Happy Friday!

Despite a slippery start, today has been a happy Friday for us.  I made real progress on finally taking down the Christmas decorations and the boys had a good day at school.  They each had two tests today and they came home with all A’s.  I am very proud of my smart guys!  I also got started on Aidan’s birthday “stuff.”  I am always amazed at how much there is to prepare for a birthday!  It is work that I really enjoy though because I know how happy it makes the boys and their friends.  Aidan has chosen Clumsy Ninja as his theme for this year.  Have you played it?  It is a cute game.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clumsy-ninja/id561416817?mt=8  There is not much merchandise available yet.  I guess it is a relatively new game.  That’s ok.  It gives us an opportunity to get creative.


The juice making went well today too.  I made three different juices – red, orange and green.

Beet Juice

Ginger Apple Beet Smoothie


  • 1 large or 2 small apples, seeds removed and quartered
  • 1 large or 2 small oranges, peeled
  • 1 large or 2 small beets, cut into quarters
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1+ inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 3 large carrots


  1. Place everything in a juicer or blender and puree.
  2. Chill or add ice, then enjoy!

I like this smoothie.  It a beautiful red color and I like the taste, although I find it hard to describe.  Ginger is the most prominent flavor, but not the only flavor.  Once I started to drink this, I wanted to keep going.

Next I made a Carrot Orange Ginger Smoothie.  I was excited for this one because I love Carrot ginger soup.  I was surprised that it did not taste more like the soup, but I still loved it.

Oragne smoothie

Carrot Orange Ginger Smoothie


  • 1 pound carrots
  • 3 naval oranges
  • 1 + inch piece of ginger, peeled


  1. Add to juicer or blender and puree.
  2. Chill or add ice and enjoy!

I saved the green smoothie for dinner time.  I was a bit apprehensive about this one, I have to admit.  It has a lot of ingredients!  I was pleasantly surprised.  The lemon and ginger are the most prominent flavors in this one.  It is funny because the ginger seems to be the stand out flavor in all three smoothies I made today, but they taste nothing alike.

Green smoothie

Green Smoothie


  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber
  • 3 kale leaves without the stem, chopped
  • 1 apple, seeds removed and quartered
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 + inch piece of ginger, peeled


  1. Add to juicer or blender and puree.
  2. Add water if needed.
  3. Chill or add ice and enjoy!

I was going to make a strawberry almond smoothie after dinner but, to be honest, I was full.  I will save that for tomorrow.  In fairness, I did not go “all juice” as I planned.  The kids pizza crusts were just too enticing!  Oh well.  Maybe tomorrow.

The boys and I had game night tonight.  It is nice to spend time with them without any screens involved!

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The boys and I are going to see The Bronx Bombers play in the city this winter.  http://www.bronxbombersplay.com/about/  It is an inspirational story of Yankee history told by Yogi Berra and his wife, focusing on why the team celebrated such success.  The boys and I love the city and I will sneak a little culture their way whenever possible!  I got the tickets through a promotion run by www.KidsNightonBroadway.com  They offer free tickets to Broadway shows for children accompanied by an adult during the offseason (2/24 – 3/2).  We are excited to go!

So, I am wondering, will you be at a youth sporting event tomorrow too?


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