Blue skies, bird song, and bright sunshine makes me want to drop the laptop in favor of outdoor pursuits. Barring a full reversal of warming weather – which has been known to happen in upstate NY! – I think spring is here to stay. After an incredibly long winter, that’s cause for a celebration.
How are you celebrating spring with your family?
As much as I would like to tell you that my family always celebrates together, that is just not true. The children are growing up, and sometimes our celebrations happen when we are apart.
Late last week, my daughter celebrated spring at school with a mini Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, that called for getting bathed in paint. She came home raving about how much fun she had turning her hair and face pink and purple with her friends, and I wished I had been there to snap a photo of the joyous Kodak moment. But, I wasn’t there.
It’s inevitable that as the kids get older there will be more and more of these independent celebrations. Eventually, they will leave the nest to make their own mark on the world and there will be less opportunities to simply enjoy being together. (sigh)
Before we get too maudlin, let me just admit right now that I don’t mind a little separation. In fact, this weekend my husband took the kids away for yet another weekend of skiing while I stayed home alone.
And it was good to be alone. I didn’t get nearly as much done as planned, and I didn’t rest as well as I do with a full house, but my schedule was my own. I had a chance to do a little soul searching and to think about what life will be like as the children move on.
I don’t have any grand revelations from this time of introspection. It was, perhaps, a little too short for great findings. I did come to believe that increased independence is healthy for all members of the family, not just the children. And I can see that more of this mommy independence might lead to increased creativity, making new friends, and even more dog walks.
On Sunday, I headed to Kent’s Sugar Shack to meet up with Albany Jane, Capitol to Capital, and the Profusser a FUSSYlittleBLOG. They are just a few of Albany’s hip and happening, and sometimes controversial, food scene. I enjoyed meeting them in person, and I’m truly delighted to see how they write about our similar experience. Maple sap is the next big thing? Never would’ve thought of that!
Later, I accompanied my dog on an adventure that had us climbing sheets of ice to behold the magnificence of Barberville Falls during the spring thaws. It was a little frightening to fall alone in the woods, with only my dim dog to count on. Just a small drop, no injuries, but it took place while my phone displayed “No Service.”
Independence can be a little frightening, but I think it’s a small price to pay for the rewards, don’t you?
News from Kids Fun Plaza
The KidsFun Summer Expo is not just the biggest summer camp fair in Northeast New York, it is also the inaugural event for Kids Fun Plaza. We have lots of great surprises in store for you as we bring together families and bloggers in the Tech Valley.
When: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Where: Colonie Center, Albany, NY
The KidsFun Summer Expo runs all day, but the Tweetup event is 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Enter one or more of these Celebration Giveaways to win an Ipad 2, Summer Camp Week, or Tickets to Blog World New York or Bloggy Boot Camp Boston!
- KidsFun Summer Expo Giveaway
- Tech Valley Blog Celebration Giveaway.
- Support Blogs: Bloggy Boot Camp Giveaway
#TechValley Blogger Tweetup –Tech Valley Bloggers are invited to attend a Tech Valley Blogger Tweetup where we will network and share our best social media tips on April 16th, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Colonie Center where we will announce the winners of the Tech Valley Blog Contest. For more information, and to find out how you can win an Apple Ipad 2 and ticket to Blog World 2011 in New York City, see Tech Valley Blog Celebration Giveaway.
TechValley Parent Blogs – Be sure to link up on the TechValley Parent Blog Directory!
KidsFun Summer Expo – Saturday, April 16th, All Day, Colonie Center, 1417 Central Ave, Albany, NY. The Largest Summer Camp Fair in Northeastern NY! Parents can meet representatives from over 40 Summer Camps, while kids sample a full day of Camp Workshops. Kids will also enjoy free activities, including a Bouncy Castle, and photos with their favorite characters: Easter Bunny, Clowns, Super Heroes, and more! Families will take home a free reusable Camp Fair 2011 tote bag with all relevant information and goodies.
Parents – To be eligible for AWESOME prizes – iPad2, 1 fully paid camp week, 3 iPods and gift cards – you must RSVP at http://blog.kidsfunplaza.com/summer-expo!
Summer Camp Representatives – Questions or inquiries? Go to KidsFunSummer Expo.
The March 2011 edition of the Kids Fun Plaza Northeast NY magazine celebrates community. Discover how to raise kids who appreciate their community, and find out how to connect with mothers support groups. And just in time to summer planning, this issue includes a Camp Guide. Sneak a peak on ISSUU, and pick up a copy at any area Price Chopper, YMCA, JCC, or Public Library.
Kids Fun Plaza Blog
The talented monthly contributors to the Kids Fun Plaza Northeast NY magazine shared the following blog posts this week:
- Tech Valley Blog Celebration Giveaway on The Plaza.
- Summer Jobs for Students from Teen Columnist, Sandra Foyt of Albany Kid.
- Spring Fever Has Sprung! from Grandma’s Wisdom Columnist Linda Carmical.
- A Broader View from Community Life Columnist, Alina Hensley of The Craning Gap.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOMMY AND ME MOMENT THIS WEEK? PLEASE SHARE!