Category Archives: childhood memories

In June I saw a charming group of roses


Looking back at my own childhood, I would have to say that my absolute favorite book was probably Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak.

One of my earliest memories is of my mom singing/reading the book to me. She actually used to use the book she had as a child in the  1960’s. It’s one of my fondest memories looking back at my mom sitting on the side of my bed singing it to me before bed.

Years later, when I was pregnant with Joey, I went to the book store and bought my own copy of the book. My mom still had her paperback copy from when she was a child but I wanted my own hardback copy as well, I knew a hardback would withstand the use of my children. I also had a hard time remembering the exact harmony and rhythm of the song my mom sang so after a little Google research, I discovered Carol King actually sang the song as well and that was were my mom learned it from! And crazy enough, I actually found a copy of the LP record album available for sale on Amazon and a YouTube video of the song which I posted below.

In the book King describes each month with rhymes and various funny activities the boy in the book did. Heck, I probably owe this book (and my mom) a lot of credit for learning the months before I entered kindergarten, hahaha! What makes it the best is the fact that I carried on a simple family tradition of singing/reading this book to my children just like my mom did with me as a child. I know Maurice Sendak is known more for Where the Wild Things Are but this book will always be my favorite.


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Aiden’s biggest fan


Sadly last night was Aiden’s final Little League game for the season. Leah, Joey, my husband and myself have gone to almost every single game. And Joey has been one of Aiden’s biggest fans! He enjoyed watching his brother up to bat and running around the bases.

We’re all so proud of Aiden. While playing his first year of Little League, he’s gained confidence and a new love for baseball. It’s been so amazing watching him practice and develop his skills playing. Heck at last night’s game, he bunted a ball at bat AND stole second base! You should have been Joey jumping up and down squeeling with excitement as Aiden ran from first to second while he was stealing the base!

Now, we must wait till next Spring for next season to start!

Visit to Dr. Seuss memorial gardens


One of the places that’s been on my bucket list since I moved to New England 11 years ago was to go to the Dr. Seuss memorial garden in Springfield, MA. We finally had a reason to go to Springfield (another post soon), so while there I decided to make a pit stop.

Although it was a little smaller than I imagined, so not really worth the trip by itself but if you plan on going to the Springfield Musuems, then totally step outside and see the gardens as well!

Dr. Seuss has always been my number one favorite author of children’s books and this outdoor exhibit’s sculptures were so lifelike and life size that it made them so much better than I expected!

Leah said it best, “it’s just like the Mo Willems book, ‘We Are in a Book!'” And Joey, his face was of pure joy! He knew exactly what/who the sculptures were! I have to say, kneeling down to get a picture with the Lorax, I almost felt like he was going to come to life! I’m not sure who had a better time that day, me or the kids!


Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

Dr. Seuss