July 07, 2014

I'm a Single Mom...what's your Super Power??

When I became a single mom, almost instantly I developed these super mom powers that helped me to get through my everyday life. Powers like super strength that help me to carry 10 bags of groceries up to my second floor apartment with my wiggling toddler on my hip or multitasking powers that allow me to cook dinner, clean a spill, kiss a boo-boo, and put the laundry away all while weaving around toys and a running child. Oh and speaking of kissing boo-boos, everyone knows a mother’s kiss has magical healing powers that can make a toddlers tears disappear immediately. You can’t forget adrenaline powers that leave us super moms capable of completing an endless to-do list on countless nights of no sleep or enough energy to keep up with a bouncing 5 year old.  Super moms are also known to have supersonic hearing that lets us hear a thud from yards away, a cry in the middle of the night, or the ability to hear when trouble is brewing…especially if it’s in the form of silence. With all of these amazing super mom powers it’s hard to believe that we are anything but heroes, yet there is still one power I wish I had.

The power of time travel.

And no, not to go back and change anything or to erase any mistakes or bad choices I may have made. Every choice I have made in my life has helped me to grow, make me stronger and has brought me to where I am today. I want to be able to travel in time whenever I wish because life passes by so quickly. When my daughter was first born I was warned “it’ll fly by”, and it really is true. I can’t believe how quickly she grows. I wish I had the super power to be able to travel back and hold my little newborn baby just for a moment, to relive her first steps, the excitement I felt when I heard her say “mama”, or to fly back in time to watch her first recital whenever I want. I wish I could use my time travel powers every time I want to feel her baby fat legs, squeeze her chubby cheeks, hold her tiny little hands, cuddle in bed with my little two year old, or watch my little four year old dance in circles around me. It all goes by so fast….I wish I could just relive all the moments over and over again. And then return right back into the present so I can continue making more memories and experiences together.

This post was prompted by one of Mama Kat's writing prompt questions of the week: "If you could have any supermom power, what would it be?" 

June 20, 2014

Summer Bucket List

This summer is going to be about fun and adventure. A summer of exploration and doing things that make me happy. I am going to enjoy life as a single mom, worry-free and just focus on the two of us. Embrace our time together. So with that being said I decided to make a list of things I want do.

Summer 2014 Bucket List: 

1. Make homemade popsicles 
2. Watch fireworks
3. Go to the drive-in movie theater 
4. Fly a kite 
5. Have a water balloon toss
6. Make s'mores 
7. Wash the car and have a water fight 
8. Beach day
9. Go for a hike 
10. Make mud pies 
11. Go to an amusement park 
12. Host a lemonade stand 
13. Tie dye a shirt 
14. Play mini-golf 
15. Go to the Berlin Turnpike bumper boats 
16. Stay up late to star-gaze 
17. Run a kids race together 
18. Make ice paintings 
19. Pretend to go to bed and then do a surprise ice-cream run
20. Go to an outdoor concert 
21. Go to the splash park
22. Go camping
23. Visit Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens 
24. Shop at a farmers market 
25. Try a new water sport adventure 
26. Eat dinner outside

What summer plans do you and your little one have?

June 19, 2014

Preschool class of 2014

Today my big girl graduated from preschool. She did it! It's so hard to believe that next year she will be starting kindergarten. She is such a smart girl and continues to make me proud every day. I know she will do amazing things. 

I'm so proud of all she has accomplished this year...writing, tying her shoes, learning to spell a few basic words, and the excitement over gaining more independence with all her self help skills. Not only that but she has learned some of life's most valuable lessons like learning to share, taking turns, following directions (okay fine we're still working on that one), compromise, kindness, and empathy. She has grown so much both mentally and physically. She had such a great year in school making new friends, playing, acquiring new skills, going on her first school field trip, and drawing me beautiful pictures...although I do have to say I'm beginning to build a complex about my big head she draws. 

So with bittersweet emotions I will soon send her off to Kindergarten.

Happy Preschool Graduation my sweet love!

June 18, 2014

Summer Gift Idea

So this weekend we're going to Emma's little BF's birthday party*. I got all creative and cute for the gift....and it cost me under $20. Impressive!

I just bought a beach sand bucket and filled it with a water gun, bubbles, water goggles, and sun tan lotion. Then decorated it with tissue paper and ribbon. Perfect gift for a summer birthday! It could also be a great gift for preschool/kindergarten graduation, end of school year celebration, or any other summer themed gift.

*Which by the way is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday themed party. I love that they're making a comeback. My brother and I were totally into the ninja turtles as kids.