Pleasant in Pleasantville

Pleasant in Pleasantville

A little over  two years ago , we decided to move from the home where I was raised and where we raised our son for almost 5 years. Nicholas was getting ready to enter Kindergarten and Yonkers at the time didn’t offer a full day program. Being a #fulltimeworkingmomwhodoesitall this was not an option for us. My mom at the time was living in Pleasantville with my sister and while she visited weekly for 3 days at a time, she was not prepared nor did we have the room for her to be with us full-time. Nicholas had been in a private pre-school 5 full days since he was two years old so having him in school for 2.5 hours a day would have been a tremendous change for him. We began our search for  a new home in a a town that offered full day kindergarten and was considered an excellent school district. Our search ended when we found our Pleasant home in Pleasantville!

When I tell people I meet that we live in Pleasantville the first thing that is said ninety percent of the time “is it really Pleasant in Pleasantville” . YES it is, Pleasantville is a small town my son’s now second grade class has 113 children broken up into 5 classes. We are more than happy with the school district, the love and support we got from his principal and his Kindergarten teacher when my mom suddenly passed as he was about to start first grade was something we will never forget.

Our first Thanksgiving in our new home 2013

Our first Thanksgiving in our new home 2013

 There are no school buses as everyone within the school district is considered in a 1 mile walking distance to all three schools. While at times I am concerned with it being such a “small town” we have made other concessions to ensure our son has friends outside of the district, wether it is his best buddy who lives on Long Island, friends who are like family scattered throughout NY, pre-school friendships we have maintained or not sending him to town camp where he can have tons of fun yet still have playdates with his school mates. He has also made some incredible friendships as have my husband and I .

What prompted me to write this post was recently my son got sick with a horrible virus, the support we received from our friends, wether it was dropping off a slurpee, bringing him ice cream , cooking us dinner or just calling and texting to see if we needed anything. As I sat and wished I had a magic wand knowing that it could have been worse and wishing I could stop the discomfort he was in I thought to myself life is really pleasant in pleasantville.

Me being me I didn’t write the post and the following week we had our Mountain Road block party, being on the go all the time we rarely have time to interact with all our neighbors. It was a wonderful day, friends visited us from Long Island for the party and commented on how nice it was to see everyone pitch in to make it a huge success and I promptly said that’s because it’s Pleasant in Pleasantville.

Block Party FUN

Block Party FUN

 Today while I was sitting on my porch following up on emails received from  last week’s Blogger Bash #bbnyc a neighborhood boy walked onto my porch holding a WWE Encyclopedia . This young man who is 13 said he was cleaning up his room and knew Nicholas was very much into the WWE  and thought he might like to have it. I talked to Andrew a bit about his recent trip to Hershey, about his favorite ride and which chocolate he enjoyed the most.  He was so polite and a pleasure to speak with. When he left our porch , I sat down cried, and thought we did make the right choice moving here Life is Pleasant in Pleasantville!

WWE Encyclopedia more summer reading

WWE Encyclopedia more summer reading

Anne Geddes Releases 2015 Under The Sea Calendar

Anne Geddes Releases 2015 Under The Sea Calendar #BBNYC #AnneGeddes

Earlier this week I wrote about my excitement for the upcoming Blogger Bash #BBNYC. The excitement and the surprises keep coming from the #BBNYC team. Anne Geddes iconic baby  photographer will be speaking at  the Baby Palooza session. Anne  who will be speaking with and encouraging bloggers from around the United States, will share  a sneak peak of her 2015 Under The Sea Calendar.

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I have always been a fan of #AnneGeddes, the creativity in her photography captures memories that will last a lifetime.

The calendar which features Under The Sea Creatures such as  A Jellyfish Nursery ,  Baby Turtles and an array of other under the sea creatures is available  for pre-order now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

To view the full calendar be sure to visit Anne Geddes you will be captured by the creativity and calming effect of all her work.

**Disclosure** No compensation has been received for this post. I am entering a contest for #BBNYC and a meet and greet with #AnneGeddes.

Main Street Mama Gets Back to Blogging

Main Street Mama Gets Back to Blogging

Just about two years ago, I founded Main Street Mama. When I sat and thought about what or who Main Street Mama would be, it would be a blog about the Main Mama in charge, the Main Mama you see walking down the street. Yes I would host personal giveaways, share insight but it would be centered around who I was, who I strive to be, the things I approve and reccommend for my own family and who I associate with. About a year ago life got in the way for this #fulltimeworkingmomwhodoesitall, but now it’s time Main Street Mama Gets Back to Blogging.

So much has happened since my last “real” blog post at the start of last summer. The summer of 2013 started with a surprise trip to Disney for my son’s sixth birthday. We went to Hershey Park, beaches, pools, our families lake house and had what we thought would be the summer of our lives. Main Man would be starting first grade and all was right in the world.

My mom who lived with us the majority of the year and spent her summers at a campground with my aunt came home on Labor Day weekend, we were all excited to have her home as in all reality she was the chief, cook and bottle washer of our home while I worked.  We missed her when she was gone, but made regular trips on the weekends to see her and mainman had spent a few days during the summer with her. All of a sudden my son said to us that grandma was talking funny. When we went over to her , we had realized she was suffering a stroke, we quickly called 911 and from that moment on our lives forever changed. Mom did not recover from her stroke and passed away just four short days later.

Missing Grandma

Missing Grandma

We were also trying to expand our family and shortly after my moms passing we suffered a miscarriage. It was at that time we decided that our family although not perfect to many was perfect for us. Our son is a well rounded, smart, funny and well as his grandma called him a #sweetboy.

Although I don’t think any of us will ever be over the death of my mother, we are trying to carry on the way she would have wanted us to, we went on our annual family vacation over the holiday season to St.Marten and toasted my mother and enjoyed the #familyfirst time with our cousins, aunts and uncles and #friendswhoarefamily.

Our families Happy Place St.Marten

Our families Happy Place St.Marten

When 2014 began I wondered how so much has happened since our trip to Disney, my son was in the full swing of first grade, he had fallen in love with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), began reading stronger, had developed a love for soccer, basketball and was awaiting the start of baseball season. At that time I thought I needed Main Street Mama to Get Back to Blogging , but trying to do it all while working 60 hours a week without my mom was not easy. While after bedtime was my time to sit and write, it became the time for me do laundry, prep the next days dinner and make sure the after school coverage was taken care of.

Now we are at the halfway mark of 2014 summer has begun, life is what summer should be about, longer easier days. Pool parties, family vacations, BBQ’s and lots of #familyfirst time. I have registered for Blogger Bash 2014 #BBNYC with two of my BFF’s and bloggers from around the USA.  I am looking forward as Main Street Mama Gets Back to Blogging and I hope you will join Main Street Mama and take a walk down the street with me.

Daddy, Me and Main Man in St. Marten

Daddy, Me and Main Man in St. Marten