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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring sports

We finally had some true spring weather here this week!  Although today it's back to rainy and cool, yesterday was absolutely gorgeous - a perfect day to kick of our spring sports seasons.  Lilli started us off with soccer yesterday morning. (That's her in the center with the Minnie Mouse hat on.)

Go Team Violet!

The town league has soccer professionals who coach and lead drills for the first 30 minutes, and then the teams play a game in the second 30 minutes.  It's pretty cool!

Lilli showed her ability to run up and down the field more than anyone, but she's lost a bit of her aggression for going after the ball over the winter break.  I'm sure it will come back to her!

In the afternoon, I finally had a chance to try out all of my new baseball gear at my first (2 hour!) practice.

We have another 2 hour practice tonight! Mom, Dad, and Lilli are on the fence about the number of hours they're going to spend watching baseball over the next 2 months, but I love it.

Our dear friend Caden is in town with his folks this week, so we're excited to see him and celebrate his birthday tomorrow night.  And Sophia and Audrey arrive for a visit on Friday!

Happy Spring!


Sunday, April 06, 2014

A hike in the Blue Hills with some blue sky

Yesterday we had a wonderful outing with Torrie, Brian, and Tarzan to the Blue Hills.  It was awesome to run around outside,

Climb rocks

And play with Tarzan.

(And eat Torrie's delicious cookies.) We'll definitely have to go back soon!

Today we celebrated GG's birthday with lots of fun at Pump it Up.

I immediately took a nap when we got home - we were worn out!

James has been working on a book of poetry to enter into a contest at the local bookstore. 

He's come up with some pretty awesome spring and summer poems!  Just fall and winter to go before he's finished.

I start soccer next week - can't wait!  And James will be playing Little League soon.  It's finally feeling like actual spring around here!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mad Scientist Lab (and other rainy weather news)

Lilli and I have been busy this weekend building a "mad scientist" lab with anything we can find in the recycling bin.  (Mom notes that apparently she and Dad have not given a very good impression of scientists!)

Today, Lilli's friend Sophia and her older sister Isabella came over and helped us with our lab, and then we had a dance party!

Lilli and Sophia also enjoyed playing dress-up.

All in all, a good way to spend a very rainy weekend!

Lilli has been studying space at school, and she made this awesome planet for the school art show.

She and Saskia were excited to check out all the other art at the show.

On Friday, they had a Space Party!

Lilli can now tell you all you need to know about dwarf planets...


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring is here (at least technically)!

Lots to celebrate this week, between St. Patrick's Day and the first day of spring!  And, more importantly, James finally lost his other top, front tooth!

On St. Patty's Day, no less.  We decided that was particularly lucky.

We were very excited for the first day of spring, only to realize that it doesn't actually mean that the weather changes right away.  We did have some pretty mild weather on both Friday and Saturday.  James immediately took advantage of the relative warmth and put on shorts to play basketball in the driveway!

Mom and I aren't convinced that it was quite warm enough for shorts, but he insisted that he was comfortable. 

On Friday, we had a really fun visit with our friend Ben and his mom.  We had a dance party,

Created some really cool lego sculptures,

And just generally had a blast.  We were very sad to see him go the next morning!  Thankfully, Mom had more fun in store for us - we went to GG's to have dinner and celebrate her birthday!

Not only did we have Dr. Jon's delicious pizza, but we got to eat THREE desserts!  Now that it is what I call a celebration.

Today we played some more with legos

And bided our time until we could go pick Dad up at the airport.  We're happy to have everyone home again! 

Despite the arrival of spring, we are forecast for a snowstorm this week.  Cross your fingers that it doesn't happen - we are tired of snow!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cinderella, Jack, and Annie

This week we were almost back to "normal", although Mom did have to go to DC mid-week for a work meeting.  While there, she visited with Uncle Parks, Aunt Lexi, Audrey, Sophia, and Lil!  She also got to tour the Natural History Museum, where she took this cool picture of the jaws of an extinct (and very large!) white shark. 

Another trip where she should have taken me, since that all sounds pretty fun!!

Dad needed to get to campus before we went to school on Thursday morning, and Mom was in DC, so GG's family stepped in and helped us out!  Mrs. Erika took Lilli to the Y, and GG and I walked to school together.  It's wonderful to have such good friends.

Yesterday was a busy and fun day here at home.  Lilli went to a birthday party in the morning, and I invited my friend Jay over to play.  Lilli came home in plenty of time to join in the fun, and we were absolutely exhausted by the time Jay left in the mid afternoon!  We were all for an early bedtime, since today was a busy day too.  Lilli and Mom went to see the Boston Ballet performance of Cinderella!

It was awesome! 

While they were at the ballet, Dad and I went to check out the Science Museum.

We didn't spend too much time looking at the exhibits, because our real goal was to see the Magic Tree House movie about space in the planetarium.  I love the Jack and Annie books, so this was right up my alley!

On the subway in and out of the city, we all got a good taste of the St. Patty's Day spirit that is so prevalent in Boston.  Lots of green beads, funny hats, and plenty of people headed to the parade!  Mom decided that we need to be a little older to fully appreciate that event, but we're looking forward to wearing green to school tomorrow.

We're also looking forward to the first day of spring this week, on the off chance that it actually brings some warm temperatures!  Dad jets off this week for a work trip, so we'll be holding down the fort with Mom.


Sunday, March 09, 2014

A fun (if undocumented) week with Dad

We had such a good time with Dad this week!  We learned how to take our own showers, get our own breakfast, and we almost mastered turning on the TV!  We also got to see the Lego movie on Saturday, and we stayed up late last night to watch the Duke-UNC game.

(Well, we stayed out of bed - I couldn't quite stay awake!)

Next week Dad will be gone for a few days, so we'll get to see if Mom is as fun as he is.  We're not sure she's up to the challenge.  But we were glad to see her today.  She had a good week in FL with Coach and Lil,

And she also got to visit with Mrs. Mary and go on a boat tour of the Apalachicola River.

We've let her know that she's not allowed to go back to FL without taking us!

Sorry for the lack of pictures this week - we'll try to do better!


Sunday, March 02, 2014

A fun end to February

This past week was so normal that we hardly have any stories to tell!  It was nice to get back into a routine at school - no snow days or sick days.  We realized as February came to a close that Lilli went the entire month with no tantrums - that's over 28 sticker days in a row! (The streak started in January.)  When Mom asked her what she wanted for a treat, she first asked for a muffin, but Mom convinced her to think a little bigger than that.  In the end, she decided that this was the perfect opportunity to try her hand at Plaster Fun Time - she's wanted to go ever since I went to a birthday party there.  So on Saturday morning, off we went!

It took us a while to decide what we were going to paint - so many choices! - but ultimately Lilli chose a mermaid riding on a dolphin, and I chose a dragon head.

We were very careful with our project!

Now we just have to find a good place to hang our artwork.

Today, we thought that Mom was going to be leaving for her trip to FL, but the bad weather canceled her flight and gave her an extra night at home with us!  We went to meet Jack Henry and Oliver's new baby sister Charlotte, and then had a quiet afternoon at home.

We're having a Dad week this week - he claims it will be hot dogs and tater tots all week!  I'm sure we'll have some good stories to tell next week...