Friday, 29 August 2014
I came across a quote from Ronald Reagan that I wanted to share with you.
“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”
I love this quote and I am a big believer in family dinners. Today there is so much written about the importance of sitting down at the table and eating together as a family. It is a constant challenge in our home with my husband’s work and travel schedule and the children’s sports and activities.
I grew up in a very busy household with two parents who worked fulltime and sometimes beyond. My brother and I played sports among a list of many other activities. The funny thing is that I don’t remember NOT eating together at the table. Many times it was crockpot meals or casseroles or sometimes it was even eating the $5 papa platter special at Papa Gino’s but we always sat down together.
Last week I stated in my post that one of my personal goals this school year is to make delicious dinners for my family. I am not abandoning this goal but I am going to take a little pressure off myself. Dinner doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal every night. It can be simple. It can be soup and salad, take out, or a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. The most important thing is to set the table, sit down and eat as a family.
If my mom could do it working full time, I can certainly do it as a stay at home mom. I remember making fun of my mom because she spent so much time cooking and freezing on the weekends. Now I know it was her planning that made our family dinners possible. I am going to accomplish this by scheduling just three to five nights a week when everyone can sit down together. Hopefully this will be one of the habits my children will carry on as adults.
I challenge all of you to sit down together this new school year. Let’s see where it takes us.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
The Roo is in front of Burg Eltz in Germany…the same family has lived in that castle for 800 years; crazy! Thanks again for making such awesome products!
Thursday, 28 August 2014
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Friday, 22 August 2014
Just as we encourage our kids to try new things, Joovy has been encouraged to try out a new trade event (new for us) that is the largest annual gathering of biking industry gurus in the United States! We’re excited to share our biking products with fans of biking as they celebrate and discover new trends, products and technology related to everything bikes!
Joovy is attending to showcase Bicycoo balance bikes, Tricycoo tricycles, Noodles helmets and Cocoons bike trailers. We’ll see you all in Las Vegas September 10 – 12!
Friday, 22 August 2014
As a stay at home mom, this time of the year feels like the start of a new year. After a wild summer, it is a time to regroup and set goals not only for the children but for me as well. It is a little more radical for me this year, as my youngest will begin full time kindergarten. This will be the first year that I drive through the morning carpool lane and ALL my kids will hop out of the car. Yahoo! I am sure I may shed a quick tear but he is ready to go to school and I am ready too.
Several people have asked me when I will go back to work. This is a sensitive subject for me. I love staying home with our kids but I’ve always struggled with not working. While I haven’t had an “official” job, as many of you know that stay home, I’ve been working my bottom off the last 10+ years. They say watch what you wish for and now I am at a point where I may have some time to work and I am not sure that is what I want to do.
Last week I attended a birthday party for one of Bob’s future kinder classmates. Attending the party were many mothers that will be sending their last child off to school. The conversations were interesting. Almost everyone I spoke with was planning a new adventure from running a half marathon to joining a tennis team to putting more hours in at the office.
There are two things that I know I want to do, make delicious dinners and exercise. I want the kids and my husband to come home at the end of the day to a calm and peaceful home. This may seem simple to you unless you understand the chaos that occurs between 3pm and bedtime in most homes.
I want the time after school with my kids and husband to be enjoyable. I want to embrace my stay at home status. As James M Barrie once said, “The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Getting outside is an important thing for families! We encourage parents to take kids outside for daily activity! Here are a brother and sister duo getting out in the fresh air for a Tricycoo and Bicycoo ride! We are so happy they are practicing helmet safety too with their Noodles!
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Monday, 18 August 2014
This summer has been an interesting one. This is the first summer that all of our children are really appreciating and enjoying summer vacation. To the children, it’s been a true break from school and all activities. There has been no piano practiced, no workbook pages completed and no alarm clocks set. We’ve had a wonderful summer of staying up late, sleeping in, attending a few camps, traveling, going to the beach and pool with friends and family. It’s nice to slow down and enjoy the simple moments in life.
As the end of summer is almost here, I find my emotions are torn between the simpler side of summer and getting back into the routine of the school year.
I’ll end with a quote from Dr. Suess, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Please share summer of your favorite summer moments with us!
Friday, 8 August 2014
Last weekend we had dinner with old friends. They are at a different stage of life. They are almost empty nesters. One son graduated from Boston University in May and one son is half way through college. It was interesting to listen to their summer adventures. They have been a bed and breakfast for many of the boy’s friends throughout the summer. They truly enjoy it. They were saying how it was interesting that with all the visitors, the boys still get up first thing in the morning and exercise. Our friends believe this is because that is what they have always done. For as long as the boys can remember, the parents have gotten up early and exercised. What a great habit!
This story got me thinking about our family and the habits we are creating, some good and some not so good. The dictionary defines habit as, “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary: the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street.” There are countless books on the market about habits. Habits are important. You may not even realize something you do is a habit but if you do it everyday or most days, it is a habit. When children are young, we create basic habits such as eating, sleeping and potty training. As children grow, it’s brushing their teeth, doing homework, and household chores. Children are constantly watching us and learning from our behaviors. Do you exercise every day? Do you cook or bake a lot? Do you clean up after yourself? Do you sit down to eat dinner as a family? Do you kiss your spouse goodbye and hello? Do you read books? Do you eat ice cream directly out of the container? Do you watch movies? Do you spend time with your friends? Do you call your parents on the phone? Whatever the answers are to these questions, your children are watching you.
After our dinner, I watched our children for the next few days. They have many good habits and a few bad habits. This inspired me to adjust some of my own habits.
Can you see your habits developing in your children?
Saturday, 2 August 2014
Traveling with an infant? Whether here in the states or traveling abroad, there’s lots to consider. If you’ll be renting a car and driving, a car seat is an absolute necessity. In addition, you’ll need a stroller. But wait. Why not a frame stroller for your infant car seat instead? Compact, lightweight and easy for traveling. The Joovy Roo is a great option and is compatible with Chicco, Peg Perego and Graco Classic Connect infant car seats.
Take a look at this family who recently traveled to Europe with the Roo.