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Tales from the Imperfect Playground

Throughout her stories of misplaced toys, temper tantrums, and experiences as a physical education teacher, Christine offers observations that will ring true with all mothers. In short, this book offers a virtual high five to women for the gazillion things they manage to miraculously get done.

 

Back to Reality

First day back to school and I am already feeling my blood pressure rising!  The bus was 35 minutes behind schedule this morning, I was late for my first day of school faculty meeting, I raced through the day full of activities, and then rushed home to get my three cuties.  My youngest was thrilled to see my smiling face --- gotta love that --- but my middle darling was so tired from her first day of school, I didn't quite recognize the gal that emptied off that bus.  She looked wiped!  And adding to her physical appearance, was a transformation to her emotional state -- not pleasant.   After a warm hug from my son, I outstretched my arms towards her and was greeted with a sigh, a moan, and a long-annoying groan.  Pressing each of them about their school day, I was offered limited details from my son and nothing from my seven year old.  She just grumped herself into the house and I began the annual ritual of checking back packs, reviewing the various paper work inside, and realizing one very, very  real fact:  Ready or not,  summer is definitely over and I am back to reality... How does that happen?
 
 
 

Expressing Motherhood is coming quickly!!!

Don't forget to buy your tickets early for Expressing Motherhood.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/109756

This show will be here before you know it. After four shows in Los Angeles and one in New York City, the women of Expressing Motherhood are at it again. With an all new cast of real mothers sharing real stories about motherhood, Expressing Motherhood is coming to Boston! This show is not to be missed. And, by the way, Chris is in the cast :)

September 30, 2010 8:00 PM  through October 02, 2010 8:00 PM

The Durrell Theater
820 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA

 
 
 

Boulder Dash

Last Monday, at 65 miles per hour, I enjoyed some of the best heart pumping adrenaline I have ever experienced.  Unbelievable!  My family and I ventured to Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT.  We spent a good portion of the day roaming through the park -- hot, thirsty, and in need of constant refills from the free Pepsi product promotion.  To be honest, I think by the end of the day my belly was filled up with at least 4 liters of Diet Pepsi.  Add to that, two large orders of french fries, cotton candy, and three slices of pizza -- my belly was busting at my bathing suit seams -- awesome!  The park is divided in half -- a wonderful water park to beat the heat on one side and a thrill packed amusement park filled with rides and  games on the other.  However, with the temperature heading towards 90 degrees, everyone and their grandmother was thinking the same thought -- hang at the water park first and then make our way to the major ride attractions later.  As a result, the average wait for a water slide was about one hour long.  We had made this trip with five other families.  Therefore, we managed to break apart into smaller clusters of kids.  With my two youngest girls in toe, I headed for the Lazy River Ride in order to avoid the long wait of another ride.  What's better than sitting on a rubber tube while bobbing in the cool water?

Anyhow, as the day progressed, we found that our smallest children were unable to ride most of the bigger, more daring rides.  Therefore, we headed over to Kiddie Land.  But, with the hot temp's causing energy levels to plummet, we were starting to lose our steam.  We knew that the water park would close its doors at 7:00 so we headed back for two final runs down the lazy river.  After we changed up, the sun began to duck itself behind the trees, the temperature became more bearable, and we headed back to the heart pumping rides of the main park.  My husband hit a couple of rides with my son and some other friends, while I stayed safely on the ground with the girls.  But it was my sister-in-law who suggested we get in line for the Boulder Dash ride and let her husband watch the little kids.  Great idea!

The line was long but after waiting patiently for thirty five minutes, we boarded the ride.  As the coaster crawled slowly up the first hill I began to question my decision.  Why am I willingly sitting on this ride that has been dubbed the tallest, fastest and longest wooden roller coaster on the east coast?  Let me say this though, the sense of "slow" was never felt again.  Once that sucker reached the top of that climb it was nothing but speed -- pure acceleration... a rush of rapid momentum that never let up.  It was impressive!  I was screaming with joy, laughing with delight.  I actually thought to myself that if I knew that I were dying, I would want to ride that ride --- over and over again.  To zip wildly around those tracks was unlike any experience I had ever encountered before.  Fun Stuff!  If you are in the New England area, you have got to give this scream machine a chance.  Such a thrill -- such a treat!

 
 
 

I'm losing it

Yesterday, as I waited patiently in line at Dunkin Donuts, I realized the endless possibility for ridiculousness when juggling too many balls at once.  There were four cars ahead of me.  My car was directly in line with the garbage pale outside of the store, therefore I took the welcomed opportunity to unload a bunch of garbage that had been piling up in my vehicle.  After draining the junk into the can, I started to day-dream of what I needed to do next -- Go to the grocery store and buy the food needed for our next family adventure, or register my three kids for fall soccer, or purchase the birthday gift for Jane's friend, or drop off my car for an oil change, etc...?  So many options, so little time.  Anyhow, the line of cars in front of me had all vanished.  Their orders had been filled and I wondered what was taking the employee so long to take my order.  Suddenly, after another two minute delay, I realized what the problem was.  Outrageously enough, I had been waiting by the garbage canister.  Hmmm!  Expecting a voice to come through the bin and offer me my options.  Seriously, have I lost all sense of normalcy?  Once the carload of high school boys behind me realized what I had just done, they burst into laughter right along with me.  I couldn't stop laughing.  Gadzooks---wake up blondy!
 
 
 
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