A week in the life of my chittlins & NewYork

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The mom stalker strikes again. Looks like the thing on Instragram this week is posting a then & now picture. You best believe my social media enthused child has posted one.

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I should have been stalking this chile! I noticed the basketball had stopped bouncing and he was extremely quiet….I thought he either snuck off to talk to a friend or was playing in the dirt. After hearing the water hose being turned on in the back it was more like playing in mud.

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After saying, “you’re not coming in here like that!” He takes matters in his own hands.

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We’ve been going to story time at the library each week. Last week my daughter asked to leave before participating in the activity because the kids were loud. There were groups of kids from daycares and many were toddlers. So, it had gotten a bit loud for a moment. This week was a success. Not as many kids and I explained to my daughter to be patient and let’s stay for the activity. After the librarian read a couple stories the kids were able to make prints with leaves by placing a leaf under the paper, laying a crayon on its side and shading. I’m sure we all remember doing this as a child. My daughter was fascinated by the results.

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And NewYork. Does what he does best. Lays in my lap and sleep.

Have a great weekend 🙂

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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WTFlashback:Ready or Not !!!!!!!! (Repost)

Today the kids were playing hide and seek in the house and this story came to mind.  This is a repost from when I first began blogging in 2009.

Ready or Not!!!!

My husband asked me what did I think about our son walking to school with a neighbor?  Nope!  I don’t trust him as far as I can see him.  Now before you jump to conclusions let me explain.  When we tell him to go take out the garbage.  In between him going to the kitchen and the garbage can, he’ll get distracted by an apple laying on the island.  See where I’m going?

Let me give you another example.  A few years ago we were all playing hide and seek in the house.  It was James turn to find us.  We ran and hid. 1,2,3,4……..ready or not!!!!!!!!  So, now we’re hiding and 1 minute goes by then, 2, 3, 4….5, 6.  We all begin to emerge from our hiding spot and James is no where in sight.  Now, we’re looking for James.  Walk up stairs and this child is watching t.v.  When we asked, “what happened?”  He forgot that we were playing a game.

When I reminded my husband of the story all he could do was laugh.  So,  ready or not, he will get dropped off at school.

Nicole

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Strike a pose

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Dora’s ballet adventures DVD Review

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If you’re like any other family with a young child in the house, you may receive frequent visits from a little girl.  This isn’t an ordinary little girl.  The reason I say that, often times I don’t know she’s here until I get ready to sit down and I’m stopped in mid air by a little girl yelling, “DON’T SIT THERE! YOU’LL SIT ON DORA!”

So when I was given the opportunity to review Dora’s ballet adventure, I said, “bring it on!” Well not exactly in those words.  However, I knew my baby girl would LOVE IT!

Sorry I didn’t take a picture of her face when she realized she had mail.

Dora’s Ballet Adventures comes on DVD containing 4 episodes.

*Dora’s Ballet Adventure
Dora’s ready to perform in her dance recital, but first she has to find her ballet slippers.

*The Super Silly Fiesta
Dora and Boots are ready to party with Big Red Chicken, but wait!  What’s a party without cake?  Have no fear! Dora and Boots are on a mission to find the missing cake.

*Dora, La Musicio
Join in the parade with Dora and Boots! Senor Shush locks all of the instruments in a music box.  In the words of my daughter, “Dora and Boots are there to save day. In this case, the parade.

*Surprise
Dora is planning a surprise party for Boots.  With your help making it through many obstacles including that sneaky fox……the party can go on.

There hasn’t been one Dora episode that hasn’t kept my daughter engaged, curious and actively jumping up and down.  This DVD is a must have for any child’s growing Dora collection.  Does your child or grandchild watch Dora? If so, does he or she have a favorite episode?

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Chilling in the Heat

We’ve been having some HOT weather here in Chicago.  Today we’re experincing rain and some flooding on our streets.  Last night we woke up to severe thunderstorms and the wind was so high that we felt the need to wake up the kids at 3am and head down stairs.  I don’t know if I told you that my kids talk a LOT!!!!! They get it from their dad, he doesn’t think so :-/  I know so!  So, when we get every body downstairs, my son is talking like it’s 12 in the afternoon, my oldest is on her cellphone.  Yes, at 3am in the morning talking to her BFF!!!!!!! My youngest daughter is talking about her dreams!  We couldn’t wait until 3:30am to put them back in the bed!   

The storm was so severe that we kept our son home on his last day of school.  I picked up his report card when the rain slowed down and here’s what most of our streets looked like.

The picture above is our street.  As I drove to his school this is what the other streets looked like.

If this is all we get, we’re blessed!  Compared to what the rest of our world is experiencing.  So, I picked up my son’s report card and again he did well.  If you all remember last year he had to go to summer school to pass.  This year he’s been getting A’s , B’s and maybe a C here and there but GOOD!  Now I’m the mom of a Senior, 5th grader and one that may be home with me for another year.

So let’s get to how we’ve been keeping cool during these hot days. 

I picked up some water ballons the other day.  My oldest daughter and I went to the dollar store and had plotted to attack my husband and son with water balloons.  I stayed outside and filled them up while she kept watch inside.  We called them outside and you should have seen my husbands face when he saw what we were doing.  It was priceless!  OK. So tell me this….how did I end up soak and wet and he didn’t have any balloons?  He ambushed us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So the next day we all played together.

The picture above:  I went to get my husband some popcorn and when I returned, the hose was running and this was what I captured.  This is what happens when I leave them home with dad!  Believe it or not, our itty bitty pool and the water balloons keep us chilling 😉  What have you ben doing to stay cool?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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