Tuesday, November 30, 2010

To dizzy to title this post

Monday, November 22, 2010







Monday, November 01, 2010

Sugar Overload


After eating 4 pieces of candy last night, Meghan asked if she could have candy for dessert.

I am spending the morning explaining why candy is not a breakfast food.

I’ve also had to tell Sean multiple times that, no, we will not be trick or treating again when it gets dark out.

See ya next year Halloween.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween Weekend


Monday, October 25, 2010

Let me hear you clap your hands!



Meghan survived her first season of Cheer.  I made it through without completely losing my mind.  Hooray!

Here is a partial video of last weekend’s Fun Comp.


Fun Comp from Dorene on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

She still sleeps through almost anything


I found this video going through my archives.  It’s one of my favorites.

Heavy Sleeper from Dorene on Vimeo.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Happy Birthday Meghan!


The six year old.




Tuesday, September 14, 2010



Today is Sean’s first official day of preschool.  He had absolutely no problem staying there alone.  In fact, I had to chase him down to say goodbye.



I’m not surprised.  He had his backpack on for over 30 minutes before we had to leave the house.

Monday, August 30, 2010



The bus may have been late causing a bit of a freak-out (for me) but, she got on without looking back.


Now I just need to figure out where the bus will drop her off…….

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Summer, Summer


Does anyone else know what happen to the Summer?  I could have sworn it was just here. 

Meghan has her Kindergarten practice day this week, full week starting on Monday.  Cheerleading started a few weeks ago.  Soon dance and Sean’s first day of preschool will be here.  Crazy.

Last week we took a trip to the cape.  I wanted to make sure the kids got the the beach this year since we were not making the trip to Seaside Heights.  It was our first time at this particular beach but we had a great time.  Everything was right there.  There was always something to do.  I need to sort through the pictures but her are a few of my favorites so far.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Sunday, August 01, 2010

How is is August already?


I’m in shock.  August.  I can still remember how much last winter sucked and I am not ready to give up the warm weather.  Yes, our house turns into an oven sometimes but I still prefer that to snow and ice.

I figured it was about time to check out the list I created back in June to see if we actually accomplished anything.  Here we go:

Tickets to see Walking with Dinosaurs.  - DONE

Tickets to the Circus.  - DONE

Zoo membership  - Went multiple times.

Trip to Cape Cod. – Going in a few weeks

Preschool soccer for Sean - Started

Swim Lessons - DONE

One week of Cheer for Meghan – Starting soon

Trips to visit family in Jersey and NY. – DONE and DONE


Story Land – Probably not gonna happen this year.

Squeezing more into August may be a bit difficult.  Meghan is registered for Cheer this fall and she has 2 practices a week starting next week.  But still, not bad at all.  We even booked a trip for our anniversary this fall.  Bahamas.  Three nights.  No kids.

Also, looks like we have dates set aside for a trip to Disney in the Spring.  I love, love, love having things like this to look forward to.

Friday, July 30, 2010



Last night we lost tooth number one.  It was bloody, there were tears.  But, the morning brought smiles and money from the Tooth Fairy.


One down, many, many more to go…..

Tuesday, July 13, 2010



DSCF0359This past weekend we went to a local farm to pick blueberries.  We’ve wanted to do this for awhile now but never seem to get our lazy butts in gear on weekends. 

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We probably should have left a bit earlier because it was getting very hot out there as we got closer to lunch time.  But the kids seemed to enjoy themselves.  Once Sean tried a blueberry there was no turning back.  We had to tell him to stop grabbing blueberries from the bucket because we couldn’t replace them fast enough.  But, that didn’t deter him.  He just ate them straight from the bush. 


Now that we’ve gone once I want to try and get back there as much as possible this summer.  It seems like a great way to get the kids to try different kinds of fruit.  Plus, I’ll try anything if it gets our skinny little guy eating more.



Thursday, July 08, 2010

Don’t put away those child locks yet.


This weekend we woke up to Meghan hovering over our bed.

“Seanie’s outside.”

“What do you mean Sean’s outside?”

“He’s outside.”

“Outside where?!?”

Uh-huh.  That’s right.  OUTSIDE.

I ran to the front door and found him standing outside, looking in, crying.  He did get himself dressed first, sort of.  He was wearing his underwear, a T-shirt that he put on backwards and his Diego Crocs.

We have no idea how long he was out there.  Or if he ventured off the front steps.  And our front door?  It was bolted and it’s super heavy but, apparently not too heavy for our little Bamm-Bamm.


Today we have a child lock on every possible exit.  Hopefully we won’t need to add Houdini to his list of titles.

Friday, July 02, 2010

I know people who know people


Have I mentioned that my sister’s best friends have a band?

And that that band is on tour with Lady Gaga?

And that they just released their album this week?

True Story.

Here’s a peek at Semi Precious Weapons.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Big Top



The circus came to town.


I think I’ve been to the circus maybe once before.  All I remember is the elephant smell.  Not pleasant.


But, we couldn’t pass up the chance to take the kids to a circus.  And, come one, how often will the circus be about 5 minutes down the road.  Plus? Cheap tickets.


The kids seem to really enjoy it.  We bypassed the elephant rides on the way in which may been a mistake.  Sean whined about riding an elephant throughout most of the first half.  Needless to say they got their elephant ride at intermission.


They did seem to have a great time.  And Sean stayed interested most of the show.  And then he peed on my lap.  Awesome.



Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wordless Wednesday – Do you mind? Trying to sleep here.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Presto Change-O


“Can I change my name when I grow up?”

“Why? Don’t you like you name?”

“No, when I grow up I’m going to change my name to ‘Amazing Meghan’."



Monday, June 21, 2010



Saturday we went to see Walking With Dinosaurs.  Meghan and Sean have been waiting for this for months.  My conversations with Sean went something like this:

Sean:  Are we going to see the dinosaurs?

Me: Yes, but not until the summer.

Sean: The summer?

Me: Yes.

Sean:  Do the dinosaurs live in the summer?  Can we go to the summer to see the dinosaurs?

Um yea, that whole seasons of the year thing?  Something he has not grasped yet.

And Meghan?  She just was trying to wrap her little head around all of it.

Meghan: Where are the dinosaurs now?  How are they going to get here?  Where are they going to stay?  And HOW are they still ALIVE!!??

Summer finally arrived and we got to go see the dinosaurs.

IMG_1366IMG_1365 They both seemed to enjoy the dinosaurs.  Sean (of course) had to go potty five minutes after the show started.  He could hear the show from the bathroom and he kept saying “We’re missing it! We’re missing it!”



It was a little to loud for Sean.  He spent most of the show covering his ears but rarely took his eyes off the action.

Meghan had lots of questions and you could tell she was trying to figure it all out.

IMG_1391Meghan:  It’s a puppet!  I can see the strings!!



The T-Rex’s roar almost scared the crap out of Sean.  He jumped a foot off the seat.

IMG_1387I would recommend the show if you have kids who are as obsessed with dinosaurs as mine are.  Most of the descriptions of prehistoric earth and the dinosaurs’ evolution were over their heads, especially Sean.  But he was just happy to see the “Longneck!”, “Sharptooth!”,  “Three-horn!”. (Inaccurate dinosaurs name courtesy of The Land Before Time.)


More pictures

Thursday, June 17, 2010



Summer’s here.  And now that it has arrived I’d like to make some plans before it zooms past. 

We are skipping the usual trip to Seaside Heights this year.  Which means we will miss out on sharing the boardwalk with these, uh, people.



(Not necessarily a bad thing.  Actually, probably a pretty darn good thing.)

We really need to make plans otherwise, we would spend the entire summer doing absolutely nothing.

Planning takes time.  And effort.  And, ugh, decision making.  But I know I’ll feel better when we are done.  Plus, an entire unplanned summer with the two kids would, no doubt, drive me insane.

Here is what we have so far:

Tickets to see Walking with Dinosaurs.

Tickets to the Circus.

Zoo membership

Trip to Cape Cod.

Preschool soccer for Sean

Swim Lessons

One week of Cheer for Meghan

Here is what we still need to plan:

Trips to visit family in Jersey and NY.


Story Land


We are also trying to plan a trip for our 10th anniversary this fall.  Away.  Without the kids.  For the first time.  Our last attempt failed.  Also, a possible trip to Disney early next year. 

Planning is exhausting.


Image Credit – www.mtv.com

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Graduate


The PRESCHOOL Graduate, that is.



Her school had a little ceremony where the kids sing songs for the parent and then get their “diplomas”.  We took video of the singing but I don’t plan on posting it because Meghan sat there like a deer in headlights the entire time.  She later said that she was a little nervous.  So, singing to a small group of parents freaks her out but performing in front of a large audience, not so much.

I’m not sure what went on at school but she seemed a bit shocked that she graduated.


She has now accepted the fact that Kindergarten awaits at the end of the summer and she cannot wait to start “kindergarten school”. 



Monday, June 07, 2010

The Recital - 2010


Meghan had her dance recital this past weekend.  At least this time I knew what to expect.  I wish there was a way to do these things without wanting to fall asleep in the middle.   I suppose it is much better for the families of the older kids who have multiple performance throughout the 2+ hour show.  The little kids dance for maybe 3 minutes. 

While Meghan was not dancing we heard this from Sean:

“Is that Meghan?”

“Where is Meghan?”

“Is Meghan hiding?”

“I have to go potty!  Is there a potty in here, Mommy?”

Enter the iPhone and a pair of headphones to the rescue.  He was occupied for the remainder of the show.

Meghan did great.  I believe she was the only girl in the class who went through this last year.  She was up there directing those who had lost their way (or were crowding her).  It was all very cute.


No video was allows at the recital but I did record the rehearsal.


Last year’s pictures turned out so cute that I am hoping to get more done this year.   The few I did take were a bit….off.



But I managed to get at least one cute one.