I drink Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar daily.
Apple cider vinegar has amazing health benefits. It is effective for pretty much anything – your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets can benefit from its qualities.
April 15. Tax Day. Also known as Graham’s Birthday. He’d been talking about this day for months. It finally came! Graham seriously talked about the details of the big day for weeks. He would ask me, “Mom, when I walk downstairs on the morning of my birthday, will there be balloons and confetti all over the place?” (The answer is, “Not a chance”. Balloons and my boys are a dangerous combination – We’ve learned and re-learned our lesson many times – No balloons in the house!) “Mom, I want a fancy birthday party at night, where there are candles lit and all the adults are drinking wine, and we have a dance party.”
He also asks to go to the restaurant that’s on the TV in the back of the cab – Del Friscos. He wants to take a limousine there, btw.
The party was close to everything he imagined:
The adults were upstairs drinking wine. I don’t think there were any candles lit. And there was not a dance party, but there was a screening of Spiderman the Movie. Oh, and Spiderman himself. It was awesome!
Ruthlyn started working for us April 16, 2008. Graham was due May 15, so we thought she might as well start working for us a month early — let Ethan get acquainted with her before his new sibling arrives. Little did we know I’d go into labor a month early! She walked into work that Wednesday and Peter opened the door and said, “The baby came early.” I don’t think she has sat down since! I can’t believe it’s been 5 years. I don’t think I would still be standing if it weren’t for Ruthlyn. She is simply amazing and the boys are so lucky to have her!
We made our annual pilgrimage to Stonehill Farms this Easter. Mema (and Baba) go through so much trouble to make it a comfortable time for us – and it’s always perfect! Everyone was there, except for Rachel and Zac. It seems to get easier every year. Thank God. The flight is short. Usually. Not last year, when we circled over LGA for an hour and a half because of weather, aborted landing twice, had 2 puking kids, and a mom covered in puke. No major excitement on our flights this year.
We love going to the farm! The boys love being able to run around without the fear of being hit by a taxi! This year though, a couple of deer about took Cole out while we were heading down the hill to the pond! Cole turned around and ran up to me and Peter so fast! It’s awesome being able to spend time with Uncle Josh and Uncle Jake and Giancarlo. Uncle Josh tells the boys funny stories that usually have something to do with pooping, so they just love it!
It’s Monday night at 7:03 pm. Tomorrow, one kid goes back to school after a 2 week Spring Break. Another kid has just started his Spring Break. Totally different calendars. Too many days with one too many kids at home. It’s 7:03 pm on Monday night – and I’ve put the boys to bed. They were shocked when they looked at the clock and saw how early it was. I told them if I didn’t put them in bed now I would officially go crazy and walk out the front door. There was something about the way I said it – maybe a look in my eye – but they believed me. And didn’t fight me on it. Right now they are doing the usual – both on the top bunk, lifting the mattress up and making a fort. I don’t care. Cole, my little angel, is asleep in his ‘big boy’ bed.
We spent a couple days in Florida, where we met up with Grandma JJ and Grandpa Steve. It started off shaky, in Ft. Lauderdale. The hotel might have been a cruise ship. I’m shocked how obese Americans really are. And how many tattoos these people have. We were not impressed with the hotel, the food, and the atmosphere – so, in true posh fashion, we headed to Palm Beach. The Breakers, our favorite home away from home, had a last minute cancelation so we were able to check in! But not before Graham fell off the back of a chaise lounge smack on his head, EMT were called, stretchers were brought in, fire engines followed. He was fine. The hotel couldn’t have be nicer (or more scared of a lawsuit.) Gift baskets of cookies, chips and candies arrived, phone calls were made wishing Graham well – maybe I should’ve asked for a free night. If I liked that hotel… Just kidding. It was totally Peter’s fault. I was with a napping Cole in the room. HaHa!
Florida was awesome. The sun and warmth was much needed.