Monday, July 25, 2016

Busy Week

We head off to Franconia Notch, NH on Wednesday, so these will be a busy two days, working, packing, and getting ready for another vacation.  It's exhausting. ;)  Also fitting in cello lessons, orchestra group, soccer, youth group, and more!

Sam got the job he was applying for.  He'll be working for the same company, at a program/school in Westboro.  He's looking forward to it!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Plymouth House

We had a wonderful week in Plymouth, each year it seems to get better.

Amelia kayaked all the way across the lake and back by herself.

Celebrating Matt's birthday

Visit from Lowell and Barbara

Potato Chip Factory Tour

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Biking on Vacation

We're in Plymouth for the week and spent the first two days biking.  On Sunday we did the Cape Cod Canal Trail, and then spent some time at Scusset Beach.  On Monday we did the Shining Sea Bike Trail.  The kids and I ended in Woods' Hole and spent time looking for Pokemon, followed by a seafood dinner.

Today was the first day I've taken out my computer, finally time to respond to the work emails.

Monday, July 18, 2016

More Movies

Last week I watched "Youth" over the period of two nights and found it quite boring.  I also watched "War Room" and while I think the caliber of Christian movies stinks, this one was watchable.  The husband had great arms and I do like arms.  Oh wait, that's not why I'm supposed to watch a Christian movie? ;) It also had a good message.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sleeping in a Box

On Amazon Prime day I purchased a 50 pack of Frito Lay snack-size chips for under $10.  Amelia asked me if she could sleep in the Amazon box.  She spent an hour assembling a roof for the box and cutting various "spy holes" in it.  Looks like a tight fit to me.

ETA: We heard thumping around as late as 11:00pm.  In the morning I asked her how long she ended up staying in the box and she said that she found it very difficult to actually fall asleep in the box, so she did transfer to her bed late at night.  I told her I had her some thumping and she explained that it is very difficult not to make noises when you are moving around in a small box. She also said it was very hot.  She seemed to find the experience enjoyable.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Shows and Movies

We went to see The BFG in the theater.  It was excellent, although the girls said it was very different from the book.

Netflix released the Back to the Future movies for streaming on July 1.  I thought they would be fun to watch as a family.  I was wrong.  I don't know if I've ever actually seen them.  We watched about 20 minutes of the first one and found it boring and not appropriate, so then we decided we would switch to the 166 episodes of Malcolm in the Middle.  We're up to episode 10 now and all enjoying those.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Mighty Nest

I joined the Mighty Nest subscription service simply because they were running a deal where I could get two Bee's Wraps for 3 dollars.  The subscription is $10 a month regularly and I don't know how long I'll subscribe before canceling.  I haven't even used the Bee's Wrap but it looks pretty in the packages.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


 Elizabeth and Michiko came to visit a few weeks ago and we had a great time with them.

One morning I woke up and opened the cupboard and read the description on this tea.  It sounded so delicious I couldn't resist making it, even though I hate tea.  Guess what?  I still hate tea.

Lucy, making her list of books to get from the library

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pets and Popsicles

Jenny has taken our parakeet Blueberry and is providing him with a happy clean life.  An opossum has been determined to get our chickens and succeeded in getting in the coop and getting Cecelia, our oldest chicken.  Sam has put an extra layer of chicken wire on the coop and all seems well for now.

I saw this post on Facebook and decided we needed to make popsicles, so I ordered molds and let the kids choose which popsicle they wanted to make first - they chose the most boring ones in my mind - strawberry and pineapple, but they tasted pretty good.

Then when we were at my sister's house she let us borrow her Zoku, so now we can make popsicles in 8 minutes.  We started with the chai popsicles.  They were a little watery tasting.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Different Activities for All!

This is a very busy and fun week.  Toby is in New Haven for the week with my sister Rachel.  He's attending a Survival day camp at the Yale Peabody Museum.  At night he's spending time in Rachel's lab and playing lots of computer games. I'm sure he's having a great time. ;)

Lucy is doing volleyball camp at BVT.  She has three friends from school who are there also and she loves it.

Amelia is attending VBS with a farm theme and enjoying seeing everyone in the Kinney family.

Sam is working in Boston and has a job interview on Wednesday, same company, just a different school.

I'm working in the afternoons, we still have families expressing interest in the school so I'm interviewing and testing, along with working on some big projects for the school.  I'm also taking the SEI MTEL test on Wednesday afternoon as one of my last steps for my administrator's license.  We'll see how I do, might have to retake it.

We leave for Plymouth on Saturday.

Last week we were in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, for the Bard family reunion, my father's mother's grandparents side.  There were about 40 of us there.  We enjoyed the reunion and then spent time at the pretzel factory, driving around sneaking glimpses of the Amish in their buggies, and enjoying smorgasbords.

Dark picture of Amelia and Lucy with their great-great- great aunt Myra Jane. 

Pretzel factory

Learning how to make a pretzel

Delaware Water Gap

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fencing Competition

Toby had his first fencing competition yesterday.  It was an unofficial competition which was the perfect place to start. He didn't win but he had a good time.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Saturday we went to a cookout at my parents, after Toby finished fencing and Sam put a new radiator in the van.  Sunday, Sam and the kids climbed Mount Wachusett.  Monday I went to work for a bit.  Then we did some errands.  Tuesday, we stayed home and worked the whole afternoon on Toby's bedroom.  We thoroughly clean the bedrooms once a year.  It used to be twice, but who has time?  Toby's room is now good to go, all of his little objects (of which he has thousands) are organized.  Lucy is working on her own throughout the week, and Amelia, I'm putting off...The kids stayed up late watching movies. Sam and I watched Brooklyn, which I enjoyed.

Wednesday I worked again, Amelia had a piano lesson, Lucy had a cello lesson, and we stopped to pick up Amelia's free birthday treat from Barnes and Noble. Toby had his last hockey clinic for the summer. Lucy made dinner - Broccoli Cheddar Soup and we had Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.  The kids went to bed early.

Today I'm off to work.  We're having this for dinner - Slow Cooker Steak Chili and Amelia starts her Level 2 swimming lessons. Today is Sam's last day of school.

That's it.  You're caught up. :)  I'm enjoying summer and the flexibility of work schedules.

Monday, June 20, 2016


I had already made my list at work of the things I needed to accomplish this summer for work.  It took up three handwritten notebook pages.  On Friday I finally got each task plotted into the next nine weeks.  Now I know what I'm doing and when!  Phew!

Sunday, June 19, 2016


I am blessed to have a father who loves me and has always loved me.  I am blessed to have a father-in-law who loves his family and shows it.  I am blessed to have a husband who loves our children and spends every minute he can engaged in activities with them.

I try not to take any of these men for granted.

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Lucy Cooks Dinner!

This summer the plan is for Lucy to cook dinner once a week.  I think we had this plan last year also, but it only happened a few times and with assistance from me.  This year she is fully capable of following a recipe and cooking.  Lovely!

She chose "Spaghetti with No-Cook Tomato Sauce and Hazelnuts".  She substituted almonds for the hazelnuts.  It was delicious.