Friday, June 15, 2007


Having recently moved into my first home, I'm really trying to get to know my neighbors and familiarize myself with the area. Almost daily, I take my kids for a wagon ride around the neighborhood. Most weekends, I even pull the kids a mile up the way to the boardwalk. I always see someone along the way and wave or stop and introduce myself and the kids. I've met some great neighbors who've now become my friends. Some of the neighbors have older kids-so it's a great way to get to know babysitters too!
I've also made an effort to participate in community activities. I can't think of a better way to network with and support the local folks and businesses.
The volunteer fire department had a Latter Dedication and NY fire fighters came to speak about 9/11. The ceremony was lovely-especially the bag-pipers.

The kids enjoyed the big fire engines and meeting the fire fighters too.

The local police officers hosted a crawfish boil and benefit. The kids and I showed our support by attending the event. We ate some tasty crawfish, met some new neighbors, participated in the raffle and the kids had their faces painted.
The experience was rewarding in more ways than we ever imagined. Not only did we support a good cause-the kids' pictures made it in a local magazine. It's just a small, free magazine, but they were so excited to see themselves in it!



In honor of my husband...

As many of you know, my husband works in the film industry and travels quite a bit-a lot actually. It's difficult at times-but I believe the quality of the time you spend with your family far outweighs the quantity of time.
(I think of it this way, a husband with a "normal, nine-to-five" job could be around more, but he could also be a lazy, couch-potato who doesn't pay attention to anything except the TV)

When my husband is home, he tries to make the visit enjoyable and memorable for the kids. We bought our first home the beginning of this year and it needs a few improvements to make it more our own. Housework isn't something you'd think kids would enjoy, but they love to help out their daddies! My husband put in a brick walk-way from our driveway to the back patio area and our kids were his lil' assistants. They helped him load the wagon with bricks, level dirt (well, mostly they played in the dirt), pour rocks (OK, again play with rocks), and lay the bricks.
My husband came up with the idea to bury a time capsule under the walkway. He told our daughter to color a pretty picture of our first home and write every one's name on it and the date. He also asked her to find some objects that she would really like to share with whomever would find this capsule. Our daughter gathered up some Mardi Gras beads and other trinkets from her room. They placed the drawing and objects in a decorative tube. Then, they placed the tube inside a large, Ziploc bag and buried it in the dirt beneath the walkway.

Just about every day when my daughter steps across that brick walk-way, she tells me, "Some day future people are going to see my pretty picture."


Thursday, June 14, 2007

My darling Clementines

Clementines have got to be one of the best snacks for kids!

10. Not messy like an orange

9. long shelf-life

8. Inexpensive (5lb box/bag $4.99)

7. Travels well on-the-go

6. Nutritious!

5. Kid-friendly size

4. Easy for kids to peel themselves

3. Delicious!


1. Kids love them!

Monday, June 04, 2007


After many hours of play outside on a gorgeous, sunny day- my son needed a nap...

At least he made it inside the house.