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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rex's Birthday at the Beach in Bay Head

Sorry for leaving all of you without any notice, but we're down at the beach in Bay Head, NJ, and I haven't turned on my computer since we left the Roxiticus Valley on Saturday morning. Now we're off to celebrate Rex's birthday dinner at Mahogany Grille in Manasquan... we'll report back soon!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Melissa Missed the Sale

Just the other day, Rex, London, Maddie and I opened the mail to find the birth announcement in the mail for my BFF Melissa's beautiful daughter, along with a bunch of photos of the little cutie and her big (three-year-old) brother... born a little early at the end of April, she's just about two months old now.

I know Melissa and her husband made the decision before the birth to store their new baby's cord blood, but by delivering two months ago, she missed the big sale at Cryo-Cell. Right now until Sunday, June 28th, 2009, Cryo-Cell is offering a special $725 discount on their U-Cord service for expectant parents to store their baby's cord blood. Rex and I banked both London and Maddie's umbilical cord blood way back when they were born in 2001 and 2002, when it wasn't as trendy as it is now. It just seemed to make sense as a sort of "insurance policy" for our daughters' healthy future. Cord blood stem cells are a 100% (perfect) match for the infant donor throughout life, as well as a one in four match for a sibling. While we will hope that no one in our family ever needs the banked cord blood, over 12,000 umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants occurred worldwide, treating over 75 different serious diseases.

Cryo-Cell is the industry leader in cord blood banking with over 175,000 clients and more accreditations than any other private cord blood bank. From now until Sunday 6/28/09, just use the promotional code HOT to save $725 on Cryo-Cell's U-Cord service.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Music at Moorland to Benefit Somerset Medical Center Returns to Far Hills, NJ -- This Thursday, June 25, 2009

Music at Moorland, a magical evening of open-air dining, classical music and spectacular fireworks on the lawn of Moorland Farms in Far Hills, New Jersey, is a much-anticipated event for kids and Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Husbands alike. The 8th annual Music at Moorland to benefit Somerset Medical Center comes to the Roxiticus Valley on Thursday night, June 25th.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concert begins at approximately 7:30 p.m., and the amazing Grucci fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

This wonderful family event offers a wide array of entertainment opportunities for everyone—from corporate tent parties held on the hilltop overlooking spectacular Moorland Farms to casual picnics with friends and families on the lawn.

You can buy tickets online for as little as $25 per person in advance, or spend up to $300/seat for reserved Benefactor seating tickets.

Music at Moorland has been generously presented since its inception in 2002 by sanofi-aventis, whose commitment to the event, the community and Somerset Medical Center—the beneficiary of all of the proceeds of this event—is extraordinary.

This year, the Grammy® Award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will once again be presenting the evening’s program. The music will start at approximately 7:30pm.

Also back due to tremendous popularity is Fireworks by Grucci, the Long Island-based company that has been presenting extraordinary fireworks displays throughout the world for generations. From the Olympic Games to presidential inaugurations, Grucci provides a ground-shaking performance that is second-to-none.

Rex and I took the kids in when they were really little... back in June 2004, just after we moved out here from New York City. They were a little too young to enjoy either the fireworks ("loud, Mooooommmy!") or the music, but now that the girls are old enough to help us to lug all the lawn chairs and picnic stuff up the hill, we may give Music at Moorland another try...so join us for a wonderful evening under the stars!

The painting you see at the top left was created by New Vernon artist Janet Tribus, who has always found inspiration in the pastoral farmlands of New Jersey. Tribus' oil painting showcases the beauty of Moorland Farms in Far Hills on a summer evening, its rolling hills illuminated by a spectacular fireworks display.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

London's Twilight Book Club Music Monday: Say You Will by Carmireli

As the school year was drawing to a close, London and two of her second grade girl friends decided to start a book club to read and discuss the Stephanie Meyer novel, "Twilight." I started to preview the book myself, since I feel strongly that just because London can read books on a high school reading level doesn't mean she should...there's a lot of stuff that goes on in high school that can certainly wait until they get there. As it turned out, the girls decided they couldn't finish the book in class by the end of the year, so London and I have started our own Twilight Book Club at home... and I am hooked. I ended up buying the Complete Twilight Saga Box Set for the two of us to share. Once we finish the first book in the Twilight Saga, we'll have to rent or buy the Twilight DVD.

I started searching YouTube for a video I could share with all of you for Music Monday, and found this one, which uses a song I had never heard -- "Say You Will" by Carmireli. Enjoy!



You saw right through me
When I asked if you believed
I don’t wanna know

You knew when we touched
I held my breath till I had enough
I don’t wanna go

So I stand here with eyes closed
Without you here for me to hold
You close I can’t breathe I
I need you here to let me know

Can you save me from the shadows
Can you take me from this world I know
Can you wait here just to fight for us
Fight for all we have to trust
Don’t stop now don’t back down
I don’t care if you scream aloud
Just lie to me and say you will
Say you will

I fell completely
The moment I looked in your eyes
I won’t let you go no

I lie here with eyes closed
Without you here for me to hold
You close I can’t move I
I need you now to let me know

(Chorus)

And you told me we could have it all someday
That you would wait for me
If only you could know the tears I’ve cried
Then maybe you could see
You said you cared but now I fear
Our love was wasted along the way
But you told me not to be afraid be afraid

So tell me you can hold on
And make me believe

(Chorus)


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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Garden State Ballet Recital Today



Another school year and year of after-school activities gone by, and Roxiticus Desperate Housewives still can't say enough good things about Garden State Ballet in Randolph, NJ. My girls have danced there with Miss Katie for three years now (starting with "baby blue" pre-ballet classes, followed by "white" beginner classes, and moving on to "Pink I" this year) and plan to continue in the pink II class in Fall 2009. Miss Katie also delivered a beautiful ballet lesson in our home for Maddie's 6th birthday party last year. Now today's the day for the annual recital, and Rex and the girls and I are off to Secaucus to see them shine.

While the Roxiticus Desperate Tomboy Mother has no idea where my girls got the ballet gene, I have developed quite a bit of experience and wisdom about ballet, for pre-schoolers on up to high-schoolers, over the past five years.

London started ballet at age 3.5 when we first moved out here to the Roxiticus Valley from the West Village in NYC. We went to a place called Showcase Studios in Far Hills, NJ. While my daughter enjoyed dressing up in a leotard and tutu and "making cookie dough" and "dancing like fairies," we didn't take it very seriously, it was just for fun. Good thing. Despite the pressure, we didn't sign up for the recital or the accompanying $300 costumes etc. Two weeks before the recital, Showcase Studios was evicted...no more lessons, no recital.

The next year, we "started over" at Art of Dance in Chester, NJ. This time both girls signed up for ballet class. I think all of my friends have tried Art of Dance for some period of time, but no one stays on....my girls just didn't have much fun there, and in pre-school, that's what ballet classes should be all about. Again, we thankfully skipped the recital....waaaay too much make-up and kinda trashy costumes.

In September 2006, both girls and one of their best gal pals signed up for the baby blue pre-ballet class (4 and 5 year-olds, I believe) at Garden State Ballet. When I learned that the recital was on Father's Day, I was all set to skip another year's recital...but I'm glad I didn't. At the recital, each class performed a basic routine and we snapped pictures of our little darlings. After a brief intermission, the stronger dancers returned to demonstrate almost professional skill in modern dance. While my daughters may or may not continue to dance as they get older, if they do, Garden State Ballet is the right place for a serious dancer.

Froggy

I found a teeny tiny frog outside in the rain the other day and brought it inside to live with London and Maddie's hermit crabs. While our Froggy is greenish brownish with spots -- our nanny thinks it is called a "pickerel," quite a few frogs have come into our lives lately, including the Big Old Frog making loud noises out by our swimming pool and the cute BluFrog in the picture on your left. Unlike our new pet, BluFrog is a bold new energy drink loaded with naturally good, better-for-your-bod ingredients -- organic fruits, hard core vitamins and herbs, and radical superfood nutrients in a proprietary Limu blend that makes the Blu Frog unique.

I've been lamenting my lack of energy lately, so maybe what I need is a dose of the pure outrageous energy of Blu Frog...cranking up the volume to give Roxy a leg up on performance, endurance and concentration. What I need is Froggy's fierce fusion of health and energy to turbo-charge my inner frog and jump start my activities -- from catchin’ a wave at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, keeping up with London and Maddie and their friends, or just chillaxin’ in our backyard with friends all night long.

Click on the link or the Froggy in the picture to check out the amazing prizes you can win by Tweeting or Ribitting about it...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Awesome News! MRC Cleaners Found My Pants!


Even before he could distribute the $100 Reward flyer for my missing pants to MRC Cleaners' customers, our regular dry cleaning delivery guy, Jorge, came running back to the door. "Are these your pants?" he said, handing me my favorite pair of Yves Saint Laurent pants that match the jacket in the photo, as well as the navy blue ones and a pink striped shirt. "Hooray!" Rex and I shouted, knowing that now I'll have clothes to wear to all of our very important meetings coming up at work.

Woof!

My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know our pet situation... Maddie wants a dog more than anything in the world (check out Maddie's blog -- I Love Dogs and So Do You dot blogspot dot com), but her sister, London, is allergic. So for the time being, we've settled for hermit crabs and a teeny tiny frog I found near our house yesterday. Last Christmas, our friends Susan and Mike got an adorable labrador retriever puppy (see Tana at about 10 weeks old in the photo on the right) but over the past six months, Tana has grown up into a giant shedder... itching and scratching and leaving a trail of dog fur behind everywhere she goes. Until I learned about Dinovite, I thought all dogs naturally shed all the time, but according to their solutions center , healthy dogs, no matter what their breed, shouldn't shed year round. The reason so many dogs are problem shedders is that commercial dog food, cooked at extremely high temperatures, loses many of the important nutrients a dog needs to be healthy, so a lot of pets are missing out on necessary vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, beneficial bacteria and essential fatty acids. Dinovite's nutritional supplements can put an end to nutritional deficiencies and minimize the shedding.

Dinovite is guaranteed to work, and if we could avoid the shedding, maybe London wouldn't have such an allergic reaction to dogs... I think we'd go for a hypo allergenic Cockapoo or Portuguese Water Dog like the First Dog frolicking in the White House with the Obamas, but look out, Froggy, you may be getting a furry companion!

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Have You Seen My Pants? $100 Reward


In mid-May, I sent in two pairs of pants to MRC Cleaners in Cedar Knolls, NJ (via their convenient home pickup and delivery service) to be dry cleaned. My favorite pair of pants matches the jacket in the photo: black pin-striped ladies’ Yves Saint Laurent, originally European size 42, but tailored to a smaller fit. The other missing pants are plain navy, women’s size 10, either Donna Karan/DKNY or Dana Buchman.

Please check your closets and recent dry cleaning orders. If my pants turned up in your dry cleaning order by mistake, please contact MRC Cleaners at (973) 267-4430.

Thank you!

I'm sending in a few hundred of these fliers to MRC Cleaners tomorrow, along with my most recent laundry and dry cleaning order, with the hope that management will distribute them to all of their customers.... we'll hope to have a happy ending to post soon.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Summer's Here and the Time Is Right... for Branson in the Street?

We're going Branson, Branson in the street...

I just can't stop singing, and I'm trying to get that oompa loompa song out of my head! Last night, Maddie and I accompanied London to her audition for Hexagon Players' Fall 2009 production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. During the grueling four hour auditions, each of what felt like hundreds of girls and boys sang their favorite song and told us what they had planned for the summer. We were so proud of London, who belted out "The Climb" and told everyone she's going to Annie's Playhouse Summer Stars camp and spending time at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ. Most of the kids were planning some form of acting or Broadway camp, but one youngster sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and told the crowd he was headed to Branson, Missouri. He and his family are staying at either the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing or the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, both in the midst of all the action in the electrifying entertainment capital of the Midwest.

His mom and his sisters are going to hit the shops and boutiques, while the little boy and his dad check out hole after hole of breathtaking scenery at the new Payne Stewart Golf Club nearby. Depending on when they arrive and when they head back home, they may have the opportunity to take part in many different Branson summer events... like the Father’s Day Salute, the 10th Annual Clown Jam, or the National Kid’s Fest at Silver Dollar City. Maybe by the time they return to the Roxiticus Valley, the whole family will have forgotten that crazy oompa loompa dance.

What's are you and your family up to for the summer?

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Music Monday: Veruca Salt (and London) Performing "I Want It Now"

Who else out there remembers those Oompa Loompas from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and their awesome songs about bratty children and their nasty parents? I have loved them since I was a child. 30 years later, London is preparing to audition for the Hexagon Players Fall 2009 performance of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, causing me to find the following inspirational video:



Veruca Salt:
Gooses! Geeses!
I want my geese to lay gold eggs for Easter

Mr. Salt:
It will, sweetheart

Veruca:
At least a hundred a day

Mr.Salt:
Anything you say

Veruca:
And by the way

Mr. Salt:
What?

Veruca:
I want a feast.

Mr. Salt:
You ate before you came to the factory

Veruca:
I want a bean feast!

Mr. Salt:
Oh, one of those

Veruca:
Cream buns and doughnuts and fruitcake with no nuts
So good you could go nuts

Mr. Salt:
You can have all those things when you get home

Veruca:
No, now!!

I want a ball
I want a party
Pink macaroons and a million balloons
And performing baboons and ...
Give it to me
Rrhh rhhh
Now!

I want the world
I want the whole world
I want to lock it all up in my pocket
It's my bar of chocolate
Give it to me
Now!

I want today
I want tomorrow
I want to wear 'em like braids in my hair
And I don't want to share 'em

I want a party with room fulls of laughter
Ten thousand tons of ice cream
And if I don't get the things I am after
I'm going to scream!

I want the works
I want the whole works
Presents and prizes and sweets and surprises
Of all shapes and sizes
And now
Don't care how
I want it now
Don't care how
I want it now

As an added bonus, here come the Oompa Loompas to set the Stage Mothers and other Bad Parents straight with these words of wisdom:
Oompa Loompa doompadee doo
I've got another puzzle for you
Oompa Loompa doompadah dee
If you are wise you will listen to me

Who do you blame when your kid is a brat
Pampered and spoiled like a Siamese cat?
Blaming the kids is a lion of shame
You know exactly who's to blame:
The mother and the father!

Oompa Loompa doompadee dah
If you're not spoiled then you will go far
You will live in happiness too
Like the Oompa Loompa doompadee do


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Stage Mother Roxy Prepares London for Hexagon Players Auditions for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Now my loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know that Roxy is far from a stage mother, and on that note I'm going to let you in on a little secret... Hexagon Players are holding open auditions for their Fall 2009 production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory tomorrow (Sunday, June 14, 2009) at 2pm and Monday, June 15th at 7pm.

Auditions will be held at:
Grace Lutheran Church (Fellowship Hall), 65 E. Main Street, Mendham, NJ
Children (6 years and older) and adults of all ages
are invited to audition. Auditions are walk-in -- please bring your own sheet music. For further information please visit www.hexagonplayers.org or contact (973) 543-8770.

Who Wouldn't Like a $10,000 Scholarship?

As London and Maddie get ready to finish up the second and first grade, respectively, I'm not sure I need to be focused on paying for college just yet, but you have to admit, it is never too early to start planning for your kids' future. I found an opportunity to win a $10,000 Scholarship for my girls. While it's been a long time since I've needed to think about baby formula, Kroger owned food stores are sponsoring an online contest to help fund your child's education and help store brand baby formula, Conforts for Baby, name their lovable little Firefly mascot. London and Maddie are planning to suggest the name "Sparky Little."

Going back about eight years, it was about this time of year when Rex and I were just getting used to 5 month old London and I discovered I was pregnant again... with her sister, Maddie. A crazy story about going to our favorite Fifth Avenue deli for lunch, buying my usual potato leek soup, getting back to the office and opening it to eat my lunch, taking one look and sniff at the soup and closing it up, declaring that I was pregnant. Hours and then a day later, both the home pregnancy test and my ob gyn confirmed that the "soup test" was dead on accurate. As the baby books and pediatricians advise new mothers, I had hoped to breast feed London for the first year, but as all but the most militant La Leche League mother will tell you, nursing while you're pregnant is close to impossible.

So Rex and I stocked up on baby formula and London chowed down. I didn't have Comforts Baby Formula at the time, but it contains all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients required for a healthy baby's first year and is also fortified with iron. Comforts Baby Formula contains the lipids DHA and ARA, which are associated with infant mental and visual development, and it is also fortified with choline, a nutrient associated with infant development that is found naturally in mother’s milk. Comforts Baby Formula contains lactose, a carbohydrate that occurs naturally in breast milk, and provides other nutrients found naturally in mother's milk that help to develop a baby's immune system. It is manufactured to exacting FDA standards in the only ISO 9001:2000–certified, infant formula-manufacturing facility in the United States.

Enter the contest online by visiting Comforts for Baby, filling in all of the information requested on the online entry form, including the original name you created for the Comforts firefly, in 25 characters or less. The winning entry and the name of the winner will be announced online after September 21, 2009.


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Friday, June 12, 2009

Today is Maddie's Big Day

Today's the day! Mrs. Brown's first grade class at Mendham Township Elementary School is celebrating "Incredible Kid Day." To prepare for "Incredible Kid Day," all of the parents were asked to take some time to reflect and think about why we feel our child is unique and truly incredible. This afternoon, Rex and I will share our thoughts with Maddie by reading the letters we've written to her telling why we think she is "incredible." I'd better pack a box of tissues because every time I read my letter I get all mushy and teary-eyed thinking about how fortunate I am to have such a healthy, happy, incredible kid. We will read our letters to Maddie in class at the "Incredible Kid Day" party this afternoon, but I've decided to post mine here as well:

Maddie,
On the day you burst out into the world, I was filled with so much joy and love that I thought you couldn’t be much more incredible…but as you’ve grown up to be an almost second grader, I’ve discovered that you grow more incredible with each passing day, week, and year. Maddie, you are INCREDIBLE!
I think you’re incredible, and love you because you’re the one and only you… the unforgettable Maddie!
Naughty but nice, with that sweet mischievous grin that tells me you’ll never be in trouble for long. Remember when you forged that note from mommy excusing you from math lab with Mrs. Fuller? I can’t wait to see how this fun-loving approach will play out when you get to middle school and high school.
Creative. I love the unique projects you come up with, pulling together your favorite photos and writing stories about them. I can’t wait to teach you how to do more on the computer, since you’re already building upon the basics that Mr. Gallo teaches in technology class. At school, you work so hard at reading, writing and spelling and you’re turning out to be a real math whiz. I’ve been so proud of you as you master double-digit addition and subtraction, learning to tell time, and counting money… at school and in “real life.”
Rock Star, dancer and choreographer, singing Hannah Montana and High School musical faves with your all girl basement band, the Butter Bites. You’re the only first grader I know who is writing her own songs and choreographing dance moves for performances for family and friends, and one day the Disney Channel and the world!
Entrepreneur at the beach…the way you and London have been painting and selling seashells down by the seashore for 25 cents each since Memorial Day 2007 is impressive. You and your sister have earned over $300 towards Kit’s American Girl tree house, way too many Webkinz and your college savings plan….not to mention the friends and “fan club” who stop by our beach house every weekend to paint with you and admire your beautiful painted shells.
Daddy’s girl and sous chef. You’ve been cooking with your dad since you were a preschooler at Westmont Montessori… Santa really knew what he was doing when he brought you a set of your very own kitchen tools and ingredients for Christmas.
Incredibly poised, a graceful ballerina, and an agile gymnast
Big smiles that you give me every day… when I wake you up in the morning and tuck you in at night, and everywhere in between.
Loving sister and loyal friend to all your friends, old and new. You and your sister, London, have been best friends ever since she greeted you on your first night home from Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, and the love that the two of you share is just incredible. You’re also a loyal friend to many new buddies from your kindergarten and first grade classes. You’ve kept up your friendship with Izzy from Westmont Montessori, and when you get together it’s like you were just working on a project together yesterday…chat chat chat!
Even if you couldn’t do any of these things, Maddie, I’d still find you to be an incredible kid. Just by being yourself, you fill my life and our home with happiness and love…and that’s pretty darn incredible.
-- Love, Mom

Monday, June 08, 2009

Maddie and London's Music Monday: Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer by Elton John

It's Sunday morning in the Roxiticus Valley, and we're getting ready for Music Monday as we head off to Maddie and London's three-and-a-half hour rehearsal for their upcoming Garden State Ballet spring concert. In honor of sweet little ballerinas performing in ballet recitals everywhere, we've chosen Elton John's "Tiny Dancer."



Here are the lyrics if you'd like to sing along:

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

Jesus freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad

Piano man he makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on she sings the songs
The words she knows the tune she hums

But oh how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you and you can hear me
When I say softly slowly

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
you had a busy day today

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand


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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Maddie's Incredible Kid Day

As the 2008-2009 school year comes to an end, Mrs. Brown's first grade class at Mendham Township Elementary School is planning a final celebration. On Friday, June 12th, we will celebrate "Incredible Kid Day." To prepare for "Incredible Kid Day," all of the parents were asked to take some time to reflect and think about why we feel our child is unique and truly incredible. For this special day, Rex and I will share our thoughts with Maddie by writing a special letter to her telling why we think she is "incredible." As I started writing in earnest, Maddie wanted to know why I was getting all mushy and teary-eyed. We will read our letters to Maddie in class on "Incredible Kid Day," but I've decided to post mine here as well:

Maddie,
On the day you burst out into the world, I was filled with so much joy and love that I thought you couldn’t be much more incredible…but as you’ve grown up to be an almost second grader, I’ve discovered that you grow more incredible with each passing day, week, and year. Maddie, you are INCREDIBLE!
I think you’re incredible, and love you because you’re the one and only you… the unforgettable Maddie!
Naughty but nice, with that sweet mischievous grin that tells me you’ll never be in trouble for long. Remember when you forged that note from mommy excusing you from math lab with Mrs. Fuller? I can’t wait to see how this fun-loving approach will play out when you get to middle school and high school.
Creative. I love the unique projects you come up with, pulling together your favorite photos and writing stories about them. I can’t wait to teach you how to do more on the computer, since you’re already building upon the basics that Mr. Gallo teaches in technology class. At school, you work so hard at reading, writing and spelling and you’re turning out to be a real math whiz. I’ve been so proud of you as you master double-digit addition and subtraction, learning to tell time, and counting money… at school and in “real life.”
Rock Star, dancer and choreographer, singing Hannah Montana and High School musical faves with your all girl basement band, the Butter Bites. You’re the only first grader I know who is writing her own songs and choreographing dance moves for performances for family and friends, and one day the Disney Channel and the world!
Entrepreneur at the beach…the way you and London have been painting and selling seashells down by the seashore for 25 cents each since Memorial Day 2007 is impressive. You and your sister have earned over $300 towards Kit’s American Girl tree house, way too many Webkinz and your college savings plan….not to mention the friends and “fan club” who stop by our beach house every weekend to paint with you and admire your beautiful painted shells.
Daddy’s girl and sous chef. You’ve been cooking with your dad since you were a preschooler at Westmont Montessori… Santa really knew what he was doing when he brought you a set of your very own kitchen tools and ingredients for Christmas.
Incredibly poised, a graceful ballerina, and an agile gymnast
Big smiles that you give me every day… when I wake you up in the morning and tuck you in at night, and everywhere in between.
Loving sister and loyal friend to all your friends, old and new. You and your sister, London, have been best friends ever since she greeted you on your first night home from Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, and the love that the two of you share is just incredible. You’re also a loyal friend to many new buddies from your kindergarten and first grade classes. You’ve kept up your friendship with Izzy from Westmont Montessori, and when you get together it’s like you were just working on a project together yesterday…chat chat chat!
Even if you couldn’t do any of these things, Maddie, I’d still find you to be an incredible kid. Just by being yourself, you fill my life and our home with happiness and love…and that’s pretty darn incredible.
-- Love, Mom

London and Maddie's Nanny Looking Good in Scrubs

I have to admit, the closest I ever like to get to a hospital is watching McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy on TV, and I haven't had time to keep up on the show since they lost me in the middle of the 2007-08 season. However, our current nanny is studying to be a nurse, and London and Maddie love it when she shows up at our house in her colorful Scrubs. My girls definitely see her nursing outfits as a perfect part of summer fashion and admire her for her future career choice....never mind what we'll do without her when she finishes the two-year program. There's actually a Scrubs web site that offers nurses helpful information such as fashion and style for nurses, as well as makeup and beauty tips and secrets, including articles such as “waking up younger” which is hard to do in any profession! The article advises nurses, and the rest of us, to be sure to take our make up off at bedtime, and never ever go to bed wearing make up. With advice and secrets on nail care, work, love, money and the best make up for nurses, maybe the Scrubs web site is our nanny's secret to always looking terrific, even when she's exhausted from her studies and clinicals. Then again, maybe it's because she's fifteen years younger than Roxy...LOL.


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Friday, June 05, 2009

Grill 73 Restaurant in Bernardsville, NJ.... GONE!

Rex came home from the Bernardsville train station (don't get me started about the hideous parking situation there, that will be a separate post) last night and reported sadly that one of our favorite Bernardsville, NJ restaurants, Grill 73, has closed. It has been replaced by Mia Sorella Ristorante,which apparently moved to the 73 Mine Brook Road location from somewhere nearby... perhaps Basking Ridge? I guess next time we're in the mood for Grill 73, we'll have to go down the road to The Vine instead.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Naughty Roxy's Music Monday: She Told Me To Come But I Was Already There

Rex, London, Maddie and I were having such a great Memorial Day weekend that we missed Music Monday last week, so this week we're getting an early start on Music Monday with another of Roxy's naughty faves from the '80s... sing along to "You Shook Me All Night Long" with AC/DC!



She was a fast machine,
She kept her motor clean,
She was the fastest damn woman that I ever seen,

She had sightless eyes,
Telling me no lies,
Knockin' me out with those American thighs,

Taking more than her share,
Had me fighting for air,
She told me to come, but I was already there,

'Cause the walls started shaking,
The earth was quaking,
My mind was achin',
And we were makin' it and you...

Shook me all night long,
Yeah you, shook me all night long.

Working double time on the seduction line,
She was one of a kind,
She's just mine all mine,

Wanted no applause,
It's just another cause,
Made a meal out of me, and come back for more,

Had to cool me down,
To take another round,
Now I'm back in the ring to take another swing

But the walls were shaking,
The earth was quaking,
My mind was aching,
And we were making it and you...

Shook me all night long,
Yeah you, shook me all night long,
Knocked me out, I said you
Shook me all night long,
Had me shaking and you,
Shook me all night long,
Well you shook me,
Well you shook me...

You really shook me and YOU!
Shook me all night long,
Aaaaahaaaahaaaah You...
Shook me all night long,
Yeah yeah you,
Shook me all night long,
You really got me and you,
Shook me all night long,
Yeah you shook me,
Yeah you shook me,
All night long.


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