Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Battleship Cove

Good news:  I found my SD card.

Bad news:  The pictures weren't great and I already ordered a new one, but at least the new one is 32gb which is double what I have now.  You know in case I ever want to take thousands of pictures without clearing the card...

They had a free photobooth - Toby with his cousin.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


This is what I ended up with from the library yesterday.  I'm excited to have so many choices, quite a few are memoirs, which is my favorite genre.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Home Again

1.  In sad news, I lost my camera's memory card that had the pictures from Friday of our trip to Battleship Cove, so I can't post those, but we had a good time.  It was another Free Fun Friday event and Barbara and two of the cousins joined us.

2.  Tonight we attended a celebration at church for Pastor Nordbye's 25 years as minister.  They did a roast and it was pretty funny.  We definitely think he is great, the best pastor we've ever had.  The first one who really is a servant leader instead of a controller.  

3.  Toby made his own cooked lunch for the first time this weekend, Ramen noodles :)  He did quite well except that he used our biggest burner for a small pan and ended up melting a plastic cover that was nearby.

4.  Lucy got out Calico Critters and dollhouse furniture and spent the weekend setting up houses in her room.  I love that she still is willingly to play imaginatively at times.

5.  This weekend felt pretty lazy.  I slept a lot.  Sam worked on Saturday morning.  I'm ready to get back into our summer routine tomorrow.

6.  Sam and I went to  for lunch after church today.  We both had the lamb burger with herbed goat cheese and it was delicious!  We would definitely go again, but not for awhile, because our plan is to work our way through all the restaurants on Shrewsbury Street.

7.  My ear has been hurting for the past week.  I feel like it is the bug from last year, but surely that is impossible.  I've started putting antibiotics in it today.

8.  I am completely out of books.  Yesterday I read some horrible, short thing that I threw in the trash after I finished it.  All I have left are books on data in education, which I am going to have to force myself to read.  I even looked at book lists tonight on Pinterest and only ended up reserving one from the library.  What am I going to do????  Tomorrow we are going to a science event at the library and I might just have to randomly look for books.  It's been a very long time since I've done that.

9.  We booked our rental car for Arizona this weekend.  Tomorrow night Sam and I are going to start planning the trip.  We know we are doing the Grand Canyon one day and a hot air balloon ride one day, but that's about it so far.

10.  Four weeks from tomorrow we all start back to school, Sam included, so really only two weeks of vacation left because one week we will all be away and the last week is spent getting things ready at school.  It feels sad, we've had a great summer and I'd like it to continue a lot longer.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


On Friday we headed home from our week at Plymouth.  We had a lovely relaxing time.

 More sailing
 We celebrated Matt's birthday.

 Annual Clue game - won by Rachel

 The kids had an art auction.  They created the artwork and then had a silent auction.

 Lowell, Barbara, Elizabeth and Michiko came for a visit.

 Granny and Aunt Sara Jane came for a visit.

 We took a trip to Sandwich.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Many Texts, Many Voices

I received this book for Christmas and just started reading it now.  It's not as good as I had hoped as far as practical advice, but I did take away this quote.

"The term multiliteracies was new to all of us.  As we explored all that it represented, we came to understand it as an expanded view of literacy that includes visual and digital literacies in addition to print.  We knew that there are many ways, or modes, of making and understanding meaning.  But rather than only thinking of literacy as reading and writing print, we needed to widen our definition of of literacy to include a range of modalities such as music, drama, art, and technology.  A deeper realization was that these modalities often overlap to convey meaning and build comprehension.  Once we began to think about multiliteracies as a way of exploring the complex process of learning, we began to notice so much more in Mary's classroom.  Children are always reading, singing, drawing, dancing, dramatizing, talking, and writing their way to understanding.  These various literacies - or multiliteracies - validate what teachers intuitively understand:  that learning to read, write, and comprehend our world involves more than scripted programs, drill and practice, and taking tests.  Recognizing what students already know and do, capturing it, challenging it, and directly teaching through these different literacies becomes an authentic way to engage, enrich, and challenge today's young learners.  It also provides opportunities to expand the curriculum and design meaningful ways to differentiate instruction."

I am spending this week at Plymouth working on school things.  Making my lists, planning the year all the way down to the books to read each week for each subject.  I love the organized feeling at the beginning of the year.  I have some new things I'm doing that I am excited about.  I'll have to make a school post in a few weeks.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Free Card Code

I received a free card code today from Shutterfly that I don't need.  It expires on 7/31.  You do have to pay shipping, but you can make a card with any photos that you have.


Another Day in Plymouth

Reading in the lake

Reading in the hammock

Trying to scoop up fish

My father is the champion!  He found the penny and the year!  Now we wait to see if he wins another game.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some Randomness

We are in Plymouth for the week with my parents and siblings.  Sam leaves tonight.  Matt, Rachel and Liam leave tomorrow.  We've been having a great time.

Every year we try to find the penny in the Find It! game.  Matt found it today, but we couldn't read the date.  If you can read the date and enter it into the website, you can win a free game.

My first selfie, and a delicious lobster!

We biked the Cape Cod Canal Trail on Sunday (14 miles) and the Shining Sea Bikeway (from Falmouth to Woods Hole - 21 miles) on Monday.  I only did one way on the Shining Sea but 24 miles in two days is good enough for me. :)

We played chess while we waited for Sam to come pick us up in Woods Hole.

This is sideways, but Sam had his last appointment on Friday and is cleared for activity.  This is his x-ray with the plate and screws.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sailing Camp

Toby attended sailing camp last week at Regatta Point Community Sailing on Lake Quinsigamond.  I would highly recommend it.  It was well-run, but yet the campers had a lot of freedom.  Drop off at 8:30, pick up at 4:30.  They had classroom instruction, sailing time, swimming time, kayaking/paddle boards/paddleboats.  Toby enjoyed all of it.  They also have a soda machine which Toby loved.  One day they kayaked to an ice cream shop.  On Friday afternoon from 2-4, you can visit and go sailing with your child.

Toby felt like he learned a lot.  He says he wouldn't go again but only because he thinks he learned all he needs to know. :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Newport Kite Festival

Last weekend we went to the Newport Kite Festival.  Newport is an area that I've always wanted to visit more often.  After our visit, I still wanted to return but I know why we don't.  It's 1.5 hours from our house and the traffic was awful.  It might be a good place to spend the night so you could do some exploring each day and not have to feel like you were spending so much time driving.

We loved our visit though.  Kites, ocean, rocks, and a trip to Fairwoods (with Dad!) on the way home.

The one-legged sea gull.  We decided he was sent to garner sympathy.  We gave him a whole sandwich and he was full.

Amelia dived fearlessly off the platform.

Our first pick from the garden and Lucy has discovered she loves zucchini.  She's going to have plenty to eat.