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Camp Confusion


Friday
January 11, 2008

We are in the midst of winter here in New York, yet we’re shopping around for summer camp for Seth.

It’s hard to even think that far ahead when I’m trekking around in my winter coat. Why do these camps book up so early? Is it that we parents play into the convincing sell that some of them present to get us to quake in our snowboots that our child might be shutout if we don’t secure a spot?

Last year Seth went to the Samuel Field Y camp, and it served him well. No bells ‘n whistles, but it was his first camp experience, and he enjoyed.

He has aged out of that camp, so we need to explore other options. Unfortunately, as affordable as the Y was is as pricey as most other camps are. Camps are a big ticket item and therefore a big decision.

We’ve thus far toured three….and plan to attend an open house of a fourth this weekend. I had in mind that that would likely be the one with go with…but tonight…after speaking with a friend at the gym, I’m now thinking that might not be an obvious decision. She said that you … Continue reading..



The Scoop on San Antonio


Thursday
January 10, 2008

I promised I’d blog more on San Antonio, since a bunch of moms have expressed curiousity about it as a family travel destination, so here goes.

Let me start by saying I would highly recommend it.

From what I hear, places like Orlando get super crowded, especially during school breaks. Many don’t realize that San Antonio also has a lot of offerings for kids as well.

If you have a busy boy, like I do, you’ll be all the busier. Looking back on our trip, we did so much, it’s hard to believe….and we were only there five full days.

Here’s a quick breakdown….

(2) boat rides on the River Walk
Trolley rides around town.
Horse ‘n buggy ride at night, with the carriage all lit up..so festive.
Lunch at the top of Tower of the Americas….great view.
Lunch at Rainforest Cafe….cool place. Could never get in in NY, so this was fun. Though, my son got scared during the simulated tropical rain storm.
Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe….my son is a little rocker, so he had a blast watching the videos and checking out the celebrity guitars on display. Good appetizers!
A visit to the Witte Museum — great … Continue reading..



Real R&R


Wednesday
January 2, 2008

We returned Monday from vacation in San Antonio. How great…and exhausting it was to get away.

I really needed a break from home, but travel with a four year old isn’t the easiest. We wound up changing hotels after the first night, since the bed was too hard for me. We had gotten a room with two Queens, and Marc was sleeping with Seth. That proved to be a challenge since Seth enjoyed kicking and rolling all over him. So, we switched from the Sheraton to the Hyatt, where we got a King and a rollaway bed for Seth. This was a better choice.

But, life (six nights) in a smallish hotel room with a busy boy is far from R&R. Not to mention that it was lights out most nights by 9PM, on the early side for me…a natural night owl.

Seth was so hyped up the first couple of days due to the excitement of being away that even getting him to sleep took considerable energy.

I need some real R&R. It got me thinking back to my single days when you could go on a trip and your time was your own. Now it mostly revolves around … Continue reading..



Fibroid Field Day


Thursday
December 13, 2007

My estrogen is raging….and so am I. I want to start a campaign to STAMP OUT FIBROIDS. What is the deal with them?

I’m 47…on the verge of perimenopause, and not liking it. My estrogen is at an all time high, and my fibroids are having a field day.

I had a doctor appointment yesterday at a local hospital with an UFE expert. Uterine Fibroid Embolization is the process. They cut off the blood supply to fibroids by injecting small synthetic pellets into the arteries that feed the uterus. Yikes! Who comes up with these things?

I went to explore at the suggestion of the new gynecologist I just switched to. Luckily the UFE guy did not try to do a hard sell. I think he could see I was not going to sign readily on the dotted line. He showed me my MRI films, and it was actually quite enlightening. I saw my uterus on a screen, in all it’s fibroid glory. I thought I was looking at a road map with huge glaciers blocking the path. Amazing and alarming at the same time!

We discussed the process, which itself didn’t sound like a huge big deal. It’s not … Continue reading..



Ho Ho Ho Holiday Birthdays


Thursday
December 13, 2007


As soon as that calendar turned December 1, I felt it in my bones creaking up my neck and all the way down into my toes. Oh the stress. All the shopping, searching for perfect gifts, schlepping, wrapping, baking, cooking and every toy needs batteries!!! …Oh my God. Help. I’m sure you all can relate. To top it off, my middle child, Kelly, the easy-going kid–the one that hardly ever asks for much–has her 8th birthday coming on the 14th. Every year it’s always in the middle of this holiday chaos and we make a point to have a separate birthday party to make her feel special.

This year, a major North Easter snow storm is expected on Saturday the 15th and half of our family from upstate New York, might not be able to make it down to Long Island. Could someone please tell God to postpone the snow? Just for one day? Kelly never asks for much, so when we told her Don’t worry, you’ll still get birthday presents from mommy and daddy if they can’t come…she said, “but I want to be with all of my family…that’s what it’s about.” I got choked up and … Continue reading..



The Whites of Seth’s Eyes


Tuesday
December 11, 2007

Over the summer, due to all the swimming in our community pool, Seth’s eyes often got irritated due to the chlorine. Since then he’s been fine, until yesterday.

Sunday morning, he awoke with two red eyes. Out of the blue. We quickly called the doctor….getting a doctor on a Sunday is no easy feat. She said it’s probably an allergy. He should take Benadryl and use Visine. What does he sleep with, she asked?

His favorite teddy is always by his side, along with a host of other animals….subject to change on any given day. Piggy, bunny, woofy dog, etc. She said they could be carrying irritants. Teddy, a dust mite culprit?! Beloved teddy?? I guess it’s not entirely shocking since teddy seldom gets a bath. Frankly, it slips my mind to do it, but it does make sense.

That said, we gave teddy a good soaking. But, Seth’s left eye was still quite red today. We kept him home from school and made a doctor’s appointment. Luckily he wasn’t symptomatic, so he didn’t have discomfort. He was just restless all day, missing his friends in pre-K.

We had to wait all day til our doctor appointment, and then sat … Continue reading..



Eight Nights of Hanukkah…and Gifts?


Tuesday
December 4, 2007

Hanukkah starts officially tonight, but in Seth’s head it began weeks ago. They have had discussions in his Pre-K class about the upcoming holidays, and he’s fixated on them. This is the first year that he has such an acute awareness that it’s almost overwhelming.

He is asking questions like why don’t we celebrate Christmas? How does the Menorah work? (He’s always been mechanically inclined.) Where is our Christmas tree? etc…..etc.

Last year, a friend gave us a children’s book about Hanukkah, so we’ll read that tonight for sure. And, I raced out this afternoon to scoop up the remaining jelly donuts at Dunkin Donuts. Who knew they were such a hot commodity? I tried to get them last night, but they had totally sold out, and the cashier asked me if everyone was buying them for Hanukkah? In fact, today, when I waited in line at the Dunkin store, the man in front of me ordered a cup of coffee and a jelly donut. Of all the donuts, he had to get jelly?! (one less for me) To be honest, I don’t even like jelly donuts, but it’s tradition.

Seth last night asked if we’re going to have potato … Continue reading..



Martha Stewart I’m Not


Thursday
November 22, 2007

It is Turkey Day. Seth and Marc are home, and we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television. It is a mellow day. Until a week ago, we didn’t know if we’d have any particular plans.

I don’t love turkey, so for me, it would be no huge loss if we didn’t eat it. But, there is something to be said for tradition….especially family tradition. And, I am feeling a bit of a loss in that department.

I lost my mom close to 10 years ago (hard to believe), and making Thanksgiving was her thing. I recall the great smells that would come from the kitchen. She had a way of putting her own stamp on the food. She made a mean stuffing….not from bread or a mix….but matzoh, vegetables, spices. And, her pumpkin bread with chocolate chips would have you talking (and dieting) for weeks. But, it was all worth it. Years later, Marc sometimes bakes some loaves from her recipe, and I love it.

While I now have my own family, I miss the Thanksgivings past. My sister and the kids are never available because they travel for tennis. Yes….believe it or not….there are tournaments on the … Continue reading..