Wordless Wednesday


Pre-K birthday party

Amazingly well-behaved group of 3 and 4 year olds




My oldest's 4th grade class, they have all gotten so big, I know I sound like an old lady.

So my middle one wont feel left out. He is his class outside of the Tenement Museum last week. Amazing hands on school trip.




A Smoke’n Halloween

Oh where to start. The kids had a great time on Halloween. We carved pumpkins in the morning with our neighbor and middle son’s best friend. In the afternoon my youngest had a birthday party to go to then we ended the afternoon with a Halloween party our building gives every year.

Then several friends came over for pizza and and trick or treating. It was great fun and completely exhausting.

I think my youngest was a crazy perfect Peter Pan

My oldest was a Dementor from Harry Potter

My 6 year old, after being Batman for the last two years, branched out and was batman’s arch nemesis, Two Face. For weeks we worked on his costume, I bought two suit jackets at the salvation army and I cut them up the middle and sewed them together. Then a dyed one leg of an old pair of his pants and sewed two ties together. He wanted to dye half his hair but I drew the line, I was afraid he would take months to get out of his hair. I did use make up and tried to make a scary side as you can see he looked a little more like the Joker than two face.

Two Face

As the night wore on he redid his own face and just covered half his face with lipstick. I managed to get it all off before he went to bed. The next morning at breakfast we were all surprised to find all the make up back on. It was on his face, his clothes, his sheets, his wall. So much for that lipstick. Didn’t think I would have to be hiding my make up from my 6 year old son but life is funny.

Just as I finished scrubbing all the sheets my son started talking about how he really should have a cigarette to go with his costume. We explained cigarettes were not for kids and were dangerous. None of us smoke and I don’t think he has really been around it other than on the sidewalk. I didn’t think much of it til I saw him take an old cigarettes butt out of an ash tray on the way home from school. We had another long talk.

We have been letting him watch the old Batman TV shows from the 1960’s with Adam West. It turns out many of the characters on the show, mostly the bad guys smoke. Here I thought I was keeping him away from the violence of some of the darker versions of Batman. After the second talk I thought we had worked though it. Until I got an e-mail from his teacher on Friday.

Adam West and the cast from the 1060's TV series Batman

I thought I had gotten all of the butts out of his pocket at school but I didn’t. He showed some kids at the playground and the kids told the teacher. When the teacher asked where he got them he said not to worry because he bought them! Needless to say he got to talk to the principal. I guess they don’t much like 6 year old’s buying and smoking cigarettes! After a while he explained the truth. He got many lectures on the horrors of smoking and by the time I saw him at the end of the day he looked like he had been through the ringer. I am hoping this will be the end of it. If anyone has any idea on how to deal with young kids and smoking I’m open to hear it.

I think I’m glad Halloween is over for this year, can’t wait to see what Thanksgiving brings.

Saying good bye

Today the Crib moves out of our apartment and we start a new stage in our life.  My youngest has been sleeping in his big boy bed for a few days now and he loves it.  The triple bunk bed looks great.  It took a long time to make but I think it is extremely strong and might just survive my 3 boys.

Yes I should have made the beds before I took this picture but life goes on...

We put up a sign to sell the crib in the lobby and less than an hour later we got a call, a couple expecting their first baby in the spring.  They bought the crib and  my oldest saw and burst out crying.  He can’t understand why we would sell something that has been so much a part of our life for so long.  I tried to explain about having 3 kids in a small two bed room apartment .  He was not ready to hear it.  The couple told me later it broke their heart to watch him.  I think I finally convinced him that it is better for the crib to go on and help another family in the building and told him we would visit the baby when he was born.  Now I need to make friends with the couple so they will let us into their home, meet the baby, and visit the crib.

Move forward little crib.

Good bye Crib you served us well and I will remember you fondly.

Catching up

I’ve been feeling the weather change over the last week, it always makes me very melancholy.  I am determined to shake it off.   On top of the season I’ve been a mess about keeping up my diet and running.  I was suppose to use this time with the kids at school to be productive and figure out what I am going to do with the rest of my life.  Too much presser.  I think I got a little freaked out.  The thought of adding one more thing to my schedule when I’m so overwhelmed as it is made me unable to accomplish anything.  So I’m back to baby steps and being kind to myself.  No more beating myself up.

First step was this, getting back to writing.  Then I’ll see where I can go from there.

I did make 75 dollars at the Toy and clothing exchange and My oldest had a great time at a 4th grade overnight camping trip.  All the 4th graders their teachers and the principal headed out to NJ and had two days and one night of games and bonding.  My son had a great time


Here is my son and a friend with their new water bottles toasting the trip.



Here is Principal Bob Binder talking to the kids about what to do if they get car sick in the bus. He taught them all how to throw up into a paper bag, City kids!! It was one of the funniest things I have ever heard I wish I had taped it!


Oh and the triple bunk bed is almost done!  By next week all three kids with be in big boy beds!


Almost done!


Look I did it, now on to the next think on my list!

Quiet week

Sorry I haven’t felt much like writing over the last few days. Maybe because I know I need to be working out and eating better and I haven’t been doing either. But a lot is getting done around the house.

My 6 year old figured out how do a back bend it took him most of the summer he was very excited.

Working around the Apartment

This Saturday was a work around home day.  I’m getting ready for a big “garage sale” our building has twice a year.  It’s called the Toy and Clothing Exchange.  It has been going on in our building for almost 30 years.   Usually 2 parents are in charge, the parents changes over time.  I helped run the Exchange for about 5 years.  We have about 25 volunteers and 60 families selling toys and clothes.  It is a way to clear out the closets and get some great Plus it is fun watching different children wearing the same party dress over time.  Anyway I priced 8 boxes of clothes today while my youngest tried everything on when I turned my back.

My youngest wearing what ever he could get his hands on.

I can't wait to get these out of my home!

Meanwhile my husband continues his work on the kids triple bunk bed.

It was a hot fall day

Not to be out done my middle child dressed up as different supper villains and made me guess which ones he was.

I think he is being the Penguin in this one

My oldest son was at a sleep over birthday party the night before and was pretty tired today.  His friend had 7 nine year old boys overnight for his birthday.  His Mom is very brave, I think that would have killed me!

These are the Lego charactors my oldest made while doing his reading homework. Not sure how he does both at the same time...

New handbag

I need a new handbag.  Handbags have become such a status symbol.  I don’t think I have ever put as much thought into a bag as I have over the one I have yet to buy.  Maybe now that I am not as thin as I was when I was younger I am paying more attention to things like bags and shoes.  I have rarely spent much money on a bag.  I got my last handbag as a gift and it worked fine.  But now the handle is ragged and it is time to move on.

I guess I have been busy having kids but have you seen the cost of hand bags today!!  Crazy!  So I have picked out my dream bags, two of them, the only trouble is if I were to buy them I’m pretty sure my husband would leave me.  He thinks more than two pillows on a bed is excessive.  The thought of paying thousands of dollars on a hand bag is unfathomable to him.  All right it is to me as well, but a girl can dream…

The bag I really lust after is called the Celine Boston bag by Phoebe Philo.

Of course it is about $1500.  You can see more of it at WomensHandbag.com .  Even though they call it a Boston bag it looks so Parisian to me.  My next dream bag is from PS1

Here it is at Barneys for about $2000.00.  It looks like it would last for years and fit everything I need.  I should never have looked at all of these bags because now the ones I can afford look so cheep!

I have found a Fossil bag for about 100.00 that I like.  Still I have never paid so much and I’m feeling guilty.  I have some birthday money and I’m thinking just thinking I might get it.  What do you think?

So enough dreaming for me today, back to cleaning out the kids dressers.