Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Fun for Everyone

Here comes Peter Cottontail...hoppin' down the bunny trail...hippity hoppin' Easter's on its way...

With Easter on the brain I want to share my current favorite "Easter-anythings" from Pinterest and around the web.  You'll love all these cute ideas to experiment with and keep you busy this weekend.  My kids are off from school the next several days and I plan on getting into the Easter spirit with some crafts and egg coloring.

Here's to cracked eggs and colorful fingertips.

For moms of little ones, check out this super cute "memory" snack idea from Dirt and Boogers.  Using plastic Easter eggs, this blogger created a great game to make snacktime fun.
Snack Easter Egg Match Game

I love these natural, non-toxic eggs from Craftgawker.  Boil and grab a white non-toxic white paint pen.  Co classy!
Natural Brown Easter Eggs
How about these Easter Eggs, by Martha Stewart Living?
Kids wil go batty for this Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt (how cool is that?!) by
Make your own Easter Egg Tree Craft (supplies are just about $1 each!) by Sweet Floweret.
I would love to try this easy (and healthier!) King Cake by Healthy Cooking Blog.
Dessert anyone?  Easter Candy Bark (so easy!) by Gingerbread Bagels
 LOVE THESE!  Push Pop Peeps (adorable!) by Love From the Oven

That's all folks, for now anyway.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Remember the "Little" in Little League

Little League season has officially begun. Practices four to five nights a week (x2), scrimmages, pictures, snack stand obligations and games have taken over my life.

As if competitive gymnastics wasn't enough.

Tonight, my younger son (LLG) was out in full force.  Dressed for his first game, and batting lead off, he was pretty stoked.  The weather was gorgeous except for the gusting winds that have ruined every perfect weather day so far this Spring.

Still, I'll take it.  I'll also take a 0-1 loss, because the kids played hard.  At the end of the day, that's all that matters.  None of us will remember scores or how many strike outs our kids had ten years from now, but we'll remember the teaching moments.  The little ones that make being a parent the best and most important job in the world.

For me, Little League is all about those moments that tug at my heartstrings and make me want to hug the disappointments away.  It's about the moments that have me leaping out of my seat with pride.  Those are the ones that offer all the lessons; how to win with class and how to lose with your head held high.  The world needs kids (and parents) who can do both.

Tonight we lost the game with the tying run on third.  Sometimes, that's the way the cookie crumbles.  Those trophies at the end of the season aren't for winning; they are for sticking it out through long practices and tough games.  They are for participating, and they are tokens of a job well done.

As for us parents, keep it in perspective.  If our kids are lucky they'll experience being on winning teams, losing teams and everything in between.  Every kind of team offers different, and necessary lessons.  Just be happy your kid is out on that field and off an xbox, ipad or cell phone.  They're learning about how to play on a team and be a good teammate as they round those bases.  It's our job to help them on their journey as they navigate their way through ups and downs on that field.

Not every kid will play every inning, not every kid will catch the ball.  How we treat, coach and parent those kids says more about us than our record at the end of the season.

In our house, it's one game down, I don't even know how many to go.  And I'm looking forward to every nail biting one of them. 

Happy Little League season to all the other Mamas living the crazy.  Cheers to the big hits and amazing catches. Live it up and love your little players!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Final Kick in the Pants of 2013

I'm buried in tax return fun over here, and for the first time since the 1st year I was married we OWE the Internal Revenue Service.  It's just the final kick in the pants that is 2013. 

To move from New York to Pennsylvania we had to cash in retirement savings, because we were underwater on our house in New York (we bought at the height of the housing market in 2007).  Rather than lose thousands on our New York house, we found a fabulous renter.  And we bought another house in Pennsylvania. 

We're now landlords that live in our 401K.  Make sense?

Anyway, then Hubby lost his job we moved here for, and the bonus that was coming our way.  The bonus was going to put back retirement savings and blah, blah, blah....

To make a very long story short, the IRS doesn't care about any of this.  They just want their money.  I call this the final kick in the pants that is 2013.

This time next year, we should be paid up and continuing on with our journey that constantly brings surprises.  I'm so very thankful for all the blessings in my life, they make days like today not so bad.

I have what I need.  The rest is just fluff.  Happy Friday all, remember what's important this weekend.  If you're running to the post office on April 15th, I'm with ya. 

I really am.