To the girls in the city

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It was an early December evening and it was absolutely beautiful. The temperatures were in the high 40s that night. Mu husband and I were in the city to celebrate our cousin’s 30th birthday. It was just the two of us for a night out, so we decided to head in early. We just walked down the streets of Manhattan with not a care (well, a Mommy always thinks about her kids, but you know what I mean). The spring-like air made me feel rejuvenated as well.

In the midst of just being “us” and enjoying the night, my “Teacher Ear” (as I like to refer to being able to listen to a million things at once) caught a conversation between two girls. They were in their early 20s. It went something like this:

Friend 1: So, what are you doing for the holidays?

Friend 2: Ugh, I will be going to the island to spend time with my family. (“the island” is “Long Island”.) 

Friend 1: I know! Me too. It is just so annoying,

Friend 2: I can’t stand listening to the same (expletive) stories over and over again. Old people are just soooo annoying! (more…)

Happy 2016 from Mrs. Z (Finally!)

I want to say Happy New Year to all of you! It has been such a busy part of life over here in Mrs. Z land. I am trying to not be so hard on myself and I am trying to come to terms that I can not do everything. Writing and this blog are a big part of who I am so I will not be giving it up. You may not see posts from me everyday but know that I am always jotting down new things to write about.

I think about this blog as a third child and I feel so guilty when I don’t give it the time and attention that it deserves. There are times when writing for this blog overwhelms me and that creative energy floes out of me for awhile.

Then I saw this graffiti work on the side of a building a few weeks back and it planted a seed that has begun to grow.

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I tried getting the entire pencil, however, I am not a great photographer ;). I loved how it said “No writer should live in fear”. It was such an eye opening phrase for me. I should never let writing get the best of who I am. I know there will be moments in life where I need to focus on other tasks. However, this blog will be my space where I can go to express what is important to me. It will be the place where I can go to share with all of you my thoughts. And, I hope, a place where someone will read something and have that ah-ha moment and know they are not alone and that they can do anything they set their mind to doing.

Here is to a wonderful amazing New Year to all of you! A new year with endless possibilities!

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So Many Reasons to be Thankful!

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I hope everyone will be with those that they are thankful for in their lives.

Today I am thankful for three parts of my life. First, my darling husband. He still loves me after being puked on, spit up on, peed on, and Lord knows what else on. He has given me the opportunity to be a stay at home mom, for which I am ever grateful. He does so much for us and never really asks for a thank you. I love you!

Second, I am thankful for the pitter patter of little feet in my home. I know that sometimes I get frustrated and don’t think I can take it anymore. I know I sometimes wish for them to be older. Honestly, it scares me to think about the future and the quiet. In just 15 years my oldest will be off to college. Fifteen years! Fifteen years ago was not that long ago. So fast forward fifteen years and that is definitely not a long time. It will be silent. The days are long but the years are short. I am thankful for the sounds of those little feet and little laughter. (Can we just freeze this time in our lives?)

Last, but not least, I am thankful for you, my wonderful and loyal readers! Some of you have been here since the beginning. For some of you this might be your first ( and I hope not your last) visit. I write because of you. We are a virtual family that sticks together through thick and thin. For your loyalty and your interest, I am forever thankful.

From my family to yours, have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with love, laughter, and mounds of food ( yes, I said it. Mounds of food. Live it up people!).

A fun( and very last minute) Thanksgiving Project: Baby Food Jar Turkey

I always do my best work at the last minute. I think things through so much but my best ideas come through when I am down to the wire. Today, I am going to share with you a cute and very easy Thanksgiving gift idea I am going to send my oldest in for his teachers. You can use this for anyone or even as a seating card on Thanksgiving.

Materials:

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Clean baby food jar with the label peeled off

hot glue gun (you can use Elmer’s glue but I was in a pinch and hot glue holds things in place better. If you use a hot glue gun, then this project is NOT for the kiddos.)

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Turkey template (Click here for the template I used)

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Step 1: Fill the baby food jar with candy corn all the way to the top. Make sure that you can put the lid back on.

Step 2: Cut out the turkey template. Glue the face together. Then Glue the face on to the front of the turkey.

Step 3: On each of the turkey’ feathers I wrote something my son liked about his teachers. We discussed why he was thankful for each of his teachers and then I transferred it on to the feathers. I then hot glued them onto the jar.

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**I didn’t paint the lid of the jar. I probably should have to finish the look of the turkey but life got the best of me. (And I covered his teacher’s name. You can never be too careful 😉 .) It still looks cute right?

And there you have a cute and very easy Thanksgiving gift. It is also something from the heart. Aren’t those the best gifts?!

I hope you enjoy making these!

Pink sky at night, sailor’s delight

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend :)

We are a few days away from Thanksgiving. Today I am thankful for the beautiful pink sky at sunset last night. The whole world looked pink. The pictures in this post definitely do not do it justice. I am thankful that I got to witness it and that I got to share it with my family.

Here are some other posts about my week of being thankful.

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Isn’t this gorgeous!?
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A view sent from God
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Look how deep that color is

A bond to be thankful for

I love writing about the things I am thankful for! You only get to do this living thing once. You might as well be thankful for the wonderful parts of your life (and even be thankful for some of the not so wonderful. Your life wouldn’t be the way it is without it).

 
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Today I am thankful for two things. First, I am thankful for the loving bond between my boys. I love seeing their relationship grow as they get older. I love how they hold hands and laugh at each other. I love how my oldest hugs his little brother and says “I love you baby brother”. I love how they play with each other. I hope that they always stay this way until they are old and gray!

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I am also thankful for my dog, Petey. He is truly the best dog anyone can ask for. When we adopted him almost five years ago I did not know what to expect. Now looking back, it is the one of the best decisions we have ever made. He is such a loving and gentle dog. He is so calm when both of our boys pet him (well, sometimes it is a little more that just a pet :/ ). And he is always there at the end of the day to cuddle with me after a super busy and exhausting day. We love you Petey!

What are you thankful for today? Comment below!

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A Beautiful Mid-November Morning

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Today I am thankful for the cool, crisp air and the fall feel as I took a leisurely stroll with my littlest one this morning. It was only a twenty minute walk but it helped to clear my head and to slow things down for a while.

I am also thankful that the walk helped me to slow down for a bit. I get so caught up in the little things that I forget to stop and look around.

Thank you beautiful fall weather!

A simple thank you

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Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was a beautiful fall weekend here. I hope everyone had a chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery around them.

A few weeks ago my sons and I went to a local dentist who was collecting Halloween candy to send to the troops overseas. It was a buyback program. They weigh the candy and the kids get $1 per pound. My boys got $4. As we were leaving the dentist, my oldest asked me what a soldier was and where his candy was going. I explained to him that his candy was about to go on an adventure. I told him it was going on an airplane to many different countries so that soldiers who help to protect us everyday can have a little joy in their lives. (I obviously explained it in simpler terms to him.) The talk of soldiers came up again a week later when we observed Veteran’s Day. I explained that whenever you see a soldier you need to thank them for protecting us.

Fast forward to this past Saturday. My oldest and I went to Babies R’ Us for a few things. As we were paying I had noticed he was staring over my shoulder with a small smile and look of awe on his face. After taking care of my purchase I turned around and saw a soldier from the U.S. Army standing behind us. He had an eye patch, a cane, and was in full uniform. I looked at my son and told him that the man standing behind us was a soldier. His face perked up. I then told my son to say thank you to him for all of his hard work. My son lifted his innocent little eyes to look at the man, and, in his tiniest voice, said these two very simple words:”Thank you”.

The man was taken off guard because almost instantaneously his eyes filled with tears and, in a shaky voice, he said, “Thank you buddy” and shook my son’s hand. My little guy was so excited to shake a soldier’s hand. The man and I exchanged a few words and then my son and I were on our way. I left the store explaining to my oldest that what he did was a wonderful way to show how we appreciate those who serve.

I also left the store fighting back tears. Here was this man who didn’t know me or my family at all. And he risks his life everyday to protect them. That is definitely something to be thankful about. Our service men and women are amazing people. And a simple thank you is the lest we can do to let them know.

I will be writing about things that I am thankful for in the upcoming days. What are some things that you are thankful for? Comment below :).

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Disney does it again

This post will be short and sweet.

The other day my oldest said this phrase a few times throughout the day:

“I am exasperated.”

The first time I was stunned and then laughed. And I laughed the next few times. I was also very proud. I thought, perhaps, he listened to me when I speak. I asked him where he learned that word from, clearly expecting him to say from me. However, I can not take credit for this. He told me he learned it from Donald Duck. And to further validate that, as we were watching an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Donald said, “I am exasperated”. Well, how about that?!

Thank you Disney for yet again instilling wonderful vocabulary into my children!

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What are some phrases your kids pick up from TV? Comment below!

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The most Mom-ish thing I have ever said

It feels so good to be writing again. In the few weeks that I put The Mrs Z Files on hold while I finished my class, I kept a list of ideas I wanted to share with you. I actually feel refreshed to start this up again. Maybe taking a step back every once in a while is not a bad thing. It helps to recharge the batteries. I hope you all enjoy my commentaries that I share with you. it is very cathartic for me and I enjoy knowing that I might brighten someone’s day (at least I hope I brighten your day :) ).  Now, on to today’s feature.

I love being a mommy. It is the best thing in the world. It is the craziest, most exhausting thing you will ever do. But I love it. However, I also like to keep parts of me from before I was a mommy as well. I do not want to get too lost in being a mommy where I forget who I am. My husband and I do date nights at least once month. I try really hard to keep reading (which is extremely difficult when after your kids go to sleep all you want to do is sit on the couch and do nothing). I fit in exercise here and there (although these days I count running after two kids and lifting them about fifty times a day my workout).

I also try to not to sound too Mom-ish. However, it comes with the territory. Hence, the main idea of my post today. The three supermarkets within a five mile radius of my home were all Waldbaums. As many of you have heard, Waldbaums has gone out of business. Each Waldbaums has been bought out by other supermarket chains.

And now for the most Mom-ish thing I have ever said: I love that I now have three different supermarkets within five miles of my home! I love that I can check prices on items I am going to buy. I love that I have a choice of where to shop. And I love all of the perks that come with their loyalty cards!

Phew!! Ok, I finally go that out of my system. Did I sound like a mom right there or what? But it feels so good to say it! I love the new supermarket choices. It is even rubbing off on my oldest. He keeps saying,” Mommy, we go to new supermarket today? Me like it there!”. Well, it is never too early to instill bargain shopping.

What is the most Mom-ish thing you have ever said? Comment below!

Have a super day!

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