Tanya's Daily Scoop NEXT GETAWAY DEPARTS IN: 6 DAYS
It's time to Celebrate!!!
Today is a very very special day... It's my first born's Birthday! And I'm gonna age myself here and let you know that he turns 17 years old - HOLY SMOKES!
In Switzerland (2013)
I don't know about you, but to me there is a big difference between the number 6 and the number 7 during the first 20 years of your life, going from 16 to 17 seems like a HUGE difference to me. Same with going from 6 to 7 (which Mika does in less than a month). I don't really get it, maybe it's just me. Because once you turn 20, I don't see the difference between 26 & 27 - 36 & 37 - so on and so on.
But anyhow, just thinking about how FAST these kids grow up brings a tear to my eye...make that many tears (I'm bawling - wth is wrong with me?!) Well we can't freeze time or keep them babies forever (they will always be our babies) and each age has its own wonders and magical moments.
Me and my Chubby Cheek baby boy
Dominic's 1st bday and with Mama
In Las Vegas (2005)
Birthday time! (2008)
Sedona, AZ (2010)
Garden of the Gods, Colorado (2013)
We spent Dominic's 16th bday in NYC!
My big kiddo is a big foodie and has one heck of a big appetite and his favorite thing to do on his birthday is to have his mum (me) cook up anything that he's heart desires!
During the year, as the months lead up to his birthday he'll tell me exactly what he wants on his big day and we put together a menu (Cosette does the same for her birthday). Both my kids have got pretty stuck on having a variety of Blintzes and Crepes for breakfast, and usually Dominic chooses Baked Ziti for dinner - but this year he's changed dinner up a bit.
Dominic's 17th Birthday Menu BREAKFAST: Variety of Blitzes and Crepes LUNCH: New England Clam Chowder in Bread Bowls DINNER: Torteloni with a Pesto Cream Sauce DESSERT: Tiramisu
Park City, Utah (2015)
So obviously it's another big cooking day for me and much time will be spent in the kitchen! I know that sometimes these menus are a lot of work, but it really does warm my heart that these kids love my cooking so much and would rather eat something homemade (mom made) than to choose a restaurant to go eat at and celebrate.
And of course being that Dominic realizes the amount of time needed in the kitchen, he pretty much wants to stay home and celebrate with family. I say pretty much because he does want to briefly step out and go to K1 Speed - Indoor Cart Racing.
Having fun at K1 Speed for Dominic's 15th bday
He's gonna have a BLAST and as long as my kids are happy then so am I!
Yesterday was another fun day, and although we postponed going to Catalina Island, we replaced it with taking the kids Christmas Shopping, having dinner with Liz and Mika, and then going to the movies.
Although the four of us had some success at finding gifts, the kids did an awesome job shopping and have made a HUGE dent in their shopping list - lots of people to shop for!!
While Dominic usually doesn't wake up very early (without prompting), today is was very eager to get up and get the day started... I could totally tell how excited he is for his day!
So on that note, I'm gonna skiddadle and meet ya back here tomorrow... Ciao, -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 19 DAYS
First things first -- want to send a HUGE Happy Birthday wish out to cousin Dominic as he celebrates 17!!
These kids grow up so fast!
I know Tanya has some fun plans in store for the birthday boy!!
As for me, I'm still totally under the weather. I've been like a big, blob this entire weekend with a virus that really knocked me out!
So, today will be another boring, relaxing day.
What I'll probably do is catch up on some online shopping. Still have a great deal of Christmas shopping to do. Last year, by this time, my shopping was completed - I'm way behind.
The worst part about being sick, at least to me, is that it makes me melancholy. So, with all Tanya's talk about kids getting older, I'm thinking about my precious girls - 9 and 11 and thinking about how fast the time has gone since they were little babies.
Lunch on Long Island with my Mom & Dad this past summer
I know that Tanya is filled with the same sense of pride when she sees pictures of her kiddies from all over the globe.
We have given and continue to give our kids the amazing gift of travel, which is the best form of education and has resulted in some very sophisticated, worldly and well-rounded children.
When I hear my girls talk about their experiences and just the way they are able to express themselves as mature young ladies, I know their minds and views of the world have been shaped by what they have experienced from being world travelers. That, my friends, is not something you can ascertain from books or sitting in a classroom!
It's also one of those days that I'm missing my mom and dad, who are now doing the snowbird thing in Boca Raton.
Thank goodness, we'll be together in less than 3 weeks!
My girls watching Old Faithful (April 2015)
I was picking out some pictures for our Christmas card and came across this one of Gianna and Kelsey watching Old Faithful erupt during our Yellowstone road trip, this past Spring.
Then, I thought of another "hugging" photo of my sweeties from last year in Albuquerque at The Balloon Fiesta, which also makes my heart melt.
Sisterly love at Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque (Oct. 2014)
Kelsey has a book report project due tomorrow, which I barely helped her with - you know, some guidance - but she did the whole thing by herself and boy did she do a fantastic job!!!
She had to create a "newspaper" featuring a historical fiction book. She managed to find a book when we were in Boston two weeks ago, called Revolutionary War on Wednesday, and did the most creative "newspaper" book report!
Ok, I know I'm bragging here, but hey, that's a mom's job!!
Crossing my fingers that I'll feel better tomorrow!