Happy New Year’s Eve, Eve!

Oh how I remember the days .. pre kids…always had some sort of new years plan that included staying at a hotel somewhere, or going to dinner or a party. HA

Post kids- Lets just say it has died way down. Generally I make chocolate covered strawberries for the hubby and kids. We end up either doing take out for gluten-free pizza, Chinese food or the famous Wrights Chicken Farm ( which i highly recommend if you’re in the Rhode island or Massachusetts area)  Once dinner is done, the kids get showered up and pjs on. We tend to let them stay up a little later than normal. We will put some new years eve show on tv with music and play a few board games! The kids are looking forward to the new ones this year…googly eyes and secret life f pet. I’ll update you and let you know how that is. Finally its off to bed for me! there is no way i end up staying up until midnight!

At this point all I’m hoping for are my taste buds back to enjoy our new years eve dinner take out! I plan on taking the kids in the morning though to see the movie sing and then I promised that we attempt to make gluten-free doughnuts.

So with that I shall say good night. This mama needs some cough drops and NyQuil!

#momsdonttakeickdays

XOXO MOmmy Alicia

My Christmas Coma and Recovery!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  For the first time in a few years, my daughter did not get sick the day after christmas. I however, caught a nasty cold that just will not go away!

So how was your holiday? Did you all travel or just stay in?  I felt like the christmas break just went by so incredibly fast. I have to say the kids seem to have a wonderful christmas. I entered into a Christmas coma and now currently on my way through recovery! HA

We started out on christmas eve day, cooking and baking for that night. once all the that was done, the kids and I prepared for christmas mass and then headed to my husband’s side of the family. generally on christmas eve we go to a hall beneath a church and eat dinner, dance and the kids wait for santa to arrive. this year it was nothing less than hectic. there are currently more than 20 great-grandchildren that go every year under the age of 10.

As the night progressed I was more than anxious for santa to arrive so that we could pack the kids up and get them home, showered and into bed. ironically the night actually flew by and before we knew it everyone was heading out!
Once we arrived home, my son ran to the computer to check the Santa Tracker to check his status. (If your kids are into that sort of thing, I recommend visiting the norad santa tracker page.) Milk, and cookie brownies were placed out by the fireplace and we shuffled the kids into bed. I think by then I was completely exhausted.

10:30 pm – Mommy and daddy still had to be on watch and put out gifts. I took the first shift watching the stair case as my husband brought up all the gifts from our basement. I then took second shift displaying everything, and filling the stockings.

This year, the kids had such a variety on their lists. My daughter asked for descendants dolls and “american girl” furniture. ( I say that because she thinks our generation brand from target is the same as american girl, and for that it makes it much cheaper to afford.) My son, Shawn begged for a ninja turtle house, bloxels and Nintendo ds. ( Pretty pricey don’t you think!?) Nathan, my little one, I’m pretty sure he would be happy with anything. Nathan asked for trucks, trains and a paw patrol airplane.

Oh to be young again and believe in all of this! It was so exciting placing these gifts out, but I have to be honest…I was way more anxious to wake up and watch my husband open his gifts!

I felt as though the night was dragging on. I must have finally fallen asleep at 2 am, and was awake by 530 am. Do you want to know what time my children woke????? 730 AM….!!!!!! ON CHRISTMAS!!!!! The anticipation was killing me!

After the kids finally woke, they raced downstairs and each of the them opened a gift at a time. Their faces were wonderful! My husband, and I always wait until the end of the kids gifts for us to open ours. I was beaming with excitement!!! My husband opened each gift and said thanks but then I sent him on a little hunt around the house. He found his last gift which was floor seats to the Boston Celtics! He certainly didn’t see that one coming.

After all the gifts were opened, living room cleaned up and stuff everywhere, the kids played from morning until night with their toys without ever turning on a tv!  It actually continued that way for the next 2 days!

I absolutely love christmas and the spirit of it all. My kids and I did our 25 days of christmas where we gave and bough for others, donated items to those in need and made things for people. And then we celebrated with gifts from Santa. I alway like to make sure the kids understand that Christmas is not just about getting toys and gifts of all sorts but what we do for those who need it.  My daughter ha already decided next year she wants to help donate items to a Pet shelter. I couldn’t be more proud.

All in all it was a perfect christmas for us. I hope you all were able to travel, see family and enjoy the spirit of the holidays! I also hope your children are not driving you up the wall during this school break!

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XOXO Mommy Alicia

Snots, coughs, and bugs ! OH MY!!!

Tis the season….for the dreaded stomach bugs ! Ugh!!! So let me just tell you this has been a crazy week… when is it not? I mean really, never a dull moment. So last week my kid’s school attended a holiday concert at another school. Shortly after they arrived back students started getting sick. Not many but a few here and there. We heard rumors of a few who got sick in the school yard and some in the bust line….. in my mind nothing much worrying about….

Until…….

Thursday morning of last week. I woke up and got the kids ready as we normally do. Then I started seeing online and getting phone calls about so many kids being sick. WHAT!? everyone a the same time?!?!?!  My nieces and nephews all spent the night with their heads over buckets…OMG I hate the puke bug!

Driving to school I dropped my kids off and noticed another child sick , head over a trash bin… umm okay maybe ill just take them home. NO , my husband insisted they go. My paranoia then set in, and as i opened the drop off door i lectured the children on hand washing and covering your mouth when you cough and sneeze. i also stated if for any particular reason have he teacher call immediately. I was also trying to explain to my kindergartener that if he feels like he’s going to get sick run to the trash.

“but mommy it’s against the rules!” I calmly explained the teacher would be utterly grateful if he got sick in the trash than on the floor. Fast forward through out the day and OMG over 101 students and 5 teachers went home?! And that didn’t include those who called out.

I spent the day with Lysol and Clorox wiping everything touchable , washing sheets, shoes etc.  I know most of you must think I’m nuts for even sending my kids. At t his point the Christmas countdown was on, a little over a week to go and if my kids were going to get sick …let’s get it done and over with. All weekend long I heard the horror stories of this inevitable bug.  It was moving through every family I knew in the school! It shall hit us soon!

The weekend went by and nothing! REALLY!!?? How could that be. Sunday night comes and our computer had a mini spark fire melt down type of thing. Nothing major but the smell went through the entire house. By monday morning, my kindergarten son exclaimed he had a headache and his tummy hurt. I chose to keep him home anyway. He went back to sleep till 1030 am and once he woke. Let me tell you…the child raised hell around the house….hours of playing and non stop eating. No fever, no puking no nothing. Tuesday morning ,he was great off to school the children went…..

Tuesday afternoon the school nurse calls with the news of my son puking in school! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!? I rush to the school with my 2-year-old and get him bucket ready and gloves. He gets in the car and says, “mommy  I don’t need a bucket! I’m fine”

Now mind you since 130 pm Tuesday through all day today my son did not get sick once! He played in the snow, ran around playing soccer, legos and eating up a storm. Nothing!! Still no fever either.  I just didn’t get it, but I couldnt risk sending him off to school. I then asked him what he ate at school. Well this sums it up, two cups of hot cocoa, chocolate chip cookies and cupcakes for their xmas party…then his healthy snack and lunch… I am feeling sick just thinking about eating all that junk. ICK!

So here we are just waiting. I’m assuming that if it is this dreaded bug that’s creeping its way throughout the school then my other two should be getting it just in time for the weekend if not sooner! If it’s just the junk food overdone then I’m just plain happy!

In the meantime I will wait it out and hope for the best! I am praying you all have a healthy holiday season and a healthy year next year! These things are never fun when its your kids!

XOXO Mommy Alicia

Christmas Adventures Part 2!

This past weekend our family ventured off for more Christmas adventures. We headed out late afternoon to Yankee Candle out in Deerfield. It was a very hectic afternoon. We once again didn’t realize what time they were closing, so we rushed through. The deals were great! I ended up buying two large tumbler candles, and getting 2 free!

I truly love visiting during this time of the year! Everything is so festive. The kids enjoyed smelling the different candles and their favorite room was the snow room. It “snows” every 4 minutes. The kids also love looking at the department 56 houses that are all lit up.

Out in the food court area, Santa and Mrs Claus was there taking pictures. I actually suggest going to visit Yankee Candle about 2-3 hours prior to closing on a sunday!  The crowd level was very low.

After some snack time and candle shopping, we hopped in the car and headed to our next christmas destination! Bright nights at Forest Park in Springfield MA!!!
During the holiday season, bright nights open 7 day a week. There is a coupon for $3 off per car.

I have to forewarn though, that many people have waited in a line that was hours long. What mot people don’t know is that if you go past the long line in the through traffic line and drive by bright nights and turn around they let you right in. I wish we knew that ahead of time because we went one mile in 1 hour.  The children were getting restless!
Once we got in though it was a beautiful site. We let the kids come sit closer to the window and tuned in to the christmas station. The kids lit up with excitement and joy. Half way through we stopped for a stretch and bathroom break. There were two rides the kids could go on and a cabin with santa for photos. After our little break we hopped back in and continued on our journey.

This is such a fun time! Ihope those of you who are local get the chance to check it o ut if you haven’t already!

XOXO Mommy Alicia

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Christmas Light Searches! Part 1

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season! Can you  believe its only 2 weeks until Christmas Eve!????!!!

During the month of December our family loves to do so many fun things. One of traditions include looking for the best christmas lights around in the Massachusetts area!  Last night we went to a house in Sutton, Ma that was simply amazing!  His company L & R Lighting does a fantastic job! The lights light up with the music! My kids had such a blast last night watching this family’s house! He has his own radio station to go along with the lights and even better he is collecting donations for the Jimmy Fund!

I always explain to my kids that this holiday season is not just about receiving gifts from people and like any child they do enjoy that part! But they totally understand and enjoy this time of giving as well!

So the house is on a 4 way stop intersection and its a very busy street. What most of the cars do is they pull to the side of the and wait in a line. Generally after each song a car will put out and everyone moves up!  So if you’re in the area look this house up! It is a must see on our Christmas light adventure!

Check out the link below on our You tube Page to see the show!  And if your in the area make a donation to the Jimmy Fund in his donation box!!!!

L & R Lighting Christmas Lights

XOXO Mommy Alicia

Jingle all the way!

Jingle All the Way!

Thanksgiving has passed and most people have already put up all their Christmas decor. I generally have everything hung and light up by black friday, but due to our Nutcracker shows, I have slacked. Our tree is up, however every ornament is hung on one side and everything needs to be repositioned. My kids worked hard on this silly tree, but my ocd is telling me to fix it.

“leave the tree alone”, my husband tells me!

I guess for now, I will leave it but I can’t promise I won’t be rearranging it!

The weather has been so warm and not that I want it to snow, and we do have a month before Christmas but im waiting for that exciting moment!  That moment of Christmas time excitement!My father told me, maybe I will feel it better once my husband and I tackle gift shopping this weekend. I can tell how excited my kids are for the holidays. Is anyone else out there having a hard time getting into that holiday excitement?

Our elf on the shelf arrives back in our house tonight as well. I’m sure the kids will have a blast with this. I can’t tell you how often though I forget to move him and come up with fun ideas!

We have so much planned especially some great places in the New England area where you can see some great christmas lights for either free or a great price. I promise to post those as we go to them!

On that note, I’m going to get the kiddos ready for bed!
Hoping you all sleep sound!

XOXO Mommy Alicia

Thanksgiving week!

Thanksgiving week!

The holidays are now upon us and I am certainly not ready. Where did this year go?! I have once again fallen behind on my updates and adventures. While currently trying to regroup after this past week, I am also trying to get into that holiday spirit!

As any holiday comes around there is alway sure to be that chaos. Our chaos was a fun, yet the tiring kind. My daughter was to perform in the Nutcracker ballet and with only 2 days of school the week of thanksgiving break, we still managed to spend 37 extra hours at the Theater rehearsing for the show. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, thanksgiving off and shows on friday, Saturday, sunday. I am very grateful she had such a great opportunity to be able to perform with many local ballerinas and professional ones as well who flew in from London, Brazil, Australia and some states around the US.

I know why would I allow my 7-year-old to spend this much time at the theater!? Well she auditioned and because she was in all 5 shows, she was required by the director to be at every rehearsal. I guess that how show business works.

The nutcracker was a wonderful experience. My daughter certainly favors ballet above all other dance forms. So many family members, class mates and dance teachers came to see her perform and enjoy this holiday classic. In between shows the director threw a cast party , and my daughter was over the moon. She was able to take pictures with the professional ballerinas, and get autographs. I’m pretty sure she was on cloud nine. It was a wonderful production.

Hope you enjoy the pictures! I apologize my cell takes bad quality!

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XOXO
Mommy Alicia