Life Lessons For My Little Girl…

Lots of people know that being a Mom is one of the hardest jobs in the world.  We are making sure our kid’s needs are met, that they are safe, that they are growing into responsible, respectful, productive members of society…this job takes 24/7 work.  In these early years…it is easy to get caught up in the day to day of keeping them safe and to lose track and lose focus on the important lessons you want to teach them.  I found a great blog post at busykidshappymom.org that I want to share with you.  There are 37 lessons that she wrote for her sons and they are amazing.  I can only hope to instill these lessons and many more in my daughter.

I have many things I’d like to teach Miss A and I hope that when she reads this in the future she knows more than anything that you are the best thing that has happened to  me and I am very proud of you.

Embrace the Camera Thursday 5.10.12

Big Thursday here at the LKSquared house.  Today Miss A is getting her ears pierced.  It’s been a long time coming, since she asked for earrings about 6 months ago and I was too chicken to take her, but today her Grandma is coming over & we’re gonna do it…

I’m scared, but I don’t think A is!

No earrings…..

I hope this goes well…otherwise I’m shipping her to Grandma’s for the week!

Update!  

She did AH-MAZING!!!! She was brave and cried for .2 seconds…she asked for some medicine to make it feel better, and now she’s telling me to look at her pretty earrings!  I love you Miss A….your inspiring & teach me something new about you everyday.  Happy earring day!

Why My Mister Is The Best…

I don’t normally spew sappy musings about Mister LK.  It is not my style.  But today, I think it is necessary for me to publicly and sappily gush about how amazing my husband is.  He’s a really terrific father.  He is an even better husband.  Not every girl is lucky enough to find a guy who is as considerate of them as mine :)  I hope he knows how much I love and appreciate him & all that he does for me and our family.

This weekend, he made sure my birthday was perfect!  We started by dropping Miss A off with Grandma for the night.  Thanks again mom for watching her for us!

I then went straight to the hotel to begin my weekend of relaxation!  We stayed at the Sofitel in midtown.

Our room wasn’t ready so T and I had a little date at the bar…the wine was perfect!

Then our room was ready and I took a LONG shower.  It was so lovely to just stay in the shower until I felt like getting out!  I wasn’t rushed, I wasn’t listening for a talking toddler in her crib, and I wasn’t dreading walking into the bedroom to see what that toddler had torn apart while I showered for 5 minutes!  (She can do some serious damage in 5 minutes!)

Getting dressed at my own pace and not having to pack a diaper bag was awesome!  Then we headed out to what I thought was going to be a nice date night with the Mister…and as we were crossing the street, our friend DF asked to hold the Mister’s hand!  So fun, a surprise double date!  Even better a quadruple date!  I’m lucky & have a bunch of great friends and family who were able to make it out to celebrate my birthday!  We went to Nai Tapas in the East Village & I was very impressed.  The food was delicious and their mango sangria was really good!  We then headed out to a speakeasy bar which was really cool!  I was too chicken to order any of their mixed drinks as I’m usually a coconut rum & pineapple girl and I wasn’t sure I could handle a whole drink on their menu, so I went with some Reisling & just tasted everyone else’s!

He didn’t stop planning there either!  Saturday we went to the Bronx zoo & met up with Grandma & Miss A.  We took Uncle C and our friend HB & her adorable nephew too!  A had a great time & so did I!  We saw some pretty cool things & compared to the Prospect Park zoo & the Central Park zoo…these animals were living it up!  They were clean & groomed & happy!  The animals at the other zoo’s in the area look a little tired & disheveled!

Llamas & Alpacas are my favorite…and this one was really pretty!

The animal that ruled over this zoo is undeniably the peacock.  They were everywhere.  Roaming freely, in every animal’s territory.  All the males were showing off!  They were incredible!

Miss A just had 1 request.  She wanted to see the Lion King!  So….

This way to the Lion King Daddy!

Off we went in search of the Lion King!  At some point on the trip A got distracted and wanted french fries!  So we got her some and finally found him…

I think A was a little disappointed, as I’m pretty sure she was expecting a cartoon movie when we arrived…but the Lions were pretty cool anyway!

We strolled over to the giraffes before Grandma & I went on our way!

Bye bye Daddy & A…Grandma & Mommy are off to the spa!

Mister LK sent me and my mother to the Peninsula Hotel for massages, manicures & pedicures.  We had a great relaxing afternoon & we were so very much appreciative of Mister LK for all his thoughtfulness.  One of the best parts of this spa was the relaxation room…

When we were done in the relaxation room, we didn’t really want to go, but it was time to go & we left nice and relaxed!

Mister LK, I love you…you’re thoughtfulness and generosity are just 2 things I love about you…I can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful birthday weekend!

(I wrote this post on Monday…and then forgot to hit publish…this week’s been crazy & I didn’t even notice…better late than never honey!)

 

Let The Celebration Begin…

Oh birthday…how I love thee ;)

A weekend birthday is great – especially when you have a husband & mother as awesome as mine!  We will be spending my birthday in NYC while A hangs out with Grandma!  It’ll be like old times since we’ll be without human kid, but with dog kid!

As usual, the birthday celebration started a day early when Grandma, Auntie H, Cousin S & A2 came to spend some time with us!  We had the usual birthday dinner at Nagahama & cake back at our house!

Thank you to the best family for making my birthday feel special…even at this age :)

And to my little Miss Sassy Pants…I can’t wait to spend the day with you!

Embrace the Camera Thursday 5.3.12

I love our family!  We’re having a blast with our newly 2 year old Miss Sassy pants…

Some things she’s said in the last few days…

After telling her I was going to my room for a minute…”Don’t even think about it Mommy”

When I told her I have to steam my floors…”I want broom floors.  No you clean Mommy, we clean TOGETHER”

When she saw some ants on her floor “Mommy….Spiders on my floor…..clean up spiders Mommy”

When Auntie E told her to “get a grip”….”No YOU get a grip”

She’s a funny girl!

 

Let Them Have Pizza & Cake…

A started asking for cake about 20 minutes into her party.  After every bounce, every swing, every game I heard “Mommy I want cake”.  I am pretty sure she smelled the pizza when it was delivered!  She ran right over to the tables & said she wanted some pizza….so she started the eating part a little bit early…and alone…

Eventually – everyone joined in!

And finally…the highlight…the cake arrived!

A's Great Grandma A! Lookin' good for 94!

Who's satisfied?!?!

If you thought that was the end of it…You thought wrong!  We had us an after party!  Stay tuned :)

 

 

Totnastics…Oceanside, NY…Party Time

The first time I knew that Totnastics was the place for A’s 2nd birthday party was at her friend’s party there.  A, as outgoing as she is, is normally very tentative and cautious around large groups of people.  At all of her classes like Gymboree & dance & music, she has always just sat back and observed a little before getting into the action.  When she walked into her friend’s party though, there was no waiting period.  There were a lot of kids there and even more adults, I would estimate about 25-30 kids plus their parents.  A didn’t even blink.  She ran for the trampoline and got right on!  Then she headed for the foam block pit and jumped right in!  She really had a great time.  Then at cousin S’s party, she acted the same way.  Mind made up.  I’d call & get the date set for her party ASAP.

I called their Bellmore location, put down a deposit & went in to sign the contract.  When I called I told them this was for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.  When I went in, A was with me and she’s clearly a 2 year old!  The place is full service.  You sign up, give them the guest list & they take care of everything else.  I chose to do my own evites instead of their invitations so I could keep track of RSVPs there.  They told me all along that they’d be calling the Monday prior to the party to get head counts & pizza orders.  They did call to confirm & then that night I got a few more missed calls from them.  After A’s bath the phone rang again and when I answered it was a nice girl from Totnastics.  She said there was a mix up & they somehow didn’t note that A was turning 2 and booked her in the “big kid” part of the gym which was not exactly 2 year old friendly.  My choices were to A) change the time of the party, or B) change the location to their Oceanside place.  I had never been to the Oceanside location but they assured me that it was the same activities.  I thought it was better to change venue since everyone coming had already made their plans for their day.  They were nice and offered to call everyone for me, but I chose to take care of this and confirm with everyone myself.  The owner agreed to compensate us for the mix up by throwing in a few things that usually cost extra, for free.  We felt this was fair.

In the end of the day, only 1 family went to Bellmore, and they said their GPS sent them there even though they plugged in the new address!  Silly GPS.  At the end of the day, I think the Oceanside location was really a better fit for us since it is a bit smaller and we didn’t have a very large group of kids…so it was a lot more manageable.  A had a blast.  Her friends, & family … everyone was there to celebrate A & it was so adorable to watch them bounce.  Even more fun was when the girls and I were able to bounce without the kids!

Lots of photos…

We got there a little early & Grandma jumped up on the trampoline with A!

Our friends got in on the bouncing too!

A's best friend is usually the shy one...she didn't stop going for a second! Plus she looked adorable :)

A is always so happy to see Cousin S!

It's her party and she'll cry if she wants to!

Uncle C getting in a little bike ride!

DF's perfect landing from the high bar....

They couldn't get A to let go of the rings!! They resorted to tickling her!

little girls & Grandma

Big girls turn!

A's favorite part of her party (Aside from the cake - which she started asking for about 20 minutes into the playing part of the party!) She got to FLY!

Thanks everyone for playing, bouncing, jumping, swinging & all the other fun stuff we did with Miss A for her birthday!  Tomorrow I’ll show pictures of the eating…that was A’s other favorite part!

Embrace the Camera Thursday 4.26.12

I can’t even believe how many photos I have to go through of A’s party, and how little time I have to do that since my 2 year old is running non-stop!

I plan to have most of the photos up within the week, but here is Mommy & A during the circle time portion of her party!  We had the most fun & can’t thank everyone enough for coming to celebrate our baby turning 2!

Yesterday A had no nap…so we put her into bed at 6:15pm.  That is WAY early for her since normal bedtime these days is between 7:30 and 8pm…that is however, when she gets at least a 2 hour nap during the day!  I’m hoping she sleeps until her normal 8 or 8:30am, but I doubt that!  We hope everyone has a great Thursday & hops in front of that camera!

How A Spent Her 2nd Birthday…

Since A’s party was being held on Sunday, and her birthday fell on Saturday, we had the whole day to play and enjoy her birthday alone with her.  It was a Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, & A day.  Very similar to the day she was born!  Similar except for the fact that 2 years ago we were in a hospital and I was screaming….this year we were in a mall & A was screaming!

Mommy & Daddy went into A’s room once we heard she was awake & sang her first Happy Birthday of the day!  She thought we were really funny!

Then she gave Mommy a fantastic gift!  She laid on her changing table & let me….CHANGE HER DIAPER!!!!  This is important…and was a big deal…since she NEVER lets me change her without throwing a giant tantrum.

We then sent Daddy out to the yard to trim hedges, clean up the gardening & patio & do some work around the house.  Grandma & Mommy headed out with A to the mall for some shopping!  We got A her birthday present, some clothes, & some stuff for Mommy too!  Success!!!  Then we I realized that A had a dirty diaper & I am an irresponsible Mommy who forgot to reload her diaper bag.  Long. Ride. Home.

We got home, she napped like a good girl while Grandma & Mommy ran some errands & then we had dinner & cake.  Her favorite part of the day for sure!

The first strawberry shortcake of the weekend…but definitely not the last!!!!

Daddy’s Got Somethin’ To Say!

This blog has been up and running for almost 2 years now….281 published posts….and I have written them all!  No help from Mister LK.  He has read all of them though & has been telling me for a while that he’d like to post something himself one day soon….well all, today is that day!  He doesn’t ask me for much, so when he asked to get his words on here, I couldn’t refuse!  (Plus his words are pretty great!)

Here is a letter that Mister LK has written to our little Miss A…

Dear A,

You turned two this past weekend and it has been amazing watching you grow up to be the smart, beautiful and wonderful girl that you are. The highlight of my day these past two years has been seeing you when I get home or waking you up on the weekends. You never fail to bring a smile to my face.

I read mommy’s blog and it highlights your accomplishments, crazy antics, funny moments and all that is you, but it’s from mommy’s point of view and I wanted to take this time to write you a letter from daddy.

I love spending time with you. I love you uncontrollably, without reservation and always will for all that you are and the promise of the lady you will become. Our time together is very special to me and I hope that we have a lifetime of special memories. Your smile, laugh, hugs and kisses are infectious.

For a two year old you are very active, curious and as mommy will tell you vocal. You know several colors, can count to 3 and know most of the alphabet. What you do, say and are capable of at this age makes me yearn to see what your future holds and what you will bring to the world. But, as mommy says don’t grow up too fast. You have a bright future ahead of you and should always know that mommy and daddy love you very much. We will always be here for you.

At two years old you are my sunshine and you love it when I sing that song to you often saying “again daddy”. You have been talking for what seems like years, but I still melt when you say Daddy. Our nightly bath-time ritual of playing, singing, counting and learning the alphabet makes me smile just thinking about it. Bath-time has become our special time to hang out with one another when I get home from work and discuss each others day, even if we have spoken on the phone several times already.

I hope that you had a wonderful birthday and enjoyed the party. Lots of people came to celebrate your special day and your mommy did an amazing job decorating the house and cooking deserts for people at the after-party… you’re the only two year old I know of that has an after-party!

On a final note, be kind to mommy and learn from her. She is a creative, smart, caring and beautiful woman that can teach you a lot. We both love you very much.

Love,

Daddy

Nice job Daddy…we love you so much.