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!


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
{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.


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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