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.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Amelia's Birthday in Boston

We had a great time on the Duck Tour.  It was fun to go in the water and the driver had lots of interesting facts about Boston.  Then we had a quick trip to my favorite place, the Boston Public Market, followed by dinner at Tony's with members of the Bowler family.

Breakfast in Bed

9 3/4 t-shirt from Lucy

Duck earrings

Amelia driving the duck boat.

Toby driving the duck boat.

Lucy asked the band to play Happy Birthday for Amelia and they did!


Celebrating Grammy's birthday also!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Books and Movies

I'm very behind on this, but if we just stick with this week, I watched:

Joy - cute, took me 5 nights to finish watching it

Risen  - I was doing other things while watching this movie, so I can't really say much about it.  It seemed well-written though.

I read:

Somewhere Out There - This was an enjoyable book.  I liked that it switched between characters and their points of view.  I was disappointed with the ending, would have liked it to continue a bit longer.

Me Talk Pretty One Day - This is an old David Sedaris that I found in my sister's closet.  I laughed my way through reading it, and in fact, couldn't stop laughing out loud through one whole chapter, much to Sam's consternation.

Vanishing Girls - I read a recommendation for this book on another blog and thought it sounded interesting.  It was ok, but I totally was not expecting the end, and didn't love it, simply because I didn't completely understand it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Amelia is Seven!

Today Amelia turns 7!  She wanted to go camping for her birthday and take a Duck Tour in Boston.  We did the camping over the weekend and today we are going on the Duck Tour.  Originally the whole family was going, but then I saw the cost of tickets, so now Toby, Amelia, my mother, and I are going on the tour, and Sam and Lucy will hang out in Boston.  Then we'll celebrate Barbara's (Grammy Bowler's) birthday later in the evening.

Here are some pictures of Amelia enjoying her new Hedbanz game from Grammy and Grandpa, along with opening her gifts from Grammy S.  Granny gave her a lovely necklace also.

Feather necklace from Granny

Hedbanz - We found it quite difficult, turns out there are a lot of objects in the world.

Because everyone needs a Finley stuffed animal

Clever Keet - It's actually quite clever.

Amelia and Grammy S.

I spent much of yesterday working but it was lovely to be able to leave in the afternoon and spend some time with Grammy S.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Summer vacation is here!  We spent Saturday and Sunday camping at Wells State Park and celebrating Amelia's birthday with her grandparents (and Rachel and Liam).  We spent Monday straightening the house and putting away the mounds of things that came out of lockers and desks.  Today I'm at school working, and we're heading to visit Grammy S. this afternoon.  We're enjoying the flexibility of summer.