I’ll Be Dreaming My Dreams With You

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I just have one thing to say, or really, is it 10 things to say?

Maybe it’s 11 things. The first thing, not to be written in list form below, is that we have Hamilton: An American Musical tickets for this weekend. Enter all kinds of mild freak-outs about how bad I can be about anticipating big things, and about crowds and emotions and dark rooms in which anything can happen. The room where it happens, if you will. And then enter all kinds of thoughts about my kids and their life dreams, and how many nine-year-olds do you know that see Harry Potter: The Cursed Child back to back with Hamilton: An American Musical? I mean, really! I saw Tommy when I was 14, though.

That was cool.

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Not to mention, that Scarlet had already seen six moose by her 7th birthday, and Des by his 3rd. That said, he was two at the time and doesn’t remember. Scarlet, though. She remembers everything. All the things you don’t want her to remember – like getting her hand stuck in the minivan door – and all the things you do want her to remember. Like fulfilling dreams.

And there are still so many dreams out there for us – like pixie dust swirling in the atmosphere. Just grab it.

Although I never saw back-to-back Broadway shows, and I didn’t even see moose or feel the California sun until just before my 24th birthday, that doesn’t mean I don’t admire where I came from and what it was like. Despite having an early childhood tragedy – and the worst one at that – it really was the only early life I knew. And then the only developing life I knew/have known/know now. I left New Jersey for places closer to my ski lodge loving heart, but am filled with the weight of all the love and experiences and moments it gave me. I take those gifts with me through life. And I carry them with me.

10 Gifts from my Childhood:

1 – Getting high on life. I don’t know where it came from – was it my mother, my father, my grandmother, or just me? Was it everything – and some sort of collective unconscious, deep sigh of gratitude and relief – for simple things, and for sweeping things? Whatever it is, I’ve made it my own brand and I’m sticking to it. I couldn’t tell you where and when it started, but one of my most vivid memories was during 5th grade math. We were using some sort of counting wheel and went out for a stroll during a spring day to use it. The grass was green and fragrant, the birds were singing, the sky was so blue, and it hit me. It took my breath away – that giddy, dizzying feeling of being ALIVE. Later in life it would hit me, and hit me hard.

Full body shakes and sensations. I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

2 – An elevated or just sick sense of humor. Call it dry, call it wet, call it what you will – we have it in spades. My grandmother once said we all used it as a coping mechanism, and an effective one at that. And I just had to smile.

3 – An ability to tune out anything. Whether that’s good or bad, I’m not bothered by sights and sounds and even smells, unless I’m pregnant (then all bets are off). I was born a deep sleeper, but I call it survival. Having four loud siblings and sharing walls? I had to learn to read and sleep and eat and dream while hopelessly oblivious to the world around me.

I will say that I cannot do it or even sleep if I’m around people I’ve deemed as “unsafe.”

4 – A deep love of good classic rock. Of course the music my parents played in the house and in the car is the music we all crave these days. Funny how that happens. Although Scarlet already likes my music. Where’s the rebellion??

This song is like whoa and magic.

5 – From my childhood, I learned that having pets – within reason – is super important to me. Although it’s limiting in our household. Nothing that belongs in the air or in the water or in a cage. No pellet poop and nothing that dies easily.

6 – I also learned from my childhood that annual family trips are important. We do Cape Cod and Florida and sometimes they’re barely trips and barely vacations and barely sanity, but you need to break up your years with touches of magic.

7 – One of the gifts of my childhood is sibling and cousin and uncle and aunt and niece and nephew love. Nothing like it.

8 – My parents taught us to have open minds. And trust me – they didn’t get all that from their families of origin! My mom used to joke that it was a waste that she was raising five heterosexual kids because we always had an open-hearted, open-minded place to call home. It takes all kinds in this crazy world. Why oh why would you think people were more or less than you, based on their age, race, sex, orientation, identity, income, religion, etc. Here’s the thing. That’s not how it works.

And I’ve been getting high on life since the 1980s in New Jersey so I know a thing about a thing, I do.

9 – From my childhood, I learned kindness. And the way you treat people in public (and in private). That stuff sticks. I watched it and my kids watch it. “Quick” story. In 2004 after I had just met Cassidy I said bye and drove home from JFK.

As I got to that horrible Goethals Bridge/Verrazano Bridge area, I realized too late that I had no cash on me and no EZPass. I was so incredibly out of it that I tried to drive through a gated EZPass lane. So I stopped short and backed out of that lane (incredibly illegal) and was instantly pulled over by a cop. I had illegally backed up, I had no money to pay the toll, my registration wasn’t current (!!) and I couldn’t even find my proof of insurance. Seriously could have spent a night in jail. Two cops were there, a male and female, the female yelling at me and running off to write me what she said were “multiple tickets!” I sat calmly and waited. The male cop came back to me with just a simple question. “Why are you so nice?” I stuttered out a response, “Uh..nice? My mom, I guess.” He told me I could go home and kiss my mom because my niceness just got me out of EVERY SINGLE TICKET. He let me go without even paying, with all that I did illegally. A photo from it:

10 – Dreaming my dreams with you. I’m from a long line of generations of strong men and women fulfilling life dreams and taking names. I’m not sure I am one in the full capacity, but I sure am raising one. Here’s to dreams, and to all of you.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do on a Friday, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “10 gifts from my childhood” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE.

What would you say?

Fun Holiday Gift Guide For Kids From Babbleboxx

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It’s been a season of meaning, love, and togetherness for us this year, even more so than usual.

We celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah & New Year’s quite in style, coming together with family & friends. It’s one of our favorite ways to spread joy during the festive season. We have been in full holiday mode for a month now, and it’s been a season of kindness, community, discovery and acceptance. It’s been completely wonderful and I think a memorable year for my kids. We’ve been expanding our horizons. I decided it was the year to introduce you all to my holiday gift guide for kids!

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Obviously, as you can imagine, we have a lot of fun trying out fun kid gifts for y’all, and you’ll see why each and every gift on my gift guide excites one or both of my kids. And if we’re being honest, I get pretty excited too! Here’s why:

Fun Holiday Gift Guide For Kids From Babbleboxx:

1 – Circuit Scribe Drone Builder Kit. This is SO COOL, especially if you love the idea of creating and flying your own drone. It’s an all-inclusive kit that gives teens the ability to draw the “wires” to the motors with conductive silver ink. And they can use the included cardboard arms to make something out of nothing. The kit comes with a Circuit Scribe Pen – filled with non-toxic conductive silver, and it’s used to draw traces from the motors to the hub, allowing kids the ability to quickly build and fly their OWN drone with a smart phone. (Android & Apple)

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Kids can assemble the drone hub and pre-made arms, and then place the motors on the arms by matching the symbols on the motors and hub, and by turning on the button underneath the hub for a red light to flash. You can connect your device’s network to the CSDrone Network, open the CSPilot App on your device, select the “phone tilt control” and then tap the button with one arrow pointing up and one arrow pointing down to take off and land. Making a drone is STEM fun for teens.

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3 – The Grinch PEZ Gift Tin. Movie lovers and PEZ collectors will love this! This wonderful Grinch PEZ gift tin is shaped in the iconic silhouette of The Grinch himself. And each gift tin includes four new PEZ dispensers: The Grinch, Cindy Lou, Fred, and Max! PEZ holiday gifts are always a hit, and Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch hit theaters on November 9th, 2018. And did I mention that there’s a fitting and festive sour Green Apple PEZ six pack included with each gift set! YUM.

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4 – Klutz My Clothespin Zoo. This is such a fun crafts kit! You can bring the entire zoo home in one simple activity kit – and your youngest crafters will love creating TEN adorable animals from clothespins. Not only do they make 10 different animals out of colorful clothespins, but they also learn fun facts about each one. This is a wonderful gift for the preschool crowd – with its accessible and familiar materials – and how it builds fine-motor skills.

5 – My Simple Sewing. another fun skill-building kit, and such fun to make your own food friends! Kids can use pre-cut and pre-punched felt and a plastic needle that is safe for little hands. The kit contains three projects: a cookie keychain, a pizza pouch, and a cupcake plushie. It builds fine-motor skills, dexterity, and a practical knowledge of sewing. Kids can start with the card stock lacing projects to understand the motion of stitching, and custom “Yarn Stoppers” and a plastic needle ensure that kids can successfully complete these projects on their own.

6 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition. How fun is this? It’s the third book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series now illustrated in glorious, full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay. This gift-worthy hardcover edition has a ribbon bookmark illustrated in vibrant colors (also by artist Jim Kay) and has great pricing compared to other retailers. Right now, use the coupon code: Babbleboxx SITEWIDE to get 10% off here. (Valid through January 2nd, 2019 at midnight CT – excludes video games, video game consoles, and select turntables.

7 – Funko 5 Star Albus Dumbledore Pop Figurine. Oh what fun for your Harry Potter loving kid! Funko has a 5 star line featuring this Dumbledore – with 3 points of articulation for a perfectly posable wizard! And he comes in an artful window-box package with Fawkes the Phoenix. Kids can build their own Harry Potter narrative.

I love that kids can create their own storytelling moments in the Harry Potter universe, and that Dumbledore comes with Fawkes the Phoenix, and all other characters come with character-specific accessories. And it comes with a window display box packaging that puts each character in the Potter world. For deals on Funko Collectibles, DVDs and Blu-ray, and Harry Potter merchandise, use the coupon code: Babbleboxx SITEWIDE to get 10% off here. (Valid through January 2nd, 2019 at midnight CT – excludes video games, video game consoles, and select turntables.

Now, what would you put in your holiday gift guide?