Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thankful.


My car got a boo-boo tonight.  It's going to take more than a bandaid and bondo to fix this one.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Day One: DONE.



Today went great! We were up & out the door early, everyone ready to go.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Comfortable?


She's sooooound asleep. In the Dangling position.  Maybe she started to get up & then just changed her mind. I feel like that many days.

We're headed to the air show today. Very excited. It's the First time the Blue Angels have been here in 20 years. Gates open at 8, They don't start till 3:15. Its going to be 90 degrees. We'll be sitting on pavement all day. I hope we can make it that long.

More later

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Friday, August 27, 2010

He's ready.

He read this whole book all by himself tonight.

All 72 pages.

He is 4 years and 51 weeks old.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

4 more wake ups

We're counting down again. Monday is a huge day.


HUGE.

Nathaniel starts Kindergarten.

Audrey starts Potty Training.

Craziness.

We're going to the air show on Sunday.

Everything at school changes Monday.

Nathaniel turns Five Friday.   He chose a day at Canobie Lake Park with one friend instead of a big birthday party.  I'm cool with that!  Doing that on the 12th.

Dan's company clam bake is on the 11th.

We're just a few weeks away from our 10th Anniversary Getaway Extravaganza.

Dan's birthday is following.

We don't have one free weekend anywhere in sight and I love it.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

First Stripe

I never did post these.

Back in early August, Nathaniel had his first testing week in Karate.










































































He got his first black stripe on his belt. They test every 5 weeks and I think it works out to be a new belt  every 15 weeks.

We weren't sure what he was being tested on, so we drilled everything at home. Turns out, he didn't need to know the Star Block set yet and he was totally disappointed that he didn't have to show everyone that he knew it. I think he knew it better than the kids that were being tested on it. After class, he showed his instructor that he knew the Star Block. Since he did so great, he also got the "Great Effort" stripe for his belt.

Nathaniel didn't understand what the teacher said and keeps calling it his "F WORD STRIPE"


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Awwwww

Saturday morning cartoons at their finest.


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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Who is this tiny little boy?



And where did he go?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another weekend DONE


We went to Maine Saturday.
We had a great lunch, overlooking the water
Even better ice cream
The Sun was shining
The breeze was blowing
Traffic was light both directions
We threw rocks in the water
The kids got new hats

Saturday night, I finished my first book on my Nook.  I love that thing.
You can fall asleep reading and not lose your place.

Kids were fighting like crazy today.  In fact, they still are, even while I type this. 
I decided to get out of dodge with the younger of the demon children.
I pushed 30 pound child in the stroller for 5.25 miles. THAT is way hard. Don't believe me? Try it.  
LOTS of hills.
I walked more than I wanted to, but at least I got some good miles in and lots of good hill work.



















While on route:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The First Cut



No more straggles & I did it all by myself!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cord Box success

After much aggravation with the box o' cords, I finally got smart and figured out how to organize it.

Does that mean I have no life?

Vacation is over, back to reality today.
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Poor Elmo

The subject of car torture


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Clarks Trading post

Time to head home
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Boo-boos

Owies like this can sure put a damper in your day.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Peace Out

After suffering through Many car fights, miserable trips and heightened blood pressure, we finally got smart.

Instead of dropping bunches of bucks on a car dvd system, we hooked up the iPod to the arm rest, the sound plays through the car speakers and after downloaded several favorite shows, we have achieved success = non-fighting kids.
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Big Fish, Little Fish

The rest of the pictures can be seen here

First Cast of the Day.  This goes down in the records. 










Sunday, August 1, 2010

Summer Days

Everything is off to a mostly good start.

Friday night Dan had to play and so the kids & I went shopping for a few randoms. BIG MISTAKE.  Friday and shopping just don't mix for them, I need to remember that next time I get that itch.

Saturday:

Carter's Birthday party at Tri-Town Ice Arena.   It was so much fun!  They had pizza, cake & presents then we all hit the ice. The boys had a little lesson with their walkers and off they went - right onto their rears.  It was so funny to watch them all.  Audrey went onto the ice for a few minutes.

















Later that night, we dragged ourselves out for date night for the 1 year anniversary at a new club in town.  Great night.  Kids are doing excellent with their new babysitter.  They practically push us out the door.

Sunday:

Liquid Planet Water Park in Candia - 2 exits away. What a great place for kids (of all ages, I must add).  Just enough to keep you busy, not enough to be completely overwhelming.  There's a splash pad area, water slides and a small lake to swim in.









































































The rest of the photos from both the birthday party and water park can be seen here.  

The water slides were SO.MUCH.FUN.  I didn't get any pictures there but picture speed and us and kids and water. Great time.  Audrey would've done that all day if it were up to her.  The faster the better. We hit the splash pad, slides & pool had lunch and then ventured down to the lake.  By the time we did the lake, everyone was kinda beat.  We swam out to the air raft and then just rested in the shallow water.  We planned to hit the slides one more time but Nathaniel put us to the test with throwing one more rock, which he'd been strictly instructed not to do.  So we packed it up & headed out.  They both fell asleep instantly in the car, we grabbed some coffee and went for a long drive, enjoying the breeze.

Tuesday night we're heading north for 2 nights, I can't wait. This mini-getaway is exactly what we need.  Canoes, waterfalls, hiking, maybe more moose sightings??  Saturday, Dan is playing at the Cheshire Fair so we'll get there early to visit with the animals and maybe a few rides. Then the band is playing at a kid friendly place Saturday night, so I think we'll make an appearance there as well, if they're not too wiped out.