Friday, September 30, 2005

Miss Rori,,,,,what a ray of sunshine you are! Posted by Picasa

Bittersweet........I just love this picture,
a beautiful and pure Mothering moment,
but the sad part of this picture is that it
was taken on the day that my sister's milk
was coming in and sadly she had no
baby in her arms to nurse. To me
this picture evokes the joy of Motherhood. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Wake me Up.........

"Wake Me Up When September Ends"

My sister has been singing this song.......after the events of the last week. I have joined in the chorus, because this September has seemed to be one that has lost all of its innocence.

Tonight I took Otto to say good-bye to his dear friends mother. Maureen Infusino passed away on Monday, September 26, 2005, leaving her husband Wayne and precious son Daniel behind.

We stood in line at the funeral home, looking at the collages of pictures of Maureens life. How sad it was, but also how know that these images of her life, were the times she cherished.....her wedding day, the picture of her fully pregnant at her baby shower, her hand cradling her full womb of her precious boy to be.....of Daniel and his Mommy dressed in a Santa's suit in his Mommy's arms infront of the Christmas, pieces of her life....captured to remember the joy,,,,to remember the precious moments of her life!

Otto was just a brave young man.....shaking Mr. Infusino's hand and telling him how sorry he was.

We then went to Daniels house and brought a big basket of muffins that Otto helped me bake all afternoon.

We talked, Otto and I........talking about the cycle of life.......that both birth and death are part of our journey,,,but what is truly important is the living inbetween.....of living your life to the fullest. Of being a friend.....Of reaching out and helping others.......Of being!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Childhood memories

Life has been in full swing around here.

I've been thinking about my own childhood memories, recalling moments that were important to me, or defining moments in my life, because each one of my children have been experiencing those kinds of moments in their lives.

It brings a big smile to my face as they excitedly share a special moment with me......I knowing that 10, 20, 30 years down the road, these moments will come back to them from time to time and they will be their special childhood memories.

Lets see, a list of firsts:

Katrina got her first official job!!! She is working at Melicks Orchard on the weekends. On the same day that she started her first official job, she got her drivers permit and took her first driving lesson...........for three hours my daughter was behind the wheel of a car, driving through Warren, Morris and Hunterdon County [want to talk about the excited conversations she shared that evening].

Sigh,,,,,,it was so wonderful watching her tell us all about her big day.

Greta started high school!! She also made JV Field Hockey as a freshman. She is taking a very difficult coarse load and is just bubbling from the great adventure of life that she is traveling.

Otto is in Mrs. Jordan's 4th grade class and is so very happy. He attended a Boy Scout camp this summer [Camp SouthHaven] upstate New York with his cousin Harry and Uncle Jeff. What an incredible experience he had. He and Harry earned some badges and he got his 'whittling' card [a big achievement in Otto's eyes....ours too!!!]

Emma Sage is just blossoming into an amazing little girl. She is talking up a storm, is fully aware and involved with everyone and everything around her. She has modeled again for Toys R Us ~ two times in the last two weeks [this girl is making big bucks!]. I think Emma Sages favorite memory of the summer of 2005 would be her first visit to Sesame Place where she got to dance and sing with Elmo!!!

Rick is traveling lots. Leaves today for Italy and I'm busy being a Momma, man life is good!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Oh my goodness, I can see!

I can't believe it, but I can see clearly now!

I just got contacts.......but this time the right contacts. Fifteen years ago I tried contacts, but with sensitive eyes and just not the right contacts for an astigmatism, I was turned off of contacts.

Glasses are not my thing. I have tried. They fall down and to tell you the truth, the results were not that great. [[I have since to find out that the distance between my eye and the glass lense still leaves distortion.

So right now I'm sitting here seeing things clearly for the first time,,,,and man does it feel great.

[Its weird though, I only have one contact. My right eye is 20/ all these years that poor eye was working real hard. My left eye, uncorrected is 20/400....and this evening with the contact in it was 20/ what a difference!]

I'm wondering why I took so long to take care of myself.

So here is looking at you kids! Mommy loves you all so very much [and now I can really see what you look like! lol...only kidding!]

Her First Goal.....

Well, actually, not her first goal, but her 1st offical goal in high school!

Yes, Miss Greta scored a goal [she had an assist in the last scrimmage] and last night playing at Pingry she had her First Offical High School Field Hockey Goal!

Now, this is not an amazing feat for a little speed daemon who has been playing field hockey since second grade,,,,,as she was the highest goal scorer on her middle school team, but still it marks the beginning of a new chapter in her life.

We are so proud of you Greta and we know that the goalies on oppossing teams are going to fear the thought of coming up against Voorhees High School Field Hockey team over the next four years!

Go Vikings!!!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

On being a Momma......

Being a Momma is truly an amazing experience. So much so, that many, many books, movies and songs have been created because of the experience.

For me the journey of Motherhood has been truly an amazing experience that grows and changes daily. How could my heart love more than it loved yesterday? But it does.

Through my children I have learned so many things, been exposed to so many new experiences, and it continues....what an incredible continium.

One facet that I adore is watching my children find their way in this world. Developing their own likes and dislikes.

With Katrina, the journey at this point is so refreshing for the she is exploring and developing her own sense in what kind of music she likes [thank goodness she moved passed that 6th grade, follow the leader, OH NO, its RAP music phase].

A group that Katrina turned her Momma on to is called 311.

I highly recommend their album "Don't Tread On Me"


I guess I have been not rambling too often lately. Actually I have, I just haven't had time to write them in my blog.

Hurrican Katrina has left me in a daze. I know, sounds so silly and lame, considering I'm safe and sound in my little hamlet of Califon, NJ......but still, I have been spending hours looking at photographs of the hurricane, its path, its destruction and the countless stories being sent around the world via photographs.

When I was a little girl, one of my most favorite things to do [besides reading] was looking at National Geographic because I just adore looking at of real life,,,real weather, real animals, real people, real places [as opposed to the photographs generated on Madison Avenue].

So to my delight about a year ago I found a website called, Flickr, and have been spending my precious spare time looking at the world through many photographers eyes.

Here is a picture that I found to be so powerful from the Wrath of Katrina.

It is titled: Pass Christian House Before/After

Just amazing the force of wind and rain........and how truly vulernable life and property is to these forces of nature.