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Diary of a Stay-at-home Mom, motherhood and beyond

Mother’s Day May 8, 2008

Mother’s Day is steadily approaching and what a better way to show mom you are truly thinking about her, of course other than breakfast in bed, a spa treatment and something with a big and sparkley jewel, just kidding, is to take her out and about. I know I would love any of these (hint,hint) and there is still time left to plan her special day. So, here are some great things happening around town that you may want to take your mom to, maybe I’ll see you at one of them.

1. Longwood Gardens is celebrating mother’s day with special musical events throughout the weekend to make your mother’s day unforgettable. If you can’t go Sunday, go Saturday or make it a weekend trip. On Saturday participate in the Bird watching tour and then end the day with a special swing concert from the John Clark Big Band. On Sunday enjoy the beautiful chimes of the Harp Music by Janet Witman, followed by a Carillon Concert featuring Dough Gefvert topped off by a Chimes Tower Tour. Events are throughout the entire weekend from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Check out their website for more information.

2. Why not give your mom the presidential treatment with brunch at the National Constitution Center! Enjoy a hot breakfast with made to order omelets, a carving station, a pasta station, salad bar and desert bar. Tickets include brunch, admission to the museum and a special gift for mom. Reservations are required to hop on over to their website to check it out.

3. This one sounds like fun…Treat Mom to a lovely Teddy Bear Tea party at the Garden State Discovery Museum. Featuring teddy bear songs, stories, cookie decorating and crafts. To top it off, Moms are free on Mother’s Day!!  The tea party runs Sunday from 1pm to 3pm.

4. Celebrate your Mom and Moms of all species at the Academy of Natural Sciences Animal Moms Weekend this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 3:30pm. Bring your little ones and learn about the nurturing residents of the museum’s Live Animal Center. Home to 100 animals that are injured and cannot survive the wild. Complete with a Live animal show, Learn about a variety of animal eggs, and make a Mother’s Day Card to take home.

5. Maybe you want to give your Mom a break on Mother’s Day and give here a couple hours to go to the Spa, go shopping or just take a nap. Bounce U in Cherry Hill is helping you achieve a little quiet in the house by letting your kids cause a ruckus at their’s. Sunday from 12:00pm to 2:30pm join Bounce U for a laser light afternoon of fun with plenty of bouncing.

Whatever you do on Mother’s Day, and trust me, it doesn’t have to be a lot or cost a lot , just take some time ton show your mom how special she is to you.


My favorite moment May 7, 2008

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One of my favorite moments of day takes place when I am drying the kids off from during bath time.

As I am on my knees, drying off my 3 year old he puts his hands gently around my neck, gives me a nice tight hug and repeats over and over, “I love you mommy!”  “I love you too.” “I love you mommy.”

It is one of my favorite moments during the day and it happens just about every day.

At that moment I relax and listen to his sweet little voice and his hands around my face and everything seems worthwhile. His voice softens and is so sincere and caring and strangely enough, understanding.

All the choices I make throughout the day, all the challenging moments that feel like they are never going to end are suddenly put in their place and made easier.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I would love to hear about some of your favorite moments with you kids throughout the day?

What are those moments that make being a mom worth every penny (or lack their of)?


Say what? May 5, 2008

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Kids really do say the funniest things:

My 3 year old son who was way past his nap time and too late to take one, got into one of “those” moods and on the walk to the car. At that moment, he decided he did not like shorts.

“My legs are out!” ,he whined.

“What?” I asked, a bit confused, to say the least.

“My legs are out”, he repeated.

“Those are shorts, your legs are supposed to be out”, I explained.

“We need to take them back to the store. They are too short, I need long ones,” (they come past his knees.)

He declared, “I don’t like shorts today!”

My sister-in-law has a similar situation. She bought a pineapple home from the store and as she proceeded to cut it open her 3 year old son asked where was Spongebob?

You have to laugh


Let’s get Out and about May 2, 2008

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further. Here are some fun things around the area to keep you out and about.

1. Celebrate Kidsland ’08 at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, NJ. The Festivities kick off Sunday at 11:00am and the fun runs through 4:00pm. Join them for entertainment, food samplings and over 100 companies will be presenting hands-on educational exhibits. Even more, it’s fun for the whole family and admission is FREE! Check out their website for more information.

2. Is your little cookie monster into Sesame Street as much as mine? Then don’t miss this big red carpet event! Saturday Sesame Place opens for the season, Hollywood Style. Come early and get great seats as you watch your favorite characters make their grand entrance down the red carpet. Along with getting a glimpse of your favorite characters, be the first to check out the new features at the park including the new Sunny Day Carousel. Check out their website for schedule of events.

3. Sesame Place isn’t the only big opening this weekend. Join in for the fun as Hershey Park opens for their big season. Along with all the rides and fun, join them for a great schedule of live performances and of course chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Oh yeah, did I say Chocolate!

4. Looking for a little one on one time with the hubby? Get the babysitter! This is a good one to do without the kids. Join Longwood Gardens for their Jazz and Wine Festival ’08. Sample the regions finest wines and those from around the world, as you listen to live jazz music. Not only will you taste the wine but learn about the wine making process. Check out their website for the music line-up and participating wineries.

5. Now that you’ve left the kids behind, you can redeem it and bring your kids to Longwood Gardens to check out their new display of amazing, I repeat, amazing, treehouses. Bring out your inner child and give their imagination a boost as you, venture to the gardens and check out Nature’s Castles, 3 beautiful, I repeat, beautiful large scale treehouses created by the country’s best designers. This will give you a refreshing view from above the trees, but go with warning, you may now be on demand to create a backyard oasis of your own.

6. SALE! Yes, I said SALE!!! Denny’s children wear is coming to town again with savings of 40-50% and did I mention super cuter clothes for boy and girls. Gear up for the summer with clothes that will be the talk of the park and the party. And you can laugh because you know you only paid a fraction of what the clothes are really worth and trust me, I love deals, and this is a great deal. Denny’s comes to Mt. Laurel Sun 5/4 from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Monday 5/5 from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Wyndham Hotel in Mt. Laurel (1111 Rt. 73). (Tip…get their early, it’s shopping madness!)