The 40th annual Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hartford kicks off at 11am on Saturday, March 12th in Downtown Hartford. This year the Grand Marshalls are Donald and Bridget McSweegan of Wethersfield and Matt Fleury is the Marshall for the City of Hartford. This year the parade festivities begin early at 8am with a breakfast at the Black Bear Saloon in Downtown Hartford. All the proceeds go to pay for the cost of putting on the parade.
If you come in your with your Irish spirit, the parade committee will be giving out gift cards to those spectators who show the most spirit along the parade route! See you at the parade!
Tonight, October 26th, 2010. A very special fundraiser in memory of Margaret Ashford. A 5-year old girl who lost her battle with cancer last year. She was a dedicated ballet student at the Hartt School – Community Division. Tonight from 5 to 9pm at the Flatbread Company in Canton, there will be a silent auction and music. The restaurant will also donate 10 percent of tonight’s sales to starting a perpetual scholarship in Margaret Ashford’s name. It will be given to a little girl who may not have the chance to be part of the Ballet program. Flatbread Company is on Route 44 in Canton. All of Margaret’s friends will be there tonight, wearing pink.
This weekend, the Connecticut Science Center in Downtown Hartford will hold it’s Green Gala! It’s on Saturday night, October 16th. It’s a great way to support the Science Center and it will be green and fun! Check out this link for information on how to get tickets! See you there!
Did you see the movie, “Julie and Julia” starring Meryl Streep? The author of the book who inspired that movie is coming to Hartford. Julie Powell will be speaking at “One Big Unforgettable Night” at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on Thursday, June 24th. It is a fundraiser for the Hartford Public Library. Proceeds from the evening benefit the thousands of adults, children and families served by the Library. To learn more, or purchase tickets, visit: www.hplct.org/onebigsummernight
I will be emceeing the evening! See you there!
I’m back in the blogosphere. It’s been a little crazy but I’m back! I got to thinking, is it really possible for Moms to look put together or even sexy? I had the rare opportunity to go out the other night after my two boys went to bed. I went to see “Sex and The City 2.” My friend who is always impeccably dressed obviously took the time to put together a fabulous, very “Sex and the City” outfit. The skirt was silver and the jewelry matched perfectly. She’s so chic. While I was sitting in the theater watching the ladies in the movie with their Manolo Blahnik’s and Jimmy Choos, I thought to myself, Wow, this is the new ME! After spending most of the day sweating with the boys in the 90 degree heat and humidity, I took about four minutes to try to throw something together. I think in the end, I basically looked like I had been through a hurricane. My new life is much different than my old one, but I still think Moms can have their moments of glamour. I just haven’t quite figured out how to do it yet! Something tells me it takes more planning and time. When and if I ever have more time, I will let you know how it goes. Let me know what you think.
Yes, everyone said it would go by so fast, that in a blink of an eye, my twin sons would be one year old! Well, it’s happening. Next week, they will turn one! I will have a small party for them. I am now wondering how I can make it fun for adults, but even more fun for two babies who like to point out lions and monsters in books and “practice” walking! Maybe, it’s us, the adults who come to the party who should take a minute to appreciate the simple and fun things in life like babies do. Like pointing to a newly blossomed flower, watching a bird fly by or enjoying a baby’s face on the yogurt container!
With two babies, I have found and I’ve always been told that keeping them on a pretty strict schedule is the only way to stay sane and keep everything together. They are now at the stage where they are supposed to be moving from taking two naps a day to one nap. It is a big adjustment for them. They always wake up refreshed and much happier after a nap. It got me thinking wouldn’t it be nice if we all could just schedule even one nap a day into our lives? A siesta, or even just a moment of quiet. Ahh yes. In these days, when we seem to be fitting in more work, more errands, more phone calls and more texting conversations than ever before, I wonder if the days of taking a moment of quiet or a nap are over?
What I learned this week: Do not assume that babies are predictable. This week, my boys surprised me by going to sleep for the night without a big fuss two nights in a row! Speaking of motherhood, if you are looking for a wonderful night out in Hartford, check out: Motherhood Out Loud, a new show at Hartford Stage. It stars Amy Irving and it’s a show about the journey of Motherhood. With funny and extraordinary experiences that look at the raw emotions and rocky roads that Moms travel. The show starts February 24th.
For tickets and information, Call Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit http://www.hartfordstage.org. The theatre is located at 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford with parking located in the MAT Garage, directly adjacent to the theatre. The theatre is easily accessible from I-84 and I-91.
My babies seem to really love new toys for about five minutes! One of the boys plays with a wirey toy with movable blocks and then he turns it over and plays with the suction cups on the bottom. He then moves on to crawling around the living room and looking at each floor board instead. My other son likes to analyze different toys but he really prefers having a “conversation” with me, listening to music or hearing me sing! With all the stuff we get to entertain ourselves or our children, we sometimes end up having the most fun in conversation or playing. it makes me think, do we really need more stuff?
There’s an old saying that goes, “You are only given what you can handle.” Well, I think someone felt as though my husband and I could handle quite a bit! This past weekend, we felt like it was two full time jobs taking care of both babies. They are really wonderful boys, but at 9 months old they are still a handful and we have our hands full at every moment but I really can’t imagine it any other way! I had a lot of worries about taking care of twins but I am finding out if you step outside your boundaries or even if you are forced to step outside your box, you may surprise yourself at what you’re capable of doing!