my catalog, they would all trace back to the songs I listened to in my parent’s car. 


        I'm 37 now, and most of the things I do in my life revolve around my son. PJ dictates the games we play, the places we go, the movies we watch and the music we listen to in the house. But in the car, Mommy chooses the music, just as my parents did. Of course, some of it is censored. We don't listen to the soundtrack from The Book of Mormon (hoooooo, boy! Bad words!). But when I set a playlist, PJ gets a taste of the music that makes his parents happy. I am certainly not a perfect person. I make mistakes, every day, but the music I grew up on helped shape the person I am today. That music gave me my love of words, my love of telling stories, my love of theatrics and my love of beautiful sounds. Apparently, that is something that can be passed on from the front seat of car to the back. 

        Tuesday, November 11, 2014

        You talk, talk, talk about it...

        I wrote this post a few months ago, a little bit on PJ and some of our favorite PJ-isms. Because of Autism, his speech has significant delays but as his skills have improved, he will replace a word he doesn't know with one that makes sense to him. It can be very specific and it always cracks us up! 



        "Green and Orange Cereal"
        Lately, he has added "Jack Apples" to his repertoire, but usually, he asks for these by color. 

        "Thirty Ten"
        Because, duh. That's what comes after thirty nine. 



        "Blue Toy Story"
        If you just suggest Toy Story, he will correct you. 


        "One grilled cheese"
        This can mean that he wants a grilled cheese sandwich (a favorite), but it can also mean that he wants a slice of cheese. Heaven forbid if I don't know which he means. 


        "Green and orange tissues"
        He has a thing for green and orange. Either way, if you approach his nose with anything other than one of these, there will be no boogie wiping. 




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          Monday, November 10, 2014

          It's all a part of me, it's who I am.

          I'm over at the Northeast Bloggers Network talking about the things that inspire me as a writer! Stop by and check out my piece, and stay to read the work of some fantastic bloggers!

          My friend Mary Beth brought me into the literary folds of a writing group that meets monthly. Hosted by a sweet woman named Debbie, it is a chance to share and talk and write with other women who like to share and talk and write. Ironically, Debbie's home always makes me wish I had brought my camera- nestled on the edge of a wood along a lovely stream, the property is exceedingly beautiful and lends itself to serene creativity. I always have the urge to take a photo rather than write about it's beauty.

          We sat at the table and a stack of envelopes was passed around, each one containing a writing prompt. I slid my card out and read the topic question:

          What roles do love and affection play in your life?

          Oh, for God's sake. I sighed and considered slipping the envelope back into the pile and choosing a new one. But one of the reasons I joined this group was to work on writing as honestly as possible, so I sighed and opened my notebook. Everyone else did the same and for a second, I took in the glow of the sun through the leaves outside and the sounds of pens scratching before I started to write.

          *********************************************************************************

          As I age, love and affection become trickier things. When I was young love came to me- and, subsequently, flowed from me- with such ease. I was a hugger, a take-er in-er, a sympathetic ear. I loved meeting a new person and taking in every bit of them. It wasn't a frivolous feeling; it was intense and authentic. When I loved, I loved.

          The danger, of course, is that to love that greatly you have to be vulnerable, an open window to let whatever may be blow in. It's a very risky thing, this love business, and as I become older it becomes a more difficult risk to take.

          I find that I wear love as a measured thing, my windows no long flung open but merely cracked, sometimes closed. Physical affection- hugs and kisses and snuggles- can sometimes leave me feeling naked and unprotected, so I close myself off. It feels safe- and what could go wrong with this method? Being shot can kill you, so why would you put yourself in front of a loaded gun? Stay safe.

          Still, there's conflict, all the time, that free, spirited girl that soaked in love versus the part that isn't brave enough to be her anymore. Safe may be lonely, but risk is too risky.


          Wednesday, November 5, 2014

          I don't know how you keep on giving...



           ~ Treat Your Teachers ~

          “Just because” gifts are my favorite kind of present. The holidays are amazing, and birthdays are so much fun, but there is something so joyful about a little surprise on an ordinary day. It’s a little bit of unexpected love when you least expect it.

          Who is more deserving of a little pick-me-up than your child’s teacher? The people who wake up early every day to preside over classrooms full of young learners often receive the least amount of positive feedback for their efforts. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or spend hours trolling Pinterest and wielding a glue gun to say “Hey, teacher! Nice job! Thank you!” Instead, try out one of these simple, thoughtful treats:
          1. School supplies- Teachers often pay out-of-pocket to keep their classroom stocked with essentials for learning. A bundle of pencils tied with curling ribbon, sheets of stickers, and marble notebooks with a pretty pen attached- all are inexpensive gifts that will ensure your child’s classroom is well stocked. Want to splurge a little? A Facebook poll of some of my favorite teachers revealed that a pack of Sharpies are among the most coveted of the potential “Just because” gifts! 
          2. Gift Cards- Some days, our precious little learners can challenge the patience of even the most experienced, giving, wonderful teacher. Just think of how a five dollar gift card for coffee and a croissant, a few tunes, or even Amazon could overhaul a rough day for the better!
          3. Something Yummy: Do you have a killer recipe for zucchini muffins or snickerdoodles? Whip them up, pile them into a gorgeous bowl (you can find surprisingly lovely dishware at discount stores!) and drop it by the teacher’s lounge for everyone to enjoy.
          4. Words- A few words of appreciation on a lovely piece of stationary or a cute card could mean the world to your child’s teacher. You could even use the Treat app which allow you create, personalize, and mail a gorgeous card right to the school! These are the humans who spend hours each day filling young heads with all of the words and numbers and poetry and science. Get out your nice pen and use a few words to say “thank you.”

          Have you ever treated your teacher to a little something special, something that was obviously well-received? Let me know! 

          Tuesday, November 4, 2014

          We did the Mash...

          I'm over at Central Avenue Chryster/Jeep talking about how being alone in the car is the New Vacation when you become a parent! Stop by and check it out!
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          Our Halloween was a good one! It was a perfect fall day- cool and cloudy, but not so cold that the kids needed winter jackets over their costumes. Remember those days?? 

          The day began with the Halloween parade and parties at PJ's school. PJ was not thrilled to be wearing his costume. He took it off so many times I started telling people he was going at Stripper Buzz in the hopes that someone would start throwing dollar bills. But the parade was adorable, despite all of PJ's attempts to turn back into a real boy. The classes all marched by in varying levels of cuteness, the highlight being when the 5th graders broke out in the Thriller dance. After the parade, the kids returned to their classrooms, where many snacks were enjoyed and much noise was made. 

          The tradition, since PJ's first Halloween, has been to Trick or Treat with his cousins. They have walked the neighborhood streets with him dressed as spaghetti and meatballs, Super Grover, Thomas the Train and a dinosaur. This year, the big kids had hit the street before we even made it to Pete's brother's house. They had places go, candy to gather, and teenage things to do. But thankfully, having a ton of cousins means that there will be some younger stragglers to canvas as the youth contingent. The younger kids gathered for a group picture...


          ...and then they were off. 

          PJ's cousin Emi guided her little cousin through in ins and outs of Trick or Treating with patience. Under her direction we watched as PJ was truly able to enjoy Halloween for the first time, running from house to house and delighting as his bucket filled with candy. 



          PJ hit the wall after about an hour, melting into the ground in a tantrum and needing to be carried back to my brother- and sister-in-law's house, where we all gathered for pizza and madness. PJ calmed down once we got there and the big kids carried out the annual Candy Swap, an event of ear-bending noise and high-energy stakes as candy is traded and bartered. Costumes were shed, pizza was eaten, and soon enough, we were taking our tired little Buzz home to sleep. 

          I hope we have a few more years of family Halloween before all of the kids are too old for it altogether. It has been so much fun to see PJ celebrate with his cousins, and I'm hoping we can hold on to it for just a little longer. 












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          Check these great post from last week out!


          • Making Paper Leaves

          • Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

          • Air-Dry Clay Art Projects

          • Beyond Our Planet Home school Lesson



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