Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Days

It was a great surprise party this past weekend.  What a great turnout!  Very surprised!!  We all had such a great time and was great to see everyone again.

The past two weeks have been busy.  Brittany got stepped on in gym playing frisbee and I ended up taking her to the orthopedic's office and was told she broke the bone and separated her growth plate as well.  Poor Brittany.  She just went through this last spring with her other ankle.  She is in a cast up to her knee for 4-6 weeks.  Hoping sooner than later for it to be taken off.

Brittany waiting for doctor to have cast put on.

Her pretty pink cast

Kaylee has been doing awesome with her violin and her lessons.  The teacher told her today they will probably put her with the 5th grade orchestra in the second half of the year.  She was so glad.

Kaylee is also enjoying her Basketball team.  It is all girls this year.  Here is a quick video I took of her with my new iPhone 4 which I love!





Alan has been off from UPS all week which has been really nice.  It is great having him home at night.  Tonight Alan and I are having a date night with dinner and a movie.  Saturday, Alan wants to get some nice filets and barbecue and then do a campfire.  Sunday, we have the annual Rag-A-Muffin Parade in Massapequa.  Last year Kaylee won a beautiful bike.  After, we are taking the kids to do some trick-or-treating.  Kaylee is going to be a doctor and Brittany a pirate.  David doesn't dress up as much but usually puts his cape on for the parade.

Hope you all have a Safe & Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Last Two Weeks

Looking forward to this weekend's get together with family and friends to celebrate a birthday party which will really be a nice surprise!  I think is nice to make people feel special and make some nice new memories.

I have been busy the past few weeks.  I went to see The Dr. Oz show again with my Mom & Peter. Had great seats and then went for a quick bite to eat and had to be home early to pick up the kids from school. The show will air sometime soon.  If you want to know which show just email me.  

My family gathered together to walk at the Autism Walk at Jones Beach on Oct. 3rd.  It was a great day to walk down by the beach.  We walk for my Godson who is on the spectrum of Autism. His parents are doing such an awesome job with him and he has come a long way.  After, we enjoyed the fall day by going to the Bellmore Street Fair, which is a local fair that is pretty big with rides, crafts, etc. We go almost every year just to walk around and enjoy the afternoon. 

The following week, I took my son David to get his driving permit.  He was nervous, but he ended up doing really well and got all the questions right on his test.  Since then, he has been out a few times driving and is doing great.  He also had his pictures done for his Graduation this year from High School.  I can't believe how the time has just flown by and watching my little boy turn into a man.  Since he has kept a good average in school, he was able to take some college level classes in high school this year.  So he is earning 6 college credits from C.W. Post College this year as well. The girls are doing well in school too.  Kaylee is playing violin at school and taking guitar lessons and Brittany is doing Art Workshop and Art Club at school. Kaylee also starts Basketball again this Wednesday too.  I also just got their books for religion too.  So it's a pretty busy schedule.  Alan is doing well and the store has been doing well too since the renovations to the gaming area.  

We just recently  took the family into Manhattan to see Comic-Con in Manhattan at the Jacob Javits Center and saw a few celebrities. Alan was in his glory and the kids liked going to their first big event like that.

Waiting for the train to go to Manhattan for Comic-Con at the Jacob Javit's Center.
Terry Moore and Alan
Lou Ferrigno - The Incredible Hulk
Alan meeting Christopher Judge from Stargate
Alan and I are still looking forward to our trip to Hawaii this spring, for our 20th Anniversary. We have been doing a lot of reading and got some really great deals on top of already getting almost a $1000 in onboard credit.  We are planing to use much of that in the onboard Spa.  We have been planning our tours on the islands instead of with the boat which saves tons!  Going through a travel agent is not always such a big bargain. The deals are out there you just have to look.  It's amazing how many people don't do that. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the Fall Season!

Hugs!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Robbery On My Parents Block - North Massapequa

My Parents house on far left with circle windows. Driveway
was on left -- get away car parked in front of tree to right.
I was just leaving my parents house yesterday about a minute before this all happened.  The get away truck was double parked next to my parents neighbors house.  I really didn't pay it any attention except to notice it was there while I was backing up out of my parents driveway and trying to look beyond it for traffic coming down the road.   When I get home, my Mom calls me to tell me what happened just after I left.

Scary to know these guys had guns while these kids were outside playing just across the street from my parents home.  Happy no one was hurt and these guys were caught! 




Gas Station robbed on corner. N. Broadway by S.S. Pky.
Neighbors who got the license plate which helped catch the
robbers.
{You can even see my parents house in the newscast video below -- one story cream house with brown trim when the newscaster is showing a picture of the license plate.}

Story from News 12 Long Island


Three kids are being hailed as heroes after police say they aided in the arrest of an alleged armed robber in North Massapequa.  (on North Linden Street)
Authorities say the the suspect held up a Getty Gas station while the kids were outside. When the man ran out the door, they say the Getty employee yelled to the kids to get the license plate number of the getaway car.
The kids say they told police a description of the car and the license plate number they saw.
Police say they were only off by one digit in the plate number but they were still able to apprehend the alleged suspect based on the information provided.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Breaking My Silence

In life you will find situations that will make you angry. It is what you do next that makes a difference. I myself am so tired of certain extended relatives and non-relatives feeling that they need to "have it out" and think that will clear the air; harboring on old matters that were supposed to be cleared up and a whole year later no less. Do they not realize it's physically and emotionally unhealthy to keep their negative emotions all bottled up. The dysfunctional ways in which family have related to each other with this situation by pretending nothing is going on is ridiculous.

I have realized that dealing with difficult relatives requires activating two skills, discernment and diplomacy. I myself cannot control how others act and behave but I do know that I can control my own behavior and how I invest time in my family. I know that I have many strong, supportive family members with whom I do have relationships with. They are happy and healthy relationships, and people with whom I spend my time with. I have chosen that for me it is not worth the time or energy to invest in people who after knowing me for forty years would do and say the nasty things they have done.

I have never claimed perfection in myself. I have accepted what responsibility I had and sent a very sincere apology to someone who is my elder to try and resolve this issue especially since this person should never have involved themselves in the situation. I would have also expected a sincere apology back. Did that happen, no! Why because this person felt the need to keep harboring the whole situation on and on while taking it out on other extended family and friends who had nothing to do with it. That is just wrong! My family had just had a death in the family at the time and if they think I was going to partake in continuing the situation further, they are wrong. Life is too short. I deleted the message they sent and moved on. What I believe is not realized by this person though, is the hurt and anger was both ways not just one. Which again, I completely took my responsibility for. There was nothing else I could do from that point. If what I said is not satisfactory enough for them, there is nothing else I can do. I will not beg. I believe if there was/is a solid foundation with someone, people can forgive and move on, which I have done. I have no worries since, and have carried on with my life realizing there is just no way I can change a difficult relative. I do have control over creating a healthy, connected family dynamic which I have done with other family members. So please move on already and let it go or you can continue to harbor the matter and be a bitter person but remember you will do that alone!

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32




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Monday, September 27, 2010

Dared To Dream

How much can you be humbled when seeing a group like this turn out to support our family fight heart disease in honor of our daughter Kaylee Rose! 

Kaylee's Heart Team 2010
Everyone of us has been touched some way with a family or friend who fight every year with heart disease.  Some right from the day they are born; like our daughter Kaylee.  Some sadly who have passed on. One thing I do know, is no matter what the circumstance is, we can all come together and support each other.  

Signing the banner
We had 65 family, friends, cheerleaders walking this year at Jones Beach, Long Island.  The support was just overwhelming and I want to thank each and everyone for their part in this years heart walk whether it was a donation of any amount, you walked with us, or just thought about us that day.  However great or small you think it was, just know it meant more than you could ever imagine to our family.  We did great with our fundraising.  We came out in the end with $4,364 which is way more than I ever dared to dream we could do and the most we have ever done.  We are so thankful and blessed!!

Thank you from the heart,
The Paperin Family

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Cause For A Celebration

Happy 10th Birthday to my beautiful daughter Kaylee Rose.   We celebrated on Saturday with family and friends.  Today We went to the Sweet Hills Riding Center in Melville, NY to do a trail ride...something that Kaylee has never done before and has wanted to do for so long.  She had an awesome time...we all did!  It was a hot day, but it was and easy one hour ride.  After, we took Kaylee to Friendly's for dinner, then went to my parents home to have cake for Kaylee.  She was really excited when my parents gave her a HDTV for her room.  She was so happy!!   

:: Kaylee's first trail ride.  Happy Birthday Kaylee ::
Birthday Cake!
Nana & Pop-Pop's Gift to Kaylee...she is really happy!!
Kaylee with Aunt Marilyn
Brittany, Kaylee and David
Also, I was really excited to find out this morning, that I won a summer photo contest from the site The Little Things that I put my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in.  Then I found out their picture was featured on www.AnimalStars.com where I got their name tags from.  Here is the picture or you can click on the link to see it on the main page and a few other pages on their site.

"Bella Joy" 8 months old and "Molly Grace" 3 years old
Tomorrow is my younger sister Lisa's birthday, we are all going over to have cake and celebrate tomorrow evening. This weekend coming up we have a Labor Day Party we are looking forward to going to.  So busy celebrating this week!  It's great to be able to get together with family and friends and I enjoy every bit of it! 

I also got something sent to me in my email today from my cousin that I thought the message was so true.

A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package:
'This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package.'
He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.
'She got this the first time we went to 
New York , 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on , was saving it for a special occasion.
Well, I guess this is it.
He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.
He turned to me and said:
'Never save something for a special occasion.
Every day in your life is a special occasion'.
I still think those words changed my life.
Now I read more and clean less.

I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.

I spend more time with my family, and less at work.
I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.
I no longer keep anything.
I use crystal glasses every day...
I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.
The words 'Someday....' and ' One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary.

If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now....
I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell..
I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.

I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food.

It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come..

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

R
emember that 'One day' is far away.. or might never come.....
Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one...

Hugs!

Family Photos

Family Photos 
The weather today was kind of blah so we just ended up having a nice quiet Sunday.   I decided to work on a frame I bought almost a year ago and put some pictures in it an hang it in my hallway.  So happy we have pictures of many of the events and just common day things we do and of the people we love especially the ones who are no longer with us.
  • In this frame I have pictures starting at the top and left to right.
  • Our engagement party 1990.
  • Alan's Dad and his Aunt Mary at our wedding in 1991
  • Brittany and Kaylee playing
  • My parents with my niece Ashley, and Brittany & David on my best friend Alison's wedding day.
  • Family picture from my sister Lisa's wedding.  
  • Grandma and Brittany at Grandma's 78th Birthday
  • David
  • David when he was in Plainedge football
  • Alan's Mom and Dad at Yellowstone Park in 1981. Alan's Mom passed in 1989 and Alan's Dad passed in 1991 just 4 months after we were married.  We actually live in the same house Alan grew up in.
  • My three children David, Brittany & Kaylee with Molly.
  • Alan and I.
  • Kaylee and Brittany in our yard.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Two Tickets to Hawaii

We are so excited.  We just purchased two tickets for our 20th Wedding Anniversary which is May 26, 2011.  We will cruising on the NCL Pride of America to the islands of Hawaii.  The cruise will be May 21, 2011 for seven days.  We are going to leave a couple of days early so that we can see a little of the Island of Oahu and hopefully adjust to the time change for us since we are coming from NY and it will be six hours earlier.  

Picture of the Owner's Suite we booked
We got a great deal at American  Discount Cruises & Travel with Alan's Union Plus discount and as an added bonus, $950 on on board credit for booking over 9 months in advance. I even called a few travel agents to see if they could match or do better than the deal we got and no one could believe how much we were getting.  We even booked the Owner's Suite which is 870 square feet and even has a jacuzzi on our private balcony.

I have been doing some research as well and found a great site that also offers tours on the islands for way less than the cruise does some at almost half the cost.  The site is Robert's Hawaii. Here is the map of the places we will be seeing.



Summer is also coming to an end.  Just feels like it flew by.  We had a great family trip to Lancaster, PA at the end of July.  We stayed at the Eden Resort which was really nice.  Went to Dutch Wonderland and visited a farm and did some shopping.  Here are a few pictures.

Family Picture
Outside our Villa
Kaylee and Brittany
Mama and Baby Donkey 
Alan and the kids
Girls having fun
Kaylee with the horse carriage we rode through the Amish countryside

The end of this month is my youngest's Kaylee Rose's 10th birthday.  We are having family and friends at our house on Aug 28th.  Kaylee is looking forward to it. 

Have a great day!




Saturday, July 31, 2010

Family Fun!

Last night, while I was up late, Brittany couldn't sleep so she came into the kitchen and for no reason we just decided to bake some chocolate chip cookies.  I know it was late but it was so quiet and peaceful and just felt it was some great time to connect and talk with her.  We talked and laughed about so many things.  Making some fun memories and baking. 
   
Today we were busy getting ready for our family trip to Lancaster, PA. tomorrow.  The kids are so excited and I think Alan is happy to get away from the comic book store and UPS for a bit.  Life gets so busy at times and we just need a little time away from the every day routine and just go and relax and enjoy.  I so enjoy and cherish this time with my family.  It is a time to reconnect and all be together.  

Well off to bed and on the road bright and early...
Hugs!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Take A Step Back

Sometimes our feelings can take us by surprise, and we don't realize we are actually holding the hurt, or the pain or sometimes the anger within us for a situation until it arises.  

A simple comment can spark off a reaction and you don't know why. With some people it's a one way street and that what you sometimes give to them you don't get back in return.
It's hard when it's supposed to be an equal footing with someone and you have to break the cycle and often you don't want to face this or see it. We all bury our head in the sand about that.
It's about making an effort to be present in someone elses life especially if you said you would be there and not getting wrapped up in your own life all the time. It can sadly ruin friendships, relationships and many other things, sadly some people can be selfish and they just don't see it.
Remember, we all have busy lives, a lot of people have heavy work commitments, kids, problems,  etc.  and if the other person or people make an effort and it's not returned then people will eventually get disheartened and you will find you could be left on your own. It's a sad fact but true.
I am guilty of it sometimes, I know.  I do my best to not make it a habit, but I always do my best to support them and try to be on the end of the phone for them and call when I say I will call. It's never easy and sometimes it can be exhausting, but it's about making an effort especially if they really do mean something to you. However, that's not always returned and sadly some people say that they haven't seen you and they complain, yet you have made every effort to make it happen and it just doesn't.
So sometimes it's time to stop and ask yourself, am I really being fair, are things really equal or is it a one way street. We may not like the answer and we have to deal with that.
Are you the one going to visit others?  Are you the one trying to make plans and getting no commitment?  Are you the one who is texting, calling and leaving messages and not getting answered? Are you the one waiting for the phone to ring? If so, it is time to stop.

People change through life and if you don't like who they have become, wish them well then take a step back,  because after all, you deserve so much more than this and life is not a one way street, you have to honor yourself.  You can't force a situation to happen and when you do stop, take a moment to sit back and see this, don't be bitter, angry and upset.  Maybe they just don't see how much they are hurting you because they have gotten so wrapped up in their own life.  Take that step back and wait for them to take a step towards you for a change. Then you will see the reality and hopefully, the other person will realize what they had and possibly lost.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Quiet Week

This past weekend was busy. Saturday, the kids and I went to a surprise party for a friend of mine who was turned 40.  Sunday, Peter came from NJ for a visit  and we went to my parents house to visit and did some swimming since it was so hot out that day. We had a nice barbecue and it an awesome day.


Tuesday, Alan and I had planned to go blueberry picking out on Eastern Long Island, but it ended up raining.   We ended up taking the kids to the movies.  We saw "Grown Ups"  it was an Adam Sandler movie and it was actually pretty funny.

Alan and I are trying to figure out somewhere to go for 2-3 days with the kids this summer.  It really is hard with having the store to get away.  I was thinking somewhere in in the surrounding NY state. Anyone have any ideas?

Today was the kids physicals for the year.  They all did really well. Other than thatOff to make dinner and catch up on some laundry funny how that pile is just never ending. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Some Catching Up!


summer vacation has been great. The past 4th of July weekend was really nice.  Saturday, I spent the day baking cut-out cookies, a cake and a cream puff cake that was sooo good!  Sunday, we were off to Connecticut for the day for the annual 4th of July Party we usually go every year and have a blast!  Took some great pictures.

 - Cake I made for 4th of July -

My nephew and my puppy Bella

Kaylee riding "Dusty"

Kaylee, Brittany & Aunt Marilyn

My youngest Kaylee and Daddy

My sister and her son

Brittany

Emily riding "Dusty"

My cousins new puppy named "Kaylee"  
This picture is not from the July 4th but I really liked it.  It is my Mom and my husband Alan. 

Alan & Mom


Monday we we relaxed and enjoyed the pool with the girls and David went to work with Alan.  David has been working with Alan this summer at our store The Comic Book Depot. Alan said he is doing really well.   David seems to really enjoy it.


Alan has the store closed on Tuesday's so we ran a few errands and then were trying to figure out something to do with the kids for the rest of the afternoon.  It is also during our wonderful heat wave temps have been over 100 degrees and humid on top of it.  Not weather I enjoy being out in and with my asthma it is not good.  So we decided to take the kids to see "Toy Story 3D"  it was indoors and in a cool movie theater! It was really cute movie.  I recommend seeing it in 3D if you can. 


Wednesday, David went to work with Alan and the girls and I enjoyed the yard and pool.  They said the pool felt like a hot tub from the 104 degree weather.  The water was over 90 degrees.  Even with our central air conditioning with the temps so high for the past week it is so hard for the air conditioning to keep up with the sun and heat on the house.

Today it is another hot day but not as bad, I dropped David off to work at the store with Alan at 1pm and then I have to finish up some laundry, cleaning and then I am taking the girls to my parents house to do some swimming and then my Mom and I are going to a dinner show.  


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