Wow, it’s been a while and I guess that you could almost assume that I left this blog to die. But I didn’t. Lots of things have happened over the last few months that have absolutely consumed me:

1. I have moved to a new place. This has entailed moving big items, setting up utilities and internet and beginning to unpack. It has also entailed beginning redecorate.

2. I coached an insane amount of soccer teams this past fall – two rec teams, a middle school team and a travel team.  I’m very proud of all of them; however my middle school team made it all the way to the finals so wonderful for them!

3. Work of course continues to dominate as does parenting.  The good news is that I’m back and looking to maintain this blog a bit more.  My goal is 2-3 posts per week, which I think is reasonable under the circumstances.

 

Days Go by

Last weekend we were back in the Hamptons.  The kids are still there and I miss them horribly. It’s hard to distract myself from it and yet somehow I’ve done it.  I’ve been to the gym everyday since Monday and will do it again tomorrow with spin class and an ab workout. I’m also going to budget plan tomorrow.  My life is possibly even busier without them here then it was with them here and yet I still really miss them beyond belief…

 

What do you do when your kids aren’t around?

Whoever said…

…that there was nothing to do in New Hampshire was high and/or never lived here. There was a ton to do this weekend.  I had the kids this weekend, which made it ten times as active.  On Friday, I picked the kids p from school/daycare and we came home and hung out. The kids played outside that evening in the gift that they got from their grandmother. The next day, we went to Wasserman Park, where there is the town beach. We went swimming in Lake Naticook and saw two kinds of fish swimming with us: spotted bass and striped bass.  As we were leaving, we saw a beaver walking across a field, pretty close to us. Since I’m not one of those types of people that will stop, get out of their car and bother the wildlife, I simply rolled down the window, pointed it out to the kids who laughed as it waddled across the field and we left.  We had some lunch and then went to King Kone, our local ice cream shack, for some ice cream and it was crowded. 

On Sunday, we went swimming at the YMCA because Nate had been begging to go for ages it seems. We swam for half an hour. I was very proud of my son, who finally was swimming without feeling like he had to absolutely wring my neck in order to stay afloat. Instead, it was my daughter. I think the key is just bringing them to swim more regularly, so I will plan on doing that more often.

Now to the big part of the post. Last weekend, my sister had her bridal shower. I can’t believe she’s getting married and so happy that she is!  one of her bridesmaids picked out this great place:  The Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff.  The food was good and there were a lot of people there, which was nice.  It was good to see some people that I hadn’t seen in a long time and then I got to go to Noyac again.  I was so tired that day.  Literally wiped and I think I slept like 12 hors that night.  This weekend, like always, I have Plans..

Showers and the 4th!

So last week, the kids and I were here:

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It’s Noyack Bay in the hamlet of Noyack, NY. The closest towns that people know about are Shelter Island and Sag Harbor. We were here when Arthur was here, which made the actual Fourth a complete washout.  However, Saturday and Sunday were absolutely amazing.  We went to the ocean on Sunday and the kids got to catch blue clawed crabs (which we let loose – no animal killing here). Gabby absolutely freaked out – those things can be quite scary when they’re scuttling around.  

This weekend, I was back in NY for Jess’ bridal shower.  We were at the Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff.  I can’t believe that my little sister is getting married. It felt surreal but nice. She couldn’t be marrying a nicer guy and there was a great turnout. I hope that she was happy.  :) 

Its official summer

…and I’ve been doing a ton of hiking and trying to hang with the kids.  As a result, I’ve not been online as much as I want to be.  Add the World Cup in there and a dead charger and there ya go.  Anyways, the kids and I have done the following things together:

Like I said before, lots of change coming p …and I’m trying to keep my head above water.

 

Speech assessments and hikes

So, the big news of the week is that last week, I had to bring Nate in for a speech assessment. The pediatrician recommended it mostly because Nate wears hearing aids.  I was surprised that they had blocked off two hours for it but what was I to know – I’ve never done them before at all.  Anyways, the test only took one hour and luckily there isn’t anything wrong with his speech. I still can’t believe that he’s going to be in first grade come September and that we have graduation in a few weeks from today.

We have also been really busy the last few weeks.  On Saturday, we played a soccer game at 9:30 in the morning.The 9:30 games aren’t bad but getting up for the 8 AM games are brutal.  We haven’t had particularly good weather the last few weeks either so the games have either been cancelled or we’ve been playing in the rain.  I think Nate really likes soccer – he seems to get more excited to play each week – but I don’t think it’s a passion for him like Legos, drawing or books are.  If I had to speculate, I think that Gabby is going to be the one that likes sports, girly as she is, because she’s always been the more physical of the two – even as a baby she liked being held and cuddled more than Nate did – it’s a personality thing more than anything else.  On Saturday, we also went to the See Museum in Manchester. It’s a science center that allows the kids to touch just about everything they see, except for this tremendous Lego sculpture on the bottom floor – it was of the mill area in downtown Manchester and must have taken hours upon hours and millions of Legos to complete:

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Last week, we also went to the Charmingfare Farm and, while the kids loved it, I wasn’t a big fan.  It kind of rubbed me the wrong way to have wild animals – wolves, foxes, bears (no kidding) – in pens for us to gawk at.  It didn’t feel right.  It wasn’t a zoo either – at least at a zoo, I feel like they had trained people to take care of the animals and the animals were placed in as close to their “natural habitat” as possible.  At this farm, there were literally chain link fences and barbed wire enclosures.  It just made me feel uncomfortable.

Anyways, another busy day today – even though it’s Memorial Day, I’m going into work this afternoon for a few hours to get some stuff done.