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Sandy Aftermath

We stocked up last minute, stood in hour wait grocery lines, and checked for batteries and flash lights the day Sandy hit. We took light of the situation basing the storm path off the American weather model and not the European weather model.  So many left last minute and there were those that chose not to leave at all.  Sandy turned into a storm of unprecedented size and intensity, with tropical storm force winds stretching over 1,000 miles across, making it the largest cyclone in the history of the Atlantic.  As we look and hear of the destruction and the statistics, our family could not feel more thankful and blessed.  A somber, yet grateful morning after, in our neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Looking at partial destruction of a pier while watching military choppers fly overhead…

Under water yesterday.  Some damage.  Could be a lot worse…

The power of Sandy.  Some destruction here and there.  Overall not too bad…

Lights out in the city.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for being on the water, was very fortunate.  Never thought much of the small incline our building sits on, but very thankful.  Two hurricanes in two years, no evacuations and no loss of power.

Currently 72 dead, subways and many streets are still flooded, power is still out for many (cold nights are beginning), and fires are burning in Queens.

Continued prayers.

Amy

Be Easy Sandy…

Time to hunker down for Sandy!  We are one block from the East River in NYC.  Last year Irene decided to puff a little in our direction, so we didn’t think too much of Sandy as she surfaced a couple days ago, until this morning…

When I went out for my morning stroll and coffee, things looked a little different this time around.  I tried to walk near the promenade to take a peak at the river and we were stopped in our tracks by a gust of wind!  I’m sure taking a stroll on the promenade was not the smartest idea!  I could barely hold onto Maddie.  The gust seemed to last for ever, especially since I was panicking!  Why did I bring my one year old out in an approaching hurricane!!  Stupid.  We quickly turned around and beelined for home!  I think Sandy is slowing settling in on little ol’ NYC.

I am sure we don’t have anything to worry about.  We are in a zone not required to evacuate, but close enough to the river to see and feel her effects.  As the wind starts to pick up, I think about how I wish we had one last chance to visit Central Park during the peak Fall foliage.  Will my favorite time in the park get robbed by Sandy?  Will we still get to see the leaves at their peak color change?  Will we get to enjoy one last stroll before the leaves are gone?  Will we get pictures with Maddie frolicking in CP’s fallen leaves the first year she’s walking? Sandy, please be easy, please be gentle on NYC’s treasured spot.  As I look outside our window, it’s not looking good.  The wind looks stronger than I have ever seen it…

Thank goodness a couple days ago I went with a friend to Central Park and got to see the foliage start to peak, but I am sure this upcoming weekend would have been the prime time for a visit.  At least we have these first year walking Fall foliage memories in Central Park…

Love the large mums planted around the park…

some leaves have started to fall…

having fun with park performers…

nothing I enjoy more in the park than listening to a saxophonist perform…feels like you’re in a movie…

having fun playing along Poets Walk with her buddy Leland…

 Hope to see your plants and foliage again this Fall CP!  And hope you haven’t been blown to pieces!!  Be easy Sandy…

Are you getting ready for Sandy?

Wordless Wed: Heaven’s Sake, Sit!

It’s that time.  Time to leave the park.  I think to myself, ‘How am I going to get her in the stroller seat again today?’  There’s tears, there’s struggles, there’s frustration from both of us.  I quickly look around, no one’s looking, I grab Maddie before she knows what’s happening, hold her legs and grab the buckles fast, before she turns to a noodle and slides out from under the stroller bar.  The timing needs to be on point and quick!  One out of five times we have success the first time around!  Here’s to my mommy friends….A little “fun” at what it’s like when putting a child into a restrained seat.

Love these illustrations from the book The World According to Toddlers!  Maddie does a combo, Rod Twist.  What’s your child’s strategy?  Ha!

Central Park Breast Cancer Walk

This weekend we participated in our yearly family breast cancer walk. A walk I feel proud to be a part of for many different reasons.  So many people are affected by cancer and most of us have been touched by it in some way, either by a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or an acquaintance.  Cancer is a disease that could eventually affect us all in some way and breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women in the US.  According to the American Cancer Society, in 2012, about 227,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 women will die from the disease.  That sounds high, yet we are also making progress.  More women are being cured and living longer than in the past.  According to ACS, ‘The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36. Breast cancer death rates have been going down and this is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatments. Right now there are more than 2½ million breast cancer survivors in the United States.’  WOW!  What a feeling just hearing that.

Each year we do the walk in memory of my mother.  My mother who lived a healthy lifestyle, active, ate healthy, had regular check-ups and who was diagnosed at 53 with cancer in many of her major organs, including breast cancer cells.  A shock to us all, to say the very least.  Within a few months of being diagnosed she passed away.  I don’t blame anyone, not the doctors, not the things we could have done earlier, not the signs we didn’t take seriously, not the treatments available at the time.  I truly feel God was ready to bring my mother home, which makes me feel at peace with why she was taken so early.  I think about her daily: her love, her support, her smile, her loving advice, and our heartfelt conversations.  I also think about how 9 years have gone by so fast and the things that have changed: marriages, grandchildren, first homes, achievements and how the world has evolved.  Sometimes it makes me sad thinking about it, but I think of the higher power and put my trust in God and realize there’s a greater reason for everything.

When I walk in the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer walks with my family each year, I don’t just walk for breast cancer survivors and research, I walk for all those fighting a cancer fight, for those families who stand beside their loved ones and are a part of the emotional journey, and for those that will someday be face to face with the struggle.  I too wonder, if I will someday be in that fight, but I can look to my mother who handled herself with such grace and strength for her children and family and find peace in her courage, and how she fought, the good fight, at such an early age.

The month of October is the month my mother was born, the month she passed away and the month of breast cancer awareness.  Being a part of these walks are a wonderful way for Maddie to feel closer to her grandmother, for my husband to feel connected to his mother-in-law and for me to honor such a wonderful mother who gave her All for her family and children, and to walk with those who have been a part of what we have experienced with cancer.  The cheers while walking are not to make it to the 5 mile finish line, they are cheers for life and cheers for those still in the cancer fight.  What a wonderful walk to be a part of.

Has a form of cancer affected you or your family in some way?  May God bless those still in the flight and those that have been affected.

Amy

Pumpkin Carvings & Creations

What do you look forward to during the Halloween season?  Is it dressing up in costume? Is it the treats and candy?  Is it the spooky tales and haunted houses, or is it just another excuse to plan a party?  Well for me, it’s the pumpkin carvings and creations!  I love seeing the random carved pumpkins and pumpkin creations around the city, the rows of pumpkins lining the city squares, and checking out the glowing jack-o-lantern trails in the area.

This is the time of year when the parties and gatherings begin!  One of my favorite themed parties I’ve hosted is a pumpkin carving contest.  It’s fun for kids and adults, and most people are buying and carving pumpkins, so why not make it a party!  Check off one of your to-do’s while drinking, eating and laughing with friends.  And no need for a babysitter, invite the kids too.  It’s a simple party to get ready for.  Everyone brings their own pumpkin (BYOP), while you supply the stencils (free online) and individual pumpkin carving kits (they’re inexpensive) and a plastic trash bag for each person to carve their pumpkin on.  It’s fun watching each other create pumpkin designs and great for conversation.  I’ve planned one in the past and everyone had a blast!

Whatever your plans might be this year, either needing inspiration to design your own jack-o-lantern or ideas to help you win your pumpkin design contest, then check out below my favorite pumpkin ideas to get you in the spirit

So many ways to have fun with pumpkins!  There’s a lot more cool ideas out there, but these are my favorite pics!

Click here for free pumpkin carving stencils.

Click here to see the largest carved pumpkin.

Do you plan to carve or create something fun with your pumpkins this year?  Please share!  I would love to see and hear your ideas.

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