The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

DSCN2380.JPGWhile crazy shoppers were storming retail stores on Black Friday, I had time to engage in some enjoyable conversation with my kids. Don’t get me wrong – I speak with them often, but usually my speaking involves questions. Did you do your homework? What do you want for breakfast? Can you please stop hitting your brother? Did you brush your teeth? You get the drift.
Yesterday, we spent the day in Manhattan with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and my teenage nephews and along the way, our kids provided tons of comic relief. Case in point – while walking along 42nd street next to Bryant Park (which is absolutely amazing this time of year), my daughter stared up into the sky and noticed the Chrysler building in front of us and the Empire State Building to the right. And out of nowhere, she cracked a joke and didn’t even realize it.
“Hey Mommy. Look at those two buildings in the sky. They both have big tips!”
Get it? Big tips? Hilarious! (Well, at least I thought so).
DSCN2382.JPGNext, it was my son’s turn – while wandering in and out of the some of the best kiosks for shopping in the city (please keep this a secret amongst us Role Mommies – I don’t want everyone knowing how incredible Bryant Park is – with its free ice skating, carousel, great food like chocolate covered marshmallows and apple cider, and did I mention the shops?) After finding the perfect winter hat for my daughter, we discovered one kiosk selling puppets that resembled the entire cast from Sesame Street and Avenue Q (gotta love that show). And they were so affordable that I broke down and bought my son a monkey for Hanukah (1 gift down, 7 to go). And then, we proceeded to play with it on the train, in the house…wait, what I meant to say was my husband proceeded to play with Carl the Monkey. He loves it so much, I think he may hire himself out for parties.
After a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Bryant Park, we then stopped by the windows at Lord & Taylor where they’re doing a classic Victorian Christmas theme this year and then after a quick bite we walked along Fifth Avenue and passed the Barnes & Noble on 46th Street where the Jonas Brothers were doing a book signing for their destined to be a Pulitzer prize winner, Burning Up which is pretty much a picture book from the teen hearthrobs’ concert tours. As we attempted to shove our way through a crowd of screaming girls, the police informed us that the store was closed until 6 pm (it was only 3:30 pm) since the boys were somewhere on the 2nd floor signing autographs. Unfortunately, without a Jonas Bros. sign, we couldn’t go inside. And so, my daughter lamented for the next 30 minutes about her misfortune, until I reminded her that in the last six months alone, she got the chance to attend exclusive performances by Menudo (before they became huge) and Disney star, Jordan Pruitt. I guess the next teen superstar meeting on my agenda is the Jonas Brothers…here’s hoping their publicist reads my blog (trust me, I’ll say nice things, I swear).
From there, we wedged our way to Rockefeller Center – which truthfully is a little boring nowadays since they haven’t lit the tree and there’s nothing to do there except watch other people skate for ungodly amounts of money.
Finally, we maneuvered our way back to Grand Central Station, passed a few stilt-walking clowns from Wintuk – who are currently performing the latest Cirque de Soleil show at the WAMU theater at Madison Square Garden – and then made it to the station where we had a few minutes to check out the fabulous holiday booths they’ve got on display every year (love the hats and jewelry), plus the annual GCT Kaleidoscope show will be kicking off in the next few days too. Quick re-cap for those of you who are skimming this post – the must-see places this time of year in Manhattan are Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. After that, you can go home.
As we hopped aboard our train and returned back to our toasty house and my Mac Book Pro, my six year old decided he wanted to write a story. Perhaps he got the urge since he’s constantly watch me type away on the computer, but nevertheless, this is what he had to share:

My Family

My family is nice because they are playful. We go to bed at night. We brush our teeth. We play with toys.

The End

Short, sweet and to the point. We play, we sleep, we brush our teeth. What more do you need anyway…well, if it were me, I would add “shop” but when you’re six, who needs shopping when your parents can buy you a monkey?

Photo of the Month!

Below is a photo a friend posted on Facebook (hope she doesn’t make me take it down) – it was the cutest shot I’ve ever seen and personally, I think it should be a greeting card! Do you have a photo of your kids and animals that you think could totally be a card? Send it over and we’ll enter you into our Photo of the Month giveaway. There are lots of prizes to be had so email us at and let’s see your amazing photo skills!


HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids)
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
— Alan , age 10
No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.
— Kristen , age 10
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
— Camille , age 10


You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
— Derrick , age 8
Both don’t want any more kids.
— Lori , age 8
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
— Lynnette , age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that Usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
— Martin , age 10
I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
— Craig , age 9
When they’re rich.
— Pam , age 7
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.
– – Curt , age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
— Howard , age 8
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
— Anita , age 9 (bless you child)
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?
— Kelvin, age 8
And the #1 Favorite is……..

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
— Ricky , age 10

Andrea Recommends…Call All Yu-Gi-Ho! Fans to Rock the Vote!

This September, the CW4Kids network will debut a brand new Yu-Gi-Oh series called Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. With a whopping 51 new episodes airing during the 2008/2009 season, the show will feature an exciting new storyline that will include new duelists, vehicles, challenges, competition and a new theme song that the Yu-Gi-Oh! obsessed can help choose.
From now until September 7th at midnight, fans can check out the seven toe-tapping, head-banging finalists and vote for their top pick. Then, on September 13th at 10:30 AM, tune in to the premiere on the CW4Kids to see if your favorite tune rocks the show’s opening.

Has Cookie Monster Become Veggie Monster?

An important conversation took place today between my son and daughter. They are under the impression that Cookie Monster has been replaced by Veggie Monster. My daughter is convinced that in an effort to promote healthy eating among kids, the big blue monster has been given his walking papers. Could this be for real? Well, I wanted to find out for myself and I did a little googling and this is what I came up with.
So if it were true, would you sign a petition to keep Cookie Monster around? I certainly would and I know my kids would be right behind me. Nobody should tell Cookie Monster he’s got to ship out or go healthy. Can’t a guy with a sweet tooth catch a break?

Goldfish by Rebecca Feldman

Pets are really fun,

Some eat out of your dish,
The only pet you don’t want to have,
Is a tiny little goldfish,
All they do is sit around and do nothing all day,
All you can do is feed them,
And go with your friends to play.
They die in about a week,
And that is not really fun,
So next time you get a goldfish
Please get more than one.

What’s in a Name?

Conversation in our car…

Rebecca – who would you vote for in the presidential election?
“Definitely Hillary Clinton because I want her to be the first woman president.”

Dylan, who would you vote for? Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney or Ron Paul?
“I like Mike Huckabee.”

“Why, Mike Huckabee?”

“His name is funny.”

The Dental Assistant

This is the way to visit the dentist…my kids went for cleanings yesterday and our awesome dentist, Dr. G. let the kids have a bit of fun while he took care of their teeth. Becca and Dylan were his assistants for the visit and when Dylan learned he had a cavity and endured a huge needle, drill and numb lip, he got to pick out five toys from the treasure chest.

Funny, but when I used to go to the dentist as a kid, they had to strap me down to the chair in a strait jacket – no joke – they actually did that to me once when I didn’t want to endure yet another painful drilling experience. Lucky for my kids, they’ve got a dentist who knows exactly how to keep them occupied and happy while taking care of business.

The Presidential Debate

3rd Grade Language Arts Homework by Rebecca Feldman
Assignment: Use the words divergent, career, humble, boastful, humility and memorable in a sentence:
My mom and dad have divergent views of who should be the next president. My mom is voting for Hillary Clinton and my dad is definitely not. My mom admires her career and things she is a humble woman. However, my dad thinks she is a boastful person who lacks humility. I don?t know who will be president this year but the election will be a memorable one.