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Strange LEGO Groupings

What does one do when it is raining outside and the kids want to play with Legos? If you were me the other day, you would join in and get creative. My creative juices were not flowing while building a giant house, car, or other structure. I was much more imaginative. I looked at the piles of Lego people. First up was putting them back together again. There were pirates, wizards, aliens, and others that were missing parts. Poor Harry Potter was missing a head and his hair was not on his head. Disturbing scene.

Finally, people were mostly together and it was time to have fun with photos. The first pairing are probably BFFs. Can’t you just see Rubeus Hagrid and Captain Jack Sparrow working together?

Hagrid and Captain Jack Sparrow

Sure, they may mostly hang out getting giant tubs of Butterbeer, but they would be making sure that everyone around them was safe.

Then, Voldemort seemed drawn to the Aliens. I do believe they were plotting something evil. A brave Alien Hunter must have felt that he could take them both on without any backup or ray gun. Perhaps this was because “He Who Must Not Be Named” lost his arm that probably had his wand. Hmmm…

Voldemort and Alien up to no good

I have a feeling Bellatrix Lestrange may have been looking for Voldy’s arm and wand when she was cornered by another Alien Hunter who was armed.

Bellatrix Lestrange vs Alien Hunter

What did the kids think? Well, after a while they encouraged me. They kept asking me to take the camera back out to take more photos. I have a feeling we may make this into an activity for another rainy day. Perhaps, I will let them use the camera, take photos to capture the story, and then help me make it into a movie like I used when jelly bean taste testing.

So what LEGO figures would you love to have and why?

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Smiles in the Summer

Time to be honest. Summer vacation can be a stressful time. I love spending time with my boys, but there are days when the fighting, bickering, and other sibling squabbles get old. Then, moments like this happen out of the blue and for absolutely no reason at all…

Kiss from big brother

There was no prompt. I was just lucky enough to have my phone close by to capture this amazing moment. The boys simply curled up on my bed to stay cool and read. JSL rolled over by NHL. Where something could have happened, it didn’t. Instead, NHL pulled his little brother over for a kiss. A genuine sweet moment between two siblings. There was no screaming, yelling, or complaining. The only things I noticed were smiles like this…

Smiles in the summer

The moments like these make the others fade away a little faster. I will cherish these moments because our 18 summers together are happening way too quickly.

It's Me

P.S. One other message to get out there today:

Walt Disney World 1983

Happy Birthday to Uncle I! We all hope that you are having a wonderful time and can not wait to see you all soon.

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Winter Break 2012

Dear NHL,

This winter break seemed to go pretty quickly. Daddy was home on Monday and did something special with the two of you while I worked on laundry. Man are those bunk beds a pain to put clean sheets onto. Your bed on top was quite the workout in the scheme of things.

Early Tuesday evening, you mentioned that you had a letter for me. You had forgotten that there was a note in your bag from your friend’s mother. As I read the note, she asked me to get back to her about doing something over break. I wrote her back that night and had a reply the next morning. We eventually decided to meet up at the library for an afternoon.

It was so nice to see you smiling, happy, and playing with a friend. The two of you had a lot in common since you are both new to the school. It seems like this factor has made the two of you watch out for the other. Then, I found out what a small world it truly is. I had actually met your friend’s mother years ago when I was teaching. She recalled me being pregnant at the time and then looked and saw how big your little brother is.

Brothers over winter break

I do hope that we will be able to get together with your friend, his sister, and mother again. They are such a nice family and watching you on Thursday made my heart so happy.



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Apple Picking Field Trip

Living in New York State, we are lucky that we have a lot of apple orchards around us. Not only can we get fresh apples during the right season, but in many instances we can go and pick our own. Last year, JSL’s school was supposed to go on a trip. Thanks to the weather, it was canceled. This year, we hoped that the weather would behave and the kids would be able to go apple picking at Indian Ladder Farms.

Sign by the Indian Ladder Farms Store

When we got up Wednesday morning, the fog was thick and it was pretty wet outside. A light drizzle was in the air, but nothing too bad. Thanks to this, the ground was not very nice, but it could have been a lot worse. JSL wore his boots and was all set to go.

Ready to combat the mud

I had worried that we may arrive late since we had to travel a bit after dropping NHL off to school, but we made it in time and were able to wait with the other kids and families there for the fun morning. While we were waiting for everyone else to arrive, we decided to buy a bag to pick some extra apples for home.

Excited for apple picking

The main reason we opted to do this is thanks to the selection that would be picked today. The Jonagold are a favorite and we hoped to find some of these to share with TechyDad and NHL.

Apple selections for the day

The little guy was very excited to get into the fields to pick some apples. We quickly realized that he was smart to keep his hood up. Thanks to the damp morning, you were rained on as you pulled the apples off the branches. Not to worry though, JSL thought this was pretty funny and got into the apple picking.

Apple picking time

Some of the trees were not in the best of shape. I’m not sure if this is because they were already picked over, or if Hurricane Irene had something to do with it. JSL and I still managed to move a few rows into the trees and found lots of apples to take home.

Stretching for a good apple

Going alone with the little guy was special. He was so proud to pick apples on his own and put them into our big bag. At one point, I made sure to stop him for a photo with an apple that he had plucked off a tree.

A big apple for home

Before too long, our bag was filled and it was time to head to our car.

Done apple picking

Yes, we have a good amount of apples to hold us over until we are able to go apple picking with the entire family. The little guy was so upset that he could not lift the bag, but I told him it just meant that we did a really good job.

With all of our apples

After moving the car, the classes took turns going on a hayride around the fields behind the big store/barn.

Hayride time

Even at about 10:15, it was still really foggy. The fog lifting off over the mountains was gorgeous. Here’s a quick shot I was able to snag:

Sun trying to come out

Then, we had snacks under a tent – JSL enjoyed the donuts that the nursery school brought (I promised to buy cider donuts to take home).

Snack time

The kids were given money to buy food to feed the animals. I wish I had gotten a shot of JSL – he was brave and tried it, but I was helping him with the machine. The goats ate it too quickly.

Studying the animals

Of course, there were even more animals down a bit from the first group.

Even more animals

Then, it was time to say goodbye to everyone from nursery school and head into the Indian Ladder Farms store. Here, we picked up from cider donuts and a bread for home. Of course, JSL was able to have one of the donuts in the car since that is a tradition after going here.


Despite the rain that greeted us in the morning, we had a fantastic time at the apple picking location. I know that JSL and I will have fun thinking of ways to use all of the apples we picked and heading back with the rest of our family to get more apples soon.

Have you gone apple picking this year? If you have what are your plans for all of your apples?

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Hello Four Year Old

Dear JSL,

As much as I begged you not to turn four, you have gone ahead and continued to grow up before my eyes. My baby is not a baby anymore and it is hard to imagine. It seems like you were born just yesterday and looked like this curled up in your Boppy.

Babay JSL

Now you are a four year old little boy determined to figure out everything before you. You want to know why, what, how, and everything in between. Of course, you always want to do things on your own. This year you have grown up and done so much. Here is a look at your third year.

To celebrate turning three, we took you to Build a Bear to make your first special friend. You picked out a puppy and HAD to have him be Buzz Lightyear. (May 2010)

JSL's first visit to Build-A-Bear

June is the month for weddings. Thanks to Cousin R getting married, you went to your first ever wedding. You were quite the party animal and loved dancing until we pulled you away to go to sleep for the night. (June 2010)

A lot of dancing going on

On the 4th of July, we took you to see your first movie at the theater. As a huge Buzz Lightyear fan, it was only fitting that Toy Story 3 marked this huge milestone. After all of the excitement you took what would become a very rare nap. (July 2010)

My tired little Toy Story fan

Your first ever nights away from home came in August when Mommy and Daddy both went to NYC for BlogHer. This was when you learned the word swag and met your recent best friend Eggbert – not seen below. (August 2010)

My Swag Kid

Your first time to school was met with a little bit of fear. Looking back, it is amazing to see how far you have come and how excited you get going to school these days. I will admit that I love my alone time, but I miss you when at school. The house is just too quiet. (September 2010)

Nursery school here he comes

Thank goodness you stayed healthy for Halloween this year. You were so happy to bounce like a Tigger and let everyone know you could act the part. (October 2010)

Proud little Tigger

Much to my surprise, you loved getting homework. Whether it was for speech, or a project you really got into it. For Thanksgiving, you made a poster to bring in to share with your friends at school. You were so excited to bring it in all by yourself. (November 2010)

Proud of his project

When it was time for your Chanukah party at school, Mimi and I went to watch you sing and dance. Of course, the surprise was on us when you and the rest of the boys stood there during the festivities. There must have been a pact signed by all of you not to do anything. It was still really cute to watch. (December 2010)

Time for some Chanukah snacks

There was a LOT of snow in January. We spent a lot of time digging out, but you also liked to play out in the cold. One of your favorite activities was the big brother sleigh ride. (January 2011)


Most of February was spent listening to you ask if we were going to Disney World. You knew that we were heading there for a conference, but you did not understand why we had to wait. I have to admit, I could not get that part either. To pass the time, we wore our Mickey ears and pretended to go to Disney to visit the characters and rides. (February 2011)

Ready to see Mickey

When we finally made it to Disney World, you were a different kiddo. You loved heading over to the characters and wanted to try any ride you could go on. So many happy memories from our family time together. (March 2011)

Time at Walt Disney World

You were home a lot in April, thanks to Passover. We spent a lot of time trying to figure out what you would eat, after a hunger strike. I think your face below shows my feelings for much of the events of the month. (April 2011)

The Face Says It All

Please excuse me if I cry today. It is just hard to believe that my little Pookaloo is now four years old. I love watching you grow up before my eyes and become a true personality plus. So grown up already

No matter how old you get, you will always be my baby boy. I love you my Super JSL Buzz Lightyear. Happy 4th birthday sweetie and here is to many more happy and wonderful memories ahead.




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