Monday, January 20, 2014

MLK Jr. Day 2014


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." MLK Jr.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ariel and the broken sled

So...yesterday we were on our way to visit our friend Maria after E's gymnastics class when I had to run a quick errand. Right next to where we stopped was a hill with scores of happy children sledding. Of course E, knowing we keep the sled in the trunk of the car, immediately begged to go sledding. I was hesitant because we were not prepared to be playing outside, she did not have any snow pants or mittens, and it was cold out!! But I decided to let her make a few runs, knowing she could change clothes and warm up at Maria's. I gave her my driving gloves to wear and tucked her yoga pants into her boots and called it good. She was so psyched!




She did get wet and cold after a few minutes, but had a great time until her sled cracked apart after it banged into a rock. At that point we headed to the car and cranked up the heat...I promised E we could go back the next day, and we would get a new sled tonight. Of course, when we went to Target last night, they were all out of any possible form of snow transportation, and rather than being disappointed, E became fixated on an Ariel doll in the toy aisle. Against my better judgement, I bought it for her. I was actually pretty mad at myself for giving in, because I know I only bought it for her to avoid a tantrum in the middle of Target. But I did buy it and taught my daughter a great lesson that making a fuss is a super way to get what you want. That's some awesome parenting Mother of the Year award should be arriving in the mail any day now.

Anyway...we went to Lowes this morning and bought some duct tape and patched up her sled, and were back in on the "slopes"by 1pm...



Even got some playground time in!



Friday, January 3, 2014

Christmas vacation recap

E had a great Christmas break. I had to work a lot of it, but Elizabeth got to spend lots of fun time with Grandma baking cookies and playing Legos with Grandpa. She also stayed with Maria a lot, and they cooked, went to the library and just had a fun time hanging out:) Thank you so much Maria, Grandma and Grandpa for watching E during the break. She was very happy not to have to go to vacation camp at the Y:)

And because of the snow storm here, school was closed yesterday and today, so she got an extra long vacay...:)

She did a great job helping me shovel out the car this morning...

And then wanted to try to go sledding, but it was very cold and windy, so we didn't last too long...




Thursday, January 2, 2014

Disney on Ice

On Saturday night, I took E to Disney on Ice. I had gone back and forth about whether or not to go, but finally decided at the last minute (Saturday afternoon) to do it when i went online and saw there were still tickets available. They moved the venue from last year. It took a little longer to get to by subway, but we made it in plenty of time to buy a $12 bag of popcorn before the show started...




This year's show was "Passport to Adventure" and E loved it, especially the "Little Mermaid" sequence. Like last year, she was tearful when it was over. We were both tired, though, and glad to get home after a long, cold subway ride back to my car.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

We had a great New Year's Eve at my friend Jennifer's...

Enjoying some "kids' Champagne"...



She got some Flower Power make up in the Yankee Swap...


Getting the party poppers ready for midnight...we actually made it past 12 this year!!



Happy New Year!!!!


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