bythelight1973

If you wait for perfection, you'll miss life

Posts tagged “kids

Homemade library bags

Posted on July 6, 2016

For the longest time Henry and Oliver have been asking me to make them library bags.  We almost always end up asking for plastic bags at the front desk to take the books home in, but plastic bags can be uncomfortable for little hands, not to mention it’s not good for our planet so to kick off summer reading I surprised the boys by taking them to the fabric store. I had them pick out the fabrics for their bags and a few days later got to work sewing.  To say they were happy to see their bags is an understatement.  I knew they would be glad, but Henry especially was really touched I had sewed their bags from scratch.    The look on…

“How To Raise A Wild Child” book review

Posted on April 21, 2016

Growing up in NYC I didn’t have many opportunities to be out in nature except for going to the park nearby our home or visiting Central Park on a weekend, however ever since I could remember I have always felt drawn to nature. I still remember when the street I grew up in was all concrete and there wasn’t a tree in sight. As a young girl I didn’t know anything was missing, but then one day some people from an organization (perhaps a beautification organization) came and planted trees up and down my block. I was so excited because suddenly my block looked so pretty. That was over 25 years ago. Today those trees have grown big, strong and beautiful. Whenever I return…

I promise not to let the fame get to my head.

Posted on January 16, 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I hope January finds everyone in good health and spirits. Usually this month tends to be one of reflection and contemplation and that’s exactly what I found myself doing the other day. I was thinking that for 2015 I’d like to incorporate more creativity within our home. I think exposing our children to the arts is just as vital as attaining an excellent academic education. Whether spending an hour out of a Saturday afternoon to paint on canvas or taking 30 minutes out of a busy weekday to just color and glue a picture together (all things that I have already done with Henry in the past week) it’s becoming clear to me that 2015 is shaping up to what…

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Posted on May 12, 2014

We heard that the weather was going to be lovely for Mother’s Day so I couldn’t think of anything better than to take the kids outside for some hiking and a little photo opportunity for moi. We headed to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. It was our fist time visiting this extraordinary bird sanctuary. Apparently, it’s one of the most important bird sanctuary in the Northeastern part of the U.S. My goodness this place did not disappoint. It was beautiful. As soon as we started hiking we could hear all at once the songs of many species of birds. Geese, house wrens, etc. A few almost flew into me. Of course I left my super-duper zoom lens at home but I managed to get some…

Superheroes Among Us

Posted on June 16, 2013

I have a confession to make. Tomorrow is Father’s Day and I still haven’t gotten a Father’s Day card for my husband. I know, I know what kind of wife forgets to buy her terrific husband a Father’s Day card. Um, apparently me. I do hope though that having a baby three weeks ago gives me a “get out of jail” card for this year, but just because I didn’t get a card doesn’t mean Father’s Day hasn’t been on my mind. I came across the above picture a few days ago. It was taken on the day that we brought Oliver home from the hospital. As you can imagine Henry, my eldest son was feeling a bit out of it. Not only had…

Capturing your child’s essence

Posted on October 7, 2012

On Friday my son had his first school trip. I don’t know how much of it he’ll remember when he’s older since he’s only in pre-school and not even 3 yet. The trip took place at a farm where they grow berries in the summer and make apple cider in the fall and winter. There was going to be a hay ride, farm animals and learning how apple cider is made. My son was excited for his first school trip and couldn’t wait to go. It’s interesting as a parent to see how your child is going to react to new experiences. I thought that my son was going to be completely captivated by the animals and whatever the tour guide was saying, but…