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Friday, October 17, 2014

Currently: Being Kind to Myself and Promoting Creativity

I discovered today that one of my favorite Instagrammers is also a blogger, which was super exciting because I am looking forward to reading more about her two adorable children and all the good times they have. Her son is just three days younger than Joshua -- the coolest little dude -- and his younger sister is just the cutest (and apparently, toughest) little cookie.

Lindsey is co-hosting a link-up called "Currently." In her words: "The deal: Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' going on with you! Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other bloggers linking up - especially to my amazing co-host at Harvesting Kale." Sounds good to me; I'll play along.

This week's themes: appreciating, feeling, looking, regretting, playing

Tonight, I am appreciating those make me feel like I contribute something to society, especially when others tend to brush me off. We all want to feel like we are part of something, that we are worthy and important and needed. I appreciate when others appreciate me. I also appreciate the wonderful nurses and doctors and medical students at Beth Israel hospital in Boston, who have helped my brother recover from illness. He has been in and out of the hospital since August, and in for about a month this last round. He has been doing so much better since they have started caring for him up there, and I am so thankful for that. Hopefully, it's nothing but recovery and health from here.

I am feeling tired. There aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I'd like to do. I suppose I could skip television, but then I wouldn't be feeling as inspired as I was after watching The Biggest Loser tonight. I'm signing up for the gym this weekend! I'm feeling ready to make a lot of positive changes in my life.

I'm looking for someone to buy some old furniture. Anyone in the tri-state area interested? I need to get it out of storage because it's expensive, but I have to admit I am paranoid about having to meet people if I were to place an ad on Craig's List. I may just donate the couch and chair, but the dining room set was expensive, and I'd like to get some money for it.

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Cow and Sheep navigate the corn maze
I'm not really regretting anything, except maybe not being as productive as I wanted to be this weekend. OK, who am I kidding? That Once Upon a Time marathon was totally worth it. Sometimes you need to veg. I'm currently working on improving my self-worth, and being kind to myself and allowing myself to rest and taking care of myself is vital to that.

I'm looking forward to playing with Joshua this weekend. Our current "game" is "Chicken Tornado 6: Kitty's Adventure," in which Kitty the cat meets all of her animal friends (inspired by The Muppet Movie).  There is also a spin-off, played at Nana's house, called "Cow and Sheep Meet the World," which led to the very awesome creation of a Super Trash Jet Plane (a box converted to an airplane, in which the animals can travel). Playing with Josh is always interesting. There are plot lines and scripts, and even musical numbers (some written by the playwright himself). Each animal has a very distinctive personality (and voice). If this kid doesn't grow up to make movies, he'll be making Broadway musicals. Although, in his words, "I want to be everything when I grow up, but especially an engineer and a poop doctor."

There you go.

So... how YOU doing?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Writer's Workshop: My Pumpkin and Our Patch

This week, I'm following the prompt: 5.) Show us your pumpkin patch.

If there is a season my son and I love, it is Autumn. We love the cooler weather, colorful foliage, and of course -- pumpkins! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin coffee... Autumn is great, but it makes me fat. We also enjoy decorating with pumpkins. Pumpkin lights, ceramic pumpkins, pictures of pumpkins (his favorite thing to draw), pumpkin towels, pumpkin spice soap... if it has a pumpkin on it, we probably have it around the house. It's no surprise that Josh's favorite color is orange, and that my nickname for him is "Punkin" (a combination of pumpkin and punk, which he can definitely be sometimes).

So, it makes sense that one of our favorite Autumn activities is going down to the pumpkin patch. We have a tradition of going to Schartner Farms, taking a hay ride out to the corn maze, and picking out some pumpkins. It's always a great time.

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Ready for the tractor!

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The kids maze

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Creepy corn stalks in the maze

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How do we get out of here?

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There is a new theme every year. This year's was sports, complete with a Green Monstah!

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And Tom Brady, of course!

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I snacked on a fresh apple, Josh danced with his farm animals, and we had a lovely hayride. The life!

Inspired by Kat's post, here's a look back through the years at a boy and his pumpkins:

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

Stay tuned for photos of our other favorite Autumn event, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence!

Mama’s Losin’ It

Flames of Hope

One of the most touching tributes to those who have been afflicted with breast cancer that I have seen is the Flames of Hope Waterfire in Providence. It takes place on a Saturday night every October, and includes vendors selling goods to raise money for breast cancer research (and for patients, I believe) and education resources, a ceremony and torch light procession from the State House to the Providence River, and the lighting of bonfires along the river, with another ceremony in the river basin. The event has grown to include a 5K Run/Walk (which I also attended this year), and is said to be one of the largest breast cancer awareness events in the Northeast.

The Waterfire itself is so beautiful, and my photos do it no justice. The music chosen for the event just adds to the emotion of the night, as we remember those we have lost, support those who are still fighting, and educate those who can be saved if they catch it in time. Our state's motto is "Hope," and we are reminded that there is hope on a night like this.

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Frozen

Back in September, we got all ramped up for our trip to Disneyworld -- and at the same time, for hockey season -- when we went to see Disney on Ice: Frozen at The Dunk. Joshua loved it.

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Wordless Wednesday: Our Trip to Disneyworld

I've been away for a few weeks while enjoying a much-needed vacation, and then recovering from said vacation. Because when you do Disneyworld like we do, you don't get much rest. Here are a few (OK, several) photos from our trip.

Magic Kingdom

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The typical "pose in front of the castle"

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My favorite princess area was Rapunzel's

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Driving the Thunder Mountain train

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His favorite ride -- Splash Mountain!

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"This is what I look like when I go down the hill."

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His favorite seat on the bus -- way in the back

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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My little sorcerer

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Animal Kingdom

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Hollywood Studios

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He was excited to meet his favorite princess, Sofia

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Muppets!

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Wanna build a snowman?

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EPCOT

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He loved Duffy

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We took one of the last voyages on Maelstom, which is now closed to make room for a Frozen ride.

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We were kind of obsessed with the cafeteria at The Land...

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... because of their delicious carrot cake muffins.

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Hoop-De-Doo Revue

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Rhode Island in the house!

Port Orleans - French Quarter

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The "Big Head" restaurant, as Josh called it

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Charming ladies into giving him stickers and balloons

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We came back to the room and saw the animals trying to escape.

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See ya real soon!

We had such a great time and made so many fun memories.  Can't wait to go back again!

Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday