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Back home and daydreaming

So, I’m back!  Actually, I’ve been back since Saturday, but I’ve been busy trying to organize my thoughts, catch up on emails and shake this exhaustion.  My time at BlogHer was great, but my experience deserves a slew of posts of their own.

IMG_3103Since I’ve been back, the boys and I have been busy trying to get back into the swing of things.  While I was away, I heard Jeff and Jack had a great time bonding together.  They got along famously without me—no surprise about that.  But on the second day that I was gone, Jeff said that after we spoke on the phone, Jack got upset.  As in, he threw a tantrum and then was sort of blah the rest of the day.  It was as if the first day without me was a novelty, and then the second day was like, “um, mommy’s gone and this sucks.”  As much as I loved the idea of the two of them growing even more inseparable in my absence, I thought, for sure, Jack would forget me when I got back.  So glad that wasn’t the case.

While I was in Chicago, I missed the start of our church’s annual feast.  I know I keep saying things like this, but since this is probably our last summer here as Hoboken residents, attending the St. Ann’s Feast was so crucial for me.  I missed the first few days, including our favorite NJ shore band.  But alas, Jeff and Jack went to the free Friday night concert, and well, danced their butts off.  So, while I sipped my vodka cocktails, my boy danced his little butt off to The Nerds.  I loved that I was able to witness the hilarity via cellphone.

As sad as I was to leave the conference a day early (since I only had tickets for one day,) I was truly ready to come home.  The boys met me at the airport with their arms (and the little one’s mouth) wide open.  What a homecoming!  I know it was only 2 days, but I’m so glad I don’t have to travel solo that much anymore.

Jack and Jeff at St. Ann's

The guys and I had dinner at the feast, i.e., we had street meat and listened to some fun tunes.  Once again, Jack had a blast dancing and putting on a show for anyone who would watch.  This one, he loves an audience and performing—not sure where he got that from (Jeff).

On a somewhat related note, you know how we always say our town is a bit crooked? Funny how it’s all over the news now, what with our ridiculous mayor, by the way who wasn’t even in office an entire month, getting arrested for an FBI sting. But I love how our priest makes a “cameo” in the Times. It kind of sucks that the place we’ve been calling home for our entire married life, is tainted by more negativity. And to think, we’ve worked so hard just to be able to pay our taxes and be able to afford to live here, while we have elected officials pocketing bribe money and contributing to the laundry list of corruption…awesome, no?

As if we didn’t already have our minds made up, now, it’s really time to get out.

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IMG_3115Considering we haven’t hung out with anyone for months, Sunday was a much needed excursion to see our friends at a BBQ.  In between chasing and wrangling the Energizer toddler, I had fun catching up with friends and enjoying the glorious food. YUM and thanks J & M! You guys are the best host and hostess!  And like we always do after visiting these friends, we’re daydreaming more than ever.  But this time, some plans are in motion.  Well, sort of.  If you know what that means, you know why we’re excited, but still not getting our hopes up.  Lots more change upon the horizon…

Anyway, it’s good to be back.  Now, it’s time to focus on the Hawaii trip and the events surrounding it!  It’s never a dull moment around here.

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Gray days and natural sweetness

It’s another gray day here in north Jersey, and quite frankly, we’re over it.  We’re officially out of groceries and other necessities and I’m so tempted to forgo the walk to the grocery store and just have it delivered… Nah, that would negate all the coupons and sales. Jack will be excited to get out and splash in the puddles.

Speaking of groceries, I went into the city to take part in a very informative and thought-provoking focus group.  It was about a new sweetener, so most of the discussion was about all the artificial sweeteners and our grocery buying habits in general.  We’re not big on artificial sweeteners, particularly because of all the research that’s coming out about them and we tend to lean more toward natural products.  Of course, it certainly didn’t help that the smell of aspartame made me so ill while I was pregnant.  As much I used to love Coke Zero before I got pregnant, I can’t bring myself to buy it anymore.  What about you guys, do you put much thought into sweeteners?  Do you seek out or avoid artificial sweeteners?

As soon as I get more information from the company and the big brands that are going to implement it, I’ll be sure to share and post a story.

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It’s too bad that the Hoboken Spring Music and Arts Fest was so rainy and soggy this past Sunday. It was the first day that I felt comfortable leaving the house and not being as contagious. He might have a bit of a cold, but he can still rock out to interesting kiddie rockbands—in the rain.

On a separate note because we’re so over feeling under the weather and the dreary gray weather itself, I thought I’d share Jack’s thoughts as well.  This is how he felt after waiting almost 2 hours to be seen at the pediatrician’s office.

so tired of being sick!

It was a long wait in that waiting room with lots of sick kids whining and crying…I wanted to curl up and cry next to him.

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