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Swimming Lessons

Saturday John Patrick had his first swimming lesson. He really enjoyed it. It was his first time in a pool and he took to it like a fish in water (so to speak). Well, he didn’t cry anyway.

I was really nervous about my 6 1/2 month baby having swimming lessons but it’s been really great. It was really all about getting him used to the water in a fun way. Now I feel like we can go to the public pool across the street and wade around in the kiddie pool. He’s had the proper introduction. (Kudos to Jim for signing him up and ignoring my reservations.)

It was interesting because I saw a couple of five year olds having swimming lessons as well and they were hysterically crying and afraid of the water. I’m hoping that getting John Patrick in the water at such a young age means that he won’t be afraid of the water later. If nothing else, it was fun.

Here’s John and Dad on their first swim together: (I know, I know, he’s the spitting image of Jim.)

Our first swim together




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Random Things About Me

I was honored to be tagged by Jersey Girl89 of My Dirty Little Secret for this meme because I think she is pretty cool.

(By the way, the pictures in this post are from Omar and my current project -random info #3.)

The rules:

a. Link to the person who tagged you.
b. Post the rules on your blog.
c. Write six random things about yourself.
d. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
e. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.
f. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.



I am not sure how fascinating my responses are but here are six bits of random information about me:

  1. This is my third attempt at writing this post. I spent 20-30 minutes yesterday morning writing this and I have a clear memory of clicking “publish” when I completed the post but can’t seem to find the completed version anywhere. I guess it disappeared into the ether.  Last night, I rewrote the post but I clicked “refresh” at an inopportune moment and ended up reverting back to an earlier draft.  ARGH!!!! So here I am again- one last time!
  2. At some point in my life, I have lived in a suburban, rural or urban area. I lived in Passaic County until I was about 13 and currently live in a suburban area (I have 4+ malls to choose from within a 10 mile radius of my house). In Middle School, my family moved to a town in Maine with a population of <2,500 (It had two traffic lights, one that blinked on Sundays and I had to drive 45 miles to the nearest mall.) I then attended College in Westchester County and lived in Stuyvesant Town and East Harlem (I didn’t need a mall because I could get anything my heart desired in a 10 block radius of my house).
  3. Omar and I are in the process of putting together a swing set for Becca. We are at the point in the project when I can not envision it ever being completed. I am also worried that it might be too big for our small yard and I am not 100% sure that our relationship will survive this particular project.
  4. I was a clown in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and have the Clown College certificate to prove it.
  5. I also walked in the St. Patrick’s Day parade a few times with my dad. I am sure if I looked though a few boxes I could unearth one of the sashes that I wore.  I guess I have a thing about parades.
  6. I have a strange irrational fear of being accosted by a Mud Monster thanks to watching this movie with a babysitter when I was 10.  I remember watching in shock and horror as the Mud Monster jumped from around the corner and his hand continued to move after it was severed (The severed hand is the left picture in the the bottom row.  Somehow it doesn’t look quite as scary here).  For years after watching this movie, I hesitated before walking around any corner and hated turning off the light at night.


Choosing who to tag is tough. I enjoy memes but I am not sure that everyone does. I decided to tag a few of the blogs who I enjoy reading. So even if they don’t complete the meme, they are definitely worth checking out:

Amy of Adventures in Being

Jen of Amazing Trips

Danielle of New Mommy Rant

K8Spade of Rockin the Suburbs

Michele S of Three + One = Four Times the Fun

WWA at Woman With a Hatchet




I am excited to see the amazing and interesting random information that they share!


Mary Kate



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Tradition! Tradition!

I love that I have the opportunity to create traditions with Becca that she may possibly recreate someday on her own or with her own family. I also love blending my own family traditions with Omar’s traditions and adding our own OMARY twist.

I was speaking with some friends this week who had older children and they gave me the following sage advice:

Do not do start doing anything that you are not willing to continue doing for the next 20 years.

Keeping that in mind, this has been our Easter so far:

Becca came downstairs with her dad and I to discover the Easter Bunny had been there.

Her basket had a bunny balloon attached to it, was filled with toys and books rather than candy and was perched atop two wrapped presents.

Omar, his mom and I had our own baskets which consist of a mix of chocolate and candy (These are very reflective of what I would have discovered in my own Easter Basket).

After Becca has played with her balloon and discovered all of the items in her basket:

She opened her two presents:

and played with them for a little while.

While Becca was playing with her toys, Martha (Omar’s mom), Omar and I made breakfast. So we all sat down and ate together. Becca used her new Diego plate, fork and spoon and her new Dora cup.

After breakfast, Omar took Becca upstairs to chill out a little and change into play clothes. While they were upstairs, I put some eggs on to boil and went outside to ‘hide’ the plastic eggs filled with stickers (we opted not to hide decorated hard boiled eggs). I made sure to count the eggs before I hid them so I would be confident they all had been found. (It is amazing how obvious the hiding places seemed while I was hiding the eggs and how difficult they seemed when we were looking for them).

Once Becca was dressed, she came down to decorate the eggs. I wasn’t sure how many she would want to decorate so I boiled 6 and figured if she was really into decorating the eggs, we could just decorate some regular eggs. Becca really enjoyed placing the eggs in the dye but lost interest after 3 eggs so Martha and I decorated the last three.

Next, we placed a jacket on Becca and took her out to ‘find’ the eggs. I was surprised at how quickly she ‘got’ that she needed to pick up the eggs and place them in her basket. She had a little difficulty walking across the grass; it was crunchy and thick from the winter so it was very uneven. However, she really enjoyed ‘searching’ for the eggs. She also managed to find a few golf balls as well (Left there by our teenage neighbors.)

Once we returned to the house, we all began getting ready for church and our Easter dinner (we are heading to my grandmother’s house to celebrate with family).

All in all, it was a very nice day and I would definitely be willing to recreate it again next year!

Happy Easter and Happy Spring! I would love to hear about your Easter traditions.

Mary Kate


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Leaping Forward and Backward

Happy Leap Year!

Leaping Frog

Leap Year and Lost have me thinking about time travel.

Where were you four years ago?


Where would you like to be four years from now?

Here’s my answers:


Omar and I had just discovered our current house ( 2/15/04 to be exact 🙂 ) and we were in the midst of all that is involved in buying a house– the inspection, the loan, the paperwork. I was madly calling various experts and carefully tracking all of our ‘new house’ info in a spiral notebook (which I still have). At this moment in time, four years ago (that gives me the chills to think about), I was suffering from a huge bout of buyer’s remorse and was frantically comparing our house to others on the market. On March 31, 2004, we would have our closing and make the move out of the city. At the time, the suburbs seemed so foreign. In fact, our town’s garbage schedule freaked us out so much that we were afraid to leave our garbage out for fear of being reprimanded.


I hope that our business idea that is now just a seedling in our minds has grown into a huge mighty oak and hasn’t withered away or turned out to be a weed.

I hope that Becca is healthy and happy and enjoying school. By that point, diapers will be a distant memory and so will breastfeeding (we are now struggling with weaning).

I want Becca to have a little brother or sister (or both :yikes:)

I’d love to be in a different house with a giant master bathroom/closet, an amazing view and a backyard with a pool.

That was my leaping through time! Now, I’d love to hear yours!

Happy Leaping!

Mary Kate


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Wordless Wednesday- Becca

Rebecca summer smiling

Click here for more fab Wordless Wednesday pics from other participants. 😀

Mary Kate


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Inventions All Parents Need

Tonight I really could have used one or all of the following gadgets:

  • Parent Recharger– power cord that allows a parent to plug themselves in and recharge after a long day (or night).
  • Power Off Switch – switch on baby or child which shuts him/her down for the night (without any fussing).
  • Reset Button – the ability to power down and start over when the baby/child is having a meltdown.

I hadn’t seen Becca all day because I had left before she woke-up in the morning. So when I got home, she was extremely excited to see me. As the night wore on, she became more and more giddy (she has developed this hysterical belly laugh and she cracks herself up when she uses it) and just wouldn’t settle down. As soon as I walked into her room to put her to sleep, she would become very squirmy and try to wiggle out of my arms. At the same time, she was rubbing her eyes and yawning. It was clear that she was fighting sleep with everything she had. Since I had been up since 4:45 a.m., I was also fighting sleep which meant my patience resources were extremely limited. Just when I was hitting the end of my rope, I sat down in the glider with her, took about 12 cleansing breathes.  As I sat there, I found myself fantasizing about different inventions which would make my life a little easier.  Becca definitely needed some assistance ‘powering down’ and really could have benefited from a simple on/off switch.  Fortunately the rhythmic rocking did its own magic and Becca finally relaxed and drifted off to sleep.   I think her batteries must have finally worn down.

Mary Kate

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A Round of Applause

On Sunday, Becca and I went with my friend, Robin, to a craft fair. On the way back, Robin was driving, I was in the passenger seat and Becca was sitting in her car seat. It had been a pretty long day so Becca became a little fussy so I decided I would jump in the back with Becca. Robin pulled over and I quickly got out of the passenger seat. As soon as I opened the car door, Becca began clapping and cheering. She was so glad to see me.

I love this stage!

M. Kate

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