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Five Favorite Friday–Memorial Day Weekend

Ok, so I know Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, but quite honestly, I’ve been avoiding talking about it.  We came away with more miles on the car, a smiley kid and time well spent with the grandparents.  And for that, we’re grateful.

So for this five favorite friday, I thought I’d share my five favorite moments of the weekend.  There were so many classic moments, so this will be a fun way to recap another long weekend in Va. Beach.

1.  Jack and Lola watering the plants, which later led to Jack and Jeff trying to water Lola.

Jack and Lola watering the plantsGet her!

2. Jack “helping” to wash the cars.

The little guy isn’t so little anymore and insists on “helping” as often as he can. In this case, he proved to be a stellar sponge-wetter. And by the way, this particular car wash soap can double as a kid wash if you’re in a pinch. Ok, not really, but Jack certainly thought so.
Helping daddy and grandpa wash the carsspray me!

3.  The frog sprinkler.

Ah, the infamous frog sprinkler that I was reminded not to forget.  Nope, can’t forget the frog sprinkler!  It’s a good thing I didn’t, that thing was a hit!  Not bad for a $3 steal from CVS’ after-summer sale last year!

The frog sprinkler

4.  Playing in the rain.

I ran to Walgreens to pick up some bug spray, and I came back to this:

playing in the rain

5. Celebrating with the birthday boy.

Lately, trips home (for us) have become more stressful and exhausting than they’ve been enjoyable.  This time around, we were able to get schedules aligned with my restaurant/bar working brothers and for once, we actually celebrated a family member’s birthday together, albeit a week early!  yummm…Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Cake!

Celebrating with the birthday boy

Oh and if you make a face like this when I’m behind the camera you bet your ass I’m posting it on my blog and on Facebook.  Y’know, because that’s what big sisters do!  Happy Birthday, crazy Uncle John!

crazy uncle john

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WW: Beach boys

Beach Boys

Literally growing up at the beach, I envision the kid sharing the same love both Jeff and I have for the surf and sand. Like some parents drop off their kids at the mall, our parents dropped us off at the beach—all summer long. Oh, the memories.

Even though it isn’t quite the same as back home, LBI is still breathtaking and relaxing, especially without all the tourists. I love the beach in the offseason–the uncrowded beaches, barren boardwalk, undisturbed sand and landscape, gentle waves, cool breezes and the gorgeous weather. Everything always seems so untouched and completely brand new, especially in the early morning daylight, just like in this picture.

Living so far away from family, it’s always nice of Jeff’s uncle and family to include us in special weekends like this. (a big, huge thank you as always, guys!) And though they may not agree right now, the good times our kids have together are absolutely priceless.

For a quick second, I’m rethinking this whole city living thing.  But then again, the beach is always nice to visit.

Ok, second’s over :)

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Easter fun and the crazy things we do

After a nice and relaxing week in good ol’ Virginia Beach, Jack, Jeff and I are back in the saddle—well, we’re trying at least.  Per usual, our bags still need to be unpacked and toys are strewn about, but I’ll get to them.  I’ve got more important things to do like launch a website :)   And by the way everyone, thanks again for your support on spreading the word, commenting, Facebooking and the general pimping.  The feedback has been incredible so far!  Thank you!

Aside from my reluctance to abandon our routine, last week ended up being a nice change of pace.  I hated being so immobilized without a car and having opposite schedules than all of my friends who are on spring break THIS week.  But it was nice to sit and work without any major interruptions, or having to dig food out of anyone’s nose, or scolding someone for climbing atop tables.  Jeff gets really unruly these days. haha. just kidding.  Jack is a handful, but he is also the sweetest, lovey boy.  Except when he breaks things.  Ooops!
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Easter, itself, was such a beautiful and hectic day.  As usual, we were running late to church and arrived to a parking lot that was so packed, traffic had to be directed to control the chaos.  The actual church was standing room only.  We stood shoulder-to-shoulder for a good portion of the mass, that is, until Jack decided to let everyone know—quite loudly—that he was hot, hungry and over it.
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The rest of the day was spent Easter Egg hunting and chasing uncles and making grandparents laugh.  With us being so far away, I cherish the holidays because we all actually sit down to eat and talk and laugh.  I hope to continue fostering those special family traditions to balance out the crazy dysfunction.  We even took the time to enjoy “family” programming—Stepbrothers.  Because nothing says “family” more than laughing at a pair of manchilds when the storyline hits so close to home :)   There’s nothing like a full house, filled with laughter and delicious food.

Like most trips, the main caveat to all the family fun is always the havoc wreaked to our non-existent sleeping patterns.  Let’s see, of the entire week last week, Jack slept through the night only one night.  Every other night, if he wasn’t crying himself to sleep (my family is convinced he does this every night. I promise, it’s NOTHING like this here at home.) he was waking up boycotting sleep all together.  Awesome.

Last night was no exception.  Since we got home at about 1am, we had to wake Jack up to bring him inside.  Guess who was a bit upset by this?  You guessed it!  And since he was a screaming like a banshee, and Jeff needed to go to bed after a weekend full of driving, Jack and I retreated to our big blue chair.  It’s comfy, but not THAT comfy!  The sleeplessness never ends.

Oh and how about this picture?  After the crazy day at church, this is what I said to my family before they took Jack out in his white shirt to roll around in the mud and give him pots of water to play with,  “All I want is ONE decent picture in his Easter Sunday outfit.  Just one.”

THIS is what I get.
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And it rocks because it’s so Jack.

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Spring fun: Central Park Zoo

In line with getting out more often now that it’s Spring, Jack and I headed to the Central Park Zoo to meet up with one of my high school friends and her daughter who were in town visiting family.  I’m almost embarrassed to admit that the Central Park Zoo is another one of those NYC places that I’ve always wanted to visit, and have even passed THROUGH, but have never really stopped to enjoy.

Penguins at the zooPenguinstuck in an eggshellpetting the goats

At Heather’s suggestion, we made plans to meet up for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of visiting the City-fied animals.
It’s a cute zoo, and hard to fathom that this venue is nestled on the east side of Central Park in NYC.  Central Park, in general, is a great escape and oasis from the concrete jungle.  So, to listen to a symphony of animals with both a tree and skyline backdrop is almost surreal.   meeting friends

Because it was only in the 40s yesterday, the park wasn’t too packed.  It was still crowded with tourists and cavalcades of moms and nannies with strollers, but it was still manageable.  I’m imagining the zoo to be total lunacy on weekends and in warmer weather.  So, I’m glad we went on a sunny, brisk weekday.  We got to see all the animals without fighting the touristy crowds.  Per usual, Jack wanted to run around and make friends with all the animals; however, his idea of running around involves sprinting in the opposite direction.  He “made friends” with a peacock, some bunnies, goats and an alapaca.  His favorite animal though, was, of course, the pigeon–as in the “flying rats” that linger in every city park.  um yea.  There was a cow, but Jack wanted nothing to do with it because he was so busy chasing the pigeons.  The kid’s petting zoo, which is an extension of the maPolar bear scratching his backin zoo, was a perfect way for my toddler to toddle and explore the animals first hand.  From the egg shell to the spider web to the bunny faces, Jack enjoyed checking out the interactive features that were meant to be handled and climbed for visitors his height.
I loved seeing the seals, penguins, puffins and polar bears.  One of the polar bears was busy trying to scratch his back on a rock, it was too cute!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen polar bears at any of the zoos I’ve visited in my travels, so to see them at the Central Park Zoo was pretty cool.  The Central Park Zoo was a refreshing kiddie outing and a great way to entertain an out of town friend I haven’t seen in years!
Be warned, however, the ticket office only takes cash.  So, for those of you who don’t carry cash like myself, be prepared!  Kids under 3 are free, and at $10 adult tickets are pretty reasonable.  The little cafe within the zoo was crowded and somewhat unorganized, but not bad for a quick bite to eat.  No strollers are allowed inside the cafe, so be prepared to leave you stroller out front.

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