Blog for Moms Over 35


Our group for older moms over 35 parenting later in life blog features moms and experts sharing.  We share about living life fully over age 35, and write not just about parenting experiences, but life, growth, aging, etc.

Given Robin’s personal passion for sharing cool finds, travel destinations, unique attractions and theatre going, she and others write periodic reviews of products, services, trips, Broadway and Off Broadway shows and other forms of entertainment, attractions and leisure pursuits….whether for kids, moms or couples.

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My Former Self


Thursday
July 2, 2009

This has been an interesting week.

Seth started camp. Both he and I are adjusting to this new schedule, since the bus comes a bit earlier than it did for school, and returns later. He’s been totally loving it and coming home completely ravenous. He walks in the door and announces that he’s hungry. Now that I expect it from him, I make sure to have dinner started so he can eat pronto.

We’ve almost made it through another week with the contractors. The basement is moving along. I’ve come to realize what a truly blind item it is when you hire workers and you have no knowledge of construction. You come to rely on them completely to do what is needed and best. And, that’s as it should be. But, I find it funny when the head contractor calls me downstairs to look at their handywork and attempts to explain why certain pipes have been moved, etc. I listen politely, but don’t completely grasp all that he is saying. Fortunately, I know in my gut that he’s on top of things, and that’s what counts in the long run.

My datebook has been chockful of things to do this … Continue reading..



Show I Recommend — Gazillion Bubble Show


Tuesday
June 30, 2009


GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW CELEBRATES ITS 3RD “UNBUBBLELIEVABLE” YEAR OFF-BROADWAY At New World Stages in NYC

GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW continues to amaze audiences with its mind blowing bubble magic at New World Stages (340 W. 50 Street in NYC). A family affair, GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW features Guinness World Record Holders Fan, Ana or Jano Yang.

The show is the first and only interactive stage production of its kind, complete with outstanding light effects, lasers, rousing music and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. The grand finale floods the theatre with an incredible laser display and wave after wave of light-catching bubbles. It is “awesome”….to quote my son.

I recently saw it with Seth (age 6), and he got a huge kick out of jumping out of his seat, trying to catch the bubbles. It was great to take him to a show where he didn’t have to stay put, keep quiet, etc. It was an intriguing interactive experience on many levels and quite memorable.

I, myself, was mesmerized with the pulsating streams of colored lights, music and bubbles. I actually found it surprisingly tranquil and relaxing at points….as if I was being transported under the water…between the special effects and the wetness … Continue reading..



Show I Recommend – Thomas and Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes to Town!


Sunday
June 21, 2009


Thomas and Friends™ Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town!

The all-new 90-minute musical adventure, Thomas and Friends™ Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town arrived at Nassau Coliseum in NY today June 20 and is also playing June 21 at 1PM for family performances packed with audience singalongs, high-energy dancing and thrilling adventures.

When Thomas makes a big mistake, all the engines on the Island of Sodor must work together to prepare for the exciting event under the Big Top as Thomas proves he’s a really useful engine once again. Along the way, Percy, James, Gordon, and of course Thomas, join with Sir Topham Hatt and the townspeople from the Island of Sodor to welcome a colorful cast of circus performers in an engaging story that demonstrates the importance of friendship and cooperation.

My six year old son Seth loved the show. He got a huge kick out of seeking all his favorite Thomas characters, and it was well done. Beautiful set. Lively music and dancing. It was fun clapping to some of the classic Thomas tunes. The confetti was a spirited touch. It’s a memorable experience for Thomas lovers of all ages.

Visit ticketmaster.com for information. … Continue reading..



When It Rains, It Pours


Friday
June 19, 2009

When it rains it pours….literally.

It’s been raining this whole week in NY, and my brain is water-logged.

This has been a trying time.

Seth was home sick with a virus/temperature.

He missed his “moving up” day for first grade.

Luckily he was well enough to attend his kindergarten ceremony/party in class. It was bittersweet.

We had no home phone service for four days due to the basement construction, which is truly challenging me, as I blogged previously.

Workers in the house daily. Decisions to be made. And, now we have a potential legal matter on our hands due to plumbing that turned up in the basement that was done not up to code (we didn’t know) by a previous contractor who redid a bathroom for us. It has to be fixed for our current project to pass inspection, and we’re looking at a $3,000 expense. The contractor was informed and dismissed it….so we may be looking at small claims court…which I hate to pursue.

Yesterday our home phone service was fixed, and I awoke this morning to a totally dead cell phone. I have no clue why. It won’t even charge. It was fine when I went to bed … Continue reading..



Lessons from the Basement


Friday
June 12, 2009

Bob the Builder Jr. is officially here.

My son went to town as the demolition crew struck ground in the basement yesterday. He put on his rain boots, gloves, grabbed his hammer and shovel and dug his heels in as he helped, after school, to scoop up the remains of the tile floor.

He was in all his glory, and I was consumed with emotion I didn’t expect.

As much as I was not wedded to our basement, along with the rubble and remains arose feelings that caught me off guard.

I was chatting with my wise friend, Michele Laub, this morning. She is leading the Conscious Parenting Teleclass Series MotherhoodLater.com is sponsoring starting June 18th (details are posted on our home page.) And, she got me better understanding my thoughts.

It’s amazing how you can want to hold on to the familiar, even when it needs an overhaul. Whether a relationship, job, home…or whatever it is. You hear stories all the time of people, for example, staying in abusive relationships, and I’ve often wondered why? Now I feel like I get it. Because you’re used to it…for better or worse.

My basement is teaching me this.

I took pictures … Continue reading..



Adulthood


Friday
June 5, 2009

The school year will soon come to a close. Amazing. Seth will be a kindergarten graduate before I blink my eyes.

This coming week is the orientation for the school he will enter in the fall. It’s way larger than where he currently attends and feels so adult to me. How will it feel to him? It’s hard to imagine my little guy…who’s now really quite the big boy…navivating the long halls and staircases and continuing to create a life for himself separate and distinct from me.

But, isn’t that what parenting is really all about? We moms do our best so our children can fly.

We’ve started a new routine in the house. I pick out Seth’s clothes in the evening, or he chooses them in the morning, and then dresses himself. It saves time as we inevitably rush to prepare for the school bus, and it’s one more step toward autonomy. Some days he takes the initiative. Other days, I help him. It’s still kinda nice to be needed in that way.

Next week we are starting a major demolition/construction project in the house of our basement. A Bob the Builder wannabe when he’s not aspiring to be … Continue reading..



Post Disney


Saturday
May 23, 2009

We did it!

We have friends who have done it. Family who love it. Have heard much about it, but resisted….until now.

We took Seth to Disney.

Marc had a conference in Orlando for three days, so we left three days early so we could vacation as a family at Disney before his meetings.

We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge. A very cool place. You get to see exotic animals 24/7 from your hotel window, etc. Seth loved it. And to enhance the experience, he brought his spy night vision goggles, so he could scope out the zebras and giraffes among others before bedtime.

The first day we hit both Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. Surprisingly, our favorite attraction overall proved to be the safari. It was so much fun and adventurous.

Seth wasn’t into seeing shows, so we skipped Lion King, though I would have liked to see it. We did have a character breakfast at Tusker House with Daisy, Donald, Mickey and Goofy. Great photo opps. and good food.

Magic Kingdom was particularly beautiful at night…all lit up. Seth isn’t keen on fireworks….too dark and loud….so we didn’t stay for that. But, we all enjoyed the Buzz Lightyear … Continue reading..



Mellow on Mother’s Day


Sunday
May 10, 2009

I’m under the weather today and am at home chilling. My husband took Seth to his brother’s house for a mother’s day brunch, and he’s now at the park with Seth.

I feel like a lazy thing being at home…not even wanting to get dressed.

But, aren’t I entitled? Why is it so hard for me to relax?

Yesterday I gave a talk (had to) at the Long Beach Public Library re: my book HOW TO MARRY A MENSCH. Despite being sick, I was committed, and didn’t want to let them down. So, I popped my cold pills and antibiotic and promised not to breath on anyone in the audience. And, I swore I didn’t have the swine flu, when someone asked.

Today, I’m just hangin’ around the house. I’m trying hard to give myself permission to do nothing and to practice self care…but you can see that I’m not so great at doing that…since I’m sitting at my computer blogging about it. But, I actually thought it might help to get it out.

Do you ever feel that way as mom?! I guess we often do. Like supermom or woman. That we need to always be on the go…doing … Continue reading..