Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Toby's Extended Family Party or The Final Party

 Enjoying Rachel's iPad

 More people enjoying it

 Sam is really interested.

 Ice in the shape of a dragon tooth from Purgatory Chasm

The books he has been waiting "forever" to read again - the Eragon series

Monday, March 02, 2015

Toby's Party with Friends

This year Toby wanted to have a party with his school friends, so he chose a laser tag party at Pinz in Milford.  There are 10 boys altogether in his class and the package includes 10, so it was perfect.  We arrived, they did 30 minutes of laser tag, had pizza and a brownie cake, and then were each given a $10 card for the arcade.  Everyone seemed to have a good time and I was impressed with the organization.  The price was great too since it includes the cards for the arcade.  I also love that tickets don't print out, instead your tickets go right on your card.

Apparently he has a reputation as a reader because half of the gifts he received were Barnes and Noble gift cards. :)

Amelia hit the jellyfish for 1,000 tickets!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Beach Day

We celebrated beach day with the elementary school on Friday afternoon, relay activities and popsicles.  Amelia put shorts on before school and decided that wasn't going to work, so she went with a t-shirt and sandals.  Not great pictures due to having to crop other children out. :)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Toby's 10th Birthday

Toby turned 10 on Thursday, double digits!  We celebrated with presents and breakfast in bed, falafel for lunch, tacos and ice cream cake for dinner.  More parties to come this weekend.
 He decided to have breakfast in our bed since his loft bed isn't very conducive to the family being with him.

 His first Nerf gun

 Amelia's card to him

 Legos from Grammy and Grandpa

 and the LOTR soundtrack

 Money from Granny

Monday, February 23, 2015


For the 3rd Sunday in a row our church service was canceled.  It was rescheduled for Sunday evening this week, but Lucy had a cello concert at a different church.  Lucy left on Friday to go up to Monadnock with our church youth group.

I got home late Friday night from the shower and visiting with Rachel.  I was just about to go to bed when I started hearing loud meowing.  I went downstairs and there was a cat on our steps.  It was 4 degrees outside (and the cat was very loud) so I let it in our house.  The first thing it did was head to the living room where the bunny completely went crazy, throwing itself against the cage and throwing shavings and poop all over my living room.  Even once I got the cat out of the living room it took at least an hour for it to stop thumping its foot.  Jenny is my go to animal person, so I called her even though it was one in the morning.  I brought the cat down to the basement, gave it a can of tuna and a bowl of water, along with a laundry basket with some blankets.  I left a note on the basement door that there was a cat down there. :)  I emailed the neighbors to check if it was there cat.

In the morning the neighbors said it wasn't theirs and they had seen if for the past few days.  I called Auburn Animal Control and they said to let it outside to see if it could find its way home.  If it didn't, they would come pick it up.  Amelia gave it a meatball for breakfast and then we sent it outside. The cat stayed in our yard for awhile and then disappeared.

We spent the rest of Saturday at home, very low-key.

Toby has his pre-op physical today to be cleared for his tonsil/adenoid surgery.  He also turns 10 on Thursday.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Rachel's Shower

Friday night I hosted a baby shower for my co-worker, Rachel.  All of the faculty helped with providing food and I was very lucky that my friend Jenny had just put on a fabulous shower for her sister, and she let me borrow decorations (and created some).  The theme was "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".  We played three games, two book related and one was The Price is Right with baby items.  I think we all had fun celebrating Rachel and her baby that is coming in just a few weeks!

 Sam helped me make up the favor bags.  They had mint m&ms in them and we made a caterpillar out of candy for each one.

 My pictures are fuzzy.  Everyone signed the book for a guest book.

 "Leaving" words of wisdom

 Wright's Dairy did a great job on the cake, especially since I ordered it over the phone.

These caterpillars were from a game at Jenny's shower, so I stuck them on the plant. :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Another Monday Off

Yesterday we celebrated President's Day which meant no school again.  Sam has the whole week off so he is working construction in Boston this week, which meant Amelia was able to go into Boston and spend the day with her grandmother, which she was very excited about.  She thought it was the best day she has ever spent there.  They went to the Science Museum as part of their fun.

To make up for all of the snow days so far, our school took away two professional days and made them student days instead.  This works great for me because I never have anywhere for my children to go on professional days.

This week I'm doing a presentation at school on Reader's Workshop, hoping to get it going next year for K-5.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Toby's Camera Pictures

Today Toby and I looked through his 199 pictures he has taken since Christmas.  There are a lot of videos and a lot of pictures of objects in his bedroom.  I've included some here so you can see what an almost 10 year old boy thinks is interesting to photograph.

First Selfie?