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Week 12 (March 17th – March 23rd): Sea Love

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One of the best thing we bought when moving to LI was a family membership to the Long Island Aquarium. It’s not the biggest aquarium that I’ve ever been to, but it’s perfect for our two little rugrats. It seems like we are there two or three times a month and Caroline and Liam never seem to tire of it.

Jeff took a day off from work last week to check out the aquarium’s special bird & butterfly exhibit that with us. Caroline and Liam had fun showing him all their favorite spots (sea lions, sharks & the octopus). This my favorite picture from that day.

Love how excited they all look!

Week 11 (March 10th-March 16th): Lucky

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Lucky the Leprechaun

Lucky the Leprechaun


It was almost year ago that we first came to Long Island to house hunt. While visiting I picked up a free newspaper at a local deli. The whole thing was devoted to St. Patrick’s Day and all of the many parades that take place out here. I was surprised because all though I knew New York had a large Irish population, I really didn’t think about Long Island, specifically the Hamptons, as being Irish.

I’ve learned a little since then about where we live and although we haven’t seen a St. Patty’s Day parade yet (no fear–we are heading to one soon), we have seen a leprechaun.

Our very small library hosted “Lucky the Leprechaun” last weekend. First, a local baker brought Irish soda bread for all the kids to try followed by a few Irish themed games.

Irish themed is not to be confused with Irish games! Basically, the kids played musical chairs but instead of using chairs, the players had to stand on shamrocks. I am admittedly proud that out of about 25 kids, the last two players on the floor were Caroline and a boy that was at least double her age and twice her size. I am not too proud to admit that Liam was the first child that had to sit out.

After a short while, Lucky the (very hairy-legged) Leprechaun arrived for some good old photo opts. Liam gave him the cold shoulder and clung to mine the whole time. Caroline gave a big smile, but she told me didn’t think Lucky was a real leprechaun. She figured he was just a regular person helping the leprechauns. She seemed a little bit unsure if leprechaun’s even existed but she didn’t push the issue and we left it at that.

Earlier in the week, Caroline had learned about leprechaun’s at preschool. She learned that they can sometimes play tricks and jokes on people. She told us a story about leprechaun’s messing up her teacher’s papers last year after St. Patrick’s Day and was thrilled to hear that one time leprechaun’s moved my student’s desks around so that when the kid’s came to class the next day, they couldn’t find their seats. So even though she wasn’t quite sure she was a believer in the Lucky from the library, I think she was disappointed that she didn’t have a leprechaun story.

Even though I “pinned” some leprechaun shenanigan ideas on Pinterest, I didn’t really feel any of them were the thing for us. Green water in the toilet and glitter all over the house….sounds fun for about a minute. I am sure the kids would love it, but the follow up questions and the mess were a turn off. I settled on a chocolate coin in each shoe. Simple and a big enough surprise for them as they went to put their shoes on Sunday morning.

Caroline was practically giddy as she told us that Lucky must have come to our house. Then she remembered that Lucky wasn’t real so a REAL leprechaun must have come while she was sleeping. She even convinced herself that she dreamed about it and that she couldn’t wait to tell her teacher that she had her very own leprechaun story!

Liam had two simple questions.

First he wanted to know why did the leprechaun leave chocolate coins in his shoes? I told him it was so he would have good luck where ever he went.

Then, and probably most importantly, he wanted to know if he could eat the coins. Yes. I think he was feeling pretty lucky then!

It took Caroline until the last bite of her Irish soda bread to decide she didn't like it

It took Caroline until the last bite of her Irish soda bread to decide she didn’t like it

Week 10 (March 3rd-9th): Sleep Aids

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I was going to post some pictures of the snow we got last week. Something like these beauties:

This tree is a favorite of Caroline & Liam's.  When it is full of leaves, they hide under it's branches.

This tree is a favorite of Caroline & Liam’s. When it is full of leaves, they hide under it’s branches.

Do you see the bus?!?! I love living in a place that still has school even when it snows!

Do you see the bus?!?! I love living in a place that still has school even when it snows!

BUT then I went to change the sheets on Caroline’s bed. When I lifted up her pillows, I found her little treasures.

Pillow talk

Pillow talk

The gang's all here.....What's a girl gonna do when she can't sleep? PLAY!

The gang’s all here…..What’s a girl gonna do when she can’t sleep? PLAY!

I had a little giggle at my daughter’s toy stash. She’s never been one for sleeping with stuffed animals or dolls. If, by chance, she does start the night off with one, the “lovey” is soon kicked out of bed and sometimes completely out of the room! (Yes, we have, on more than one occasion, found her dolls in the hallway long after she was suppose to be asleep!)

I have a few friends that have a strict no toys in the bedroom policy. Yay! to them if that’s what works for them. For us, Caroline’s little extra playtime from 7:30 to 8:00 is 100 times better than what we were dealing with two years ago: moaning and more moaning and more moaning. As in hours of zombie like sounds coming from her room! So play away, little girl, and sleep tight!

Week 9 (February 24th – March 2nd): Tropical Dreaming

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I spoke too soon about Spring being on it’s way. We definitely took one step forward and two steps back. The news has been nothing but talk of snowstorms on the way. As a former Mainer, I should know better. How many times was Easter met with snow, and not just a flurry or two! I had a few folks say to me in recent days things like, “Bet you are wishing Jeff got transfered some place warmer” or “Wouldn’t you like to be in Florida now?” Maybe. Just a little. That’s all I will admit for now.

But I wasn’t the only one doing some tropical dreaming! Liam discovered pineapple. I am sure he has had it before, but I can’t say when. Caroline loves it and can eat a whole can by herself, but Liam has always passed it up. So it was a bit of a surprise when he asked for it. He frequently asks for things that he doesn’t like (think apples and chex mix), but we always give it to him. Typically, he will take a bite, maybe two, and announce that he is done, doesn’t like it. On the night that these pictures were taken, he impressed himself and us by eating the whole container of pineapple (canned, no sugar added) with a bit of help from big sister.

They started with cupcakes and moved on to pineapple.

They started with cupcakes and moved on to pineapple.

Sour!

Sour!

What is this strange, wonderful food?

What is this strange, wonderful food?

Caroline gets fierce with her pineapple chunk!

Caroline gets fierce with her pineapple chunk!