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Our Life in Pictures

  • Sep

    Spending Labor Day weekend on Cape Cod is a McDonald tradition. So is having a bad back and lingering knee trouble. What better way to annually celebrate a deteriorating body than to have a softball game!!! The game this year was the 5th annual. On my count of those playing, there were 4 bad backs, 6 bum knees and a bad shoulder or 2. That’s current, not past ailments! (Dad’s note: I have neither a bad back nor a messed up knee and I hit the first home run in McDonald Labor Day softball game history. Lefty. And I’m right-handed. Over the fence.)

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    The rest of the weekend was spent on the beach (with the Gormley Cup!), at an arcade, eating ice cream and a bunch of other stuff we don’t get to do once school starts.



  • Sep

    My little brother Will turned 5 today and it was filled with a lot of his favorite things – and some new ones. Coffee cake for breakfast then off to his 3rd day of K1. Once school was over, he headed off to lacrosse practice then Chipotle for dinner (no more tacos but instead he ordered an ADULT SIZED BURRITO!) and last it was presents, a homemade cake by mom and facetime with aunts, ants and uncles.


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  • Aug

    Dad and Uncle Stephen took me, Anna, Genna and Dylan camping last weekend. It was our first time sleeping in a tent in the wilderness. It was a fun weekend, filled with sitting around a campfire, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and lots of eating. We had so much fun that we’re already talking about it next year – and maybe even Owen and mommy will camp with us.



  • Aug

    It’s August 28:  Mom seems to be white-knuckling the steering wheel, her hair is looking particularly crazy these days, and she keeps mentioning the first day of school… but we’ve had a great summer!

    It started off with a bang when PawPaw and MawMaw visited (we read, played some cards, had a girls day out, hit the local bookstore and picnic’d at Hale Reservation)… then Aunt Suz came and the fun continued (blueberry picking and then lots of blueberry experiments in the kitchen, an outing at Castle Island and the North End, bike riding, walking at Millennium and of course Chipotle Thursday!). 

    July continued with our annual 4th of July parade at the cape, trips to the beach, sprinkler parks, zoo, the farm and countless ice cream shops.  There was swim camp & tennis camp, girl scout camp and driveway hockey.  The huge fun happened when we got in the car and drove to DC to hang out with the Koch side!  Uncle Mitch and Aunt Laine hosted us all and we had a great time at the monuments and the zoo and just hanging out.  We squeezed in the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on the way down too.

    The pace slowed in August but we still managed to get to Cape Cod a lot, go camping for a weekend in New Hampshire with Dad, Uncle Stephen, Genna and Dylan, see some friends, hang with Ash, and have a cousin sleepover.  Dad and Will got to go to Fenway for a Liverpool soccer match and we all made it to a minor league baseball game (i.e. ice cream and snacks in the hot sun but at least it didn’t cost an arm and a leg – plus we got to run the bases!!).  Most recently we went to the Children’s Museum for the Welcome to Kindergarten (and PreK) party!

    We also got baby brother on a tricycle, introduced him to whipped cream, wore Nana’s toilet paper cover around, went to breakfast with Papa at Sesuit Harbor, made Star Wars wookie cookies, laughed a lot, cried some, then went back to school shopping!!  One more week!!

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  • Aug

    Canobie Lake Park   

    Written by Will   TAGS:

    Mom and Dad surprised us with a trip to Canobie Lake Park last week. Roller coasters, log rides and a water park kept us entertained for 10 hours. We made a great team – Anna and Dad were the thrill seekers and Mom, Owen and I were in the too short, too scared for the upside down spin around as fast as you can rides. We stuck to the kiddie rides.


    Our 9pm exit selfie:


  • Aug

    Beautiful day for dad’s company outing to Thompson Island!  We’ve been saying for a long time we need to get to the Boston Harbor Islands and we finally made it.  Owen enjoyed the views. The big kids enjoyed meeting other kids via squirt gun fights and volleyball.  We all enjoyed the sunshine!

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  • Aug


    Written by Anna   TAGS: , ,

    Camps are over and there’s nothing else planned for the summer. Time for a Mohawk! It should grow back by the time he starts Kindergarten.

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    And, our old roomate ASHLEY came to visit us all the way from the Big Apple. We did what we typically do when we have visitors. We played played some games, lounged in the back yard, made yummy desert (ice cream sundaes with chocolate chip peanut butter cookies!!!) and of course went to Target.




  • Jul

    Shortly before our trip to DC and in order to look his most handsome seeing his Koch cousins (more on that trip later) Owen got his first real big boy haircut! No more of Mom’s chop shop at home on the booster seat (which was really not resulting in the best look for our handsome little fella). Not a tear or a scream was shed!




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