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Monday, February 08, 2016

Snow days

Yep, we jinxed ourselves! After reveling in the warm temperatures last week and boasting that we may have an early spring, we have since had 2 snow days (Friday and today)!

Friday was a wonderful, wet snow - perfect for forts

And snowballs.

Not very wonderful for shoveling, but a good samaritan with a Bobcat kindly surprised us by plowing our driveway for no good reason! It was a great surprise at the end of a long day.

The weekend was filled with our usual sports, and the Super Bowl of course! Just as Mom was making noises about sending us to bed before the halftime show, we got the call that school was canceled today for a new storm. Hooray! Lilli showed off her moves - she is a much better dancer than ColdPlay.

Today's snow wasn't as perfect for playing, mostly because it was accompanied by gale force winds for the first half of the day, but we still managed to have lots of fun with playdates during the day and a wonderful visit in the evening from Torrie and Tarzan.

We can't wait to spend the weekend with them in Vermont this weekend!

Fingers crossed for school tomorrow - otherwise, it's off to campus with Mom to evaluate her class!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Early spring?

We certainly don't want to be the ones to jinx the groundhog, but today surely felt like an early spring! (For reference, that means a balmy 55 degrees for those of us in MA.) We took advantage by spending the morning at the beach!

(That's James and Estani playing football in the distance - James is in green.)

We also went for a walk / bike ride this afternoon to Torrie and Brian's house, to pick Scout up from her playdate with Tarzan. (I think she has more playdates than me!)

Otherwise it was a typical weekend - James had soccer Friday night, we both had basketball Saturday morning, and then I had lacrosse last night. We love our sports!

Yesterday afternoon, Mom helped me with some cool experiments from my latest Kiwi Crate. I explored all different combinations of ice, salt, and food coloring, and learned about density and melting points in the process.

I can't wait to try the other activities next weekend!

Sorry for the brief post today - we spent so much time outside today that now we're scrambling to get dinner and get to bed on time!


Sunday, January 24, 2016


We've worked on several fun projects this week! On Monday, we rallied from our post-sleepover haze to build our own peg board games.

They were just the right amount of challenge to make, and they are fun to play!

Coach and Lil sent us each another cool project - a locker for me and a school bus for James.

These were the perfect Saturday afternoon activity!

Thanks, Coach and Lil!

I had another lacrosse clinic yesterday - I really like it!

We didn't bear the brunt of the big winter storm this weekend, but we did get a healthy 4-5" last night, which made for great sledding today.

Then we went to Torrie and Brian's house to watch the Patriots. Not the outcome we were hoping for, but it was a fun get together!


Monday, January 18, 2016


James and I had our first official sleepovers last night! (Official meaning not with family, or friends such as Ben that we consider family.) We think we may need to change the name to not-so-much-sleep-overs, but we had fun! James went to his friend Jay's house

And my friend Christy came to ours.

Somehow Mom only managed to get pictures of me before Christy came over! We ate Dad's yummy pizza, played with our dolls, and did lots of crafts. We were having so much fun we couldn't even settle down to watch a movie! (And we certainly couldn't settle down to go to sleep.) This morning we had pancakes and worked on some more crafts before taking Christy home and picking James up. We had big plans to do some woodworking today, but everyone is a bit tired so we may postpone those plans.

The other big news this week is that I lost another tooth!

And, I finally got a treasure box for my tooth at school! (I love my teacher, Mr. Citino. He understood that it shouldn't matter whether I lost my tooth at school or at home and happily gave me one when I brought my tooth in to show him.)

I am officially snaggle-toothed now. I hope some of them grow in soon.

I spent one day this week home with Mom because I was running a fever. We had a nice relaxing day, reading books and playing games. After a few rounds of pick-up-sticks, I decided to use the sticks to make Part a nice house.

Doesn't she look comfy?

We got a couple of inches of nice, fluffy snow last night, so it finally feels like winter here! We'll try to get some good pics before next week. (It is supposed to be absolutely frigid here this week, so there is little chance that it will melt anytime soon!)


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Game on!

Bring it on, 2016, we're ready!

This week was busy as we got back to a regular school / work routine. Mom had to go to AL on a work trip Wednesday-Friday, which complicated things a bit. We were all happy when she returned, and just in time to see James's soccer game Friday, James and my basketball games on Saturday morning, and my first LACROSSE clinic yesterday afternoon! (That's me in the pink shorts and leggings.)

I loved it. (Most of all, I love all the gear, including my own bag to carry everything!)

I have clinic for the next few weeks and then will play the spring season to see how I like it. So far, so good!

After our busy day yesterday, here's what today was like.

In exciting news this week, our dear friend Owen turned TEN years old! Wow. Happy birthday, Owen!

Happy birthday also to Uncle Chris and Aunt Rickie!

Hope your 2016 is off to a good start!


Sunday, January 03, 2016


Happy New Year, everyone! We have had a wonderful end to 2015 and beginning of 2016, celebrating with Coach, Lil and Uncle Parks, Aunt Lexi, Sophia, and Audrey. So. much. fun.

Coach and Lil arrived first, and we had lots of fun catching up, walking Scout to the park, and enjoying a delicious fried chicken dinner compliments of Dad.

Lilli welcomed Coach with a nice story that she wrote just about him.

On Tuesday, we experienced our first snow of the year! It kept us inside, but we didn't mind too much, playing lots of foosball soccer on the table that Lilli and I put together,

Working on a cool (1000 piece!) puzzle that Coach got us, doing some crafts,

And then having a fun dinner with Torrie and Brian. On Wednesday, Sophia and Audrey arrived, and we have been on the go ever since! We went to the beach on New Year's Eve to take advantage of the sun, then opened all of our family presents. We received so many wonderful gifts (especially from Aunt Julia, who unfortunately couldn't be with us)!

We rang in the new year (early) at a party with our friends Will and Charlie down the street, and then went to bed so we could be bright and fresh the next day, since we had a big excursion planned to the Museum of Science!

Very fun. But not nearly as fun as the Northeastern Women's Hockey game that we went to yesterday!

It was the first hockey match for many of us, and it was really cool. Go Huskies!

Today was a bit quieter, since everyone has to leave early tomorrow morning. We went back to the beach despite the colder temps, and then simply enjoyed lots of time together.

We are super sad to say goodbye to everyone. We start back to school tomorrow - it will be quite a shock for everyone to go back to our 'normal' routine!

Hope you all had a great start to 2016!