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.
Friday, 1 August 2014
Hope to see you in Boston tomorrow for MommyCon!
Things are in full swing here as day one winds down after the hilarious Pump and Dump show this evening. Tomorrow mothers across the globe unite as MommyCon attempts to set the Human Milk World Record.
Mommy Con is happening at the beautiful and historic Revere Hotel, in the theater district of Boston. Joovy will be exhibiting and sharing their newest and latest products: everything from the glass Boob Baby Bottle to the hottest new stroller, the Qool.
Come out and help us build community! Mothers all!
Friday, 1 August 2014
Summer was quickly approaching. My friends planned summer trips to Israel, Turkey, England, and Italy. My stepdaughter prepared for a European vacation. I planned a trip to a family reunion in Kirksville Missouri. Even though I knew a trip to Europe was not fiscally possible, part of me wished for one as I listened to my friends share their plans. When asked what we were doing, I quietly said we were driving to a family reunion. At the time, I couldn’t get excited about it. It didn’t sound very glamorous.
Summer arrived and off we went on our two-week road trip. Our first stop was the Grand Canyon. I had no idea how beautiful and overwhelming it would be. The word grand doesn’t come close to describing the experience. The countless stars we saw that first night was like nothing my children had seen before. We are lucky if we can pick a few stars out of the sky where we live. From there we went to Lake Powell. I like to describe it as the Grand Canyon filled up with water. We met several Navajo Indians that still speak their native language and that really impressed our children. Then it was off to Four Corners. Although there was not much natural beauty to speak of, the expression our daughter’s face lit up the landscape as she said it was very cool to stand in four states at the same time. It was in the car again and off to Mesa Verde National Park. It was yet another breathtaking and amazing part of American History as we stepped back in time. Our next stop was Durango Colorado and it was beautiful, peaceful, and so green after driving through the Arizona desert. I decided that I could move there. As we drove across the Continental Divide I found myself singing “America, The Beautiful” because the song so perfectly describes our United States of America.
In the end, the experience was so much better than I imagined and seeing it through my children added special magic. We had two weeks of uninterrupted quality family time, we saw parts of the United States that we had never seen before, and it inspired us to do it all again next summer.
As a young girl, one of my goals was to travel the world and to set foot on every continent. I still have that goal but this trip inspired me to see my own country. I am a true patriot. I cry at the National Anthem, I cry when I see my Dad stand at attention for the National Anthem or Pledge to Allegiance and I think there is nothing more honorable than an individual that choses to join a branch of the military and defend our freedom.
I am sharing my new dream with you. I will see America. I will enjoy its beauty. I will share with my children the history and majesty or this country.
Have you seen America? What is your favorite spot?
Thursday, 31 July 2014
Bachelorette Ashley Hebert & JP Rosenbaum are expecting a baby boy!
Friends and family recently gathered at NYC restaurant, General Assembly for a travel themed garden baby shower. The intimate event took place July 19 and Ashley chose the travel theme based on the couple’s extensive travel together.
Ashley personally received products hand delivered gifts including the Joovy Glass Boob, theBabaSling, and a custom organic blanket to match her nursery by Baby Jack & Co. Read more about the adorable shower details at People.com.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Only on Twitter! “I was showing my husband the @joovy Glass #boobbottle – his question? “Do they sell them by cup size?” Oy. Mem. LOL.