It’s my party and I’ll laugh if I want to!

What a day! It started early in the morning when I was woken up by a kiss on the cheek from Spiderman. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone, his secret identity is my son. He and his friends are practicing to be super heroes. After I fed Spiderman, he continued his super hero training while I sipped my coffee.

Next, I stopped by my friend’s house for a wonderful surprise. She made me a special cake tailored to my food allergies to for my birthday. A master in the kitchen, she made the most delicious cake. Stopping to smell the roses with her, I was off to finish my errands before my party.

Piling all of the beautiful people, or my family as we call them, into the car. We drove to my favorite seafood restaurant, laughing all the way. My son had us in stitches, impersonating different people with very funny voices.

Arriving at the restaurant, my son sat quietly for a little while until…they brought the lobsters to the table. Lifting the lobster up with both hands, he shouted in his creepiest voice “IT’S ALIVE!” Then, he made the lobster move like it was going to chase us. Continuing his show, he made the lobster dance and sing. Finally, he decided that it was time to eat. Grabbing the claw cracker, he shouted “HULK SMASH!” And, the Hulk smashed the lobster into little pieces, picking them up and putting them in his mouth. “Hulk likes lobster,” he pronounced as he was eating.

Throughout our meal, he entertained everyone around us causing the wait staff to smile as they passed by. There is never a dull moment with a Child with Sandler Syndrome. He is a great source of fun at parties. And, for a nominal fee, he can entertain your birthday party too.

Returning home from a fun filled dinner, I finished my day by reading all of the wonderful birthday wishes in Facebook. I want to thank everyone for making my birthday a very happy day!  And, to fulfill my birthday wish Twitter support finally fixed my account!

Fab Five Fall Favorites

Ahhh! It’s fall again. My favorite time of year in New England! The first signs of fall come as the temperature starts to drop at night. As the air gets crisp, so do the apples. Even before the leaves turn, we are off to the apple orchard. Running up the hill to beat the rest of the crowd, we grab as many of the Honey Crisp apples as we can find for school snacks. When our bags can’t hold anymore apples, we trudge down the hill like pack mules. “There’s no more room in the car,” I insist. “We can’t take anymore apples home.” We are off to make all of our favorite apple dishes. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what does 3 apples do?

After we have secured our apples for the season, we turn our attention to the leaves. When the leaves change colors, it is as if we are driving through a Graham Gercken or Gary Kim landscape–spectacular everywhere we go. A trip to the post office brightens my day as I take in bright reds, yellows and oranges. Just when I thought that I had seen all of foliage that there was to see, we went to Santa’s Village in the White Mountains for Columbus Day weekend. I was mesmerized during the drive up through the mountains. It was more magnificent than any landscape that I have ever seen. The pies de résistance was our Ferris Wheel ride. As our car rounded the top of the wheel, I was struck by one of the most breath taking views that I have ever seen. The mountainside ablaze in orange, yellow and red with evergreens mixed in to make the colors pop even more.

And, the leaves become the greatest source of entertainment for my son and his friends.   While we are raking them into neat piles, they can’t resist jumping into them a few times. As a grand finally, my son throws the leaves in the air, creating a shower of red, orange and yellow upon our heads. Dancing and laughing, he runs in circles under the shower of leaves. What joy!

Another fall favorite of every child in New England is Pumpkin Carving. Covering the kitchen table with newspaper, we have a family competition for the best decorated pumpkins. In order to inspire my son and his friends, I brought them to The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. Who knew that pumpkins could be a work of art? Thousands of carved pumpkins from traditional Halloween witches and haunted houses to a trip through the United States and throughout the world. Just when I thought I had seen enough I walked past a pumpkin Elvis and pumpkin The Beatles. For the big finish, they had fog with the largest pumpkins that I have ever seen made even eerier by a light show and spooky noises. This amazing show is a must see.

The main event in our fall is Thanksgiving. Beginning with the school Thanksgiving play with William Bradford and Miles Standish (played by my son) planning the first thanksgiving dinner with the Indians. After weeks of practice, we march into the classroom and take our seats. Each trying to find the best angle for our cameras. We all clap loudly and cheer for our children. So very proud of them all, we commend the teacher for their performance, and leave for Thanksgiving with smiles on our faces, knowing that our child was the best. After the school play we travel to family for Thanksgiving dinner and the annual family football. Hopefully, this year we can skip the trip to the emergency room. The family story is that my husband was tackled by 6 huge guys and not 10 nieces and nephews in a pillow fight. Shhh! At least that’s what we have been telling everyone.


You Did Make a Difference!

I want to thank the sponsors for the Kian Taekwondo Scholarship Fund: Balance Physical Therapy, American Well, We Fix Wireless, The Vitamin Shoppe, Kian Taekwondo, Wiresurfer, Cedardale Health and Fitness, Aesthetica, Tonic Hair Studio, Uno Chicago Pizzeria and Grill, Tuscan Kitchen, Red Robin,  AMC Theaters, Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse, Beyond Vanilla Ice Cream Parlor, Starbucks, Staples, The English Muffin, Cider Hill Farm, 99 Restaurants, Weathervane Seafood Restaurant, Sullivan Tire, Fuddruckers, Walgreens and Natural Market Place.  Because of your generosity, we raised two new Taekwondo Scholarships for children in need last weekend.  You did make a difference in their lives!  Thank you.