Friday, July 24, 2015

New Position for Sam

In exciting news, Sam's bosses called this week and offered him the Teacher-Coordinator position at the facility in Framingham.  He'll be in charge of the program and the teachers who work there.  He'll be teaching History classes and their Life Skills classes.  Obviously, his bosses have confidence in him to offer this after a year of teaching there!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

K-Cup Hack

My friend Rachel brought me back four different delicious coffees from Michigan.  I promptly ordered my "My K-cup" so that I could use the ground coffee in my Keurig.  The cups of coffee were weak.  I knew they could be much better because I had had the real thing at Rachel's house, so I started doing some investigating.  First I made my cup size smaller, which led to a small cup of weak coffee.  Then I discovered this: .  I took it one step further.  I placed the filter of the My K-Cup inside the empty keurig cup, so now the coffee goes in my filter and comes out the tiny hole at the bottom of the My K-Cup.

Yesterday I tried my first cup of French Vanilla/Georgia Peach and it was delicious.  I could actually taste the peach!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gillian Flynn

I just finished reading Gillian Flynn's other two books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places.  Gillian is most famous at this point for Gone Girl.  But these other two books are just as twisted.  I liked Dark Places more than Sharp Objects, but after reading all three I think it is safe to say that I'm not sure I'd like to be alone with Gillian!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bitty Baby's 2nd Birthday Party

Today we celebrated Bitty Baby's birthday with a pink camo cake, pass the parcel, and decorations made by Lucy.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Plymouth Lake House

Last week we spent the week in Plymouth, with various family members coming and going.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


On Thursday we went to Boston Children's to meet with a surgeon there about Amelia's intestinal malrotation.  He agreed that she needed surgery and the surgery is scheduled for August 4th, unless he gets an earlier cancellation.  The surgery itself is called Ladd's Procedure and the surgeon showed us an oil painting of Dr. Ladd, who was the first pediatric surgeon in the US and worked at Boston Children's.  Amelia wasn't as excited as the surgeon was anticipating.  I acted properly excited to view the painting and I do feel relieved that this is something that is common at BCH.

The surgery is done laparoscopically with three incisions.  The risks are minimal and the pain with recovery is low.  The very bad downside is that we will have to remain in the hospital for 5 nights!  Touching the intestine puts it to sleep and we have to wait until it wakes up which takes on average 5-6 days.  Even worse, Amelia will not be able to eat or drink, and she'll have an NG tube inserted through her nose down to her stomach, emptying out her stomach and intestines until they wake up.  It sounds like a nightmare to me.  I'm not sure a tv will be enough of a draw to convince her that this is a good experience.

So currently we are planning on being at the hospital from Tuesday-Sunday with Sam and I taking turns...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Movies and Books

Sam and I watched Focus last week.  It was mediocre.

I read The Goldfinch. It was long, dark, and depressing.

I am currently reading All Fall Down and liking it.

I have the rest of Gillian Flynn's books waiting to be read, along with an assortment of others.  I went to the NY Times bestseller list and reserved most of the top 10 in fiction from the library.

Today's my brother's birthday.  We celebrated on Sunday while he was in Plymouth, but Happy Birthday, Matt!  We all love him so much.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


 Turkey babies at my parents' house

 We introduced the kids to Monopoly and they hated it.

 Lucy used Kool-aid to dye the bottom of her hair blue.  After two showers, it's still blue, so she's happy.

My friend Rachel has a fabulous coffee shop that she goes to in Michigan and she brought me back all of these delicious flavors.  My k-cup insert arrived on Friday, so I had my first cup of French Vanilla w/Georgia Peach.  Check them out, you can order online.  You can also mix flavors.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hello Fresh

Last week we received our first box of meal ingredients from Hello Fresh.  

Box is divided for cold side and normal side.  Only the meat was in the cold side.

I loved that each meal came with its own bag.  With Blue Apron, you have to sort out the items.

 Ingredients for our first meal.

This was our second meal, Coconut Macadamia Tilapia with Forbidden Rice and Veggies.

The third meal was my favorite, Chicken w/ Cold Soba Noodles and mango.

I liked Hello Fresh better than Blue Apron.  Blue Apron has more gourmet recipes, but they also take a lot longer to prepare.  These recipes felt much easier to prepare, although it is summer time so I don't have the same time constraints that I do during the school year.

I canceled after this first box because the cost is quite prohibitive for us and the kids will eat very little of these meals.  Amelia did love the noodles and chicken though.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Franklin Park Zoo

On Thursday we went to the zoo with Barbara.  We had a wonderful time.  I have never seen so many active animals at the zoo!

 We enjoyed watching the prairie dogs.

 Amelia loved the sloths.  They are now her second favorite animal, after ducks.

 Who can pass up a camel ride?

 Grandma climbed to the top also!

 This was more than Toby could handle. :)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Auburn Fireworks

 This year Auburn had some fun activities for the kids before the fireworks display.

 These are from the reunion.