Monthly Archives: July 2007

Block Party on Pearsall Place

So yesterday we went to Deana’s block party and had a fantastic time. Danny & I remember from our respective childhoods about having block parties and the different attractions that would be there from the whip to swings and pirate ships. Unfortunately, our current block is fairly dull and there has been no block parties here.

Deana reminded me about the party while I was getting my hair done and I remembered what a good time Ryan and I had last year at the block party. We had gone with Donna, Kailey and Nicky that year in September. That time, they had pony rides, a bouncy house and a magician. I told Danny and the kids about it and the planned itinerary (including a fear factor contest involving eating bugs) and we were good to go (well sort of – hard not to get lazy on a hot humid summer day). We roused ourselves around 3pm and headed over to Merrick.

As soon as we got there, we saw the giant water slide being set up. While we waited for that, the boys found a slip ‘n slide already in action and a pool full of “snow” to slide into. Danny and I spied a table in a bit of shade and snagged it. Deana came over with chips, cashews and pretzel chips and we dug in of course (after I went and got Danny a beer). Once the water slide was ready I grabbed the boys and got them on line. Deana came over with all sorts of penny candy (you know, the kind you ate when we were kids) and it was fun to pick through and reminisce. They had wax lips, candy cigarettes, little Styrofoam flying saucers filled with candy, chunky bars, Oh Henrys, Pixie Sticks and other assorted old fashioned goodies. The boys had to try the wax lips and of course the candy cigarettes. The best was that Matty smoked them like a girl. I was giggling as I took his picture and Danny finally explained to him the correct way for a guy to hold a cigarette. NOT THAT MY KIDS WILL EVER SMOKE BECAUSE I WOULD CHOKE THEM.

There was a bouncy house set up and Ryan spent a good amount of his time playing in there. Matty kept going on the water slide – he was so wet his eyelashes were sticking together. Ryan shied away from the water slide because he banged his head. Unfortunately the pool at the bottom was not sufficiently filled so he smacked the back of his head on concrete. Thank God he has a hard head and got away with a bump. They put all sorts of delicious sandwiches and hot food out for everyone and a pizza for the kids. We filled out plates and dug into garlic knots, penne pasta, sausage and peppers etc.

After everyone ate, Deana busted out the silly string. The kids had a blast shooting everyone and each other with it. What a mess it makes!!! I do not envy whoever would have to clean up after the onslaught.

It was a fun filled afternoon and we left close to 7pm – it was a great way to spend a day and create a nice summer memory for the kids! Here are some great pictures of our day:

Guitar Hero II Rocks Our House!

So we hit Toys R Us on Saturday for a little free for all. Actually, the main reason we went was so that Matty could buy yet another bubble lawn mower. He has had several and worn them all out. Nevermind that the bubble lawn mower is for toddlers, Matty had to own one again… Continue Reading

Bumper Bowling

So yesterday being a crappy, rainy day and half the people in the NY Metro area not going to work, why should I buck the system??? So I took the day off and went bowling with the kids. We tried to go to our usual bowling alley in Baldwin but alas, an orthodox Jewish boys… Continue Reading

Friday the 13th – LOOK OUT!!!!

I am not particularly superstitious but the combination of Friday the 13th sure makes me alert. I get a daily horoscope from and a Daily Forecast. Today’s Daily Forecast starts off like this: “Strange forces are on the prowl as a powerful New Moon in the sign of Cancer approaches exactitude.” Great – I… Continue Reading

Nicky’s Wedding

I created this slideshow of a wedding we recently attended at the Manhattan Loft in NYC. It was hosted by the King family – little Nicky got married! My in-laws, Donna & Bobby were there with us and we had a great time. So nice to go to a fabulous party as a guest –… Continue Reading

Another hot day on board for us on Long Island. Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the Oakwood Beach Club – it was perfect! Matty & Ryan had a blast swimming in the pool with Emily. Matty and Tommy had a cannonball contest. Emily had her first brown bonnet ice cream – it is an… Continue Reading

So the 4th of July this year fell on a Wednesday which stunk. The best days are Tuesday or Thursday because everyone tends to take the extra day, i.e. Monday or Friday depending on where the holiday falls. But this year, the 4th fell smack in the middle screwing everything up. I was happy we… Continue Reading

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